Bernie Sanders’s policy ideas may err on the utopian side, but at restaurants, he seems to be more of a sober pragmatist who drinks Coke Zero with soul food. Given this, it probably shouldn’t be a surprise that his marriage proposal to wife Jane apparently was tacked onto the end of a casual ice-cream date at a Vermont Friendly’s.
Lest anyone think he possesses all the romance of an IRS tax collector, here’s how Jane explains the situation in a People interview:
“We were on a break and he was trying to get me back and I said, ‘No. I want to get married and you don’t.’ We finished our ice cream sundae at Friendly’s and we walked out to the parking lot and he said, ‘You want to get married?’”
“I said, ‘You know I do. Let’s not talk about this again.’”
“I wasn’t getting it, so he took me by the shoulders and said, ‘Will. You. Marry. Me.’ And I said, ‘When?’”
“Look,” Sanders joked to the mag about his choice of time and place, “when you do a proposal, it has to be done with ambience. Proper moment, proper lighting. Right?”