Obama: "Not only do I think I'm a desi, but I'm a desi."
|At a San Fransisco Fundraiser on Aug 17, Barack Obama endeared himself to his Indian and Pakistani American contributors by playfully identifying himself as a desi.
The San Fransisco Chronicle quoted Obama as saying: “Not only do I think I’m a desi, but I’m a desi. I’m a homeboy.”
At Occidental College, Obama recalled, he roomed with Pakistani student, and at the dorm “Indians and Pakistanis came together under one roof … to cause havoc in the university.”
Obama added that he had learned to cook dal and other Indian dishes, but “somebody else made the naan.”
“Those are friendships which have lasted … for years, and continue until this day,” Obama said. “I have an enormous personal affection for the people of South Asia,” the Chronicle reported.