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Barack Obama's Tweet on Anthony Bourdain's Death June 2018

Barack Obama Shares a Moving Tribute to Anthony Bourdain

U.S. President Barack Obama shakes hands with American Chef Anthony Bourdain after visiting with him in a shopping area in Hanoi, Vietnam, Tuesday, May 24, 2016. President Barack Obama taped the second part of an interview with CNN personality Anthony Bourdain before leaving the Vietnamese capital for Ho Chi Minh City on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

The public continues to process and mourn the loss of Anthony Bourdain following his death on June 8 at age 61. In addition to the many public figures who have paid tribute to the celebrated chef and television host, Barack Obama honoured Bourdain with a touching message on Twitter.

The former president appeared on Bourdain's Parts Unknown during a 2016 episode which focused on Hanoi, Vietnam. In his tweet, Obama quoted Bourdain's description of the meal they shared: "Low plastic stool, cheap but delicious noodles, cold Hanoi beer." Obama added, "This is how I'll remember Tony. He taught us about food — but more importantly, about its ability to bring us together. To make us a little less afraid of the unknown. We'll miss him."

Bourdain later recounted his experience meeting Obama in an article for CNN. "I will sure as sh*t remember this trip to Vietnam," Bourdain wrote. "Not very long ago at all, I was a 44-year-old guy still dunking French fries with no hope of ever seeing Rome, much less Hanoi — much less EVER sitting across from the President of the United States, talking about hot dogs."

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