THE DIPLOMACY OF FOOD: A Q & A WITH BEN RHODES
What do you do when you’re having lunch with Malaysian Prime Minister Najib Razak and a giant platter of durian fruit—often described as smelling of rotting onions and turpentine—is brought out? Eat it, of course.
Ben Rhodes, the Obama administration’s deputy national security advisor for strategic communications, was behind Anthony Bourdain’s low-key meal of bún chả with then-President Barack Obama at Bún Chả Hương Liên, a small restaurant in Hanoi.
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