Happy Birthday Mr. President

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For Barack Obama’s birthday today, we very earnestly suggested pulling a slight Marilyn and making an appearance at the White House for a little baritone “Happy birthday Mr. President.” We were stunned and perplexed to find that we never heard back.

So instead we thought we’d try the next best thing and sing it to the second most important POTUS – Scandal’s Tony Goldwyn. We never heard back from ABC either.

So we thought we’d do the third best thing and share some awesome presidential sound bites from his interview. Jeez, you try to do something nice for someone’s birthday…

On his ideal food day… 

First order of business, STRONG black coffee. Ideally French roast, but I’m flexible. Then some fresh, organic blueberries with a little Greek yogurt, a lightly cooked egg white omelette with cremini mushrooms and gruyere cheese and a crispy, flaky, “real” croissant. For lunch, I’d start with oysters and Sancerre at Huitrerie Régis in Paris, then go to Vito’s Deli in Hoboken for a fresh mozzarella and roasted pepper sandwich on semolina bread (fugettaboudit). Then on to City Bakery in Manhattan for a chocolate creme brûlée and a double espresso. Dinner would be a tough call. I’m thinking omakase at Hiko Sushi in West LA (Nothing comes close). Dessert would have to be chocolate soufflé but who does that best? I’ll have to get back to you…

On where the President would eat in Washington…

Well, seeing as he has his own chef at the White House, I’d say he’d go to Komi or Rasika for the stuff he can’t get at home.

On where the President would eat in LA and NYC…

In LA, Fitz would close down The Tower Bar [at the Sunset Tower Hotel]. In New York? He’d book a private room at Per Se.

On playing the part of POTUS…

The great thing about playing Fitz is the contrast of dark and light in the character. I’ve played a lot of villains and more than a few upstanding guys, but Fitz is both at once. And he’s the freaking President of the United States!

On which Presidents he studied for the part…

The two I mainly studied were Clinton and Obama.

Read the full interview with Tony Goldwyn here. If you like Scandal, check out Darby Stanchfield at home and Katie Lowes at the restaurant where she got her start.