The 15 Craziest Politician Campaign Promises Photography by Opus Penguin / Flickr

3. Herbert Hoover promises a chicken in every pot (and a car in every garage)

Most frequently attributed to Herbert Hoover’s 1928 campaign, this promise actually came from the Republican National Committee, which ran it in newspaper advertisements and circulars while Hoover was running on a platform of prosperity. It’s not a bad image (Republican Party historian George Mayer traced it back to Henry IV in 17th century France), and these days we don’t even question it as a symbol for prosperity.

But think about it a second. A chicken in every pot. Taken literally, you start to imagine an old-timey truck with USDA plates driving slowly up the block, guys hanging off the back trash-man style to dash chickens up to every door, still squawking and flapping for some reason. Gross. And SO crazy.



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