Sixteen years ago Newt Gingrich was Speaker of the House when CBS anchor Connie Chung paid a visit to his father, Robert. In honor of her visit, the elder Gingrich made his “Pig-Lickin’ Good Cake, pig being a nickname for a finger.
Robert Gingrich, who died in 1996, had adopted the three-year-old Newton after marrying his divorced mom. We’re not sure how far the cake goes back in the family history but as a politician, Newt has shown a penchant for “licking the icing” but we’ll leave it at that.
After tweeting and blogging their brains out all semester following the president, the GOP race, political issues, lobbyists, and the media, my students should know once upon a time there was a humane side to all this.
In honor of the final class for Press and Politics and as a way to recall a time when media and politicians could come together over cake, I decided to pull out my yellowed copy of the recipe published in the Washington Post.
For anyone interested, here is the recipe at Cooks.com: http://tinyurl.com/6oqrk27