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Watch Obama Talk Latkes and Corned Beef

Happy Hanukkah from the White House.

Last night, the Obamas celebrated Hanukkah at the White House. In an announcement confirming the release of Alan Gross — an American citizen who spent six years in prison in Cuba — President Obama made a point to mention the latkes, "I have heard the latkes here are outstanding... not as good as your mom's... but they're good." Don't miss Michelle's pained expression at Obama's dad jokes.

After complimenting the White House chef on his potato pancake game, Obama told reporters and guests that he had spoken to Gross: "He said he was willing to interrupt his corned beef sandwich to talk to me... I told him he had mustard in his mustache." That's our president folks, always focused on the food. Go watch the clip from CNN: