Obama did not stop for a meal in New Orleans — usually a staple of presidential visits. But when Air Force One took off Thursday afternoon, it was carrying a feast: 35 pieces of fried chicken, two gallons of gumbo and some rice, jambalaya and shrimp Creole from Leah Chase’s kitchen at Dooky Chase Restaurant.
Chase, who was asked to feed the president after she let it be known she was concerned that he wasn’t going to have time to eat, was only too happy to provide the food.
“When we get people like the president and they come in to offer any service, we ought to give them something to eat, at least,” she said.
As a joke, she added a bottle of hot sauce. When Obama lunched there last year during the campaign, Chase gently scolded him for reaching for a bottle of the stuff before tasting her gumbo.
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