Washington - An unexpected appetizer of the President's favorite dish turned up ahead of Obama's chicken gung-po tonight as he dined alone with Vice President Biden.
"Mmm, steamed Broccoli a la Raisa Gorbachev," the Veep exclaimed recalling how the former Soviet First Lady had once credited a similar delicacy for putting, uh, lead inside Mikhail's pencil.
"Yeah, but that was before she steamed his pencil," the President replied, "for giving in to Saddam about nerve gas stuff in the women's bathroom at the Kremlin."
Obama and Biden continued deep in conversation as chefs at Georgetown's Sticky Duck restaurant quietly congratulated themselves for remembering the President's 'My Favorite Food Is Broccoli' moment at a White House press call in July.
Three side-salads later the pair were happily tucking in to the restaurant's signature dish of Lobster Thermidor cooked according to a recipe from the Mamie Eisenhower Thermite Cookbook, first served at the US embassy in Guam in 1954.
"Expect some major fireworks to light up the Syrian skies once all that roughage has finally done the business on Capitol Hill," a White House aide remarked.
First US missile blasts aimed at Bash-Ear Assad's sarin factory are expected to come late this weekend.