June 24th, 2010
01:35 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama takes Medvedev to Ray's Hell Burger

Washington (CNN) - There was more evidence Thursday that First Lady Michelle Obama's healthier eating campaign has yet to win over the President.

Mr. Obama treated visiting Russian President Dmitri Medvedev to an all American lunch at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Va.

In the bi-lat spirit, the two Presidents shared an order of fries.

For the "main course," President Obama ate a cheddar cheeseburger, topped with lettuce, tomato and 'bread and butter' pickles. He washed it all down with bottled iced tea.

Mr. Medvedev passed up lettuce and pickles for jalapenos and mushrooms, then tossed back the all American drink, Coca-cola.

A large pool of Russian and American press tagged along on what was an unscheduled lunch stop.

The President apparently enjoys the beef at Ray's. Last year he made another unscheduled lunch stop there with Vice President Biden. He also chowed down on a basic cheddar cheese burger and a side of tater puffs.

President Medvedev is in town for bi-lateral meetings as part of a broad effort to "reset" Russia's relationship with the United States, and to discuss economic concerns.

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soundoff (62 Responses)
  1. aproudmemberoftheunpatrioticmob

    Quite a difference in the way he treats Medvedev than the way treats Netanyahu. The SEIU must have told him to treat him nice. He wouldn't think of it himself. To self-absorbed, inept and corrupt.

    June 24, 2010 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  2. ja

    i don't think the pres is anywhere near overweight, and eat healthier most days

    June 24, 2010 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  3. TangledThorns

    What a 'great' leader...

    June 24, 2010 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  4. Republican Apologist

    Obama shouldn't be allowed to even eat until the oil leak is capped and 100% of the oil is cleaned up. Oh and BP shouldn't have to pay for the cleanup since they're a private corporation and all; and let's go to war with Iran while we're at it, they're bad people, and they have more oil to steal!

    June 24, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  5. RCasson

    He can eat whatever he wants. He's in good shape. A burger won't hurt him. I love my President!!

    June 24, 2010 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Willy Brown

    Better tasting the baloney being served at the White House Oval Office

    June 24, 2010 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  7. Bob in PA

    Always time for a photo op.
    It's just a shame there isn't any time for addressing the oil clean up in the Gulf. The man should resign now and save himself the embarrassment of History.

    June 24, 2010 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  8. dew

    wow what a story, can't wait till someone tell us what kind of tp paper he used. now that will be a story

    June 24, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  9. Fed up

    Another photo op for our Dictator in chief.

    June 24, 2010 02:31 pm at 2:31 pm |
  10. jo an

    Obama rebells with food...Clinton rebelled with interns...you choose.

    June 24, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  11. felicia

    I love my President, he is so down to earth. You keep doing what you doing and pop your collar to these knuclke head haters who can't comprehend

    June 24, 2010 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  12. Bobby Nakka

    I don't know about anyone else but I admire the president to atleast act normal (I hope it is genuine). I favor republican party by the way. I always thought president's eat the best steaks and food out there.

    June 24, 2010 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  13. midwest liberal

    Aaahhh.... detente!

    June 24, 2010 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  14. Byrd

    Wow. He's just a normal guy. Won't that be a surprise to some...

    June 24, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  15. Bill

    Yet right wingers insist Obama is an "elitist". An elitist would not have taken the leader of a rival nation to a burger joint

    June 24, 2010 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  16. ConsiderThis - FL

    President Obama reminds us all that he and other leaders of nations are human beings just like everybody else. But, I'm sure that his "haters" will come up with something about his lunch with President Medvedev to criticize him about. Oh, I know.." President Obama didn't start eating his lunch precisely at 12:00 PM; he took his first bite at 11:59:59 AM. Shame on you Barak Obama!"

    June 24, 2010 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  17. Alex

    I just think it's cool that there's a place called "Hell Burger"!

    June 24, 2010 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  18. geecee

    I just love our President. He takes the President of Russia to a local hamburger joint for lunch. How cool is that. Really, the guy is so unpretentious. He's a great leader and a down-to-earth really nice person. I hope things begin to turn around in the Gulf oil spill and the jobs front so he doesn't get destroyed in the next election. He deserves a chance at a second term. He has done alot so far, despite what the haters want to say about him. He still has over 2 years to go in his first term, and I suspect by 2012 things will be looking a whole lot better for the economy. God Bless our President.

    June 24, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Dave

    Ray's is great...there, I agree with the President on something!

    June 24, 2010 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  20. Dpack TX

    All American Drink, Coca Cola ?? LOL

    June 24, 2010 02:45 pm at 2:45 pm |
  21. Don SC

    Oh great, now we get to hear the "righties" scream about how Obama shouldn't be taking a lunch break with all that's going on, "How dare he eat lunch"! This type of goofy article that feeds such stupid comments. Glad to see him patronizing small businesses; why not write about that?

    June 24, 2010 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  22. American Patriot - a "real" tea partier

    There's absolutely nothing wrong with having a hamburger every now and then even if you are a healthy eater.

    Besides, Medvedev may have said, "Hey, I've heard about this hamburger joint you have around here. Can we stop there for lunch?"

    June 24, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  23. Randy Sturgill

    Only an IDIOT (Obama) would take the leader of an Orthodox nation who openly practices Orthodoxy to a BURGER place in the middle of a FAST (the Apostles fast) when Orthodox are only allowed to have fish. OF COURSE, he ate it. He didn't want to insult the POTUS but it shows just how OUT OF TOUCH Obama is with world leaders and his arrogance. I'm also sure that THIS post won't make it on CNN's website regardless of how true it is.

    June 24, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  24. LA

    So one lunch means he's not on board with the First Lady's plans for healthy eating....PLEASEEEE If that's the case then the removal of Gen. McChrystal should've been a no-brainer but we all know how that's going over with the American public....

    June 24, 2010 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  25. me in California

    let the man eat a burger every once in a while. I am sure he eats healthy most of the time. give him a break

    June 24, 2010 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
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