State Department introduces 'food diplomacy' program
September 8th, 2012
03:30 PM ET
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Something was amiss in the White House kitchen.

The staff was already keenly aware that the newest residents of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue (a 40-something couple with a teenaged daughter) presented a significant cultural and demographic shift from the previous regime and they wanted things to go smoothly. A frantic call was made to the first lady's office, and her assistant, Capricia Penavic Marshall, picked up the phone. "The first lady is in the kitchen, and she wants...a pan!"

"Am I missing something?" asked Marshall. Further explanation revealed that first daughter Chelsea Clinton wasn't feeling especially well that day, and her mother wanted to make her some eggs. This, in the experience of the staff, had not happened before. They needed guidance.

"Welcome to a new day," said Marshall. "Get her the pan."
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