ABC News’ Sunlen Miller reports:
While President Obama and Australian Prime Minister Julia Gillard touted their “shared values” and “close bond” between them today at the White House – there’s one thing apparently that separates them: vegemite.
“It’s horrible,” Obama exclaimed.
“I love vegemite,” Prime Minister Gillard said noting that their opinions of the Australian spread serves as a “little bit of division” between the two of them.
The two leaders were responding to a question asked by an 11th grade student at Wakefield High School where the President and Prime Minister visited a US history class this afternoon. A student wanted to know what vegemite really is, which prompted the debate.
“It’s like a quasi-vegetable byproduct paste. That you smear on your toast for breakfast,” Obama said sarcastically adding for emphasis, “sounds good, doesn’t it?”
Prime Minister Gillard said that vegemite is a “byproduct of making beer,” a yeast paste – and that the “biggest error” with vegemite is to put too much on your toast.
“You don’t put it on like jam or anything like that. You do it very lightly, spread it very thinly. And it’s good,” the prime minister said, adding that people who start eating it younger in life tend to crave it as they get older.
The president appeared to agree to disagree.
“Fair enough,” Obama said.
The president was asked when he would be visiting Australia, his visit planned last year having been postponed.
“I would love to get there,” Obama said explaining that he first visited Sydney at eight-years-old, “I hope I get a chance to get back there soon.”
Presumably, when he does get back, the president will not be tasting any vegemite again.
- Sunlen Miller