Date night for the first couple
August 8th, 2013
07:11 PM ET
5 years 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. CF386

    And this is news why?

    August 9, 2013 08:09 am at 8:09 am |
  2. dashguy

    Who cares?! Where is the real news CNN?!

    August 9, 2013 08:10 am at 8:10 am |
  3. Jackie Rawlings

    Most Presidents celebrate their birthdays with family and friends but it seems this President is with his best friend and his celebration had to with due to important business protecting the US and Americans working overseas.

    August 9, 2013 08:11 am at 8:11 am |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I've never met a dish of Indian cuisine that I didn't like. I love the variety of spice blends and chutney.

    August 9, 2013 08:12 am at 8:12 am |
  5. nilla

    I'm guessing the people who will whine about this in this forum are the same people who talk about how the "American family is being destroyed".

    August 9, 2013 08:16 am at 8:16 am |
  6. roger

    Who cares??????????

    August 9, 2013 08:17 am at 8:17 am |
  7. Vance

    As the country burns, CNN posts squishy stories about the president's date night.

    August 9, 2013 08:22 am at 8:22 am |
  8. The AF Chief

    Who really give a crap anymore about what they do any more. They have done enough to this country, now their are just having a good time spending our money.

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

    Really? CNN considers this news?

    August 9, 2013 08:27 am at 8:27 am |
  10. ann

    who cares??? what about the economy?? housing?? jobs?? terrorism? Biog Banks screwing the little people?? etc etc etc

    August 9, 2013 08:30 am at 8:30 am |
  11. George Dixon

    Words escape me to express how little this means.

    CNN's crush on Obama is blatant.

    August 9, 2013 08:33 am at 8:33 am |
  12. Joe M.

    And this is one of the top news stories on CNN. That's all you need to know about CNN's dedication to covering the news in an unbiased fashion. Can you imagine CNN posting an article as one of it's main headlines, "Bushes Go On Date night"? Neither can I.

    August 9, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  13. Keith

    Chicken and Waffle House?

    August 9, 2013 08:34 am at 8:34 am |
  14. Spits her Weiner

    Awwww, isn't that special? CNN running interference for their dear leader, so that he doesn't need face up to all his "phony" scandals.....

    August 9, 2013 08:36 am at 8:36 am |
  15. Frank

    Great. Another million dollar night funded by "We The People"......

    August 9, 2013 08:40 am at 8:40 am |
  16. nondeplume

    Oh he interupted his never ending vacation to go out on date night. Who cares.

    August 9, 2013 08:42 am at 8:42 am |
  17. Mark

    I have no problem with them celebrating a birthday. But really, why should any of us give a rats patoot.

    August 9, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  18. Johnny Jett and the Dirty Socks

    I love date night, my wife always want sushi. But we do like Indian on occiasion, nice choice Prez.

    August 9, 2013 08:45 am at 8:45 am |
  19. Natrldiver

    Just another attempt for CNN to sensationalize their king. Obama has had more vacations and social engagements in the past6 years than I have had in the past 22 years. Must be nice to be a leader who cares only about his own personal welfare over that of the people.

    CNN posts more about Obama's social life than of his actual progress in office. Unless that is all there is to tell about the administration that knows nothing about the national or global situation.

    August 9, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  20. MIchael

    How is this news, Could care less what he does when he is not ruining the country!

    August 9, 2013 08:47 am at 8:47 am |
  21. Grace

    HAPPY BIRTHDAY! MR. PRESIDENT. Pray that God give you more years and wisdom. Praying always for you and family.

    August 9, 2013 08:51 am at 8:51 am |
  22. Joi Gibson

    OMG – you people are soooo bitter. It is a just a nice feel good story. We are all aware of the problems this nation, and the world, are facing. It is just nice to have a respite every now and then. It clears the mind. Even this President of the United States – Barack Hussein Obama – desires time to celebrate his birthday with his wife. You people need to take your hate and choke on it. I hope all of you who are being nasty just to be nasty are not teaching your children to be nasty just for the sake of being nasty. It serves no purpose.

    August 9, 2013 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  23. ubdumb

    this is news? TMZ is more of a news agency than CNN these days.

    August 9, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  24. Pat

    Gee, thanks for this riveting news about the pretend President..........

    August 9, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Did they have rice pudding? Meeeeooowwww!

    August 9, 2013 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
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