August 29th, 2010
04:40 PM ET
4 years ago

Even for the president: No such thing as a free lunch

 President Obama ordered lunch Sunday at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans.
President Obama ordered lunch Sunday at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans.

(CNN) – Here's a line that would certainly grab your attention if it were called out on the intercom as you're enjoying a lovely Gulf shrimp sandwich for lunch: "Barack, pickup!"

President Obama was already mingling with the patrons of the legendary Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans when his lunch order was called. Some locals received a hug from the president–even though he cut to the front of line.

"We're just glad to see you," one woman told him, "Thanks for coming down."

Obama ran into trouble, though, when he attempted to pay for the first family's lunch. Failing to produce enough money for the food, he called over a White House staffer who produced a $20 bill for the cash-strapped commander-in-chief.

Six more photos of President Obama at Parkway Bakery and Tavern, after the jump:

For lunch, the president ordered a shrimp po'boy, New Orleans' ubiquitous submariane sandwich. A young on-looker recommended the surf and turf.

"The combo thing," Obama replied as a local might. "There was a time I could do that-when I was your age."

The family-owned and operated tavern was under eight feet of water after Hurricane Katrina struck the Big Easy five years ago. It was one of the first restaurants in the city to re-open after Katrina struck. The owner, Jay Nix, worked with his extended family to rebuild and turn the lights back on just 88 days after the storm had passed.

The new building is built 19 feet higher than the pre-Katrina establishment so even hurricane-level flooding won't drown the Parkway.

President Obama and the first family were accompanied by the traveling press pool, which provided the information used in this story.

ALT TEXT President Obama greets people as he arrives at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans on Sunday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

ALT TEXT President Obama greets people as he arrives at Parkway Bakery and Tavern in New Orleans on Sunday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

ALT TEXT President Obama is given money by a White House staffer to pay for lunch Sunday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

ALT TEXT President Obama holds a wad of money near the front counter in Parkway. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

ALT TEXT President Obama talks with local residents after ordering lunch at the Parkway Bakery and Tavern. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)

ALT TEXT President Obama jokes with some locals inside Parkway. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images)


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soundoff (81 Responses)
  1. RobnRaleigh

    Love the wad of money. You go Prez.

    August 29, 2010 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  2. Keith in Austin

    PLease.... Enough with the photo ops of this President! We've seen way too much already!

    August 29, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  3. jim

    he is the worst at his job since wilson

    August 29, 2010 08:28 pm at 8:28 pm |
  4. Barbara Schweitzer

    How many photo ops do we have to endure??? Does he ever stop campaigning?

    August 29, 2010 08:29 pm at 8:29 pm |
  5. Mac Harris

    I am proud to call him my President. He has so much more class and substance than George Bush, and he is dealing admirably with the problems Bush left behind. As a nation, we need to gather behind our elected leader and support him.

    August 29, 2010 08:30 pm at 8:30 pm |
  6. William

    Compare this with GWB's fly over at 3000 feet giving the beauty queen wave to the destruction below.

    August 29, 2010 08:31 pm at 8:31 pm |
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