President Barack Obama’s State of the Union address didn’t just serve to push his agenda. It also got him a free meal, courtesy of Sen. Mark Begich.
The Alaska Democrat sent a jar and a can of Alaska smoked salmon to Obama on Friday afternoon, inspired by the president’s mention of salmon in the SOTU. Salmon is Alaska’s state fish and a major part of the Last Frontier’s economy; Obama referenced salmon in his speech as a way of slamming government bureaucracy.
“The Interior Department is in charge of salmon while they’re in fresh water, but the Commerce Department handles them in when they’re in saltwater. I hear it gets even more complicated once they’re smoked,” Obama joked.
In a letter to Obama, Begich urges the president to support efforts to protect salmon in its natural environment, and he sends a sample of smoked wild salmon from an Alaska seafood processor.
“As you noted, the rules for smoked salmon are somewhat more complicated, but the result is a product that is as healthy as it is delicious,” Begich writes.
Rep. Elijah Cummings, D-Md., right, hugs Harold Schaitberger, General President of the International Association of Fire Fighters, after the Congressman spoke at the IAFF's Legislative Conference General Session at the Hyatt Regency on Capitol Hill, March 9, 2015. The day featured addresses by members of Congress and Vice President Joe Biden.