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Thu Sep 5, 2013, 12:10 AM

President Obama with Nordic Leaders before their Dinner together..


President Barack Obama poses with leaders of Nordic countries before a dinner together in Stockholm. From L-R: Danish Prime Minister Helle Thorning-Schmidt, Finland President Sauli Niinisto, Obama, Sweden Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt, Norway Prime Minister Jens Stoltenberg and Iceland Prime Minister Sigmundur David Gunnlaugsson.

http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/04/dinner/

Obama in Stockholm before heading to G20 summit in Russia

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Greeting Mr. Mr. Obama on a mild, sunny morning at the Stockholm-Arlanda International Airport were Swedish Foreign Minister Carl Bildt and leaders of Prime Minister Fredrik Reinfeldt's center-right coalition government.

Along Mr. Obama's motorcade route form the airport to a hotel, crowds of people lined the streets, some waving small American flags.

Mr. Obama's trip to Sweden will mark the first bilateral visit by a sitting U.S. president to the northern European nation. While in Stockholm, Mr. Obama will meet with Reinfeldt and King Carl XVI Gustav and dine with Nordic leaders from Norway, Iceland, Finland and Denmark. He'll also stop at Sweden's premier technical university to call attention to Sweden's goal to phase out fossil fuels by 2050.


http://www.cbsnews.com/8301-202_162-57601234/obama-in-stockholm-before-heading-to-g20-summit-in-russia/

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 12:46 AM

1. I hope they didn't try to serve Lutefisk. Watch out, Obama!



Lutefisk eaters thrive on quotes and jokes from skeptics of lutefisk comparing it to everything from rat poison (which has a hint of truth to it, because of the traces of nonstandard amino acid lysinoalanine found in lutefisk due to the reaction with lye) to weapons of mass destruction. A few examples are:

Quote from Garrison Keillor's book Lake Wobegon Days:

Every Advent we entered the purgatory of lutefisk, a repulsive gelatinous fishlike dish that tasted of soap and gave off an odor that would gag a goat. We did this in honor of Norwegian ancestors, much as if survivors of a famine might celebrate their deliverance by feasting on elm bark. I always felt the cold creeps as Advent approached, knowing that this dread delicacy would be put before me and I'd be told, "Just have a little." Eating a little was like vomiting a little, just as bad as a lot.

Quote from Garrison Keillor's book Pontoon:

Lutefisk is cod that has been dried in a lye solution. It looks like the desiccated cadavers of squirrels run over by trucks, but after it is soaked and reconstituted and the lye is washed out and it's cooked, it looks more fish-related, though with lutefisk, the window of success is small. It can be tasty, but the statistics aren't on your side. It is the hereditary delicacy of Swedes and Norwegians who serve it around the holidays, in memory of their ancestors, who ate it because they were poor. Most lutefisk is not edible by normal people. It is reminiscent of the afterbirth of a dog or the world's largest chunk of phlegm.

Interview with Jeffrey Steingarten, author of The Man Who Ate Everything (translated quote from a 1999 article in Norwegian newspaper Dagbladet):

Lutefisk is not food, it is a weapon of mass destruction. It is currently the only exception for the man who ate everything. Otherwise, I am fairly liberal, I gladly eat worms and insects, but I draw the line on lutefisk.

What is special with lutefisk?

Lutefisk is the Norwegians' attempt at conquering the world. When they discovered that Viking raids didn't give world supremacy, they invented a meal so terrifying, so cruel, that they could scare people to become one's subordinates. And if I'm not terribly wrong, you will be able to do it as well.


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lutefisk

OMG, if only we could have warned him before he left!



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Response to freshwest (Reply #1)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 03:10 AM

5. Lukefish sounds complicated, fresh! thanks for the info on it. :)

I looked for something a little more palatable for our Prez. Maybe we'll get to see the menu of what they actually had.. if they divulge it.

"Sweden is the new food country."

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"Sweden is a culinary nation shaped by its countryside. The summer — with long, light days and cool evenings — produces fruit that grows slowly and has rich flavors. The coastline provides high-quality fish and shellfish. And the vast forests are full of berries, mushrooms and game, which all have a special place in Swedish cuisine.

Sweden’s nature and the produce it yields create opportunities for exclusive culinary experiences. And as the Swedish food scene grows, a new style of cooking is developing. Swedish chefs are returning to their culinary roots, rediscovering classic Swedish dishes and fantastic local seasonal ingredients, and giving them a modern twist. Swedish chefs are renowned for their ability to make the best of this blend of tradition and innovation.

In recent years there has been a boom in top-class restaurants in Stockholm, Gothenburg and Malmö, but also in smaller towns and the countryside. One of the most praised restaurants in Sweden is tucked away on an island in the Stockholm archipelago. There is a general trend towards serving good food, as well as increasing demand for it. Swedes are curious about food and keen to learn: they travel for gourmet experiences, and when they come home they demand interesting and innovative fine dining."

There's more..
http://www.sweden.se/food



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Response to Cha (Reply #5)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 02:17 PM

12. Sounds like good eating there! And a bit like the tastes in the PNW.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 01:07 AM

2. Best I could do tonight~



President Obama at the Great Synagogue in Stockholm

I will be back tomorrow.




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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 01:18 AM

3. Beautiful! Sleep well!

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Response to freshwest (Reply #3)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 01:38 AM

4. I will~~~

I just had to post one last thing~

freshwest

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #4)

Sun Sep 8, 2013, 04:21 PM

19. Someone somewhere asked if Obama won anyone over in Scandinavia. I have some outrageous pix of that!

I haven't posted as we don't want people to get the wrong idea about our 'younger, taller, more hair, better looking' president!

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Response to sheshe2 (Reply #2)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 03:49 AM

6. Oh, that's a really nice pic of what PBO is up to, she..

Last edited Thu Sep 5, 2013, 05:11 PM - Edit history (1)

Mahalo! Made me go check out to see what more chipsticks had..

Respect~



President Obama honors Raoul Wallenberg~ Turns out Raoul Wallenburg was born exactly 49 years before Barack Obama on August 4, 1912, she!



http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/04/respect-6/

"Raoul Wallenberg was born on August 4, 1912, in Stockholm, Sweden."

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"Having studied in the United States in the 1930s and having established himself in a business career in Sweden, he was recruited by the US War Refugee Board (WRB) in June 1944 to travel to Hungary. Given status as a diplomat by the Swedish legation, Wallenberg's task was to do what he could to assist and save Hungarian Jews.

Assigned as first secretary to the Swedish legation in Hungary, Wallenberg arrived in Budapest on July 9, 1944. Despite a complete lack of experience in diplomacy and clandestine operations, he led one of the most extensive and successful rescue efforts during the Holocaust. His work with the WRB and the World Jewish Congress prevented the deportation of tens of thousands of Hungarian Jews to the Auschwitz-Birkenau killing center."


http://www.ushmm.org/wlc/en/article.php?ModuleId=10005211

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Mahalo for posting one last Post, she~

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Response to Cha (Reply #6)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 02:14 PM

11. Great pic and video of honoring Wallenberg. Here's another with more on him that I didn't know:



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Response to freshwest (Reply #11)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 05:09 PM

14. Thank you, fresh. Looking forward

to learning more about Raoul Wallenberg.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 06:06 AM

7. Btw, Gotta love

those Nordic names~

Another pic from the President's "Day in Sweden".


President Obama is shown an example of a vehicle that uses fuel cells by Professor Goran Lindbergh during a tour of an energy expo at the Royal Institute of Technology in Stockholm

http://theobamadiary.com/2013/09/04/the-day-in-sweden/

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 07:04 AM

8. Awesome pic!

Is it inappropriate to tell the truth? I had no idea the Prime Minister of Norway looked like that! He needs to become much more visible on the world stage.

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Response to JustAnotherGen (Reply #8)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 12:06 PM

10. Ooh, you liked that, uh? Yes, he was the most attractive besides Obama. My friends in Norway get

annual government paid vacations to sunny places to make up for the severe lack of sunlight many months of the year there.

They have traveled to Greece, Turkey and Italy so far. Their best trip was to Greece, they said they were the most friendly. Got to get a little tanned!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 08:47 AM

9. Great OP and posts, everyone - thanks

I rec'd but the button disappeared instead of changing, so I'll return later to see whether it counted.

Yes, I do hope President Obama escaped the lutefisk curse. I once smelled some and nearly got the heaves. That stuff might be the vilest on earth.

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Response to IrishAyes (Reply #9)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 05:19 PM

15. Thanks for the Rec, IrishAyes. Sometimes

the rec button acts up for me, too. You know how to see if you've rec or not? You click on the space above the "Rec" tab where the numbers are and that shows who's Rec the thread.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 02:24 PM

13. I haven't followed this story as closely as I should.

Have any of the Nordic leaders taken a position either for or against President Obama's proposed attack against Syria?

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Response to totodeinhere (Reply #13)

Sat Sep 7, 2013, 12:28 PM

18. The Danes seem to be somewhat willing

to go along with the U.S. and France (if the latter lasts) without a UN mandate. For Norway and Sweden it's UN mandate or no involvement at this point.

Don't know about Finland. Iceland has no military.

As a side note, Iceland actually managed to send a tiny force to Afghanistan despite that. Couple of weeks training in Norway, some U.S. training in Afghanistan, and off they went.

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 06:27 PM

16. Front page of the newspaper.. the next day!

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Response to Cha (Original post)

Thu Sep 5, 2013, 07:39 PM

17. Aww. The one from Iceland looks so sweet.

He reminds me of my youngest (younger?) son. I only have 2 and I never know whether to use the superlative form or not. It makes me sad. He's in South Korea.

My son is really handsome. I wish I had his nose. It's perfect. Drat him. But he's tall and husky, but fit. Imposing but gentle. Sigh.

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