President Obama has a history of making a scene when he goes out to eat. But today he really did it. He kicked off his trip to Japan by eating sushi from the most famous sushi chef in the world. He and Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe shared a meal at Sukiyabashi Jiro, run by Jiro Ono, the 88-year-old chef profiled in the movie Jiro Dreams of Sushi. Reuters reports that Obama chose the pricy, extremely hard-to-book restaurant, which, like all of his choices, caused outrage in the Twittersphere.
People still don’t seem to understand that when you are the President of the United States sometimes you get special access to great food. While we certainly don’t begrudge the President his sushi, it was a bit of an odd choice for diplomacy. Reports about Jiro say he “is known to discourage conversation amongst his guests, hoping instead they pay full attention to the flavor.”