March 2nd, 2010
10:57 PM ET
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'Don't tell Michelle,' Obama says


The president had Southern food in Georgia Tuesday and told reporters "Don't tell Michelle." (Photo Credit: Getty Images)

(CNN) – After his first presidential physical found an elevated cholesterol level, sweet tea and fried chicken are probably not what the doctor ordered. But that didn't stop President Obama from indulging in a lunch of Southern cuisine Tuesday in Savannah, Georgia, according to a pool report.

The president joked with reporters to keep quiet about his meal at Mrs. Wilkes' Dining Room, a local restaurant whose menu includes macaroni and cheese, collard greens, fried chicken and biscuits, among other traditional Southern dishes.

"I don't want any lectures about my cholesterol," he said, according to the pool report. "Don't tell Michelle."

Obama's Southern meal comes two days after his annual checkup and a doctor's recommendation that he alter his eating habits in order to help reduce an elevated "bad" cholesterol level.

"Recommend dietary modification to reduce LDL cholesterol below 130," Dr. Jeff Kuhlman, a Navy captain and physician to the president wrote in his report. The report lists Obama's LDL level at 138.

The result of his first physical since taking office has put the president in a bit of an awkward position since first lady Michelle Obama recently launched a national campaign against childhood obesity last month. As part of her campaign the first lady is urging Americans to drink more water and eat smaller portions.

In the president's defense, the first lady didn't explicitly say anything about sweet tea.

Related: Obama indulges in pie, occasional cigarette, spokesman says

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soundoff (73 Responses)
  1. hollando

    How often do you get to eat finger licking food away from the White House? Wish I had some's making stomach noisy...

    March 2, 2010 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  2. Derrick

    Didn't he ask you not to tell Michelle? JEEEEZ people!

    March 2, 2010 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  3. Bill in VT

    Man that guy is shady,

    March 2, 2010 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  4. Jon

    Not cool...he asked you not to tell!

    March 2, 2010 08:16 pm at 8:16 pm |
  5. fhwilson199

    MIchelle already knows. he's very small.

    March 2, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  6. gary mills

    Just proves he will lie to anybody

    March 2, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  7. bess

    yah, and he shouldn't be smokin' and drinkin' either, but then again, he's president, "he won" and can do whatever he wants... right?


    March 2, 2010 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  8. jat3c

    Very charming.

    March 2, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  9. EJ

    Come on. Lighten up folks. The man is healthy, we all could lower our bad cholesterol number.

    I bet every BLOGGER in this blog could do the same.

    President Obama has got THEE toughest job in the world, so give him a break. He doesn't eat junk food every day of ever minute AND he exercises regularly.

    Let's not over-react to all this foolishness.

    March 2, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  10. J Nicholson

    No one, no one, can resist Mrs. Wilkes' boarding house, not even the prez........hope he had the collards.

    March 2, 2010 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  11. Rasaq Seriki

    I have her direct lines (dream) trust me i'm going to call her, wounderful and beautiful mother stay bless.

    March 2, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  12. cn

    "psssst...I'm ruining this country...Don't tell Michelle"

    March 2, 2010 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  13. Fitz in Texas

    Bet he had a few smokes after his meal at Mrs. Wilkes Dining Room.

    March 2, 2010 08:51 pm at 8:51 pm |
  14. Eddie

    Very funny! I like to see that kind of humor from our leaders. With the pressure that is on all of our leaders it is nice to see that they still find humor in common things.

    March 2, 2010 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  15. Carol

    Mr President,

    Eat in moderation and you will be just fine. I do want you around after 4 more years and if we can get this health thing together and jobs we will be just fine just like you


    March 2, 2010 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  16. Gil Oberdas

    Why couldn't dick cheney have shared in this meal?

    March 2, 2010 09:08 pm at 9:08 pm |
  17. Patty Biller

    He's got such a cute sense of humor. Love it!

    March 2, 2010 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  18. Carmelle

    I love the old man behind him with the phone...he seems really happy that he just took a picture with his phone LOL!

    March 2, 2010 09:13 pm at 9:13 pm |
  19. Finn

    This is sort of like what went on in the movie, "Revolutionary Road", only worse. Lenny didn't come home with stains on his collar from diving into a "Three Sisters" Deep Dish Pie.

    March 2, 2010 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  20. James L

    Way to honor his request, CNN.

    March 2, 2010 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  21. liz

    Um, honey, i think she knows now. 😉 Glad to hear he's in good shape. he needs to take care of himself, the country needs him!

    March 2, 2010 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  22. Thank you Massachusetts

    Okay and we won't tell her and the children that you smoke cigarettes, also. That way you can continue to pretend you are a good example.

    March 2, 2010 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  23. JOE

    More LIES from this STUMBLE BUM....

    March 2, 2010 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
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