Date night for the first couple
August 8th, 2013
07:11 PM ET
12 months ago

Date night for the first couple

Washington (CNN) - President Barack Obama and wife Michelle left the White House Thursday evening to celebrate the president's birthday at a Washington restaurant.

The traveling press pool reported the Obamas were dining at Rasika in the northwest section of the nation's capital.

"The President and First Lady are going out to dinner to celebrate his birthday," the White House said.

Obama turned 52 on Sunday.

According to its website, Rasika serves modern Indian cuisine, offering "small plates, a modern lounge, and a temperature controlled wine cellar."

The traveling press pool reported "few people seemed to notice as the motorcade drove down Pennsylvania Ave, stopping at the lights along the way."


Filed under: Michelle Obama • President Obama
soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. MaryM

    Happy Birthday Mr President

    August 8, 2013 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  2. Jeff Brown in Jersey

    Enjoy your night out. You two deserve a break!

    August 8, 2013 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  3. Norma Vessels

    I truly hope you two are having a really good meal, and I hope the best for you and Michelle, Mr. President, for the remainder of your second term, and the remaining years of your life .. may they be filled with love and laughter.

    August 8, 2013 08:35 pm at 8:35 pm |
  4. jason h

    Who Cares...

    August 8, 2013 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  5. Pander Bear

    Derpa derpa derpa derp!! 12 billion dollars in tax payer money for dinner!! Thpppt!! Ooop ack!! Not eating Murikan food proves he's a Mooslam!! Dribble a bibble a booble a skibble! Benghazi!!! – signed, the collective right wing response.

    August 8, 2013 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  6. the hippies were right

    Shouldn't he be working? By the way Obama haters, do some research and read how many golf games and campaign events Obama has attended compared to Boehner. Let me just say this, Boehner doesn't use a tanning booth. Find the answers.... Do you hate Boehner now?

    August 8, 2013 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  7. Gurgyl

    Are they eating pulihora? Pulav? Idly, sambar, Doha? Ummmmmmm....upmaa,

    August 8, 2013 09:23 pm at 9:23 pm |
  8. Woman In California

    Happy belated birthday Mr. President. Enjoy your night out and forget about the haters/losers because you'll still go down as one of the BEST and brightest presidents this country has ever had.

    August 8, 2013 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  9. Dano

    Maybe they can go to antarctica ANDStay there. Or better yet tour euthanasia clinic in holland

    August 8, 2013 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  10. Wes

    Our tax dollars at work.

    August 8, 2013 11:33 pm at 11:33 pm |
  11. Name Uche Agonsi

    Comeon folks are still celebrating this birthday........better late than never. But am just curious, what does Presidential Food really give the body when we still stay alive, even longer with peasant Nigerian-Ibos food like AKPU & BITTER LEAF SOUP.

    August 9, 2013 12:35 am at 12:35 am |
  12. ivory

    Still young and in love,again happy b-day and God bless.

    August 9, 2013 04:10 am at 4:10 am |
  13. Marie MD

    Happy Birthday Mr. President.

    August 9, 2013 06:24 am at 6:24 am |
  14. Dixie

    This is news? Why?

    August 9, 2013 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  15. purdue pete

    Probably on our dime, too.

    August 9, 2013 07:44 am at 7:44 am |
  16. Millerbarber

    And why is this news?

    August 9, 2013 07:47 am at 7:47 am |
  17. YeahRight

    I'm surprised Obama didn't simply delay the law requiring vehicles to stop at traffic lights for his trip.

    August 9, 2013 07:48 am at 7:48 am |
  18. kevinlyda

    Um, is this really news? Can't the guy go out and have dinner without you guys generating column inches?

    August 9, 2013 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  19. JFS

    I'm so glad this made the news. Not.

    August 9, 2013 07:51 am at 7:51 am |
  20. LAWL

    They can afford that?

    August 9, 2013 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  21. RE McCray

    Bill and Hillary celebrated their anniversary at Rasika.

    August 9, 2013 07:53 am at 7:53 am |
  22. George

    WOW....How important is this ?

    August 9, 2013 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
  23. yolanda

    This is political news? Let the man enjoy a night without the glare of the spotlight.

    August 9, 2013 07:57 am at 7:57 am |
  24. Thinkergal

    How fun! What a great couple and admirable first family.

    August 9, 2013 08:04 am at 8:04 am |
  25. ig88a

    At least that's a reasonable trip to relax.

    August 9, 2013 08:06 am at 8:06 am |
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