So former President Bill Clinton gave a lengthy speech at the Democratic National Convention last night, the particulars of which you can find many other places if you’re so inclined. Here at Blisstree, we’re gonna focus on Clinton’s looks. Because he looked good, didn’t he? And most people are attributing it to his vegan diet. Actress Oliva Wilde called him a #veganfox on twitter, and quite a few people tweeted that Clinton might be veganism’s best advertisement.
Here, check out Clinton, 66, last night:
Versus Clinton in 2007 …
Or during his time in office …
Or even in 1978:
Sure, he looks older now, but he’s lost that bloated, blotchy quality (along with 20-something pounds, according to Clinton).
I think it’s safe to say that Clinton has officially become veganism’s “unlikely posterboy,” as Salon’s Mary Elizabeth Williams called him, adding:
Bill Clinton is compelling because he has never been someone who exudes a sense of deprivation … while pundits like Wolf Blitzer may still see eating fruits, grains and vegetables as a move away from “fun foods,” there’s something about the transformation of a man who was right there first in line for those “fun foods” that makes a persuasive case for recalibrating our notion of “fun.” Arterial blockage – not so fun! Obesity, diabetes and cancer – less fun than a pineapple, I swear.
The conversion factor is what makes him such a potent vegan role model.
The president formerly known as a fast-food-and-milkshake fiend adopted a vegan diet in 2011, after undergoing quadruple heart bypass surgery (in 2004) and having to have two stents placed in his coronary arteries (in 2010). He’s said, on many occassions, that going vegan saved his life; here’s a quote from a 2011 CNN interview:
“I essentially concluded that I had played Russian roulette, because even though I had changed my diet some (after the surgery) and cut down on the caloric total of my ingestion and cut back on much of the cholesterol in the food I was eating, I still — without any scientific basis to support what I did — was taking in a lot of extra cholesterol without knowing if my body would produce enough of the enzyme to support it, and clearly it didn’t or I wouldn’t have had that blockage. So that’s when I made a decision to really change.”