Obama’s Diner Cheese Request: “Not the Velveeta” Kind

Squelching speculation that Barack Obama might appoint a new White House chef to bring a sizzling agenda of change to the first kitchen, the Associated Press revealed that Cristeta Comerford will be sticking around to cook for the 44th president.

“‘Cristeta Comerford brings such incredible talent to the White House operation and came very highly regarded from the Bush family,’ Michelle Obama said in a statement released by the transition team. ‘Also the mom of a young daughter, I appreciate our shared perspective on the importance of healthy eating and healthy families.’”

Meanwhile last weekend, Obama availed himself of some only vaguely healthy eating as he dropped by Ben’s Chili Bowl, an old-school diner in Washington’s U Street district.

“[Obama] and [Washington Mayor Adrian] Fenty ordered a house specialty, a Chili Half-Smoke—a quarter-pound half pork and beef smoked sausage on a steamed bun with mustard, onions and chili sauce—along with a big helping of some cheese fries. They found a small table. They had the popular food. They even chatted it up with nearby customers at their tables. But something was still missing: the shredded cheese. Obama yelled for some—‘not the Velveeta’ kind, he said—and it was quickly delivered.”

For more Obama-related food coverage, check out this upcoming Check, Please! episode.

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