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February 12, 2016

Obama Goes From Tragedy to Guacamole

Updated 2:17 p.m. | Minutes after giving a somber statement in the briefing room on the Malaysia Airlines disaster and the war in Gaza, Obama was cracking jokes about guacamole and ice cream.

At the Kids’ State Dinner hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, the president talked up daughter Malia’s attempt to control her love for ice cream and his own love for chips and guacamole.

Obama acknowledged liking snacks that “aren’t perfect on the nutrition chart” before referencing the ice cream.

Sasha loves sushi, the first lady interjected.

“I love sushi,” Obama asserted.

But, he then went on to his first love:

“My big thing: chips and guacamole,” he said. “I lose my mind” if there’s a bowl of chips and guacamole, he joked.

He also told the kids, “fun food that may not be perfect for you, that’s OK too.”

Obama said that being around kids helped him keep his spirits up:

“Sometimes people ask me, you know, Mr. President, you have this really tough job and there is always stuff happening all around the world, and how do you keep up with all of it and how do you keep your spirits up? And my answer is, because I meet young people every day who I know are energetic and are full of great ideas and are going to be continuing to make this country better.  This is one way to do it.  You guys are leaders in your schools and in your communities, and you’re helping to teach folks the importance of good nutrition, the importance of putting good fuel in your bodies so that you’re living healthy, active lives.”

Obama has often shown an ability to shift straight from somber to light-hearted — including Thursday, when he faced some criticism for talking briefly about the plane before lapsing back into a joke-filled stump speech about infrastructure spending.

  • Tiger184

    This so-called prezzy doesn’t ‘shift’ from somber to light-hearted. He temporarily zones into somber mode while reading his script then reverts to his Three Stooges act, which is his true self.

  • Kimberly Thomas

    Tiger184 do you think you could do his job any better? Good lord, if you’re around children are you supposed to be talking about people being blown out of the sky? About dead bodies laying on the ground shown on FOX NEWS before the families of these victims have been notified? You’re a callous ignorant inhumane jerk.

  • BadBlue News

    Our president’s ability to shrug off tragedy is explained quite well in the post below.

    Prepare to be, eh, disturbed.

  • VladamirUntruksur

    What a clueless putz.

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