On this day in 1917, Georges Clemenceau was named prime minister of France. In the late years of his life, a journalist asked Clemenceau about his impressions of foreign countries that he had visited. The ex-French leader's impressions with laced with food references.
India? "You ought to see what they eat," Clemenceau stated. "(It's) a kind of black preserve which tastes like rotten fish."
The Greeks? "What talkers they are," said Clemenceau. "You'll see them, while they eat curious objects which they call artichokes and which are merely thistles — they dip them in salt — talking, talking inexhaustibly."
Soon before he died, in 1929, the French icon predicted that the Communists ruling Soviet Russia wouldn't remain in power for more than 10 years. The cycle of purges would come to an end, he insisted. "Those things can't last," Clemenceau said. "One must eat, after all."