On Mon., Jun. 30, at an event to celebrate LGBT pride month, President Obama lauded Bill Yosses, the retiring White House pastry chef. Yosses is known for his delicious pies and is therefore called “the Crustmaster.” Yosses was first hired in the White House in 2007 under President George W. Bush.
When speaking about the excellent pastry chef, Obama joked, “I don’t know what he does — whether he puts crack in them, or …” The audience responded with chuckles, however Michelle Obama quickly asserted, “no he doesn’t. … There is no crack in our pies.”
It is ironic that Obama made this joke at an LGBT event. In 2008, a gay man from Chicago named Larry Sinclair held a press conference in which he claimed to smoke crack with Obama in the 1990s. The story made international headlines at this time as it occurred during the height of Obama’s presidential campaign.
After the pie crack, Obama went on to discuss Yosses’ pies recounting how he first tried them after a physical upon moving into the White House. Obama continued to joke about these delectable treats, “My cholesterol shot up. And the doctor was like, what happened? And I thought, it’s the pie! It’s the pie! So we had to establish like a really firm rule about no pie during the week.”
President Obama is a huge pie fanatic. Last Thanksgiving Obama reportedly ate nine pies, more than his typical consumption of six. Nevertheless, Michelle certainly did not approve of this habit as her initiatives as first lady have been to improve healthy eating. Notably, her “My Plate” and “Let’s Move” programs are all geared towards promoting healthy living and exercising, particularly for children in the U.S.
Even though Obama has not faced too much backlash for his blunder, his usual critics have gone on the attack.