- The Washington Times - Monday, November 30, 2015

President Obama showed the terrorists they haven’t won Monday night by dining out at a fancy Parisian restaurant with French President Francois Hollande.

Mr. Obama, Secretary of State John F. Kerry and other top U.S. and French officials joined Mr. Hollande for dinner at L’Ambroisie, a three-star Michelin restaurant in the Place des Voges, described by a reporter accompanying the group as a “gastronomic tour de force.”

Asked what he intended to order from the menu, Mr. Obama replied, “I will follow the recommendation of the French president.”

Mr. Obama, who is in the city for a climate-change conference with other world leaders, has said proceeding with the summit as scheduled is a good way to show the Islamic State that its horrific attacks in Paris on Nov. 13 will not stop the civilized world from carrying on.

Among those with Mr. Obama in the restaurant’s private dining room were U.S. Ambassador to France Jane Hartley, French Foreign Minister Laurent Fabius and White House National Security Adviser Susan E. Rice.

The restaurant’s menu offers dishes such as Brittany-sourced scallops with truffles, broccoli with a parsley coulis, sea bass adorned with artichoke, dill and beurre blanc, and Iranian Oscietra Gold caviar. Diners (or taxpayers) can expect to spend more than $400 per person.

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