May 5th, 2009
06:46 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama, Biden sneak out of White House for burger run


(CNN ) - Even President Obama and Vice President Biden get the occasional burger craving.

The two made an unscheduled lunch stop Tuesday at independent burger joint Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia.

Crowds filled the parking lot and lined the streets as the leaders ordered inside.

Biden took the lead ordering a swiss cheese burger with jalapeños and a root beer.

Obama opted for a basic cheddar cheese burger, with mustard, hold the ketchup, and a bottle of water. Disappointed at first when told that the restaurant didn't carry French fries, Obama decided to go with an order of the restaurant's special cheese and tater puffs.

Before settling his tab Obama made sure that the press did not go hungry. "Who wants a burger?" Obama asked.

The cashier offered lunch on the house, but the president declined saying, "We're paying, or these people [the press] are gonna write about how we're free-loading."


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  1. baker

    Bravo President Obama! You will never get a even break from the corporate media monopoly (judging from the right wing talking points being spewed in these comments). So just do the job. Do it well. Do it right. Be honest and do your best to make sure those around you are honest too. Just a thought, if you kept the Bills short (like 5 pages) and you made sure that the language was simple (stupifyingly so), it would help with the transparency issues and no politician in Washington would have an excuse for not having had the time to read a Bill all the way through. Keep up the good work, and reach out to the left as much as you reach out to the right. May God Bless.

    May 5, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  2. joe

    A crushing indictment of the Obama administration. Who says the GOP news media lacks substance?

    May 5, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  3. Ed

    I always liked the stories of Jimmy Carter sneaking out of the White House and going fishing. Nobody knew (I bet Rosalyn did). I'll bet there's an unmarked government Taurus stashed around there somewhere for burger runs...
    What about cash? I always hear stories about Presidents never having cash, since they can't ever go shopping, anyway. Is there a 'mad money' box in the Oval Office?

    May 5, 2009 04:17 pm at 4:17 pm |
  4. Veronica

    To Derek.I have $400.00 shoes.Whats wrong with that? did you pay for them??
    i didnt think so!

    May 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  5. Kwesoe

    What a great leader who knows how to mix with ordinary people during a fun-time lunch. We are living again, America! Radiance!

    May 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  6. Emma, San Jose

    So many of you criticize Obama and make inferences that McCain made during the campaign, but it did not win McCain votes. The ugly comments of GOP folks is not going to endear Americans.

    May 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  7. Denise

    For all of those who are constantly criticizing the President. Can you tell us anything good that GW did while in office for 8 years???
    Didn't think so. He was a big joke around the world, or didn;t you notice that either? Didn't think so.

    May 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  8. Kel

    Wow, shouldn't these guys be working? I mean, I didn't vote for him to eat burgers. Seriously, he should be fixing our problems right now. In fact, he shouldn't eat, sleep, or even take a bathroom break until the economy completely turns around... Honestly, the people who criticize people for going out for lunch are just people who are looking for anything to criticize. I know people will disagree on some things, me included. But eating lunch certainly isn't one of them. Sheesh. It's not like he's on vacation or anything. That being said, whether or not you agree with his policies, you have to admit that he has done a lot in a short span of time. Hopefully it will all turn out for the better.

    May 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  9. Ted

    Barack and Joe are great. Stopping for a burger like two regular people. I can't imagine Bush and Cheney ever doing something normal like that.

    May 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  10. Steve Lyons

    Why aren't these two bums working on cutting spending and shrinking the size of government? Oh they're communists, I almost forgot. Have a burger fat boy.

    May 5, 2009 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. James

    Man of the sheeple:

    In case you haven't noticed, before Obama (and even Bush with the original stimulus) businesses were failing left and right. So, to say stay out of business, is asking Obama to ignore the economy (like Bush the majority of his terms). This is what caused the great depression – a laissez e faire president who thought any government involvement in business was wrong. Well, if these businesses fail and everyone loses their jobs, it IS a government problem. The way OBama's handling it is preventing this situation, and restoring our economy to have somethign LEFT for our grandchildren. In addition, he's for investing in things that will grow our country to be free of foreign oil and have investment in our country that will put us on more stable ground in the future.

    May 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  12. jack debrot, new york, new york

    gee! wow! oh bama and biden stopped for burgers! this is riiculous.

    May 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  13. Neppy Jones

    What should you care if he stop to buy 50 pair shoes. Remember Obama and Michelle had money before they got to the White House. What they do with it is their business. Get a life and if the United States do prosper then I guess we can call you a free loader I think you live on this planet and everyone wins if this United States do prosper.

    May 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  14. Debbie

    It was nice to hear that our President can relate to the real working people of the US and did not expect a free lunch.

    May 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  15. Irma in North Carolina

    Well i see the 21% of the republican party are out with their nasty remarks. This just goes to show you how nasty it will be when the elections roll around but by that time there will only be 15% of them around.

    May 5, 2009 04:19 pm at 4:19 pm |
  16. Melissa

    This is great. Dangerous, but its very cool. Welcome to the little people Obama.

    May 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  17. WhoCares?

    I have to say I just feel pity for Repulicans now.

    They are one sad pathetic group of individuals.

    A Religious Right that wallows in hate, fear and bitterness. Lovely eh?? All of Jesus teachings in one neat bunch.

    May 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  18. Obamaisinthewhitehouseohyes

    Don't you just love our president! This is so kool to be a part of his everyday. We love you Michelle and Barack. Those folk here haten, are just weak and sad you lost. I'm glad I didnt have to relocate to Canada – that would have been an option if Sarah and John would have had the audacity....but we have theAudacity of Hope now, . And yes its amazing and yes its a peaceful slow day, and yes we get a little good news. The man and his crew Hi JOE! IS TAKING CARE OF BUSINESS. GOD BLESS THEM.

    people are gonna do what they do.....pass laws, marry each other, do whatever because they have a choice. I make mine and you make yours. I voted for Obama, and look at the things he is doing. Many of you cant deal with him accomplishing so much. Its ok...you are on for the ride too, enjoy. He is your president too.

    Now whats your choice activity this week, watch Michelle and President Obama's date video or drive to Alaska to listen to Britol Palin at her town meeting. Mmmm. Ok push play...................

    May 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  19. Dale

    Jenny,
    Don't want likeable and popular.
    Want competent.

    May 5, 2009 04:20 pm at 4:20 pm |
  20. Leo Douglas

    Very nice!!! It is amazing to see the world's president living and eating among us! I am so happy that we have a president that we can respect and feel totally comfortable with for once! Such a role model for the upcoming generation.

    May 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  21. dman

    The angry-GOP comments are pretty funny. They seem hellbent to whine about anything and everything Obama does. They seem to have conveniently forgotten the horrible disaster of the Bush years.

    May 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  22. Sheryl

    Nice!!! Now get back to work we don't want to make REPUBS mad!!! hehe

    May 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  23. DUDMAN

    Please tell me that they were not riding in the same car!

    May 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  24. johnny

    @ Jason May 5th, 2009 3:51 pm ET

    Did he stop to pick up some $600 sneakers for MIchelle?

    Um no...but possibly stopped to pick up some 485,000 dinnerware. Oh wait. That was the last guy.

    May 5, 2009 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  25. gee

    Now that is what you call down to earth regular guys. The president does noy have to regal, blue blooded but a regular person who knows what it is like to be real.

    May 5, 2009 04:22 pm at 4:22 pm |
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