03/18/2010 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Barack Obama's Lessons Learned From Scooping Ice Cream

Before the Oval Office, there was an oval-shaped ice cream scooper, 31 flavors and a teen named Barry. That's right--President Obama's first job was at Honolulu's Baskin-Robbins at 1633 King Street, and the L.A. Times has the scoop on the lessons learned at the sweets store.

"Scooping for America's favorite neighborhood ice cream shop can result in obtaining basic lifelong job skills, like handling consumer care in real time and keeping calm under pressure. As for the ice cream scooping itself--an actual ice cream scooper is a powerful tool that requires skill and craftsmanship," said Sue Thirlwall, Baskin-Robbins brand operating officer. "The crew member who communicates effectively is both a diplomat and a terrific brand ambassador, serving guests of all flavor preferences."

There's also the arts of diplomacy (we're out of sprinkles, but can I offer you a cherry?) and presentation (writing with frosting fine tunes executive signatures). And of course this particular Baskin-Robbins offers a look back at Obama's youth:

The establishment, and the neighborhood, has changed in the 30 or so years since Obama worked there--a sign on the wall urges customers not to steal the chairs, and the fountain soda machine is out of order (to the dismay of a panhandler who came in wanting a Coke). The Baskin-Robbins is right across the street from the basketball courts at the middle school where Obama reportedly learned to play--though the hoops now lack rims.

We wonder if he'll pick up a cone while he's on vacation.

Although we know 'tisn't the season to be dreaming of frozen treats...check out which politicos scream for ice cream.

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