By 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.