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President Obama: Gourmet food at home, junk food on the road

You want fries with that? President Obama pays for his order at Duff's in Cheektowaga, N.Y. (Jim Young/Reuters)

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!"

By The Reliable Source  |  May 14, 2010; 1:04 AM ET
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I am embarrassed that the city I am from is mostly known for its economic depression and chicken wings.

Posted by: randscott | May 13, 2010 10:56 PM | Report abuse

Does he get to eat any of it? Does he have to take it outside first and let the Secret Service taste it to see if it is poisoned? Another question--in the manufacturing plant, he had a chance to ride a little hovercraft thing, but he asked a NY Times reporter to take a spin on it instead. Is that because the Secret Service wouldn't let him get on it? Or because he didn't want to look silly (a la Dukakis in a tank,etc)? It looked like fun; I definitely would have tried it out.

Posted by: Dan4 | May 14, 2010 10:38 AM | Report abuse

I assume Obama eats healthy at home and indulges when he goes out, like a lot of people. Certainly it's not likely that he eats unhealthily at home and still manages to look like he does.

Posted by: Lindemann777 | May 14, 2010 11:42 AM | Report abuse

Secret Service doesn't taste the food but they monitor the kitchen. I worked in a restaurant when Clinton was Prez. He and Hillary and some other people came in. We had about an hour's notice that one of the top three were coming for dinner but didn't know for sure until he walked in.

Posted by: chunche | May 14, 2010 11:44 AM | Report abuse

THis is making me hungry. I'm off to Capital Q for a pulled pork!

Posted by: johng1 | May 14, 2010 12:20 PM | Report abuse

Since I come to this country America always love the word "bullshit"

Posted by: alfonsorfarina | May 14, 2010 12:29 PM | Report abuse

I read both books "Oops people of color live there and "Audacity of hope. The president is a regular down to earth person. Since he is not from privilege he does not act like he is. This is true with Prez Clinton, and others. Pres Bush was from privilege but he acted like a normal regular person. We should be thankful we have someone that even wants the power job, but I would not give up my life for it and I am just a little person who work and pay taxes for a living.

Posted by: Moley2 | May 14, 2010 1:38 PM | Report abuse

For those bloggers calling President Obama incompetent let me remind you that there were six, count them six, books written on George Bush's butchering of the English language....Bushisms. Bush often couldn't even find the exit door when leaving the podium and I won't even go into his inability to eat pretzels. President Obama was a Rhodes scholar, graduating top of his class at Harvarad, President of the Harvard Law Review. Bush was a C student at yale...often called a "gentleman's C"...a grade given to spoiled, rich kids who sailed through college because of their famous name. Incompetent? Yep, that was Dubya.

Posted by: logcabin1836 | May 14, 2010 2:01 PM | Report abuse

If you travel around this country of ours and stop in some towns- and ask- what's the best food you have here? You will get cheesecake, fried chicken, wings, heros. You never hear "Oh a tossed salad with a light vinegarette on the side. Everyone needs to shut their pie holes!

Posted by: poppysue85 | May 14, 2010 2:19 PM | Report abuse

The Washington Post and Reliable Source have hit rock bottom on this one. Who in the hell cares what OBUMA eats? That's news? Next you will be telling us how many times he goes to the head each day. What's wrong, you couldn't find any good (truthful) news about our idiot President?
Bill Kays
Bristow, VA

Posted by: wkkays | May 14, 2010 4:20 PM | Report abuse

wkkays... got alot of hostility there buddy, what gives? and what is your definition of an idiot?

Posted by: mutha1 | May 17, 2010 1:49 PM | Report abuse

That cashier sure looks poised.

Posted by: Voter4Integrity | May 17, 2010 11:35 PM | Report abuse

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