Obama Chastised for Ignorance of Capital Cuisine

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During an unlikely appearance on Meet the Press yesterday, Bill Cosby was not pleased to learn that the Obamas would join him on the formerly exclusive free-food list at Ben’s Chili Bowl in Washington, D.C. (The list used to begin and end with Bill Cosby.) Cosby was appalled when he heard that Obama had the gall to ask what a half-smoke was. (We didn’t know either, but it’s a specialty sausage in D.C.) Host David Gregory, nothing but a muckraker, calls Obama out on his ignorance of local cuisine: "He goes to Ben's Chili Bowl and asks, 'What's a half-smoke?' Can you believe that?" Cosby, who looks disgusted, responds, "I'm taking my vote back." The foodies are watching, Obama!

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