The presumptive Democratic presidential nominee, Barack Obama, is closer to our south-asian culture than what many think.
While interacting with a group of south-asians in San Fransisco, many of them Indian and Pakistani immigrants, including San Francisco District Attorney Kamala Harris, Obama states that he is not only familiar with their cultures, but also proud of his lifelong associations with them.
“Not only do I think I’m a desi , but I’m a desi ,” the San Francisco Chronicle quoted Obama as telling a mirthful crowd. “I’m a homeboy.” Obama then went on to recall how when he first went to Occidental College, his first roommate was Pakistani. And in his dorm, he said with a laugh, “Indians and Pakistanis came together under one roof … to cause havoc in the university.” To applause, he said he became an expert at cooking dal and other ethnic dishes, though “somebody else made the naan.”
“Those are friendships which have lasted me for years, and continue until this day. I have an enormous personal affection for the people of South Asia,” Obama said, adding, “I’ve also had an orientation toward Asia and a recognition … that over time we are going to see … more economic growth,” and an economic partnership with the US that is strategic.