Just when you thought you’d heard every possible story about the Kennedys, here comes a bit about a restless black lab served a martini on Air Force One.
In “Mint Juleps with Teddy Roosevelt: The Complete History of Presidential Drinking,’’ author Mark Will-Weber tells a tale about an Air Force One flight in which Bobby Kennedy’s animated black lab was terrifying the flight staff.
Thrillist writes that the crew aboard Air Force One was worried the dog would “trample important documents and/or interrupt JFK’s plays for the lady attendants.’’
So they gave the dog a martini, and it soon fell asleep.
What would P.E.T.A. say? Sadly, we’ll never know.
It’s a good story, but probably not the best. That distinction may belong to Dick Nixon and the time he nearly burned down the White House down with Chinese hooch. As the story goes, Nixon’s famopus trip to China included a demonstration of that country’s potent poisons.
According to Thrillist: “To demonstrate how loaded the stuff was, Chinese Premier Chou En-lai struck a match over a cup of the liquor to prove it could catch fire. And according to Dr. Henry Kissinger, Nixon recreated this demo for his daughter upon his return… with less success. The saucer containing the maotai broke, lighting the entire table on fire and nearly causing a full-on case of arson.’’
The film adaptation, “All the Presidents Matches,’’ may or may not be in production right now.