Obama to eat kosher for Passover during upcoming Israel visitBy Mason White 3:45 PM March 12, 2013
|Obama enjoying a delicious sandwich|
By: Shifra Unger
Barack Obama definitely did not see this coming.
U.S. President Obama will have to observe a strict kosher for Passover diet on his visit to Jerusalem, Israel, later this month.
The strict dietary restrictions are due to the time of his arrival, which coincides with the Jewish holiday of Passover.
The historic King David Hotel in Jerusalem, where president Obama will stay, will only have a strict kosher for Passover menu.
Passover commemorates the story of the Exodus, in which the ancient Israelites were freed from slavery in Egypt.
Jews celebrate the occasion by eating unleavened bread, known as matzah while avoiding foods containing barley, wheat, rye or oats.
Hotel staff said that they will not be able to make an exception for the presidential party.
Obama and his advisers can expect their menu to be loaded with vegetables, while pasta dishes will remain off the menu.
“We are used to accommodate the heads of state and U.S. presidents as well, but this situation is very unique to us as it is so close to Passover,” the manager of the hotels, Dror Danino, told a local Israeli newspaper.
The diet may prove to be difficult for Obama, who has been known to enjoy rich foods.