Cory Booker Is ‘That Guy’

His comfort food is 'veggies.' His biggest weakness is working too hard and caring too much.

• June 21, 2019 10:47 am


Many of the Democrats running for their party's nomination in 2020 answered some questions for a recent New York Times video series, including one about their "comfort food" of choice. The answers were deeply disturbing, to say the least.

A few observations:

  1. Mayor Pete must have terrible breath.
  2. Kirsten Gillibrand continues to prove why she has more in common with Hillary Clinton than any other candidate.
  3. Marianne Williamson seems like a fun dinner party guest.
  4. VEGGIES??!?!

Many users of the popular social networking website Twitter reacted passionately to Cory Booker's unusual answer. But just as frontrunner Joe Biden has refused to apologize for working closely with segregationists in the past, Booker is doubling down on finding "comfort" in brussels sprouts.

If it wasn't obvious before, it is now. Cory Booker is "that guy." You know the type. The guy who can't wait to tell you about being a vegan, belonging to a CrossFit "community," the benefits of yoga, and the personal growth he experienced while training for marathons. He's probably a cyclist, too. And a soccer fan. If you ask him what his biggest weakness is, he's the guys who says, "working too hard and caring too much." He'd probably wear a fedora if he could get away with it.

Booker's "that guy" status is further cemented by some of the other responses he gave in that New York Times interview. See for yourself.

What is your comfort food on the campaign trail?

When you're a vegan that means lots of veggies on the go.

What is your relationship status?

In love.

If you could only watch one movie for the rest of your life what would it be?

I'm a big fan of cinema. Some might even call me a film buff. You're probably expecting my answer to be Spartacus, [laughs] but actually it's Citizen Kane.

What is the best gift anyone’s ever given you?

Life. Thanks, mom and dad!

If you had your own talk show, who would your first three guests be?

I'd call it Man Feelings with Cory Booker, and my first three guests would be Jesus, Martin Luther King, Jr., and an everyday, hard-working American citizen.

Boxers or briefs?

Neither. One of the best things about being an avid cyclist is wearing bike shorts under my suit pants in case I get the opportunity to spin some tires on the open road. I'm always prepared, and I always wear a helmet.

You've been put in charge of running "Heck," the afterlife for people not evil enough for Hell. What's the first torture device or methodology you design?

That's an interesting question. I would probably force them to sit down one-on-one with a stranger and have a real conversation. Eventually, they'd discover that our similarities are more profound than our differences.

What's the scariest thing you've ever done for fun?

Run for president [laughter]. Just kidding. Sometimes I'll go to a really crowded place and try to meditate. It's always a challenge, but actually allowing ourselves to be vulnerable enough to open our hearts and minds to contemplation and achieve inner peace — that's the scariest part.

If you could eliminate one thing from your daily routine, what would it be and why? 

"Eliminate" is a loaded term, and I've found that addition by subtraction rarely works. Routines are the building blocks of a healthy lifestyle.

What is the first thing you think of when waking up in the morning?

The history of our nation is defined by collective action by interwoven destinies of slaves and abolitionists, of those born here and those that chose America as home, of those that took up arms to defend our country and those who liked arms to challenge and change it.

I believe that we can build a country where no one is forgotten, no one is left behind, where parents can put food on the table, where there are good paying jobs with good benefits in every neighborhood, where our criminal justice system keeps us safe, instead of shuffling more children into cages and coffins, where we see the faces of our leaders on television and feel pride, not shame.

What song best describes your life?

The Star Spangled Banner by Francis Scott Key.