Obama Asks: How Can I Resist?

According to The Huffington Post, the president and first lady have a love-hate relationship with their pastry chef:

Obama says the pastry chef makes “the best pie I have ever tasted, and that has caused big problems with Michelle and I.”

The president said he and the first lady are “having to figure out how to resist ordering pie every night.”

Maybe what President Obama needs is a little behavioral economics nudge: precommitment. Change the menu policy and tell the staff that he and Michelle will put in a rolling menu request three days in advance. That is, every day they will order what they want for dessert three days hence. Hyperbolic discounting suggests that they will avoid the pie — or at least request it less frequently.

(Note: this entry originally appeared at consumerology.com)

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