US President Barack Obama’s appreciation for Bob Marley music and Red Stripe Beer is well known, and he proved during his short visit that he is comfortable with the Jamaican Patois.
Obama also prove that he loves Jamaican food.
The US president was given a sampling of 12 of Jamaica’s more famous dishes on his first night in the island, according to US Ambassador to Jamaica Luis G. Moreno.
It is believed that ackee and salt fish, jerk chicken and fried plantains were on the menu.
Samplings of Jamaican cuisine were prepared the first night (April 8) Obama was landed in Jamaica, which was made by the chef at The JamaicaPegasus hotel.
“The plates were completely clean when they came to pick up the dishes, so he must have enjoyed it immensely,” Moreno told media reporters.
Obama, who stayed at The Jamaica Pegasus hotel during his nearly 24-hour stop in the island, was very impressed with the meals and conveyed his appreciation to the chef.
The chef reportedly received excellent feedback from the president.
Obama will get his desire for a cold mug of Jamaican Red Stripe beer on Air Force One.
In fact, 48 bottles of the Jamaican beverage have been delivered to Air Force One for the American president.
A taste of the Jamaican beer was one of two wishes the president made around 10 minutes before Air Force One landed at the Norman Manley International Airport on Wednesday night.
The other wish to visit the Bob Marley Museum was materialised in a surprise stop at the Hope Road-based landmark, just over an hour after Obama touched Jamaican soil.
Yesterday, Red Stripe sought to make the other wish come true, delivering two crates of beer at the Norman Manley International Airport which were received on the president’s behalf by his Secret Service agents.
The US president was in the island for some serious business, including bilateral talks with Prime Minister Portia Simpson Miller and discussions with 14 Heads of Government from the Caribbean Community, but made time to visit the Bob Marley Museum in St Andrew less than two hours after disembarking Air Force One at the Norman Manley International Airport.
“We will have to return with the girls sometime in the future,” said Obama not long before he left the island with 48 bottles of Red Stripe Beer and pleasant memories.
The 44th US president has long made it clear that he is captivated by the music of the iconic reggae artiste, and was clearly pleased about getting more acquainted with the history of the legendary singer whose albums are among his prized possessions.
According to the museum’s tour guide, Natasha Clark, the president started to sing and dance when the Marley anthem, Exodus, was being played, and revealed that he had been listening to it while making his way to Jamaica on Air Force One. He also sang along with Marley as the hard-hitting Ambush in the Night was played.
Seemingly fired up by the Marley message, Obama, on Thursday, captured hearts and disarmed critics as he greeted the “massive” and asked “what a gwaan?” at the start of a meeting with youth leaders from across the region at the University of the West Indies, Mona campus.