July 1st, 2014
08:28 AM ET
4 months ago

Obama jokes about 'crack' pies

Washington (CNN) - You don't hear this every day at the White House.

President Barack Obama praised retiring White House executive pastry chef Bill Yosses as the "Crustmaster" for his delicious pies, at an event Monday to celebrate LGBT Pride Month.

"We call Bill the "Crustmaster', because his pies, I don't know what he does, whether he puts crack in them," joked the President, as the crowd laughed.

A straight faced first lady Michelle Obama quickly responded "no he doesn't. There is no crack in our pies."

The President, who has a sweet tooth, went on to say that the pies made an immediate impact on his health, sharing the story of his first physical after he moved into the White House.

"My cholesterol shot up," the President said. "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," Obama added.

The President also said that Yosses is "a man who's made life at the White House very sweet."

Yosses is leaving the White House after seven years to work on a new food literacy project to teach young children and adults about healthier eating habits.

Obama thanks gay college professor at W.H. LGBT Pride event


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soundoff (71 Responses)
  1. sonnie3

    I hope that obamas girls go out and get involved with the lgbtq movement. and bring home other girls to marry. Will he support that?

    July 1, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  2. Pugslie

    What an idiot. Just thank the guy for his service and not make some stupid joke...it's not funny and neither are you Barry. Then again you just have to have the last word and proclaim that it's my way or the highway.

    July 1, 2014 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  3. chris Builder

    Making jokes about crack? The President? Does this guy have any dignity or class? Any?

    July 1, 2014 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  4. Fred

    Maybe there IS crack in the pie. That would explain a couple of things.

    July 1, 2014 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  5. Bob

    Crack would explain about 3/4 of what has been going on with this administration for the last 6 years.

    July 1, 2014 10:31 am at 10:31 am |
  6. Pugslie

    Barry, who taught you manners and common sense. That was just down right rude and ill-mannered. And all the people in the room laughed as well as the CNN commentators. Stupid is as stupid does. We will all make crude, rude remarks when all of you leave your job.

    July 1, 2014 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. ABOLISH_JUDICIAL_INDEPENDENCE

    Meanwhile... Obama... A lawyer... permits judicial independence which allows crookec courts to steal our rights and money at whim without threat of criminal prosecution of the court officers who commit these crimes. So, there probably IS crack in Obama's pie. So, if "men" like Obama won't do the right thing, the U.S. people must abolish unconstitutional "judicial independence" by national referrendum. Then, prosecute those court officials who DARE disgrace our judicial systems. TIME FOR CHANGE.

    July 1, 2014 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  8. ABOLISH_JUDICIAL_INDEPENDENCE

    Obama... A lawyer... permits judicial independence which allows crookec courts to steal our rights and money at whim without threat of criminal prosecution of the court officers who commit these crimes. So, there probably IS crack in Obama's pie. So, if "men" like Obama won't do the right thing, the U.S. people must abolish unconstitutional "judicial independence" by national referrendum. Then, prosecute those court officials who DARE disgrace our judicial systems. TIME FOR CHANGE.

    July 1, 2014 10:36 am at 10:36 am |
  9. Wassup!

    Yea, he's a regular comedian. . .NOT !

    July 1, 2014 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Healthier eating from a pie cook? Hmmm...

    July 1, 2014 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. drowlord

    Sad that the first lady has to jump in like that to try and "damage control" a humorous statement that somebody might take seriously.

    July 1, 2014 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Tiffany

    "Yosses is leaving the White House after seven years to work on a new food literacy project to teach young children and adults about healthier eating habits." So, the guy that made the President's cholesterol go up is teaching healthier eating habits? I mean, obviously you do as instructed, but maybe his pies could have been healthier to begin with? I'm assuming lard and or shortening in abundence make for those delicious "crack" pies. Not exactly a picture of healthy eating.

    July 1, 2014 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  13. George

    Really, crack. Then people wonder why this country is in the shape it is and that people are so divided. With a leader, term used very loosly, such as this that would just spout something like that you can expect what we have, chaos. Blame the republicans for the crack comment and create another scandal.

    July 1, 2014 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  14. heyjoe1

    Can you imagine any other President saying this? This Executive office has been degraded so much by Obama, I'm not sure the U.S. will ever get it's respect back.

    July 1, 2014 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  15. jerry5555

    What a classy statement by our classy president....

    July 1, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  16. Truth

    He needs to shut his pie hole.

    July 1, 2014 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  17. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    My goodness people it's a damn joke! Apparently he was addicted to the chefs pies. It's an effing shame that many people in this country hate this man so much, they can't even appreciate a damn joke.

    Yet people considered Seinfeld funny. GMAMFB!

    July 1, 2014 11:22 am at 11:22 am |
  18. Francisco Escobedo

    Can you imagine if Bush had been the one saying that? Any doubts the mainstram media would be taking this very differently?

    July 1, 2014 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  19. Anonymous

    ? you think this country is in chaos? so confused.

    July 1, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  20. Patrick

    Lighten up, George. I'm about as far from being an Obama fan as a person can be, but the fact that this even made the news is ridiculous. I know many people, people in their 50s, who refer to food, and particularly sweet food as containing crack. No, he wasn't insinuating that there may be crack in it. He wasn't making light of drug use. He was merely saying that the pies were so good they were addictive. We are so quick to condemn that we have lost our sense of humor.

    July 1, 2014 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  21. dkeller2929

    so many complainers....

    July 1, 2014 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  22. Rick

    Very presidential.

    July 1, 2014 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Chris

    No, what's sadder is that the American people are paying for the president to have his own personal "executive pastry chef", which also implies there is more than one pastry chef on the payroll.

    July 1, 2014 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  24. Javier

    If he was a white politician, "crack pies" would have been called racist by Cummings and the rest of the race team.
    I can appreciate the presidents jab at humor and I know he was just trying to reach out to his voting contingency – but not so sure this was appropriate.

    July 1, 2014 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  25. kayakjim

    class act....rather an attempt at class clown and he fails at this, too. What an embarrassment.

    July 1, 2014 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
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