By Amie Parnes - 03/14/13 10:03 PM EDT
President Obama has often lamented how restrictive the so-called presidential “bubble” can be.
But in an interview with Israel's Channel 2 that aired on Thursday, Obama took it a step further, talking about how he has a “fantasy” of putting on a disguise — complete with a faux mustache — so he can converse with Israelis.
The answer came after Obama — who hasn't been to Israel since before he was elected president — was asked if there was anything he'd like to do on his visit next week to Israel.
A dip in the Dead Sea, he was asked? A visit to a falafel kiosk, perhaps?
“All of the above,” Obama said. “You know, I'd love to sit at a cafe and just hang out. The last time I was there as a senator, I still had the option of wandering through the Old City in Jerusalem. That option, I think, becomes a lot trickier once you're actually president.”
Obama, who leaves for the Middle East on Tuesday, said he would like to talk to Israelis to learn “how they're feeling, what they're thinking about the world, about life.”
In the interview, Obama summed up his relationship with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu, explaining that he's met with him “more than any other world leader.”