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Quote of the Week: Michelle Obama and crack pies

While bidding departing White House executive pastry chef William "Bill" Yosses a fond farewell, President Obama said he's stumped as to how Yosses makes his pies so good. "His pies, I don't what he does, whether he puts crack in them or," the president said before trailing off. (

It’s only Tuesday, but folks we have this week’s Loop Quote of the Week Winner sealed.

At a White House reception for LGBT Pride Month, President Obama was praising outgoing executive pastry chef Bill Yosses for his ever so sweet baking skills.

Then the president suggested that perhaps Yosses’ pies were so addicting because of a secret ingredient.

“I don’t know what he does, whether he puts crack in them, or…,” Obama said.

The first lady shot her husband a look, laughed, pursed her lips and shook her head with almost an eye roll.

“No, he doesn’t,” she said, head shaking. Then straight-faced, “There is no crack in our pie.”

President Obama didn’t back down, telling the crowd that after the first year in the White House they had to establish a pie only on weekends rule.

Hearing the president crack a joke about crack is rare enough, but it’s Michelle Obama’s deadpan clarification that earned the Loop title.

President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama smile while hosting a reception to observe LGBT Pride Month at the White House on Monday. (Kevin Lamarque/Reuters)
Colby Itkowitz is the lead anchor of the Inspired Life blog. She previously covered the quirks of national politics and the federal government.



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