Press pool report: Pool was ushered to a hold area at the end of a hallway in the hotel, where Obama, after a false start, walked down the hall. Asked by Julie Pace of the AP if he slept well, he said, “I’m still on 4 am time.” Another reporter asked Obama if he like the ice cream dessert in the shape of Mt. Fuji served at the state dinner. Obama nodded, saying, “They have the green tea at the bottom that I’ve spoken of having when I was six, and I was very pleased,” Obama said. “It was delicious.”
The apparently jet-lagged president made sure to share the press’s lightweight treatment while speaking with Emperor Akihito and Empress Michiko later:
“The press was asking if I enjoyed the green tea ice cream,” Obama said. “Did you enjoy it?” the empress asked. “Yes, absolutely,” he replied.
From here, it’s off to SouthKorea, where we can expect to learn whether the Leader of the Free World enjoyed the national dish, kimchi with puppy paws.