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. Linda & Tom

    We have so much respect for John and Elizabeth Edwards!!!! We support you in your endeavor to become President of the United States. May you enjoy your future lives ahead with good health and happiness.

    July 31, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  2. Dixie, Amherst Mass

    At lease they have a Wendy's to go to! Most of the ones in Western Mass are shut down!

    July 31, 2007 01:37 pm at 1:37 pm |
  3. Max, Boston MA

    How transparent; I'm not buying it. What's next?
    Giuliani in a wife-beater
    Clinton getting a tattoo
    Obama on a Harley...

    July 31, 2007 01:38 pm at 1:38 pm |
  4. Mark, Sacramento, CA

    Good grief! Some of the poor spelling, writing, grammar and punctuation here on this blog are truly FRIGHTENING!! Proud to be an American?!? Judging by the [poor] quality of the writing here on this blog, it's more like ASHAMED to be an American!! The poor writing exhibited here further validates the DUMBING DOWN OF AMERICA...shame. And to think we all get a FREE education, and still can't read or write beyond a 3rd grade level!! Wow! 🙁

    July 31, 2007 01:39 pm at 1:39 pm |
  5. Tony Almeida

    Just use your bean for a moment. Why is this item even considered as news? It's because John Edwards lives in a world far, far away from "this America"! If not, it wouldn't register as any big deal.

    The event was staged to evoke just the comments we see here: "ah, how cute! – can you believe that such elite people as the Edwardses can lower themselves (once a year) all the way to the Wendys level?" The answer is: only if there are cameras present and votes to be had.

    Heck, Clinton ate at McD's all the time, and it wasn't because he was simply trolling for votes.

    July 31, 2007 01:41 pm at 1:41 pm |
  6. Sally, Fort Wurth, Texas

    has anyone out there eaten that baconater-burger and lived to tell about it? does it come with cheez?

    July 31, 2007 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  7. Alan, Fairfax, VA

    Dave Thomas would have been proud!

    July 31, 2007 01:46 pm at 1:46 pm |
  8. Sandy Schwartz Miami, FL

    This guy reminds me of a used-car salesman. It seems to me that many of the things he says he stands for are contrived to garner support. Frankly, I think that he is very pompous and will do or say anything to get a vote. I have never felt that he has my best interest in mind. Our country needs to be so careful when we elect our next president; there is serious business at hand that will have a lasting effect on us all.

    July 31, 2007 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  9. Dan, Wilmington, NC

    I just want to show my unwavering support for the baconator. Guys, do yourselves a solid and go get one.

    July 31, 2007 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  10. Jenny, Iowa

    1. All politician's are rich. Not sure why everyone thinks that John Edwards can't be an advocate for the poor by being rich. Do you have to be black to be a advocate for racial equality?

    2. The media knows that the Edwardes celebrate at Wendy's. That's why there is a picture.

    3. Being married for over 30 years is an accomplishment to be proud of. John McCain, Rudy, and Thompson can't claim that.

    July 31, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  11. Susan/ Georgia

    It never says that they don't eat in fancy restaurants....it says it is a tradition that they observe. Whose business is it if they later go to a restaurant that charges a million dollars a plate....it's their money.

    July 31, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  12. Steve, York, PA

    I like how the complainers in this thread can turn something so sweet into another reason to be hateful.

    Even under the worst case scenario the haters are painting, that in 1978 the Edwardses coldly calculated how it might reflect on them politically in 2007 if they were to eat at Wendy's for their anniversary every year, it would show admirable foresight, something that's sorely lacking in the current administration.

    I wouldn't count on Bush to plan a successful trip to the restroom.

    July 31, 2007 01:56 pm at 1:56 pm |
  13. Dan, Seattle, WA

    I think this is all a ploy by his spin doctors to combat the bad publicity of his $400 haircut. Are we sure they've done this every year?

    July 31, 2007 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  14. CRS, Greenville, SC

    Reminds me of my parents! Think its great! Love John and Liz!

    July 31, 2007 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  15. Randy, VA

    This guy is the biggest phony in the world. He made his money as a lawyer in injury cases on the pain and suffering of others. Ask him how many times he ate at Wendy's in a year.

    July 31, 2007 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  16. Caren

    Wendys. High fat, high grease, high persavtives, etc.,etc. Wonder how this fits in with her health needs and his idea of better healthcare? Does hedgefund own stock in Wendys? Just asking

    July 31, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  17. Bob, San Francisco, CA

    What a bunch of losers some of these posters are who can think of nothing else to say other than another boring and irrelevant jab at his freakin' haircut! Like others have already mentioned, they did this for the first time 30 years ago when they were first starting out. There's no hypocrisy here.

    July 31, 2007 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  18. caven, los angeles, CA

    Oh calm down, I don't think they would want to make a publicity stunt out of their 30th anniversary.

    who cares about how much money they have. just mind your business and stop trying to tear people apart.

    We should all be so lucky to be with someone for 30 years.

    July 31, 2007 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  19. Kevin L. Fowler, Vonore Tennessee

    I am getting married this Sunday, and I am obsessed with Wendy's food. Although I tend to vote Republican, this sounds like a tradition my future bride and I should adopt!

    July 31, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  20. David, Gilbert Arizona

    Let me see if I got this correct. John Edwards, the son of a middle class factory worker who went to public school just like 90% of the rest of the middle class families, has the audacity to become a successful over achiever with a shot that office of President?

    Hmmm...and I thought it was the American dream that anyone, even the son of a factory worker, could aspire in this great nation to become successful. I'm sure John Edwards' father, if he were still alive, would be very proud of the man.

    I'm sure all you jealous whiners who are making fun of John as being an elitist hope that your own childrn grow up to be ditch diggers. Don't tell them to grow up to be successful because then they'd be just like John Edwards and heaven knows we can't have that.

    July 31, 2007 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  21. Steve and Candee Gardner Waukesha, WI

    Having just recently observed our 30th wedding anniversary, we wish to extend our very best wishes to John and Elizabeth Edwards. Best wishes to them both.

    July 31, 2007 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  22. Randy, VA

    Oh that so cute, oh that is so romantic, oh that is so polictical. Who other than a politician would have notified the press to be there. You idiots really don't get it do you. It doesn't matter if he is a Rep or Dem, it is just a political stunt that works great on women and others with femmine atributes. You know who I mean.

    July 31, 2007 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN

    Blah, blah, blah…I hope all those of you republi-women happy about their cute “tradition” get taken to yuck Wendy’s for your anniversary…Oh, you’ll think it’s just aso dorable of your man, won’t you?

    Posted By Pixie, Murfreesboro, TN : July 31, 2007 12:50 pm

    I would appreciate it if you post your ignorance under your own handle instead of using mine!


    July 31, 2007 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  24. Kenny Conner Roanoke VA.

    Way to go John & Elizabeath. By the time Bush and his buddies get out of office I hope I can aford to eat at Wendy's. K C. Roanoke VA.

    July 31, 2007 02:27 pm at 2:27 pm |
  25. sheldon green Cleveland, Ohio

    I am happy for John and Elizabeth and their 3 kids, and Wade's memory and their respective parents. Anyone who "sees" something sinister about this tradition is looking in a mirror. This family's wealth, and what they do with it has NOTHING to do with the presidency. What matters here is that after 30 years, WHEN he is elected president, no time will be wasted on personal situations like adultry and perjury. They will make a wonderful First Family!

    July 31, 2007 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |
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