Happy Presidents Day

Richard Nixon wearing Aloha Shirt and flower leis at Hawaiian Luau (feast), August 4, 1960 at Hilo, Hawaii. (AP Photo)

Happy President’s Day! In addition to President Obama’s Hawaiian roots, there were a few other Commander in Chiefs who could sniff out a tiki joint. Presidents Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon were both fans of Trader Vic’s in Hollywood, Washington DC, and New York. Apparently, Nixon would sneak out of the White House and head over to Trader Vic’s at 16th & K for a Navy Grog or a Mai-Tai! Before becoming President of the United States, Donald Trump closed down the Trader Vic’s in The Plaza Hotel in NYC in 1989, believing it was tacky and inconsistent with his vision. Following the announcement, Nixon told the NY Times: “My entire family will be very sorry to see it close…It was always our daughters’ favorite restaurant, and it quickly became mine too.”

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