May 5th, 2009
06:46 PM ET
13 years ago

Obama, Biden sneak out of White House for burger run

(CNN ) - Even President Obama and Vice President Biden get the occasional burger craving.

The two made an unscheduled lunch stop Tuesday at independent burger joint Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia.

Crowds filled the parking lot and lined the streets as the leaders ordered inside.

Biden took the lead ordering a swiss cheese burger with jalapeƱos and a root beer.

Obama opted for a basic cheddar cheese burger, with mustard, hold the ketchup, and a bottle of water. Disappointed at first when told that the restaurant didn't carry French fries, Obama decided to go with an order of the restaurant's special cheese and tater puffs.

Before settling his tab Obama made sure that the press did not go hungry. "Who wants a burger?" Obama asked.

The cashier offered lunch on the house, but the president declined saying, "We're paying, or these people [the press] are gonna write about how we're free-loading."

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  1. Kim in Arizona, FOR NOW

    This is great news for small businesses. This is good for that burger joint! Anything that Obama touches turns to gold, so this small business probably can ride the coat tails of this for a long time. I am glad to see our president promoting small businesses, and not going to Starbucks or Mcdoanalds. This is a great way to help a small business...OH and to "elmer fudd" NOTHING this president does is sneaky, you know where he stands on everything, and that is something the right STILL doesnt get, that is what we want, and WHY Obama will be president for the next 8 years!

    May 5, 2009 04:23 pm at 4:23 pm |
  2. Fatkid

    I can haz cheezburger?

    May 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  3. El Dorado Hills, CA

    If Michelle Obama wants to buy $540 shoes !!! GO AHEAD ... I'd love it...This administration was handed a plate of poopoo and asked to make Creme Brulee !!!

    May 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  4. Ryan- Omaha

    I love these people that complain about Obama using tax payer dollars to buy his lunch. Please stop complaining and do a little math. You act like he is taking thousands of dollars out of your pocket.

    Presidential Salary: $400,000 per year
    Divided by lets say.....35 million tax payers (I know this number is higher) If we divide 35 million into $400,000, that is an annual cost of $.0114285 to each tax payer. That is a fraction of a penny. Now, go to your car and look under your seat. (I bet you have a penny there) Then drive to your bank and deposit it into your account. Now you are offically reinbursed. Stop complaining.

    May 5, 2009 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
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