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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  1. LAWLS

    It's a good thing this was reported, because I was worried SICK about what they had been eating. My fears can now be put to rest!!

    May 5, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  2. Goverment is your Daddy

    Who cares, where are the JOBS???????

    May 5, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  3. Jerry from Jacksonville, FL

    It's everyones part to stilmulate the economy, even the President. I new you (party of no!!!!!!!) would have something negitive to say. YOU can find a job if YOU really wanted to.

    May 5, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. The Unshrub

    How can some of you idiots complain about them not working all of the time. Obviously those making the comments are not working either, so since they are complaining shouldn't they get to work. I remember when Reagan went into a McDonalds, he didn't even know how to order. Who understands the average person better?

    May 5, 2009 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  5. Lillie

    Thank You President Obama and VP Biden for keeping it REAL!!

    May 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  6. David

    Love it, I live in Arlington and can tell you that Ray's is a great burger, try their Steak House too, Ray's the Steaks. Hey people eat lunch, why can't they?

    May 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  7. Eric

    Both these guys are down to earth. Biden rides the Amtrak, and Obama loves to go out for burgers. These are truely men of the people. Away with the blue-blood aristocrats.

    May 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  8. Mike in Seattle

    I'll bet they've got fries on the menu next time.

    May 5, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  9. Sniffit

    @ wondering, who said "Ok, so they got some burgers. Where are they jobs??? We need work!!!"

    Right, because once you're elected POTUS and VP, you no longer require lunch in order to function...or food for that matter...just like Cheney, they begin with your heart, then move to your stomach and intestines and start replacing all your body parts with robot parts so that not only are you completely capable of functioning without food, but are also dependent upon the oil industry for their power supply and lubricants that keep their parts running smoothly.

    May 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  10. Bubba

    FOXnews will run this story over and over at top speed: OBAMA BOWS TO BURGER KING!

    May 5, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. mschrantz

    Chill on the 'they should be working' comments. I don't remember the oath involving the surrender of all future lunch breaks.

    May 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  12. Moderate Democrat

    Obviously Republicans don't eat. And it only makes sense...their eyes are too closed to read the menu and mouths too busy whining like children. And you wonder why people are fed up with these neo-con morons!

    May 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  13. Kevin in Ohio

    Snide remarks, Michael? Every other comment, Michael? Give me a break. The true "Party of NO" is the demoncrats who have been active in that arena since Bork. My comment here is one of concern...... Obama as President is far better than Pelosi..... but these guys are running that risk with shenanigans like this. I can just picture the comments from the liberals had Bush and Cheney done the same thing.

    May 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    Obama and Biden go to White Castle?

    Is that a Phillie Blunt I see in Biden's back pocket?

    May 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  15. jeff from Big Island

    Whoa! I had a burger today too. Just out of the blue I thought, "I'm havin a burger for lunch." Must have been that handshake I gave President Obama in Iowa City last year. The President bodysurfs and enjoys french fries, My Man!

    May 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  16. taxpayerwondering

    I didnt think the president or VP carried their own money. Who paid – oh yeah thats right we did (the taxpayers) – its easy to pick up the tab when its not your own money. Thats why in companies there are expense controls that prevent folks charging back things like this – I guess Washington doesnt know how to curtail spending (Dems or Repubs) shame on them all.

    May 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  17. Laurie

    It is hard to put into words how desperately this country needed a different tone...if it is all orchestrated, then so be it. But, you really do feel like they are more like us than different than us or above us. Totally refreshing! We'll see what Fox News says about it.

    May 5, 2009 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  18. white female

    Got to love these guys.
    Go get her done!!!!!! Mr. President, good job from you and the vice the all the others in your admin. 2009-2026

    May 5, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  19. Barrie O. Ward

    There is pleasure in seeing the two top honchos having a 'normal' lunch break. Nothing pretentious jusy burgers and water ... my kind of guys!

    May 5, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  20. albert

    We are lucky to have such a great President and Vice President.

    May 5, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  21. wes

    lol at the lady beating on the window trying to get obama's attention. for the people complaining that obama and biden should be working, are you not allowed lunch breaks where you work?

    May 5, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  22. Ivan

    @wcmillionairre – Shouldn't you be working instead of trolling CNN?

    May 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. danny

    "shouldnt these people be working?"

    ah yes, because the president and vice president dont have to eat lol. i believe the people who said that belong over on foxnation

    May 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  24. Doug

    Obama is the man!

    May 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. Lilarose in Bandon, Oregon

    I will bet this hamburger place will now have "Presidential Fries" on their menu!

    May 5, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
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