It wasn't even that much cocaine. It was literally the size of, I don't know, a tick, said Cross, who attended the White House Correspondents' Dinner in 2009.
Cross had already admitted to the act during his standup performances, but fans have never known whether to believe the story or not until now.
At a live show in Washington in 2009, Cross told the crowd that the illegal act was part of continual challenge between him and a friend who try to top each other with dares and outrageousness, according to Politico.com.
Cross told Playboy that he enlisted his girlfriend Amber Tamblyn to serve as witness to the daring act, and said that he is neither proud nor ashamed of getting high just feet away from President Barack Obama, but is sorry for dragging Tamblyn's name through the mud along with his own.
I ducked under the table and did it. It wasn't like I got high, he says in the interview. 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.
Obama admitted to experimenting with several drugs including cocaine, which he refers to as blow, in his autobiography Dreams of My Father, in an attempt to ease the pain of his struggle to discover his racial identity.
I had learned not to care, Obama writes. I blew a few smoke rings, remembering those years. Pot had helped, and booze; maybe a little blow when you could afford it. Not smack, though.
Fans took to Twitter to commend Cross for his daring deed. Bryan Jacobs tweeted: David Cross, Hero Amongst Men.
Just... wow, wrote editor/writer Laura Donovan.
Cross is best known for playing the role of Tobias Fuke in the cult classic sitcom Arrested Development, which was abruptly cancelled by Fox after 3 seasons. The show was cancelled, despite having a devoted core audience, for failing to attract a larger audience and turning off new viewers by relying on recurring jokes that only appealed to long-time viewers.
Arrested Development fans were exited to learn that the show was being brought back for a new season, to be aired exclusively on Netflix in 2013, followed by a feature length movie with the entire original cast, which includes Michael Cera, Will Arnett, Jason Bateman and Portia de Rossi.