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Three Degrees of Separation, Presidential Style

Anyone on campus who is acquainted with Van Edwards, manager of the university warehouse and a procurement specialist, shares a special connection to newly sworn-in President Barack Obama by three degrees of separation.

 Van Edwards' nephew, Tate, (r) stands with then president-elect Barack Obama and other staff at the Obama's vacation house in Hawaii.

Van Edwards' nephew, Tate, (r) stands with then president-elect Barack Obama and other staff at the Obama's vacation house in Hawaii.

Edwards’ nephew, Tate Edwards, who is a student at the Culinary Institute of the Pacific at Kapiolani, was recommended for the job of cooking for the president-elect and his family at their rented seaside mansion in Kailua, on the island of Oahu.

He and a private chef cooked in Obama’s kitchen for six days and then Tate got the opportunity to plan and prepare a meal for the family by himself. It is an experience he’ll never forget.

For the menu and to read “What Obama Ate,” go to the Pacific Grill blog. Tate was a former intern at the exclusive restaurant in Tacoma, WA.

Tate, whose father and two uncles are UWG alum, said he has never been searched more in his life:

“It gets a little repetitive - even if you leave for five minutes you have to go through it again. Kind of tough when you have ice cream melting and have to go through checkpoint after checkpoint.”

“Tate is a lot more mellow and smoother than his Uncle Van,” said Van Edwards.

Here is what Van blogged and bragged about his nephew:

“What a humbling and very proud moment for Tate, and all his family and friends. Honor and privilege is what I feel for having the opportunity to know my nephew since he was just a tyke driving me around on Georgia's dirt roads.

"I'm not surprised Tate didn't get overly nervous. He's smooth as silk, and always has been. Your white-headed uncl,e along with the whole family, is very proud of you. Don't forget about the autograph.”

Aloha.

 

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