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Cities across India are vying for Obama's attention months ahead of a planned state visit.
India’s financial capital Mumbai is also pitching for an Obama stopover. The state government there is hoping that the president will stay overnight at the Taj Mahal Hotel, which was at the eye of the gruesome terrorist attack in November 2008. Mumbai hopes that this will be a confidence-building presidential gesture.
Meanwhile in New Delhi, the upscale Bukhara restaurant had created rich, kebab meat-filled “Presidential Platter” and a “Hillary Platter” for the former president and his wife on separate visits.
Restaurants in New Delhi, Bukhara included, are now vying to host the U.S. president and the first lady and concoct culinary creations named after Obama and Michelle.
Whether the Obamas, known for their funky and down-to-earth choices in restaurants, clothing and everything else, will dine at a swanky location or try one of New Delhi’s trendier eating establishments is the stuff of diplomatic speculation.