The New York magazine headline is wrong. President Obama didn’t lie to the nation about snacking at night on exactly seven salted almonds. Rather, the press did.
From Eric Levitz’s otherwise fantastic summary of how it all came to a head with Savannah Guthrie on the Today Show:
“This is an example of the weird way that the press works,” Obama said. “So Michelle and Sam Kass, who was our chef here, one night they were talking about me and teasing me about how disciplined I was, that I didn’t have potato chips or I didn’t have a piece of cake. And this is when Michelle said, ‘Yes, and he just has seven almonds. That’s it,’ to really drive home the point that I needed to loosen up a little bit. And Sam relayed this joke to the New York Times in the article, and somehow it was relayed as if I was counting out … the seven almonds.”