Celebs, lawmakers at state dinner rate their chopstick skills
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"It's going to be challenging tonight," the Oregon Democrat said with a laugh as he arrived at Tuesday’s Japan state dinner at the White House. With dishes prepared by acclaimed Japanese chef Masaharu Morimoto, both chopsticks and traditional utensils were said to be offered for the meal hosted by President Obama and Michelle Obama for Japanese Prime Minister Shinzo Abe.
 
"I always play it safe,” Wyden said, before then declaring, “I'll try to be a double threat," indicating he would use both a fork and chopsticks.
 
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“Scandal” creator Shonda Rhimes stayed mostly mum as she breezed past reporters, but did offer a critique on her chopstick skills: “So-so.”
 
"Star Trek" actor George Takei told journalists he wouldn't have any trouble handling his state dinner meal, saying, "I grew up with chopsticks." But he said his husband, Brad Takei, was "not very good with it."
 
"Is that considered really exotic for the White House?" Brad Takei, asking about using chopsticks, inquired with journalists there. "It doesn't really seem like that big of a deal."
 
Former Senate Majority Leader Tom Daschle (D-S.D.) expressed confidence in his chopstick abilities, calling them "fantastic."