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

    Let me put this into perspective for you libs. This is no different than an incompetent CO who has failed in his role, but still enjoying to the max, the perks of the position. All with a smug smirk.

    August 9, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  2. Sniffit

    /tearbucket

    Dry more please.

    August 9, 2013 10:25 am at 10:25 am |
  3. Sniffit

    /tearbucket

    Cry more please. lol

    August 9, 2013 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  4. xalaskan

    With everything going on out there, is this really necessary???

    August 9, 2013 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  5. Sniffit

    "/tearbucket

    Dry more please."

    Ha, typo made it make no sense...d-mn you qwerty keyboard, d-mn you!

    August 9, 2013 10:30 am at 10:30 am |
  6. Sniffit

    "Let me put this into perspective for you libs. This is no different than an incompetent CO who has failed in his role, but still enjoying to the max, the perks of the position. All with a smug smirk."

    If a CEO had to deal with a Board of Directors that made it their primary goal of forcing his failure and sabotaging every effort he made, guess what the shareholders would do? Guess.

    August 9, 2013 10:32 am at 10:32 am |
  7. Wayne

    Since when do stories like this qualify as news, and/or news worthy?

    August 9, 2013 10:34 am at 10:34 am |
  8. Virginiaca Hastings

    FASCINATING! Really, this is front page news? I mean, good for them and everything, but this is what I can't handle about our country. Someone goes out to dinner and I need to know about it? Did they try the naan? I don't think I can get through this day without more details. Plz advise.

    August 9, 2013 10:35 am at 10:35 am |
  9. Dixie

    @ Just a thought I don't have a problem with race. What I have a problem with is a private moment sould be private. This is no ones buisness but the two people involved. Hope they enjoy their time "alone"

    August 9, 2013 10:37 am at 10:37 am |
  10. Carlos Danger

    Why are the WH tours closed again?

    August 9, 2013 10:39 am at 10:39 am |
  11. Malory Archer

    xalaskan

    With everything going on out there, is this really necessary???

    +++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++++

    Yes. Everyone has to eat – even the guy you hate.

    August 9, 2013 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  12. Ace

    Bush never ate when he was president.

    August 9, 2013 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  13. Derp

    So if a guy goes to a restaurant on his birthday, he's in the same position that the expert bankers who manslautered our country are in? JV, that is a psychotic statement!

    August 9, 2013 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  14. Ace

    "Sniffit

    "Let me put this into perspective for you libs. This is no different than an incompetent CO who has failed in his role, but still enjoying to the max, the perks of the position. All with a smug smirk."

    Sorry about your 401K, ours are doing great. What would you say the problem is with yours, maybe we can help you.

    August 9, 2013 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. stambo2001

    Why does this come across as a 'let them eat cake' moment?

    August 9, 2013 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  16. Vanessa

    I'm sorry, but...WHO FREAKING CARES? Is this really news?!

    August 9, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  17. Tonda

    This is news??? You guys are in the tank

    August 9, 2013 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  18. luke,az

    My wife and I are so proud of the both of you. President Obama and his wife Michelle are the most intelligent,dynamic and inspirational first couple ever in the history of our nation. God Bless you, and we hope you had a wonderful evening.

    August 9, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  19. Sniffit

    ""Sniffit

    "Let me put this into perspective for you libs. This is no different than an incompetent CO who has failed in his role, but still enjoying to the max, the perks of the position. All with a smug smirk."

    Sorry about your 401K, ours are doing great. What would you say the problem is with yours, maybe we can help you."

    Sorry you failed to notice that I was quoting someone and then responding to them, and that the first statement was not mine.

    August 9, 2013 10:56 am at 10:56 am |
  20. Larry

    Glad to see he's able to relax. After all, he's managed to hand Al Qaeda a victory this week when the caused us to close our embassies in response to their threats, and of course everything's going well with the economy and Congress is doing such a great job.

    Amazing how many vacations our President seems to take in spite of the state of the country. If he were running a business where he was actually accountable to someone, I venture he would not be recreating as much.

    August 9, 2013 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  21. Jason

    Oh Please! Just stop the hidden agenda reporting! Its his birthday for god's sake!

    August 9, 2013 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  22. crabman2

    The article failed to mention the fact that the only way they could get into the restaurant was to put a "working dog" collar on the wookie .

    August 9, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  23. ser

    all on the taxpayers dollar...disgusting

    August 9, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  24. wendel

    oh give it a rest. First couple having a night out all you right wing jerks need to take a break. Never saw so many sour grape remarks over such a silly story. Grow up you.

    August 9, 2013 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  25. Wondering

    Seriously, who care...

    August 9, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
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