President Barack Obama Enjoys Meal With Anthony Bourdain In Vietnam

By Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
Chika Dunu
May 23, 2016 Updated: May 23, 2016

The list of cool celebrities President Barack Obama has enjoyed a meal with seems endless—and he can now add restaurateur Anthony Bourdain to that list. 

The pair dined in Vietnam during Obama’s tenth trip to Asia since his inauguration for Bourdain’s CNN show, “Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.” Their dining experience will air on a September episode.

Bourdain tweeted the details of their food outing to his three million followers.

“Total cost of bun Cha dinner with the President: $6.00 . I picked up the check,” he wrote. 

He also complimented the 44th president’s chopstick skills in an upload onto Instagram.


The President’s chopstick skills are on point . #buncha #hanoi

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The pair dined on noodles and downed cold Hanoi beer.

Obama arrived in Vietnam late on Sunday (May 22), first arriving in Hanoi, and will then head to Ho Chi Minh City.

On Monday (May 23), Obama lifted the decades-long embargo on arms sales to Vietnam, a move that aims to unite the two nations. 

“At this stage, both sides have established a level of trust and cooperation, including between our militaries, that is reflective of common interests and mutual respect,” Obama said. “This change will ensure that Vietnam has access to the equipment it needs to defend itself and removes a lingering vestige of the Cold War.”

China publicly praised Obama’s decision to lift the U.S. arms embargo.

“(The) arms sales ban was a product of the Cold War and should no longer exist,” China’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, ministry spokeswoman Hua Chunying told reporters. “We hope the lifting of all such bans will benefit regional peace and development. And we are happy to see the United States and Vietnam develop normal cooperative relations.”

President Barack Obama is scheduled to arrive in Japan next and will conclude his trip later this week in Hiroshima. He will become the first sitting U.S. president to visit the site where the U.S. dropped two atomic bombs in 1945.

Chika Dunu