July 31st, 2007
11:48 AM ET
12 years ago

Edwardses celebrate their anniversary at Wendy's

John and Elizabeth Edwards celebrate their 30th anniversary at Wendy's.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - John and Elizabeth Edwards took a break from their hectic campaign schedules on Monday to celebrate their annual tradition - eating their anniversary dinner at Wendy's.

The tradition started on their first anniversary, when the Edwards were in the middle of moving and too busy for a formal dinner. They decided to continue it and have eaten there every year since.

The couple celebrated their 30th anniversary at a Wendy's in Chapel Hill, North Carolina.

–CNN Associate Producer Lauren Kornreich

Filed under: Elizabeth Edwards • John Edwards
soundoff (143 Responses)
  1. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    haha that's pretty cute. I hope my boyfriend doesn't take a cue from those two though =P

    July 31, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  2. Todd, Sacramento CA

    I Think that is sweet. Nothing fancy. Just tradition. Congradulations to both of you.

    July 31, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  3. Debbie , Edmonton Alberta

    Now that's American

    July 31, 2007 11:54 am at 11:54 am |
  4. Deborah, North Carolina

    What a bunch of b.s. I have seen this couple out in Raleigh at the finest establishments around not to mention his million dollar house in Raleigh and his multi-million dollar beach house in figure 8.

    July 31, 2007 11:56 am at 11:56 am |
  5. Jed, Chapel Hill, NC

    After the cameras left, they headed off to a lovely lunch at the Il Palio Ristorante...

    July 31, 2007 11:57 am at 11:57 am |
  6. Thom, Germantown, Tennessee

    Wonder if they tried the new "Baconator"!!!!

    July 31, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  7. Ann, Chapel Hill NC

    That Wendy's had a sanitation grade of a "B" a few weeks back. In NC, to get a "B" on a restaurant inspection means that it's just filthy.
    Now if he would be cool like his wife and show more support for gay folks, then he would get my vote. Too bad Elizabeth isn't running!

    July 31, 2007 12:02 pm at 12:02 pm |
  8. Danby, Eddystone, Pa

    That's sweet and down to earth. Who cares if they have a formal dinner elsewhere later? This is a way to remember their special day in their own special way.

    July 31, 2007 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  9. M

    I think that's adorable.

    July 31, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  10. RJD, Sterling, VA

    Glad he got out of his mansion to meet the other America.

    July 31, 2007 12:07 pm at 12:07 pm |
  11. Scott Austin, TX

    Congratulations John and Elizabeth on reaching such a rewarding milestone as 30 years of marriage! There is nothing BS about that!

    July 31, 2007 12:08 pm at 12:08 pm |
  12. Del Mar

    The plural is "Edwardses".

    July 31, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  13. Matt, Chico, CA

    It's all they can afford after his haircuts

    July 31, 2007 12:13 pm at 12:13 pm |
  14. Susan, Saginaw, MI

    Congratulations to the Edwards family. I really like them, they seem very down to earth. People always complain about their money, but what politician does not have money? They do not act like snobs, and they seem very genuine to me. I seriously doubt if they ate at Wendy's, they immediately left for a fancy restaurant. And if they did, so what? The are a very admirable couple, for many different reasons. I wish them nothing but the best.

    July 31, 2007 12:18 pm at 12:18 pm |
  15. Shannon, NY

    What a wonderful tradition! It's those kinds of habits that keep a marriage going for 30 years! What a great example they are for the new "divorce" generation!

    July 31, 2007 12:21 pm at 12:21 pm |
  16. Edward, Chapel Hill, NC

    The Wendy's is in the town of Carrboro not Chapel Hill. And for Deborah who posted her comment, they live in Orange county not Wake county. BTW, he made his own money and can spend it where ever he wants, stop playing the BS card of bashing him for being rich, even though he does not come from money and the fact that he is campaigning mainly on poverty issues.

    July 31, 2007 12:23 pm at 12:23 pm |
  17. k, New York, NY

    Is this his idea of damage control for getting his $400 haircuts?

    July 31, 2007 12:24 pm at 12:24 pm |
  18. Will, NYC

    John, since you've made 30 years of marriage to the same woman, can you teach Giuliani, Thompson and McCain how to stay with their spouses? I know they, as republicans have the market cornered on traditional values and all, but it seems you've actually got the better track record.

    July 31, 2007 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |
  19. Anonymous

    Yay, they ate at Wendy's. What the hell does that have to do with anything?

    July 31, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  20. Peter, Raleigh, NC

    I've seen Senator Edwards at more upscale restaurants myself. I think what ticks Republicans off is that we have proof positive that one can be wealthy & be a Democrat.

    Next thing, people will be complaining that you can't be for civil rights without being a minority. You can't be for gay rights & be straight. You can't be for women's rights & be a man.

    If this tradition had only started 8 or 10 years ago, then criticize it all you like. But they've been doing it for years & years & decades. I think it's pretty cool.

    July 31, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  21. Susan, Fort Pierce, Florida

    John Edwards is loveing and handsom.
    I Love his open smile and manner. Elizabeth is a lucky woman. Go John Edwards. Congradulations!

    July 31, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  22. julie krank, chapel hill, nc

    ew, why? what a lame attempt to hang out with the commoners! not that there are any commoners in chapel hill...

    July 31, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  23. John, Michigan

    Had a nice comment and my first of the day and a popup says I am posting too quickly???
    Now I feel spiteful and wonder why no one has brought up the issue of trans fats.

    July 31, 2007 12:27 pm at 12:27 pm |
  24. Perezer

    BEYOND LAME! Take better care of your wife...not like you'll win the election anyway- Duh!

    July 31, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
  25. Common Sense, Middletown, CT

    Could someone be more of a phoney – what a shock that everyone that man does is a politically calculated move? Wonder how the media "found" them to take this photo opportunity of this "common man" – not!

    July 31, 2007 12:28 pm at 12:28 pm |
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