While out in San Francisco Thursday collecting cash from donors to his campaign, President Obama stopped for takeout dim sum at one of the few places left in the city serving shark’s fin soup, prompting outrage.
Obama had no idea idea the delicacy was on the menu, according to the White House, and certainly didn’t order any.
Shark fin is banned by state law in California, but restaurants can still sell fins that have already been sliced off their previous owners. But most have stopped serving the soup.
So the restaurant, Great Eastern, can legally sell shark fin soup, as long as it’s not fresh. I doubt, however, that anybody is carbon testing the fins Great Eastern sells to determine their age.
One local news outlet, SFweekly, asserts that the only crime definitively committed here is that Obama got second rate dim sum, apparently passing up better places for a name restaurant.
So the advance people who researched Obama’s trip failed him twice. Heads most roll.