Obama family does Paris

We could tell that the Obama family was out and about last evening because helicopter traffic was high well into the night. It was nice to see the Obama’s go to a good but not flashy restaurant as well. Maybe next time they can venture out of the 7th which is a stiff and boring neighborhood (though Americans often think it’s the “real Paris” though I find it’s horribly boring and sleepy) but for security purposes it makes sense. The French were certainly thrilled with the night on the town, as tourism in the number one tourist destination in the world is down.

The Obamas shared the restaurant with other diners, and other restaurants on the winding Rue St. Dominique were filled. Police, some in riot gear, lined the street. Crowds pressed behind barriers at the end of the street to glimpse the first couple, and about 100 people gathered there burst into applause as the Obamas left the restaurant. Clusters of people at street corners held up cell phones and cameras to snap pictures.

After dinner and a ride along the quai on the Left Bank of the Seine River, the Obamas returned to the U.S. ambassador’s residence, where first daughters Sasha and Malia awaited them.

Earlier in the day, Sasha and Malia joined their parents on a visit to Notre Dame Cathedral, where a children’s choir sang and the president lit a candle. They climbed the stairs for a view of the city from the roof of the 12th century Gothic church. The cathedral was closed to the public during the first family’s visit.

The US media is of course missing the critical part of the story, which is what they ate. Naturally the AFP has that covered. President Obama had the leg of lamb and île flottante while the First Lady had filets de boeuf and crèmes brûlées. Both are very classical French dinners.

This morning the Obama family is visiting the Pompidou Center. If you click through the link here you can see a short video of the crowds watching Obama. (Sorry, I couldn’t locate anything to embed.) He remains enormously popular here and it’s such a positive change from the previous eight years. Being popular like this does have its advantages when you are trying to bring traditional allies together on important issues.


An American in Paris, France. BA in History & Political Science from Ohio State. Provided consulting services to US software startups, launching new business overseas that have both IPO’d and sold to well-known global software companies. Currently launching a new cloud-based startup. Full bio here.

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23 Responses to “Obama family does Paris”

  1. Brenda says:

    Why are the Obama daughters not going to Sunday School and Church? Their parents certainly make sure they are getting a fine secular education. What about their Christian educaton? Mr. Obama did say he was a Christian, right?

  2. Rudolf Charel says:

    You left out another interesting titbit. They were invited to dine at the Sarkozy’s and turned them down. Nice to see a couple that won’t let their responsibilities ruin their relationship.

  3. Butch1 says:

    I do, as well. Bush wacked in the prime of her life.

  4. Father_Time says:

    So the girls didn’t get to go to dinner with mom and dad? What did they get for dinner, chili mac over pom fritz?

  5. cowboyneok says:

    Yep, no one listened to Molly Ivins when it could have made a difference. I miss her (Molly Ivins).

  6. Butch1 says:

    At first I was going to say yes and even more until I looked again at your first sentence and you said “cheering” instead of “jeering.” ;-)

  7. anastasjoy says:

    Can you imagine 100 Frenchmen cheering for Bush? Actually, can you imagine 100 people ANYWHERE cheering for Bush outside of a Halliburton shareholders meeting (profits are way up!) or a forum at the American Enterprise Institute. Well, maybe not even the latter since so many of its members are busy trying to blame Bush for the fact that the policies they pushed on him that he implemented didn’t work.

  8. Butch1 says:

    How true. Molly Ivins warned us how dispicable and incompetent Dubya was, but the kool-aid drinkers were hell bent on voting in a person they would feel comfortable having a beer with. Eight years, two wars, a ruined economy, big business allowed to police themselves, and no one with any brains at the helm, with Wall Street fleecing our pockets to pay for their recklessness and here we are trying to tread water for awhile until the rescue boat appears on the horizon. Meanwhile, Dufus is off counting his money and the faux-cowboy ranch scenario is up in smoke with them living in a fenced and protected area of Dallas. He fooled no one but the fools who bought in to his story. They tried to make him look like Reagan with the ranch et al. Reagan could at least ride an horse and probably could have been a cowboy in another life whilst this buffoon couldn’t even play the cowboy part. He was deathly afraid of horses and he didn’t own the cattle on his ranch, he rented out his pastures for a neighbor to use to let his cattle graze on it. I’ve seen more right-leaning idiots try and say that he had a cattle ranch. He owned no cattle, horses, pigs or anything else that would make him a rancher. Him moving out of that fantasy land the minute he was out of office proved that he was all hat and no cattle, in other words, another republican faker.

  9. Butch1 says:

    Pelosi is the only elected person I know of who very seldom removes the smile. People make me nervous when they continue to smile all the time. I always think they need to put on this false face for people to like them. There is a saying that there is usually another row of teeth behind the first set of a person who smiles all the time as in beware or at least alert to what they say or do.

    Laura was a Stepford wife like most of the “arm-attachments” to the male republicans, they are not allowed to think or stray away the party line without approval, hence, the blank stare and enpty=headed grin.

  10. Marjorie Lominy says:

    I visited the Pompidou Center, it’s great but I also thought to have a mordern building in that area was a sight for sore eyes.
    I had dinner in a small bistro…had Italian food however with the usual caraffe of wine…the bread was amazing…could not have enough.
    Je vous remercie Mr. Obama…le visage de L’Amerique a vraiment change.

  11. cowboyneok says:

    It was funny because I didn’t even ask for the mustard. The guy just put it on there KNOWING I would love it. You are right “Delish!” is the word for it.

  12. cowboyneok says:

    By the time, Bu$h was done that whole “bringing honor and integrity back to the White House” schlock had become the joke most of us knew it was when he first ran on that crap in 2000.

  13. cowboyneok says:

    I would argue, Laura’s “The Joker” smile is worse because she was not an elected official and was trying to be a typical First Lady and that smile was a MASSIVE FAIL. On the other hand, Nancy Pelosi is an elected official and must wear that poker grin on her face. Its a political thing, and its not in the same category. Pelosi could argue she wears that smile so she doesn’t “give away” emotion. Not so much, for the First Lady, Laura, trying to be “America’s hostess.”

  14. .
    The only thing I brought back from Paris was two big jars of that hot mustard, extra-forte. Can’t get it here. Almost as hot as Chinese. Delish! Makes a hot dog a saucisse, even in Oshkosh. By gosh. Great on fries, too.
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  15. .
    Let’s celebrate with some Franco-American music.

    Don’t worry, it’s not like the canned spaghetti. It’s got green beans in it.
    .

  16. catdance says:

    Isn’t it great to have a President we don’t have to be embarrassed by — not to mention one that hasn’t alienated the populations of 3/4 of the countries of the world?

  17. Indigo says:

    The leg of lamb, huh? New Zealand lamb or domestic? Inquiring minds want to know.

  18. Butch1 says:

    ;-)

    Thank goodness the Bush staff had the good sense not to let loose the Bush twins “Twiddle-De and Twiddle-Dum” or was it “Jenna and Not-Jenna” . . . The parents would have been bad enough. To tell you the truth, I do not know which smile is worse, Laura’s “The Joker” smile or Pelosi’s fixed grin no matter what she is saying. Just a thought. As for Bush, he embarrassed us enough with his pawing and attempted back-rub of Germany’s Chancellor and his two-step, soft-shoe act on the steps of the White House. I’m so glad he’s history at least until they bring him and his cohort, Cheney up on charges. Let’s see him mug for the crowd then.

  19. cowboyneok says:

    I will NEVER forget the food in France. I thought to myself, “I always thought people were just exaggerating when they talked about the food being good.” Trust me… they aren’t. Every single thing I ate there was like a “work of art.” It was just amazing… I’m talking even their “hot dogs” were something special… A cored baguette with delicious spiced mustard then the hot dog squeezed into it. MMMmmmmmmmm!

  20. Butch1 says:

    It has been mentioned on TV that the French haven’t been this excited about an American presidential visit since John F Kennedy and his wife Jacqueline who was very proficient in speaking French.

  21. cowboyneok says:

    Of course, President Bu$h was too gauche to even “do Paris” with his family. All he could think to do was make fun of the French. I’m sure he knew if he went there on a high profile visit with his family, the twins would’ve just got sloppy drunk and tried to do a public pole dance or lap dance on the unsuspecting French citizenry.

  22. Wisconsin Liberal says:

    If it were Bush he would have had “freedom” fries

  23. donna says:

    SO glad we were in Paris last week and not this week!!!

    But it’s cool to see the OBamas visiting the places we were just at…

    BTW, on GIverny, go EARLY in the day — very crowded later and not fun when crowded.. but still pretty…

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