At state dinner, members of Congress stick up for home states

WASHINGTON, DC - FEBRUARY 11: Rep. Nancy Pelosi(D-CA) stops to chat with reporters as guests arrive for the state dinner in honor of French President Hollande, on February, 11, 2014 in Washington, DC. At right is her daughter Jaqueline Kenneally. (Photo by Bill O'Leary/The Washington Post)
Rep. Nancy Pelosi and her daughter, Jaqueline Kenneally, arrive at the state dinner last night. (Photo by Bill O’Leary/The Washington Post)

Last night’s state dinner might have been all about heaping praise on our French friends, but a few members of Congress would only take the bisous so far.

House Democratic Leader Nancy Pelosi appeared delighted to help the White House honor french President Francoise Hollande, but when we asked the noted chocoholic whether the best stuff came from across the pond, she drew the line. The finest chocolate “is from San Francisco, of course,” she informed us.

Sen. Chuck Schumer, asked what he liked about France, replied “the food.” But pressed on it, the New York Democrat stood up for his home turf, staking out a position that might make a Parisian snort: “No food is better than Brooklyn’s,” he said.

And Sen. Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.), whose wife, Marcelle, speaks fluent French (she’s from Vermont, too, but comes from a French Canadian family), also showed some Green Mountain State pride as he readied for the big night. He tweeted earlier in the day about the Vermont cheese crisp being served by the White House chefs:

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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