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. truthteller

    Marx and Lenin chow down in VA. I'm surprised they didn't ask for a side on borscht.

    May 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  2. Larry

    Please let me know when they shower and what brand of soap they use! Who is the "journalist" assigned to cover these stories?

    May 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  3. UCIAnteater

    Obama can haz cheeseburger?

    May 5, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  4. ag

    ha.. and cnn had to be the news channel following them. classic. i think obama gots cnn on speed dial for whenever they decide to pull one of these, "hey lets show the public we are like them" type of stunts

    May 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  5. Mari, Stuck in Moderation

    How amusing far-right-folks comments are. How many asked "why aren't they working"? I am always amazed at the ignorance!

    Everyone deserves a break...... even the president!

    Good for Obama & Biden to break for a burger! They supported an American business by buying lunch, good!

    May 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. slipthalo

    To Ya: Most burger joints around where I live ask you how you want it cooked – only the fast food joints don't ask.

    To John Holden: He paid for it himself I would imagine – he does that most of the time. But, if he didn't, what's the big deal – he has to eat and my boss treats me to lunch every once in awhile so what would the difference be since we taxpayers are his boss? Picky, picky, picky!

    May 5, 2009 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  7. redman

    mmmmm..... burgers!!! I am inspired to go have one myself!!!!!!

    May 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  8. Kevin in Ohio

    After looking at all the liberals here vent theiir praise to the Almighty Obama, its obvious that this was nothing more than a photo-op and that liberals will bite on anything..... you all are incapable of knowing when you've been "had". These are two "blue-bloods" trying way too hard to appear to be like common people. Very obvious.

    May 5, 2009 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  9. Chill

    Someone posted a comment here asked if the President should've instead been working... It was LUNCH TIME! Goes to show that some people will criticize just about anything Obama does! [rolling eyes]

    May 5, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  10. McPoor

    Obama can only afford a burger since his wife is out buying $580 shoes for her next soup kitchen visit with "the folks".

    May 5, 2009 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  11. ray ray

    Obama says "Who wants a free lunch - we're buying!!!"

    Isn't that also the name of his budget and stimulus plan?

    May 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  12. walleye

    You gotta love the part about these guys not working. The people that make these claims must have their heads in the sand. They have done more GOOD in 4 months than Cheney/Bush ever did. Keep up the good work Mr. President, and dont get ketchup on your tie.

    May 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. reggiedistrictheights

    wcmillionair. YOu are a perfect example of a GOP loss soul.

    Only a GOP member would say something that stupid. SMH. Man, I know you are joking. YOu cannot be that stupid. LOL

    May 5, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  14. ~~ July ~~

    Bubba May 5th, 2009 3:42 pm ET

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

    LOL!! Fox news will say ' OBAMA scares the folks in a small town resturant ' ... poll : Should OBAMA quit now?!

    May 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  15. chinekwu

    BO and JB are really cool.... I cannot imagine how tiring it is being holed up in the White House.. they sure did need a break.. Love his comment about the press writing about him freeloading.. he really does have a good sense of humor.. Good job barry... good job!!

    May 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  16. jason

    The Obama administration wants to spend $63 billion to fight disease in impoverished countries, expanding a Bush administration program that concentrated on AIDS, malaria and tuberculosis, the White House announced Tuesday.

    “We need to harness the energy and focus that has made such a difference in addressing HIV/AIDS, malaria and TB to tackle this broader range of health-care challenges,” said Deputy Secretary of State Jack Lew.

    You people are fools. These guys are idiots, and you will someday figure out you were foolish in voting for him. Lets see how many more billions he spsnds before your taxes triple and you have ZERO take-home pay!

    May 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  17. Moderate Democrat

    Based on some of the comments, 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 morons...as usual of course!

    The only good republican is a dead republican!

    May 5, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  18. Jann in Denver

    I'll have to check this place out next time in VA!

    May 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  19. Bob Semler

    If this is making news, everything else in the world must be in great shape.

    May 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  20. El Dorado Hills, CA

    the GOP will have their panties in a bunch over this one !!!! Stop the presses !!! Hannity will have alteast an hour on this !!!
    LOVE THIS !!! Hmmm don't remember Bush supporting any of the local "joints" EVER !!! oh maybe in "country" of Texas...

    May 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  21. Thebe

    A burger joint that does not serve fries?! Mon dieu!

    May 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  22. Man of the sheeple

    Sorry KAY real people dont butt into every private business they get a whim to wreck. The more the government continues to jump into the private sector the more each and everyone of us loses individual freedoms. Obama doesnt have any experience in the private sector so he and the government should stay out and not use our tax dollars to prop of any business.

    May 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  23. Nigerian boy

    Now I'm American again
    8 long years but we's all Americans...again....

    May 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  24. Proud American

    It's nice to have a normal down to earth President. He's a very bright guy next door.

    May 5, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  25. Jim

    Some of you are probably right to say its not newsworthy, but its' just cool. Love it.

    Spring is in the air, take a big breath and enjoy. God bless America.

    May 5, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
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