In an interview with The Forward that covered such weighty issues as the Iran nuclear deal and anti-Semitism, President Obama revealed a little-known secret about his identity: he was an H&H Bagel nut. In fact, he would walk the 30 blocks from his apartment on 109th street near Amsterdam to the bagel store on 80th and Broadway.
In an interview with Forward editor Jane Eisner, Obama said he found it “shocking” that H&H had closed.
And yet it happened under his watch and he didn’t lift a finger to stop it. He could have told the marshals who seized the store to “Stand down! This is an order from your president!” He could have sent in the Marines, the USDA, maybe the Forest Service? Do they have bagel jurisdiction?
Q: Thank you. One last question. One of my daughters wants to know, what’s your favorite bagel flavor?
THE PRESIDENT: I was always a big poppy seed guy.
Q: Poppy seed.
BEN RHODES: They closed.
Q: It’s closed, yes.
THE PRESIDENT: Which is shocking.
MR. RHODES: My school was a block from H&H bagels.
THE PRESIDENT: I mean, I would walk down from —
MR. RHODES: Columbia.
THE PRESIDENT: — Columbia just to get H&H bagels on Saturdays or on the weekends.
Q: And what do you like on a poppy seed?
THE PRESIDENT: Just a schmear.
Q: Just a schmear.
THE PRESIDENT: Lox and capers okay, but generally just your basic schmear.
Read here about the “new” H&H that’s getting ready to open in the neighborhood soon.