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President Obama Treats Debt Team to Burgers

By • Aug 5th, 2011 • Category: Burger Blog

After negotiating for months and finally passing the debt relief plan that supposedly saved the country from some serious end-of-days-type bad financial juju last week, President Barack Obama packed up his staff and motorcaded his way to a Capitol Hill hotspot for a big cheeseburger lunch.

That’s POTUS (in a pic by Jason Reed of Reuters) placing his executive order at the counter of Good Stuff Eatery, the hipster-cool burger joint from celebrichef Spike Mendelsohn. “It smells good,” President Obama told his fellow customers, “Michelle eats here all the time, but I don’t get out.

Good Stuff has already honored the First Couple with their own sammies on the menu. The Michelle Melt is a turkey burger with caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, tomato, lettuce, and South Lawn herb garden mayo on a fresh wheat bun. The Prez Obama Burger, invented by Mendelsohn during the 2008 election, features applewood-smoked bacon, red onion marmalade, horseradish mayo, and Roquefort blue cheese. (Get it? Red, white, and blue…)

Beautiful shot by Joe Shymanski, but the prez went more mainstream with his own lunch order, requesting instead a standard cheddar cheeseburger, well-done, with mustard, lettuce, and tomato. Obama footed the bill for his staff, as well as for another diner because, “She held my space in line,” the President said.

Then it was off to one of the restaurant’s tables for an hour-long lunch, which also included fries (a Good Stuff specialty), salads, sodas (love the Boylan’s in that AP snapshot!), and milkshakes.  The Commander-in-Chief even offered a shake to 11-year-old Andrew Parker at the next table, saying, “I guarantee this table isn’t going to drink them all.

Everyone seemed to put politics aside for the afternoon and have a good time… except perhaps for the anonymous young lady in the background of that White House photo. Um, the President of the United States is sitting eight feet away from you. It’s cool to not to act like a starstruck goofball and all, true. But OMG, stop texting your BFF for, like, five damn minutes and at least respect the moment. Or maybe she’s just a staunch Republican.

Obama’s become known for his much-publicized burger runs, putting Five Guys on the map by taking NBC’s Brian Williams there for an impromptu lunch grab, and then talking foreign relations with Russian president Dmitry Medvedev at Ray’s Hell Burger. Yes, when the leader of the free world needs to look like just a regular guy, doing the best he can in a tough-as-hell job, an all-American cheebie is his go-to unifying symbol. So celebrate the avoidance of economic Armageddon: Burger up.

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