Former US President Barack Obama has made his love for India evident several times. He was the only US President to visit India twice during his tenure. He was also credited with hiring more Indian Americans than any president before him. At a town hall at Siri Fort in South Delhi in 2015, Obama had said that the ties between India and the US can be the “defining partnership of the century.” Now, Barack Obama is back in India and has won the hearts of Indians again with his comments. Obama is in Delhi today for a town hall for Obama Foundation, where he said that he is the first American president to have the recipe of ‘daal’. The POTUS 44 also said that he finds ‘chapatis’ too difficult to make. These revelations from Obama about the staple food items in most Indian households have received a big thumbs up from the netizens.
Barack Obama was speaking at the HT Leadership Summit in Delhi. During a question-answer session, Obama said to Karan Thapar that the night before, a waiter was serving him ‘daal’, among other dishes. The waiter then went on to explain how the ‘daal’ was made. That’s when Obama intervened and told the waiter that he needn’t explain because he knows how to make ‘daal’. In fact, he added that he even had his own recipe for making the ‘daal’, which he had learnt from his Indian roommate when he was a student.
A little further into the discussion, Obama also told Karan Thapar that he can cook keema well and his chicken is ok. “My keema is also good and my chicken is OK,” he said. Impressed with these revelations, Thapar then went on to ask Obama if he can also make chapatis. To this, Obama replied frankly that he can’t, because it is too difficult to get it right. Even as he admitted to being a “good cook”, Obama said, “But I can’t make chapatis. Too difficult. Hard to get it all right and flaky.”
Obama also made a few complimentary remarks about Indo-US relations and the two prime ministers he had interacted with during his tenure as the President of the United States of America. He said, “I like him (PM Narendra Modi). I think he has a vision for the country… I was also great friends with Dr. Manmohan Singh. He laid the foundation of the modern Indian economy. The unifying theme in both leaders (Modi and Singh) during my tenure was the focus on India-US relations.” He also reportedly took a dig at the current US President Donald Trump by saying that he has more Twitter followers that people who use it more often, and added that Twitter, Facebook, WhatsApp are very powerful tools which can be used for both good and bad and hence one must understand the challenges of these technologies.