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

Originally posted 07/01/2014 10:56AM

Barack Obama Salutes White House Pastry Chef
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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

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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!

 
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