Barack Obama’s Food Favorites Revealed in White House Photos

May 05, 2009 by Visual Recipes | Filed in Food News | 4 Comments

What does President Barack Obama eat? An official White House Flickr photostream was recently released and it includes a few shots of food that is available for President Barack Obama and the White House Staff.  I’ve picked out some of the more interesting photos to share with everyone. Be Sure to Click on Images to Open Full-Size Versions!

Cheese and Crackers with Carrots and Pear Slices


Snacks on Air Force One
President Barack Obama at his desk on Air Force One has two boxes of raisins, red and white grapes, two bananas and an orange within easy reach.

Tortilla Chips with Guacamole and Salsa with Something Fried


President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have lunch. I can’t make out what the fried food is, but I assume it’s Mexican as well.  Condiments appear to be mayo and ketchup in little dishes. Any ideas as to what the fried food could be? Please leave a comment.

Salmon, Chocolate Mousse with Whipped Cream and Strawberries, and Something that Looks like Bread Sticks


Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi and President Obama have a St. Patrick’s Day lunch. The dish in front of Obama appears to be salmon. I can’t figure out what the waiter is offering Obama though. Whatever it is, Obama seems to be passing up the offer. Could it be a batch of cheese breadsticks? If you have any idea please post a comment.

Box of Chocolate-Covered Macadamia Nuts


President Barack Obama reads a newspaper in the Outer Oval Office. On the desk in front of the flowers is a box of Hawaiian Host Chocolate Macadamias direct from his home state of Hawaii.

Canadian Beavertail Pastry and Sugar Cookies


President Obama purchased a Canadian hot pastry called a Beavertail at Hooker’s Beavertails on George Street in Ottawa’s ByWard Market. A beavertail is a patty of wholewheat dough stretched into the shape of a beaver’s tail, and then float-cooked in canola oil. At a Canadian Embassy party marking Obama’s Inauguration, they named the beavertail the Obamatail and served it with cinnamon and sugar, along with a whipped-cream “O” topped with chocolate sauce and a splash of maple. While at the bakery he picked up maple leaf-shaped sugar cookies with red-and-white icing for his daughters. For more information on his visit to the bakery,  Click Here .

Chicago-Style Deep Dish Pizza


White House staff devour some Chicago-style deep dish pizza. No fancy presentation here, with the pizza being served right out of the boxes atop newspapers spread out across a conference table.

Orange and Cranberry Juice


Chocolate Dessert


Some kind of brownie or chocolate cake with what appears to be a raspberry, cherry, or strawberry sauce, topped with a sheet of something with chocolate and a crispy element. The wing-like crispy element could be a type of caramel waffle cone. If anyone has a better guess, please leave a comment.

Obama’s Favorite Foods:

According to this New York Times article, some of President Obama’s favorite foods are:

- Planters Trail Mix: Nuts, Seeds & Raisins

- Roasted almonds

- Pistachios

- Water

- MET-Rx chocolate roasted peanut protein bars

- Vegetables, especially broccoli and spinach

- Handmade milk chocolates from Fran’s Chocolates in Seattle

What does Obama Cook?

In this 60 minutes interview clip which was taped before his presidency,  Obama discuses what he cooks for his family. He makes chili,  cheese toast, tuna fish, and ommeletes. Obama states that he did quite a bit cooking as a bachelor, mainly cooking Indian and Chinese food.

Obama likes fast food: Obama and Biden take Motorcade to Burger Joint - Video

Above Photo Credits: Official White House photos by Pete Souza

Pete Souza is the Chief Official White House Photographer for President Obama, and reportedly takes approximately one thousand photos a day. You can view his portfolio galleries here:

To view all of the photos be sure to visit the photostream by clicking here.

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Feb 13, 2010

I think Obama has a great taste! He eats fabulous and healthy food
(not mentioning pizzas and stuff). I guess he has a good appetite!


Apr 12, 2010

Tortilla Chips with Guacamole and Salsa with empanadas it looks like to me. Nice post btw!


May 13, 2010

I was thinking chile rellenos.  I see beans and guac with those plates, it looks like the mayo and ketchup go with a different dish that is just peeking out of the lower left corner.


Aug 24, 2010

Just wondering, when will I get my chance to eat inside the Air Force One.

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