News, but not the serious kind
Another dozen jelly doughnuts, Mr. President?
Bolivian President Evo Morales got a controversial electoral law passed by his congress today after using a fairly unorthodox tactic.
Morales, shown here in photos during more caloric times, went on a hunger strike for nearly five days until he got what he wanted.
Not much is known about what he did during the strike because he stayed inside the presidential palace. He played a lot of chess and we think he chewed on coca leaves to ward off hunger pangs. He ended the diet after his victory today, having lost nearly nine pounds.
As far as we know, no U.S. president has ever gone on hunger strike, though it wouldn’t have hurt William H. Taft, who weighed in at 335 pounds.
Morales addressed his nation today, and while I’m not sure how that went, I presume he was kind of hard to understand, what with cramming Egg McMuffins and Krispy Kreme doughnuts into his cake hole nonstop.
I’m just saying, because that’s what I would have done.
Below: Morales eats traditional food at the presidential palace in La Paz, in a 2007 file photo. REUTERS/Gonzalo Jallasi/ABI/Handout