“Si Dieu me prête vie, je ferai qu’il n’y aura point de laboureur en mon royaume qui n’ait les moyens d’avoir le dimanche une poule dans son pot!” -King Henry IV
Way back in the 16h century good old King Henry IV of France knew how to appeal to the masses, declaring: “If God keeps me, I will make sure that no peasant in my realm will lack the means to have a chicken in the pot on Sunday!”
Those sentiments jumped to this side of the pond, becoming something of a point of debate in the 1928 presidential campaign between Herbert Hoover and Al Smith. Turns out the Republican party in support of Hoover purchased campaign advertisements stating “Republican prosperity has reduced hours and increased eating capacity, silenced discontent, put proverbial “chicken in every pot.”
Smith mocked the ad on the campaign trail, suggesting the average working man could not afford a chicken dinner every Sunday – an argument while certainly true didn’t win him the election. Enter Costco which absolutely adores its $4.99 rotisserie deal. The chicken is so popular with the public that it has its own Facebook page. In 2014, Costco reported selling 78 million of these processed, four-pound birds a year.