Despite the pleas of locavore foodies, the Obamas decided to keep the Bushes’ executive White House chef, Cristeta Comerford, who is also a prominent Filipino-American. Who said that Ms. Comerford was a prominent Filipino-American? Why, George W. Bush. While answering questions in the Oval Office with President Gloria Arroyo of the Philippines, Bush said
Madam President, it is a pleasure to welcome you back to the Oval Office. We have just had a very constructive dialogue. First, I want to tell you how proud I am to be the President of a nation that — in which there’s a lot of Philippine-Americans. They love America and they love their heritage. And I reminded the President that I am reminded of the great talent of the — of our Philippine-Americans when I eat dinner at the White House.