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.
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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.