I’m writing a final paper on the diplomacy of food right now… how cool is this? The establishment of a Diplomatic Culinary Partnership and Chef Corps to “extol the virtues of American cooking and food products”- fascinating!
Something was amiss in the White House kitchen.
The staff was already keenly aware that the newest residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (a 40-something couple with a teenaged daughter) presented a significant cultural and demographic shift from the previous regime and they wanted things to go smoothly. A frantic call was made to the first lady’s office, and her assistant, Capricia Penavic Marshall, picked up the phone. “The first lady is in the kitchen, and she wants…a pan!”
“Am I missing something?” asked Marshall. Further explanation revealed that first daughter Chelsea Clinton wasn’t feeling especially well that day, and her mother wanted to make her some eggs. This, in the experience of the staff, had not happened before. They needed guidance.
“Welcome to a new day,” said Marshall. “Get her the pan.”
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