May 5th, 2009
06:46 PM ET
5 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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soundoff (304 Responses)
  1. Joe Levine

    I LOVE THIS GUY!

    May 5, 2009 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  2. s

    awesome....its a great burger joint.

    May 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  3. Scott B

    yes I'll take a big mac for myself, and the vice prez will have the fish sandwich, and give me 12 happy meals for the security detail. Great to see that the President is human TOP that GOP !!!!!!

    May 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  4. Neil

    Man, you just can't beat press like that. Looks like he's a good tipper, too.

    May 5, 2009 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  5. Joe PA

    He truly is a man of the people

    May 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  6. John Holden

    Now the question is whether Obama paid out of his pocket or the tax payers paid for those burger given to the public?

    May 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  7. Ya

    What kind of burger place asks how well you want it done? It's either raw or cooked!

    May 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  8. Elmer Dudley

    They are exceptionally well experienced at sneaking around.

    May 5, 2009 03:15 pm at 3:15 pm |
  9. Maggie

    Well done president Obama. Nothing wrong with going out for a burger. You are human too.

    May 5, 2009 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  10. wondering

    Ok, so they got some burgers. Where are they jobs??? We need work!!!

    May 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  11. ~~ July ~~

    OMG! ... I am loving this! I can NOT stop smiling.

    I can NOT stop LAUGHING thinking how the GOP and Fox News cover this jajaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

    May 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  12. Ty

    Now I'm yearning for a burger .. my prez is so cool!

    May 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  13. CS

    Let the hateful comments begin – first it will be the haters that believe the President should never take time to eat when we have so many problems to solve. Next it will be PETA because they have to put in their two cents on everything. So bring it on haters... let's see what you have.

    I for one think it's refreshing to see our nation's leader enjoying a juicy burger for lunch.

    May 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  14. No Incumbents 2010

    Why does the media cover this?

    May 5, 2009 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
  15. Chi Town

    Like I need the news to tell me democrats freeload... LOL

    May 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  16. Veronica

    I love my President and Joe too....they are so down to earth.

    May 5, 2009 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  17. mozartrules

    Megalomania at it's finest.....guess townhall season is over for now..

    May 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  18. Lisa

    I really like these guys–what a breath of fresh air. Smart, engaged, and real people too. Yes we can!

    May 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  19. no need to know

    I know the business was elated for this visit, and President Obama was honorable to pay instead of accepting the offer not to pay.

    May 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  20. Ashley

    How did they pay? With the taxpayers' money?

    May 5, 2009 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  21. ~~ July ~~

    wcmillionairre May 5th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

    Shouldn't these guys be working?
    ____________________________________-

    wow ... you are so ........... bitter

    May 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  22. Gregory T: NYC

    God bless our president and his beautiful family and God bless the United States of America!!

    May 5, 2009 03:20 pm at 3:20 pm |
  23. Nan

    I love these guys! I know this really isn't news but it's great that they get out and support local businesses. That place is going to gain a ton of business because of one stop by the pres and vp.

    May 5, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  24. Veronica

    Wcmillionarie.....Im sure you eat lunch everyday dont you?
    the stupidity in some people amaze me.

    May 5, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  25. Shirley In California

    Way to go Mr. President and Mr. Vice President! I think I will have the same today. I love this new administration. They are so uplifting and promising. I'm glad we have a president who doesn't mind paying the bill.

    May 5, 2009 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
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