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."

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soundoff (232 Responses)
  1. quid est veritas

    it's probably such a hassle for the two of them to go out to dinner that it makes hardly enjoyable. i'm surprised they don't just opt for dinner and a bottle of wine in their bedroom alone.

    August 9, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Babyboomer

    Wow, they had a date, ate a meal and, and, and??? Please people, just stop. Where are the articles about our SORRY congress (small "c") taking off the whole month of August?

    August 9, 2013 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  3. wrm

    That's remarkable... Thanks for sharing.

    August 9, 2013 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  4. Logix1

    Why would anyone consider this news with all of the other things going on in this country and the world that are not reported on by this news vendor?

    August 9, 2013 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  5. Andrew

    At least they didn't stick taxpayers w/ an Airforce 1 tab for flying to NYC....

    This is acceptable behavior....

    August 9, 2013 11:07 am at 11:07 am |
  6. Malory Archer


    Seriously, who care...


    Considering you took the time to read the article and comment, you obviously do.

    August 9, 2013 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  7. Fair is Fair

    Oh for crying out loud... I'm no fan of his policies or style of governing, but we're talking about a married couple going out for a freeking birthday dinner. Lighten up everyone.

    August 9, 2013 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. Malory Archer

    quid est veritas

    it's probably such a hassle for the two of them to go out to dinner that it makes hardly enjoyable.


    Yeah, and then the tighty righties will accuse him of being "uppity" and whine that he thinks he's too good for such an establishment, and that this PROVES he doesn't support small businesses. Face it, he's danged if he does/danged if he doesn't so why not throw caution to the wind and have a night on the town?

    August 9, 2013 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. mrkhrrs

    CNN, if you are wondering why you are becoming increasingly irrelevant, and why your ratings are in the toilet, it is because we now have to go to foreign news sources like the guardian to get news that hasn't been filtered by the Obama admin. It is because you run stories like this rather than stories like the embassy in Lahore being evacuated or Lavabit email service being shut down by our government.

    But, Hey I hope the Obamas enjoy their date.

    August 9, 2013 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  10. takebackUS

    This is the most "newsworthy" thing this president has done in a while. I'm sure there will be a press conference later, in which, Robert Gibbs will deny that they had Indian food . (as this would offend the other ethnic varieties of food)

    August 9, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  11. Johnny Rocket

    The most worthless president in history has a birthday.
    So what.
    Try working once in a while Obama, instead of living it up on the backs of taxpayers.
    You have not done one thing to help the middle class.
    Epic failure.

    August 9, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  12. Linda

    Good for them! Gorgeous couple!

    August 9, 2013 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  13. Kevin Kavanaugh

    This is certainly important news. I was getting tired of CNN's constant coverage of the 'phony scandals'.

    August 9, 2013 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  14. Malory Archer


    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.....


    LOL – Doesn't it just burn your backside when President Obama takes the appropriate steps to keep American diplomats safe, usurping your ilks' ability to wail?

    August 9, 2013 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  15. paul

    Maybe he should try going on a "work night" in between television show appearances, vacation and golf of course.

    August 9, 2013 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  16. Tampaattorney

    This is a non-story. I am absolutely not a fan of anything Obama has done to date, but he as President can go to dinner in DC with his wife for birthday dinner [not that he needs my permission or blessing]. On the other hand, when, after his 3:00 p.m. presser today when he no doubt will talk about how vigilant he is in closing down the U.S. consulate in Lahore, Pakistan, the Obamas jet off to Martha's Vineyard for 10 days, I am less understanding. Now, if at the presser he announces the arrest of any suspects in the Benghazi "phony" attack, I might change my mind. But that's just my opinion.

    August 9, 2013 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  17. Vasya Bricklyn

    People actually having a life. Such an unfathomable concept in the minds of an internetter.

    August 9, 2013 11:31 am at 11:31 am |
  18. What?

    It would be newsworthy if this man did his JOB!

    Roll on his next 3 birthdays – then he'll be gone and the whole NATION will have something to celebrate!

    August 9, 2013 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  19. matt

    how much did this little outing cost?

    August 9, 2013 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Mark

    And this is front page CNN why?

    August 9, 2013 11:39 am at 11:39 am |
  21. humtake

    I have no idea why this is in the politics section.

    August 9, 2013 11:40 am at 11:40 am |
  22. Scott

    Great reporting, thank you CNN. Would love to see an occasional article on your main page about the IRS issue, so I can find out for myself if it is phony scandal.

    August 9, 2013 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  23. Steveo

    Almost 200 posts about a married couple having dinner? I am not going to blame CNN for this either. CNN is not causing people to lose their minds over this. They are doing it by their own free will! Sad actually!

    August 9, 2013 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  24. paul

    Hey CNN.... I turn 53 on the 24th! me to reserve interview time! ;0

    August 9, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  25. Sniffit

    "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. "

    LOL...That's the stupidest thing I've heard and will hear all day. You guys will literally bend over backwards and engage in backwards "reasoning" in order to criticize this guy. Intercepting a conference call between 20+ known Al Qaeda leaders and operatives and then closing the embassies that it indicated were threatened is a victory for national bones about attack may have materialized, but that doesn't make it a useless gesture as opposed to prudent precautions. Claiming that Al Qaeda scored a victory because we took precautions in response to information we got by spying the hell out of them is ABSURD.

    August 9, 2013 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
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