How David Cross Did Coke at the White House

By Bryan Le 02/21/12

The comedian divulges that he did it just so he could say he did it.

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When comedian David Cross told a standup audience about doing cocaine in the same room as President Obama at the 2009 White House Correspondents' Dinner, the crowd thought it might be just part of his act. But in a new interview with Playboy magazine, the 47-year-old Arrested Development star shows that unlike his character, Tobias Fünke, he's not shy about revealing all. "It wasn't even that much cocaine. It was literally the size of, I don't know, a tick,” he says, “I ducked under the table and did it. It wasn’t like I got high. The jolt was similar to licking an empty espresso cup. It wasn't about that. It was just about being able to say that I did it, that I did cocaine in the same room as the President.” Though he did it for laughs—and tells the story for more—Cross is not without regret, worrying that his actions got his actor girlfriend Amber Tamblyn in trouble. “She had nothing to do with it. She didn’t know I was going to do it,” he says. “And because of that, she’ll never be invited to the White House again. That’s not cool.”

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