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. Joanna

    Wow ... the UH prez eating a burger ... biggest news of the day ... give me a break!

    May 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  2. prairieguy

    You right wingers need to give it a break...the man needs to eat, he was at lunch and he paid for it himself.

    My God you guys can't say anything positive about him...why don't you just shut the heck up!!!!

    May 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Dee

    Great stab at the press. Over zealous boring reporters!!!!!!

    May 5, 2009 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Bips

    Good for the president and vice president. Its so refreshing to see a president and vice president go out as normal people and have lunch. Well at least they didnt free load.

    May 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  5. dallas gal

    awesome. :)

    May 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  6. Ambrose Smith, Borrego Springs, California

    President Cool eating a burger at an independent joint. My kind of president.

    May 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  7. Man of the sheeple

    It's o.k. to go to a private business for a burger but please stay out of private business so you dont screw it up any worse. Let the big boys that have private business experience handle the economics of the situation and you continue to organize the community and lead your sheep.

    May 5, 2009 03:23 pm at 3:23 pm |
  8. Enlightened Voter

    Amazing how the petty and small minded rethugs on this blog turned something light and fun into a negative. Well done repubs,that's why you guys LOST and will keep losing.

    May 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  9. Givemeabreak

    CNN has stooped to an all time low.

    May 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  10. Rose

    Why is this news??

    May 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  11. Tommy

    Ahh, CNN – a bastion of journalism! Not!

    Yes, he's human. He has 2 eyes, ears, 10 fingers and toes. He has hair. He can talk – he even speaks the same language as us! How quaint! Look at that, he even eats the same food we do.

    Don't you have other things to report on? I mean, there are other things going on.

    Aim high!

    May 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  12. Yum!

    The prez likes his burgers ... when he came to our town, Casper, Wyoming, he stopped and had a burger at our great '50s diner. When you're built like him you can eat all you want, the lucky son-of-a-gun.

    May 5, 2009 03:24 pm at 3:24 pm |
  13. Realist

    So what's next – will somebody follow them both into the bathroom to see if they take wizzers too?

    Is the fact that the VP and the Pres eat food like the rest of us really news???

    May 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  14. sos1951

    For five years CNN reported on deaths in Iraq, our soldiers accused by the Iraq government of atrocities, Bush's lack of popularity among our allies, scandals in the Bush admin, etc, etc. These were repeated over and over again on the CNN site.
    Today, Sec of Def Gates is visiting our allies trying to reassure them that the Obama admin isn't going to throw them under the bus, our allies in Europe aren't cooperating with Pres Obama, the Iraq government wants to try our soldiers for a recent attack on civilians, and the Obama administration is being questioned about their strong armed behavior in various financial situtations. Several Democrats actions are suspicious. And what does CNN report. the Prez and the Vice Prez are having a burger together. How cute.

    May 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  15. Tim, Seattle

    @ wcmillioairre "Shouldn't these guys be working?
    ---

    Shouldn't you?

    May 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  16. Jerad

    I can't stop laughing thinking about how CNN and every other news outlet would have covered this if it were Bush. Oh wait, it wouldn't have been news if this were Bush. It's only the Obamas that the media covers, like the British tabloids cover their royalty. You guys ignore the negative things he does but are sure to report when he bumps his head or eats a burger.

    May 5, 2009 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  17. Ron Paul, USA

    C'mon who cares if a burger feed came out of taxpayer money. EVERYTHING the govt does comes out of taxes, we all know that. But to feign some sort of indignation about it coming out of your pocket is absurd. That burger run probably cost you (personally) less than 1/1000 of a cent. Are you somehow tracking how each fraction of your tax cent is spent? Lol ... I don't even apply that level of scrutiny to my own budget :)

    May 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  18. Dee, NJ

    P and VP, you got my vote 2012, come to Atlantic City, NJ this summer. I will get you some White House Suub's, Bill Cosby loves this sub,

    May 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    give it a rest....who cares?!!?

    May 5, 2009 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  20. zippy

    thes 2 crooks take from workng peopel and eat; theiy should be working

    May 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  21. abl

    What is this–The Onion?

    May 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  22. hadenough

    Oh they are so down to earth and wonderful people-that's why they won't recognize the National Day of Prayer-right?

    May 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  23. G

    This is not a story....you should be covering the mouning debt. The media is wasting valuable resources here. Very sad.

    May 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  24. vjunior

    Yes July, they cover lots of things including Murtha's corruption with his nephew receiveing milllions in government contracts.

    Someone has to report it. Glad we have FOX.

    May 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  25. Jen H.

    What are the chances that the President and Vice President would ever have a photo-op in front of a poster for one of the weirdest sex/horror/drug films of the 1960s? But there it is..."Mantis in Lace." Go figure!

    May 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
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