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Vacationing Obamas order up a heaping helping of Carolina barbecue

By Michael D. Shear
ASHEVILLE, N.C. -- They waited in line, like everyone else. But President Obama and the first lady were hardly everyone else Friday at the 12 Bones Smokehouse.

Making a return visit to the place Obama visited as a candidate in October 2008, the couple ordered ribs, greens, baked beans, mac & cheese, cornbread and two sweet teas. (Not exactly the kind of diet that first lady Michelle Obama is encouraging for children as part of her anti-obesity campaign.)

For their arrival here, straight from the airport as they started a weekend getaway, the Obamas -- traveling without their daughters -- were greeted by a small throng packed into the tiny roadside restaurant.

A 12 Bones employee noted, "Everyone waits in line here. We serve 600 people in five hours on Fridays."

After ordering, the Obamas made their way to a plain, square table, where they put their order number -- 99 -- on the table and waited for the food to arrive. 

Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton, who is along on the trip, tweeted during the meal that "plates of ribs here at 12 Bones Smokehouse give new meaning to 'too big to fail.' "

By Michael D. Shear  |  April 23, 2010; 2:30 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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Here he goes again.... Just has to get on that plane and go spmeplace every weekend. Wonder how much this little jaunt is costing the tax payers. This guy is such an idiot, he just refuses to hear what the people are saying

Posted by: tomb215 | April 24, 2010 3:13 PM | Report abuse

Who cares? You call this news WAPO?
He goes on vacation while 13 million are out of work and can't afford a vacation...real nice. Yea, he feels your pain people. He's "just like you"...average guy. Yea, right.

Posted by: NO-bama | April 23, 2010 11:50 PM | Report abuse

I don't see why they have to go to North Carolina in Asheville. A strong majority of people below the Mason Dixon line hate this president! Why couldn't they go to Los Angeles were they are more popular. When Obama goes down South or out in rural small towns in this toxic political climate, anger towards the government, and bitterness over the healthcare bill passage, I fear so much for his life and safety. I doesn't help being a black president in this hostile climate due to his policies. He needs to just stay in D.C. and not travel. Even if the economy improves a lot by 2012, I hope Obama doesn't run for re-election again because of bitterness towards him and his policies that could cost him his life.

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Posted by: wandanlea | April 23, 2010 11:10 PM | Report abuse

donspecht how come it is that when you mention bone...your dog and children run away.

Posted by: JWx2 | April 23, 2010 7:29 PM | Report abuse

I bet michelle obama sucked that rib bone bleach white...and im sure she had the people of Haiti in mind and all those obese children.

Posted by: JWx2 | April 23, 2010 7:26 PM | Report abuse

Do you think people care where the Obamas are or what they have for dinner this weekend? This is not newsworthy for Gods sake.

Why isn't the media and bloggers writing about all the power plays Obama and his radical cronies have going on? The MSM is looking the other way while this country is being "fundamentally transformed" as admitted by Obama.

Posted by: thehamptons1 | April 23, 2010 5:56 PM | Report abuse

The meal was full of fat, carbs, sodium and calories. It won't bother the stringbean, but it's going to add to the wife's caboose.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | April 23, 2010 5:32 PM | Report abuse

OBAMA is out of control!!!!

Eastern NC bbq is the ONLY way to go. How dare he eat western cue!

Posted by: Corn_Laden | April 23, 2010 5:14 PM | Report abuse

Columns like this one make me wonder why ANYONE would want to be President of the US--living life in a 24/7 fishbowl. Leave the people alone and let them have a meal, for Pete's sake.

(And by the way, I didn't vote for Obama; I just resent seeing this sort of second- class gossip reported as "news.")

Posted by: oldguy2 | April 23, 2010 4:48 PM | Report abuse

These two are always flying somewhere, vacationing somewhere....talk about leaving a carbon footprint. Now what was all that talk about health eating Mrs. Obama?

Posted by: ReneesOpinion

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You're slipping Renee. Given the tone of your post I'd think you'd want the First Couple to both get rib bones caught in their throats.

You can go back to your miserable life now, honey.

Posted by: donspecht | April 23, 2010 4:32 PM | Report abuse

I ate there yesterday for lunch -- it is well made, home-made food -- not institutional crap.

Some of you don't realize it's how food is grown, how animals are raised that also contribute to whether it's healthy or not.

Granted, it was kinda high in carbs but I read that they are already hiking it off on the Blue Ridge Parkway.

Posted by: mtnwoman1 | April 23, 2010 4:25 PM | Report abuse

the Obama are VIP? We need more LIP, like the backbones of the economy, the lower-classes.

Posted by: Rockvillers | April 23, 2010 4:14 PM | Report abuse

People, people, people - get a grip.

If you listen to the First Lady, or anyone else, when she talks about healthy eating she also makes it very clear that she and anyone else who eats healthy can then "splurge".

Posted by: rlj1 | April 23, 2010 4:11 PM | Report abuse

Wow. Could you bring back a plate for me?

Posted by: yeswecan3 | April 23, 2010 4:09 PM | Report abuse

We live in a country where the government tells me what I can and can not do with my money. The First Lady gives out advice on obesity and then violates it in public. The government claim to tax the wealthy, but they do not, they just tax income not wealth. They say they wish to be fair, but they make tax exclusion income & tax deferred income for many but not the self-reliant who has to pay for everything with after-tax income. We live in a country of self-reliant serfs supporting otiose clerisy. Alexis de Tocqueville had it right

Posted by: buckaroo5 | April 23, 2010 4:07 PM | Report abuse

Go for it Mr. President and First Lady Michelle. You both deserve a getaway without the kids and a meal that is not a part of your "everyday" diet. If more folks were in great shape as you both are, they would be able to have a meal rich in taste and calories, and maybe, more couples would stay together if they learned to focus on each other. Have a wonderful weekend.

Posted by: daulphinehunter | April 23, 2010 4:00 PM | Report abuse

These two are always flying somewhere, vacationing somewhere....talk about leaving a carbon footprint. Now what was all that talk about health eating Mrs. Obama?

Posted by: ReneesOpinion | April 23, 2010 3:39 PM | Report abuse

12 bones, good choice, pres. Oh and knock off that anti-obsesity stuff Shear even the healthy are allowed to cheat occasionally.

Posted by: vicwhiskey21 | April 23, 2010 3:32 PM | Report abuse

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