A Brief History Of President Obama's Passover Dinners

by Chiara Atik · March 30, 2010

Back from Afghanistan, President Obama sat down for a Seder dinner with White House workers on Monday night. Like most things Obamicana, this tradition has a pretty cute background...-

While on the campaign trail back in 2007, a few of the staff members planned an improvised Seder dinner while in Pennsylvania. Obama heard about their plans and crashed the dinner, showing up and asking

"Hey, is this the Seder?"

At the end of the dinner, the hopeful young candidate replaced the traditional "Next year in Jerusalem!" with "Next year in the White House!", a promise he's kept for the past two years in office.

Sasha and Malia Obama, as the youngest, take on the duties of Jewish children, asking the traditional questions and searching for the hidden matzo.

The dinners are traditionally a nice mix of Jews and gentiles (including favorite White House staff member Reggie Love!). The White House Staff pre-plates the gefilte fish (I wonder how many come back to the kitchen, untouched?) and the brisket is served family style.

For more on the White House Passover traditions, go HERE.