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First family Thanksgiving includes oyster stuffing, six kinds of pie

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama spent a quiet Thanksgiving at the White House where the belly-stuffing menu featured all the holiday’s basics.

There was thyme-roasted turkey and honey-baked ham, cornbread stuffing and oyster stuffing, braised winter greens and macaroni and cheese. Don’t forget the green bean casserole, sweet potato gratin, mashed potatoes and dinner rolls.

If there was room for dessert, the Obamas had their pick from among six pies: banana cream, coconut cream, pumpkin, apple, pecan and cherry.

The president prefers pumpkin.

“The proper way to eat your pie is you should have just a little whipped cream on top,” he told ABC’s Robin Roberts during a pre-Thanksgiving pie-tasting with Michelle Obama in the White House kitchen.

“We go all out on pies. We don’t play with pie,” he said, leading the first lady to respond: “I mean, this is why you work out every day.”

During their conversation with Roberts, set to air Thursday night as part of a special, “Thank You, America,” the president joked that his wife “never lets me share dessert.”

“‘Cause he eats it like that,” Mrs. Obama said. “Look, the crust is gone. Everything that makes a pie delicious is gone in his one bite!”

The president said in his weekly radio and Internet address that the first family planned to spend the day with friends and family — catching up, eating good food and watching some football.

He said Thanksgiving is his favorite holiday “because, more than any other, it is uniquely American.”

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