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Obama Ate at Shark Fin Soup Shop

Obama's Chinatown stop brings shark fin controversy.



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    The president paid in cash and carried out his own bags.

    Maybe President Obama should have checked for an online menu before stopping by the Great Eastern Chinese restaurant in San Francisco's Chinatown, Thursday.

    During a visit to the City, Obama decided to shake it up with the public, making a stop in Chinatown to grab a bite for lunch and getting felt up by a couple of frisky ladies.

    Unfortunately for the President, the press took note that the Great Eastern still serves shark fin soup, which was banned  in California. The shop is able to still sell the soup due to a loophole in the law that states restaurants with back stock can still sell until 2013.

    The somewhat embarrassing part for the Prez, is that he signed the Shark Conservation Act into law last month.

    Mr. Obama didn't order any of the $48 soup, and stuck with buckets of dim sum, instead.

    According to the NYT, Jay Carney, the White House press secretary said the president was not aware of shark fin soup on the menu and he "enjoyed his visit to Chinatown."