Obama, Rouhani to lunch; osso bucco on the menu

September 24, 2013
(Ebrahim Noroozi/Associated Press)
(Ebrahim Noroozi/Associated Press)

If the anticipated meeting between President Obama and Iranian President Hassan Rouhani doesn’t end in a handshake, it surely won’t be because they didn’t share a lovely meal together.

Other than world affairs, the menu at a lunch for world leaders Tuesday hosted by U.N. Secretary General Ban Ki-moon — at which Obama and Rouhani are both expected to be present — included a first course of tuna tartare, followed by an osso bucco with a truffle-veal jus and a salted-caramel chocolate mousse for a sweet finish. A 2011 Albarino and a Malbec accompanied the dishes.

Might be a fine enough repast to create warm feelings sufficient to create a flesh-pressing moment that some have likened to the historic Nixon-and-Mao confab.

The press covering the event, by contrast, got cold sandwiches. (Hey, there have to be some perks to being a head of state.)

Update: looks like Rouhani skipped the lunch. Perhaps veal isn’t his thing?

Emily Heil is the co-author of the Reliable Source and previously helped pen the In the Loop column with Al Kamen.
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