When lawmakers indulge: McCain digs In-N-Out; Levin craves cookies

While first lady Michelle Obama might like to chow down on 1,700-calorie meals from Shake Shack (where on Monday she reportedly ordered a ShackBurger, fries, chocolate shake and a Diet Coke), other lawmakers have their own guilty pleasures.

Sen. Mary Landrieu (D-La.) says she melts for cones from both Scruffy’s Ice Cream Parlor in Middleburg, Va., and the Hershey’s Ice Cream store in Georgetown. 

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When ITK inquired about her favorite flavor, the senior senator gave a decidedly diplomatic answer: “I like them all, unfortunately.” But when pressed, Landrieu admitted, “I guess coffee would be my favorite. Or cookies-and-cream.”

While Landrieu sticks to sweets, Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) is all about the beef: “My favorite is, I hate to say it — I don’t know who I’m going to harm here — is probably In-N-Out Burger.” McCain, who added he’ll take a regular ol’ hamburger over a cheeseburger, can kiss any potential Burger King endorsements goodbye.

Sen. Olympia Snowe (R-Maine) reveals that she has an “interesting diet” — consisting of perhaps the least bad-for-you items imaginable — Melba toast, salad and yogurt. (Melba toast? Really?) Yet Snowe does cop to a weakness for baklava (saying Greek food is “her passion”) and licorice. And the lawmaker says she gets the first lady’s burger run: “I can understand why [Michelle Obama] would like that,” she said, before adding with a smile, “but I don’t exercise like she does. If I did that, I might be in a different place.”

At first, Sen. Carl Levin (D-Mich.) adamantly denied any favorite treat, laughing as he pointed to his stomach, “Guilty pleasure? I don’t have any, as you can see.” But he finally gave up the goods on the goodies he prefers: “Cookies. Chocolate chip.” When questioned whether he likes a glass of milk with those cookies, Levin, 77, exclaimed, “No! That was my former guilty pleasure about 70 years ago.” Cookies minus the milk are apparently considered a much more mature indulgence.