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Chicken in every pot
An expression attributed to Henri 1V of France when he was King in the early 17th century. He is said to have wished that "there would not be a peasant so poor in all my realm who would not have a chicken in his pot every Sunday".
In the 20th century, Herbert Hoover (31st American president [1929-33]) has been quoted as saying there will be " a chicken in every pot and two cars in every garage". But this is a misquote (by Al Smith his Democratic rival), as he said "The slogan of progress is changing from the full dinner pail to the full garage".