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Check out what some of the Former US Presidents did and enjoyed when they visited the city.

entertainment Updated: Nov 02, 2010 12:08 IST
Namya Sinha
Namya Sinha
Hindustan Times

As Delhi gears up to welcome United States President Barack Obama, who will be the sixth US President to visit India, HT City takes a look at some of the Former US Presidents who came to the city and how they enjoyed the flavours of the city and areas around it.

It was Jimmy Carter whose visit to a small village in Haryana very near to Delhi, grabbed headlines. This small village was previously known as Daulatpur Nasirabad and after Carter’s visit in 1978 the name of the village was changed to Carterpuri. His wife also accompanied Carter on this visit and she wore traditional clothes. They had presented the village with its first television set. So much was the impact of his visit on the villagers that not only the name was changed but also January 3 was declared as the village holiday to commemorate his visit.

ObamaIt was in the year 2000, that Bill Clinton came to the city with his daughter Chelsea in the month of March. Bill Clinton ate at Bukhara at the ITC Maurya where he was staying as well and this brought the restaurant and especially its Dal Bukhara and Sikandari raan to the world gastronomical map. A special platter was created after that which comprised of everything Bill Clinton tried at the restaurant and is known as the Bill Clinton platter, priced at Rs 4,700 (plus taxes).

The popularity of the food is as much as the table at which Clinton dined. It is literally the hot seat at the restaurant. The restaurant is now preparing a platter for Obama and will be have delights such as fish and murgh khurchan and other kinds of meat. Clinton also enjoyed shopping trips with his daughter Chelsea and bought Pashmina shawls, wool jackets and silk carpets from a store in Delhi.

Though George W. Bush was on a short trip with his wife Laura in 2006, he visited Mahatma Gandhi’s memorial, Rajghat. It was Laura who made most of this visit to acquaint with the city by visiting schools such and Mother Teresa’s Jeevan Jyoti Home for Disabled children.

First Published: Nov 01, 2010 17:22 IST