Trump, Obama joins the world in mourning the loss of Anthony Bordain
It is a rare occasion to find former US president Barack Obama and the current US president Donald Trump agreeing on something, but the death of renowned chef and journalist Anthony Bourdain found the two sharing similar thoughts.
According to CNN, Trump extended his condolences to Bourdain’s family and said he enjoyed his show. He also described the chef as “quite a character.”
It can be recalled that the outspoken Bourdain was not a fan of Trump and publicly expressed his dissatisfaction over the way the tycoon turned politician was running the country.
On the flipside, Bourdain and former president Obama were known to share some unique food trips when the former took the latter in Vietnam where the rock stars of the food industry and the political world hung out at a local bar drinking cheap beer and enjoying authentic local cuisine.
“Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer.” This is how I’ll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We’ll miss him. pic.twitter.com/orEXIaEMZM
— Barack Obama (@BarackObama) June 8, 2018
Bourdain’s best friend and chef Eric Ricpert, shared his thoughts about their friendship and how the chef connected the world through his stories.
Anthony was my best friend. An exceptional human being, so inspiring & generous. One of the great storytellers who connected w so many. I pray he is at peace from the bottom of my heart. My love & prayers are also w his family, friends and loved ones. pic.twitter.com/LbIeZK14ia
— Eric Ripert (@ericripert) June 8, 2018
Many of his fans shared their admiration for Bourdain, who, through his shows, not only shone the spotlight on local food but the conditions of the people who are suffering from injustice.
Anthony Bourdain took the time to shine a light on intolerance and injustice. He showed us what matters most is not what divides us…but what makes us the same: Good Food, Good Conversation and Kind Hearts. He will be greatly missed #RIPAnthonyBourdain #SuicidePrevention pic.twitter.com/IQMTR3lCXU
— Ziggy (@mrjafri) June 8, 2018
Tragic news about Anthony Bourdain. He stood for exploration, being open to new people, ideas, and culture. He figured out how to turn life into an amazing race better than anyone. #RIPAnthonyBourdain pic.twitter.com/TL1dVSwnDc
— Justin Kanew (@Kanew) June 8, 2018
Anthony Bourdain didn't tell other people's stories. He listened to them. He asked questions. He cared. We could learn from that. #RIPAnthonyBourdain
— Titania Returns (@TitaniaReturns) June 8, 2018
Astronaut Scott Kelly said that even when he was literally in space, watching Bourdain’s show would bring him back to Earth to experience his adventures.
Just saw the sad news that Anthony Bourdain has died. I watched his show when I was in space. It made me feel more connected to the planet, its people and cultures and made my time there more palatable. He inspired me to see the world up close. #RIPAnthonyBourdain pic.twitter.com/Cb6IfmzylN
— Scott Kelly (@StationCDRKelly) June 8, 2018
heartbreaking. such an ability to create connection: through food, yes, but more thorough creating a network of souls, knowing you make bridges w folks by humbling yourself & giving people the opportunity to tell their stories. he was a master of asking.🙏🏼#RIPAnthonyBourdain pic.twitter.com/MnXfCJ7nXl
— Amanda Palmer (@amandapalmer) June 8, 2018
“Embracing #diversity does not mean allowing everything to pass without critique. But it does mean paying more attention to the tendency to “construct” others through overgeneralization.”#RIPAnthonyBourdain
— Tracy J. Trothen pic.twitter.com/s4irmIVF9Y
— BLACK CONSERVATIVE (@blackrepublican) June 8, 2018
One thing’s for sure, Anthony Bourdain’s talent for storytelling and his passion for food made him a gamechanger not only in the food industry but in society in general. He made people care and he made them listen to his stories in the same way he listened to his subject’s stories. His legacy is a precious gift that will be remembered by all. You will be missed, sir. (ANGEL ONG)