President Obama: Gourmet food at home, junk food on the road
When it comes to food, President Obama is like any other guy -- upscale with the missus, comfort fast food when he's traveling solo.
On Thursday, POTUS made an unscheduled stop by Duff's Famous Wings near Buffalo for the local delicacy. "This is the wing capital!" he explained to reporters. The president opted for medium wings ("Hot"), then -- at the urging of the crowd -- added a few extra spicy ones, plus french fries and onion rings to his order.
Okay, it's a classic political photo-op, but a quick scan of his road food (compiled by CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller) indicates a taste for the yummy, fattening stuff.
· August 2009: Oatmeal raisin cookie ("a classic") in Martha's Vineyard.
· December 2009: Cheddar cheeseburger and fries in Pennsylvania.
· January 2010: Shave ice in Hawaii, burger with mustard in Ohio.
· March 2010: Fried chicken, mashed potatoes, yams, macaroni and cheese, banana pudding and more in Georgia.
· April 2010: Ribs, greens, baked beans, corn pudding, mac and cheese, corn bread and sweet tea at a smokehouse in North Carolina (he brought Michelle with him); rhubarb pie in Iowa; a cheeseburger and fries in Missouri.
Here in D.C., Obama takes the first lady to upscale restaurants (Komi last week, Nora's, Citronelle, Equinox, Blue Duck Tavern) for date nights, but likes local joints (Five Guys, Ray's Hell-Burger, Ben's Chili Bowl) for the occasional lunch with the guys.
How does this square with the first lady's veggie garden and healthy food initiative? Well, at least the crowd in Buffalo loved it.
"You're a hottie with a smokin' little body," onlooker Luann Haley told the president. He responded with a hug, to her delight: "Hi, Michelle -- eat your heart out!"
The Reliable Source
May 14, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
Categories: 44: Obama's Washington , First Family
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