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.
Vice President Joe Biden waits to conduct a mock swearing-in ceremony with Sen. Brian Schatz, D-Hawaii, in the Capitol's Old Senate Chamber, December 2, 2014. Schatz was sworn in to serve the remainder of his term since he was appointed to the seat after Sen. Daniel Inouye, D-Hawaii, passed away.