The president was in Los Angeles yesterday speaking to entrepreneurs at Cross Campus, a “collaborative” shared office facility, where he was offered his first post-presidential job opportunity. Via the AP:
Obama was answering questions Thursday from young entrepreneurs at the office facility Cross Campus when one go-getter, Ariel Jalali, pitched his startup Sensay, a mobile app corporation.
“The question is really more in the form of an offer,” he said. “I wanted to get a jump on the competition in offering you your next gig. It’s super rewarding. You get to help people.”
Obama asked with a laugh, “You’re offering me a job?”
“That’s right,” Jalali said.
The president also liked the idea of working while “wearing sweatpants and a baseball cap,” but then joked about the “perks” of the job:
Obama gets tech start up job offer in California, seeks sushi bar http://t.co/nb40A0Mk7Q
— Edward-Isaac Dovere (@IsaacDovere) October 10, 2014
Get it? The company’s name is Sensay, which is a play on the Japanese word “sensei.” Why wouldn’t they have a sushi bar? Oh, and we know how much the president likes a job where he can wear a baseball hat:
But if the company can afford a sushi bar, it most certainly can afford health insurance for its employees, no? Or maybe President Obama is…
— Nathan Wurtzel (@NathanWurtzel) October 10, 2014
Yep. “Out of touch” it is. Here’s how the president asked for his “perk”:
— Gabriel Debenedetti (@gdebenedetti) October 10, 2014
What’s with the phrase, “Do you have, like, a sushi bar?” Just because the president is speaking at a location known as #SiliconBeach, doesn’t mean he has to speak like a surfer. Sheesh.
But does the president really need sushi?
Obama's prized perk: Sushi. Didn't seem to like sushi much when he was in Japan. http://t.co/qQ3vF3nt19
— Edmund Moy (@EdmundCMoy) October 10, 2014
This is referring to the now infamous incident of President Obama going to the top sushi restaurant in Japan and then not finishing his very expensive meal:
Restaurant Owner Claims Obama Only Ate Half of that World Famous Sushi http://t.co/V17LT136IS
— Tokyo Desu (@Tokyo_Desu) August 12, 2014
Obama's most shocking move so far. Worse than drones or the NSA. http://t.co/HcCEUPmmZF
— Dan Ahdoot (@standupdan) May 2, 2014
Report: Obama Didn’t Finish His Jiro Dreams of Sushi Meal. Japan govt spokesman: Obama "ate a good amount." http://t.co/m9qJF8C4LP
— Yuka Hayashi (@TokyoWoods) May 1, 2014
— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) May 1, 2014
Oh, well. The entire point of showing up at Cross Campus anyway was to give the president a reason to travel to California and, as Twitchy reported, entertain mega donors at Gwyneth Paltrow’s house.
And he got to look and sound hip while doing it. Mission accomplished, Mr. President:
— kevinwinston (@kevinwinston) October 9, 2014