May 5th, 2009
06:46 PM ET
9 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 jalapeƱos 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. Mike in MN

    Wow, what a duo! Eating burgers just like the common man.
    Somehow I no longer care about the $10 trillion deficit their out of control spending is going to add to the nations debt. From now on, they can do whatever they want and I will love them. Eating burgers won me over.

    May 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  2. Fred the Moderate

    Kinda blow palin's elitist tag a bit, doesn't it. Now, and as we have been seeing, she and the GOP spinners were just lieing as much as possible, which I guess doesn't sit well with that christian badge she and they wear, or just put on when needed. I bet he paid for it with his own cash and no government cedit card was used so you can't say he's mis-useing tax payer money either. It's nice to have real people back in the White House!

    Guess what GOP, America wised up to your washed up games. Try again in about 20 years when you learn to act human.

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

    To the poster who said "shouldn't he be working..." You get a luch break from work don't you? Just because a guy stops for a bite to eat doesn't mean he is not working! I for one am so glad to know that he eats and breathes like the rest of us. I think I'll grab a burger tonight too!

    May 5, 2009 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  4. Lynn

    Excellent free advertising for a small business. Everyone who works for the president have always got smiles on their faces!!

    John Holden: You need to read the whole article although it seems no matter what it is even a burger you can come up with some nasty ungrounded response.

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

    Well, he's said he doesn't like being cooped up, and I can see wanting to just go out for a burger.

    May 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  6. The Voice of Reason

    I love our Pres and Vice-Pres!!

    And, not only do they have food cravings like the rest of us, President
    Obama thinks of the hardworking Press and offers them burgers, too!!

    He defininitely has (and never will) forget his roots!! They are the same roots that most of us in the country have–truly a man of the people!!

    He works so hard, we would be proud to have him as our LEADER!

    May 5, 2009 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |

    Great Job

    May 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  8. Bibi

    It's obviously staged. He wanted to look down to earth, and many people took the bait !!! He is once again marketing himself...

    May 5, 2009 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  9. Greg Smith, Clifton Heights PA

    And this is NEWS, who cares, was Bill Clinton with them, he likes Burgers.

    May 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |

    This is going to upset the Republiklans.....wait and see!

    May 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  11. Angela

    Dang wcmillionarre, even the President of the United States deserves a lunch break. Lighten up!

    May 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  12. Archie_Leach

    Why is this in the news?

    May 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  13. barney kip

    that is what we expect of a president? feel how it is to be on the main street too.kudos

    May 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Russ H

    It's nice to see a President pay for his food. I can remember other ones that would have to borrow from one of his employees or the restaurant would say on the house. Looked like a nice tip also

    May 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. not naming names

    I can't wait to watch what the GOP talking heads like Limbaugh, Hannety and O'Reilly do with this. They will find numerous ways to turn this into a socialist, anti-American, communist screed.

    Good for them. I like a good burger too, now and again!

    May 5, 2009 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  16. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Looks good and sounded good!

    May 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  17. Gimee A. Breyk

    Yes, the lord gets out to breath the same air as his serfs. Is this news worthy? If it is then perhaps it is the fact that the two felt it necessary to be seen in a burger joint. Why is that? Let's get over it..he's just a guy we elected to tell us what to do. So he eats meat...uh ohhhh...vegetarians unite.

    May 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Lori, Houston Texas

    I can see the Faux News headline now:

    "World collapses around them as Obama and Biden eat lunch".

    At least they chose a mom and pop burger joint instead of a corporately owned mega giant. Good on them.

    May 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. Retired Army in San Antonio

    wcmillionairre - May 5th, 2009 3:11 pm ET

    Shouldn't these guys be working?


    What? You never take a lunch break???

    May 5, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Kansan

    Wow, can definitely tell who the bitter Republicans are on this board when all they can say is "how come they aren't working..." Give it a rest already, everyone has to eat and I think that showing up in a small burger joint shows a very human non-elite side of the president.

    You Republicans just have to find fault in everything, you're so pathetic.

    May 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Jen

    Go Obama – keep doing the good job you are doing!

    May 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  22. marye13

    even with the good feel article there have got to be killjoys – taxpayers did not pick up the tab and the pres & vp have been working very hard – also, if you listen to the news, more jobs will be lost before they start coming back. might help if you paid attention, read the entire article and got your news from several sources instead of just one.

    May 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  23. Cathy in AZ

    They went out for a burger asked if anyone else wanted one and paid for it! to Elmer Dudley, John Holden and wcmillionairre, SHUT UP
    Can you do nothing but complain!

    May 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  24. PSK

    Sure am proud of this administration. I too, LOVE this guy. Thanks, Mr. President, for making me proud of my country- Mr. Vice-President- the same to you.

    Arizonan for Obama/Biden

    May 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  25. sickofthelibs

    OMG...someone get the drool bucket. You people eat this non news up like he's a freaking God...Oh what did I expect from CNN

    May 5, 2009 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
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