Memo to Michelle Obama: Besides taking on childhood obesity, you might try keeping your husband away from the dessert cart.
The spike in President Obama's cholesterol level detected during a physical exam Sunday was apparently caused by overindulgence in sweets and cheeseburgers, according to spokesman Robert Gibbs.
"He would be...the first to tell you that he has probably had a few more cheeseburgers and...more desserts in the last year than I've seen him eat prior to this," said Gibbs, since Obama's days in the Senate.
Though doctors deemed him "fit for duty" during a physical Sunday, Obama's cholesterol was up to a borderline-high 209 from a more desirable 173 during a physical in 2007.
"Look, those guys (chefs) make good desserts over there," Gibbs added. "And I think he's, on more than one occasion, sampled more than he needed to."
It's serious business, when you consider ex-President Bill Clinton's excessive taste for burgers and fries was blamed in part for his quadruple bypass surgery.
The First Lady has jumped on the get-healthy bandwagon, making combatting childhood obesity one of her pet projects.
"I don't think there's a magic formula except...pushing away from the table before they put the pie in front of him," Gibbs said.
The President also still smokes an occasional cigarette, but Gibbs claimed he doesn't know who Obama bums butts from.
"The President continues to chew nicotine gum and...while he's quit smoking, he occasionally falls off the wagon," Gibbs said.
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