Obama makes a Starbucks run
June 9th, 2014
03:27 PM ET
7 months ago

Obama makes a Starbucks run

Washington (CNN) - The afternoon coffee run – it's a must for office workers worldwide, including, apparently, President Barack Obama.

At around 2:30 p.m. ET on Monday, the commander-in-chief – with little warning to his aides, security detail or the press that follow him everywhere – burst the White House bubble and walked a block to the nearest Starbucks.

Joined by his chief of staff Denis McDonough (and accompanied by Secret Service agents), Obama told reporters he'd ordered "just a tea." Paper cups in hand, the pair moseyed back down the street, waving at tourists, chatting to construction workers, and generally enjoying Washington's late-spring sunshine.

While still rare, Obama has begun enjoying more spontaneous departures from the tightly-controlled security of the White House. Last month he surprised tourists near the Executive Mansion during a stroll to the Interior Department a few blocks away.

In May the President also made a stop at a Washington location of the burger joint Shake Shack and even made a surprise visit to a little league practice.

Obama's even developed a catchphrase for his last-minute outings - as he said during his stroll to the Interior building, and repeated again on Monday, "The bear is loose."


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soundoff (23 Responses)
  1. Sniffit

    Did he pimpslap any hipsters while he was there? Maybe the one with the typewriter?

    June 9, 2014 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  2. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Stay safe Mr. President! Everyone needs to escape every now and then.

    Yeah, yeah we know. He's not a bear, he's a Care Bear. How about an Obamacare Bear??
    FIFY

    June 9, 2014 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  3. sonny chapman

    I'm sure SOMEBODY will criticize him for this.

    June 9, 2014 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  4. carlos

    Good for him ...... and us.

    June 9, 2014 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. it must be said

    knowing Obama... he screwed up the order.

    June 9, 2014 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  6. ThinkAgain: If you don't like Congress, get rid of the repub/tea bag majority

    Cue RWNJ outage at the President "no working" in 3...2...1...

    June 9, 2014 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  7. paul reynolds

    OMG – Did anyone tell Chairman ISSA or the RepubliCons..!??
    Surely this means IMPEACHMENT Hearings to start asap!

    June 9, 2014 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  8. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    Go for it mr president, the GOP doesn't have the caurage to show their faces in public EXCEPT on Sunday Fox News

    June 9, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  9. Beechman

    Get coffee much. Is this important? Who cares...

    June 9, 2014 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  10. sonny chapman

    The NYStock Exchange is fixing to hit 17,000. Obama is destroying this Country.

    June 9, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  11. carlos

    "it must be said"
    My momma taught me that if I didn't have something nice to say..........

    June 9, 2014 04:18 pm at 4:18 pm |
  12. smith

    I guess when Obama going to get some tea makes the ticker nothing bad has happend so far today.

    June 9, 2014 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    @ it must be said: so, you know the president, and feel qualified to speak on his behalf? Yet another example of your wishful thinking, but, I'm sure you're waiting with trembling lips and hips for Cruz or some other right wing gauleiter to pretend like he's like the rest of us while going off to the range to shoot cutouts of six-year olds with only FOX in attendance.

    June 9, 2014 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  14. Silence DoGood

    @sonny chapman
    I'm sure SOMEBODY will criticize him for this.
    ----------
    The first act of a socialist dictator is to go to Starbucks.

    June 9, 2014 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  15. Sniffit

    ""it must be said"
    My momma taught me that if I didn't have something nice to say.........."

    "...then you're probably a republican"?

    June 9, 2014 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    Cleary un-American...didn't anyone tell him that "America Runs on Dunkin"? This must be investigated...

    June 9, 2014 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  17. WOW

    This is top political news why??????

    June 9, 2014 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  18. Name JK. SFL. THE GOP HOWDEE GOWDEE SHOW with special guest ISSA the CLOWN

    The GOP LOSERS in congress won't even show their faces in public except on Sunday talk shows to spew their bs PROPAGANDA . If they showed their faces on the street , they would probably GET THE CRAP BEAT OUT OF THEM!!!!!!

    June 9, 2014 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  19. tom l

    The Real Tom Paine

    @ it must be said: so, you know the president, and feel qualified to speak on his behalf? Yet another example of your wishful thinking, but, I'm sure you're waiting with trembling lips and hips for Cruz or some other right wing gauleiter to pretend like he's like the rest of us while going off to the range to shoot cutouts of six-year olds with only FOX in attendance.
    =======

    You know how you have told me in the past to relax (and you have been correct on some of those occasions). Well Tom, relax man, it was just a joke (and kinda funny if you have the ability to laugh at yourself (or cause) sometimes)

    June 9, 2014 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  20. Chris-E...al

    I Bet that was a buzz kill heading for the exit door ?

    June 9, 2014 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  21. Right Wing Moron

    OMG!!! The President has done it now! How dare he compromise the country's security by... by... by.... going to get coffee!!! What, Tea! Why that good for nothing Socialist, Marxist, Lennonist, Starrist, Harrisonist, McCartneyist!!!
    He has ruined our country for the 17th time! Now he has sullied the name of us Tea Baggers by his drinking of tea.
    Impeach him. He cannot get away this!!!
    Blah, blah, whine, snark, blah....

    June 9, 2014 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  22. Thomas

    Why do Republicans hate Barista's ?

    The GOP spends more money on Coffee Crystals , Coffee mate and Sweet'N Lo then any other party.

    WHAT IS A NON DARY CREAMER DOING AT THE TEA PARTY ?

    June 9, 2014 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  23. CryBabies

    Sonny, Sonny, Sonny..... The Dow Index is about to hit 17,000....not the NYSE. Have a clue when you throw things out there. Reading your posts suggests you don't have one.

    June 9, 2014 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |