Michelle Obama: ‘There Is No Crack In Our Pies’

07/01/2014 at 10:56 AM ET

Barack Obama Salutes White House Pastry Chef
Mandel Ngan/AFP/Getty

Does Barack Obama‘s pie fixation surpass his obsession with burgers?

On Monday at a White House reception in honor of LGBT Pride Month, the POTUS announced his plans to extend anti-discrimation protection to federal transgendered workers, but what’s gotten the Interwebs into a tizzy is his high praise for White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses.

“We call Bill ‘The Crustmaster’ because his pies, I don’t know what he does, whether he puts crack in them, or, um …” said Obama before his voice trailed off and the audience members, many of whom were videoing with smartphones, laughed heartily.

First Lady Michelle Obama was quick to set the record straight after her husband’s comment. “No he doesn’t. There is no crack in our pies,” she said, smiling, as the audience continued to chuckle.

Yosses, who is also the author of Desserts for Dummies, is leaving his White House post after seven years and will be moving to New York. According to the Associated Press, he plans to teach people about eating healthier and will also be joining his husband, Charlie Jandusay Fabella Jr., who he’s lived apart from since they first met 11 years ago.

Although Yosses oversaw the roster of decadent menu items such as the annual holiday gingerbread house and an array of fruit pies, the chef told The New York Times that the First Lady’s call for healthier dessert items has made a lasting impact on him. His substitutions have included swapping in fruit puree for butter, honey and agave for sugar. He’s also researched heirloom whole wheat products, which may produce a less bitter aftertaste than modern whole-wheat flour.

“She has done it with humor and good will, without preaching, just the way you would hope the ‘Mom in chief’ would do,” he told the Times.

Calling Yosses “a wonderful person,” President Obama said on Monday that during his first term as president, the family had to set limits on sweets after the POTUS learned his cholesterol had increased. “We had to establish a really firm rule about no pie during the week,” he said.

—Lexi Dwyer

Share this story:

Your reaction:

The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms


Stay Connected


Advertise With Us

Learn More

Skip to content


The Latest Craze in Disco Styles Is See-Through Jeans—but Beware of Foggy Bottoms

Posted on

On a clear day, you can see forever—or at least that’s the wicked thought behind L.A. designer Agi Berliner’s transparent idea: see-through jeans. Exhibitionists notwithstanding, most folks wear them over bathing suits or as attention-getting evening wear with halters, garter belts and body stockings. Created for the disco crowd, the $34 jeans are selling like, well, hot pants. In just six weeks, 25,000 pairs have already been sold in such major department store chains as Macy’s, Bonwit’s and Saks.

“What’s limiting American designers is that we’re afraid to do something different,” says Berliner, 32, a Hungarian émigré who fled with her family to the U.S. in 1956. Agi thought up the gimmick in London while marveling at the way plastics were being employed by designers of punk fashion. In her L.A. office, where she designs for La Parisienne junior sportswear, Agi spent five days on the phone and six weeks testing to come up with the right plastic.

Agi herself tried out the French-cut jeans with the zipper in front, and quickly found several problems: Some plastics tore away from stitching, others wouldn’t bend and all fogged with perspiration. The ideal material proved to be a vinyl supplied by a bookbinder. The steam was eliminated with a series of vents behind the knees and in the crotch. “They’re no hotter than polyester pants,” claims Agi, “and if you wear them with tights, they won’t stick to your legs.”

Whatever the discomfort and despite the problem of Saturday night feverishness, discomaniacs report one major advantage of the plastic pants: no laundry bills. To keep Berliner’s see-through jeans clear, all the wearer needs is a little Windex.

Powered by WordPress.com VIP
Add A Comment

PEOPLE.com reserves the right to remove comments at their discretion.

Showing 16 comments

Me on

Stay classy, jerks. Oh…she doesn’t demand? Really? No cupcakes for parties in my taxpayer funded school.

ann on

Couldn’t they have picked a better pic of her?

guest on

I still can’t believe I voted for this guy TWICE!!!!!!

Jazzy on

The ingredient is called “Sugar.” It’s highly addictive, is in most of our foods here in the US and greatly contributing to obesity and diabetes.

Anonymous on

Obama is an idiot!!!

noorilhuda on

You can tell the state of a marriage when the wife does not even appreciate the joke the husband is making! And ‘corrects’ it!

JenC on

Wow, really classy.

pinky on

Everyone who voted for Obama owes the rest of us an apology!

Lotus on

Oh get out your azzez! It was a JOKE. He got too comfortable and forgot he was addressing an audience that entails a bunch of stiff shirts that are waiting to jump on any little thing to further throw him under the bus. Those must be some really good pies!

Mela on

Come on get over it. It was a JOKE. I thought it was funny and i am no Obama supporter…

Laura S. on

You can take the hood out of the President, but can’t take the President out of the hood. Good grief, he is so classless!

What? on

Laura – the joke was classless, but what “hood” are you referring to?

What? on

AND you said the jab wrong. It SHOULD read “You can take the person out of non-desirable environment, but not the non-desirable environment out of the person”. #TheMoreYouKnow

teddy on

Some classy Chicagoans we have in the White House

Jen on

She needs to keep her mouth closed more. All you see is teeth!

Straight Boy Scandals Mobile C on