I did not know until recently that Bill Clinton had become vegetarian last year in an effort to lose weight, and battle his heart problems. He also recently said that he was in fact vegan, on a interview with Wolf Blizter. He went on to say "I did all this research, and I saw that 82 percent of the people since 1986 who have gone on a plant-base, no dairy, no meat of any kind, no chicken, no turkey—I eat very little fish, once in a while I'll have a little fish—If you can do it, 82 percent of people have begun to heal themselves.". After hearing this quote I was unsure if he actually new the definition of vegan, for vegans do not eat fish. He supposedly started to adopt this diet in early May last year. I included the clip from the interview below.
After seeing this clip I decided to do some more research and found another interesting clip with Barack Obama around the time of elections. In this clip a girl from a vegan outreach organization asked a question about Obama's take on the way our country produces meat and how it effects the environment as well as our health. While Obama admits to enjoying meat now and them he does state that we do need to change our eating habits as a nation, for too many of us are obese and have serious health problems. I also included the clip below.
Along with Bill Clinton there have been quiet a few vegetarian politicians and activists. Such as Benjamin Franklin, Rosa Parks, Cesar Chavez, Rep. Dennis Kucinich, Rep. Jared Polis, and the list goes on.