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White House invitation sent Inouye to Yellow Pages

  • STAR-ADVERTISER / 1959
    At his first White House dinner in 1959, then-Congressman Daniel Ino­uye was mistaken for the king of Siam. “They probably had not seen many Asians that night,” Ino­uye recalled. “Who the hell is that?” Ino­uye overheard one guard whisper to the other. “I think it’s the king of Siam,” the other replied. “I’m a good American,” said Ino­uye. “I didn’t want to disappoint my fellow Americans. So I waved at them.”

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