Author Bill Geerhart reveals the guilty culinary pleasures of America's Supreme Court justices in a satirical new book titled "Little Billy's Letters." Posing as a 10-year-old boy, Geerhart wrote letters to several members of the court beginning in the early 1990s, routinely asking a series of silly questions of the justices, including "What is your favorite McDonald's food?"
"I like the Egg McMuffin," responded Justice Clarence Thomas. "Actually, I like almost everything there."
Unanimous opinion on the Supreme Court is often elusive, as the justices' replies indicate.
"Almost anything they put out is acceptable. I like to go to Roy Rogers, too, for a beef sandwich," wrote Justice Harry Blackmun, who retired from court in 1994. "I hope most of all that you eat something more than what these fast food places put out. A hamburger and fries or potato chips are all right in their place, but you need some fruits and vegetables, too. I suspect your mom would tell you so."
Geerhart told AOL News that he got the idea for the McDonald's question from Don Novello, whose own book, "The Lazlo Letters," contained correspondence with executives and spokesmen at the fast-food chain. "Novello was the inspiration," Geerhart said. "I thought asking about McDonald's was good way to pay tribute to him."
At least two of the justices who Geerhart queried were at a loss to name a specific menu item.
"I'm afraid I can't tell you very much about McDonald's food," replied Justice David Souter, whose daily lunch while he served on the court was said to have consisted of an apple and a yogurt.
Also, Ruth Bader Ginsburg "loves Chinese, Italian and French cooking, but hasn't been to a McDonald's since her son was 10. (He is now 29)," according to her secretary, whose quote from the book was published in The Wall Street Journal today.
While no other of the court's esteemed justices responded to Billy's fast-food question, over the years, Geerhart corresponded about a number of humorous topics with a wide array of public figures spanning American culture, including Oprah Winfrey, Tori Spelling, Donald Rumsfeld and the Church of Scientology.