Another Reason To Feel Inferior To Barack Obama

KeemaKoftaBy Spencer Ackerman

Via Tom Ricks, Obama told Pakistan’s Dawn over the weekend about his culinary expertise with select South-Asian staples:

“…I had Pakistani roommates in college who were very close friends of mine. I went to visit them when I was still in college; was in Karachi and went to Hyderabad. Their mothers taught me to cook,” said Mr Obama.

“What can you cook?”

“Oh, keema … daal … You name it, I can cook it. And so I have a great affinity for Pakistani culture and the great Urdu poets.”

He went on to say he “absolutely” reads those Urdu poets, and I’ve got to believe, for my own sanity, that that’s bullshit. The Washington Independent is sending a reporter to tomorrow’s White House presser and I might put in a request to trap Obama in an Urdu-poet-related gotcha. It’s less crazy to believe he can really cook keema and daal — you can think of keema as a kind of chili; daal I figure everyone reading this blog already knows — but I think it was Ronald Reagan who urged us to trust but verify.


6 responses to “Another Reason To Feel Inferior To Barack Obama

  1. more gifts revealed about the bodhisattva president

    … takes his wife out for a romantic dinner in paris, flies her to the theatre,honors his date nights, sneaks out for frozen custard with the kids and gets them a doggie (keeps promises), writes eloquent and beautiful books, knows how to say he is sorry, reads urdu poetry, inspires millions, is president of the united states… and can even cook daal?

    the stuff that legends are made out of:-)

  2. Keema daal is a great recipe! very tasty as well. I should say he is lucky enough to know the preparation of keema daal!

  3. Great post!
    I’ll be linking to it from my site.

    I, for one, have come to think it’s a mistake to EVER underestimate Obama.

  4. Poetry, more than architecture, painting, music, or dance, is the most important cultural tradition coming out of North indian Muslim society. If you had Pakistani roommates, or friends, or especially if you stay with educated families on Pakistan, you’lll be force-fed some Urdu poetry.

    This kind of shit will make Pakistanis wet their pants. He’s building goodwill.

    (Now complement the Egyptians on their cinema, the sengalese on their music, and the Indonesians on their — what — Puppet shows?)

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