When you’re President of the United States, everything you do is under scrutiny – even, apparently, how you eat your almonds. Though you’d probably scrutinize anyone, president or not, who says he eats exactly seven almonds as a snack – which, for the record, our president definitely does not.
It all started back on the July 2, when the New York Times ran the oddly titled article, “Obama After Dark,” which looked into our sitting president’s late-night habits. Under the ominous subheading of “Seven Almonds,” Times reporter Michael D. Shear wrote, “To stay awake, the president does not turn to caffeine. He rarely drinks coffee or tea, and more often has a bottle of water next to him than a soda. His friends say his only snack at night is seven lightly salted almonds.” Shear then quotes former White House chef Sam Kass, who said, “Michelle and I would always joke: Not six. Not eight… Always seven almonds.”
Now, you expect a president to be detail-oriented, but eating exactly seven almonds is strange even by OCD standards. It definitely seemed strange to Today’s Savannah Guthrie, who used time out of her interview of the POTUS to inquire about this detail. “A lot of people were interested to learn that you have a late night snack every night of exactly seven almonds,” she stated, getting the ball rolling.