The Obama administration acted quickly to steer its healthy-eating messaging back on track Wednesday as White House Assistant Chef Sam Kass assured an audience of young children that the president “doesn’t really eat that much” candy.

Kass with the first lady last year. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)
Kass with the first lady last year. (Carolyn Kaster / AP)

Kass’s statement — which drew a tepid response from this particular crowd, reports our colleague Jennifer Maas — came a day after President Obama’s off-the-cuff comments to a group of older kids at the White House Tuesday that he loathed vegetables as a kid.

Though the president quickly went into damage-control mode — asserting that his problem with mushy, overcooked veggies has been remedied now that “they’re prepared right,” and telling a kid reporter that his favorite vegetable is broccoli — questions clearly remained for some pre-voters. At Wednesday’s “Let’s Read! Let’s Move!” event at the Department of Education, one young girl confronted Kass about Obama’s candy consumption.

Kass, a senior policy advisor on nutrition, maintained that the president eats very little candy — though he conceded that “a little candy is okay with a diet full of lots of fruits and vegetables.”

Michelle Kwan in December. (Jeff Martin for Washington Post Live)

Grownups! What can you do with them? The youngsters also picked up some cheerful advice on summer fun from VIP storybook readers Michelle Kwan (“I trained four to five hours a day; I would try to pick up a book to read on the hours in between”) and Education Secretary Arne Duncan (“It is either 99 degrees outside or raining. So you can play inside, you can play outside. You can read inside, you can read outside.”)

Earlier: President Obama on veggie loathing, finger foods, at ‘Kids’ State Dinner’, 7/9/13

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