President Obama today said First Lady Michelle Obama frequents at fancy Capitol Hill greasy spoon Good Stuff Eatery “all the time.”
Michelle, who is leading the “Let’s Move” campaign to force children to make healthier eating choices, has become known for making some bad food selections of her own – as I note here and here - and serving up artery clogging feasts to White House guests.
Obama made the comments while on a pilgrimage of his own to Good Stuff for lunch today. Obama eats unhealthy food all the time and chews Nicorette gum to keep himself from stuffing a cigarette in his mouth. But at least the president is not lecturing us about what we eat.
The menu at Good Stuff lists pretty much only burgers, along with some lard laden extra orders of french fries “topped with” salt and a few salads thrown in for cover.
If you don’t believe Obama, take it from Michelle herself, who in an interview with a local DC news outlet said Good Stuff Eatery was once of her favorites.
Here’s the pool report from Obama’s trip to the place:
After a 5-minute drive across the mall, POTUS arrived at Good Stuff eatery, a crowded Capitol Hill burger joint frequented by Hill staffers.
He lined up at a counter to order lunch, in tie and shirtsleeves. Chatted and took pictures with patrons, as well as staff members (menu below). POTUS told the cashier he would pay for his staff, as well as lunch for a woman standing next to him in line.
“It smells good,” POTUS said to customers who welcomed him after he walked up the second floor. “Michelle eats here all the time, but I don’t get out.”
The group then sat around a long table by the window at the front of the restaurant, waiting for their food. POTUS patted legislative affairs director Rob Nabors on the back, there was lots of laughing. Pool held too far away to hear the table talk.
Elsewhere in the restaurant, customers kept eating, though some jumped up for a chance to shake his hand. ”He asked us if he had finished our burgers,” Nora Bessey, an intern at the copyright office.
The president chatted with a family seated at the next table, offering a boy, Andrew Parker, 11, a choice of several milk shakes sitting on his table. ”Choose any milkshake,” the president said, according to the boy. “I guarantee this table isn’t going to drink them all.”
Maddy Parker, 13, said she was thrilled because two of her friends had once sat next to POTUS at a basketball game. ”Now it’s even Steven,” she said.
After the food arrived, pool was escorted next to the table for 20 seconds. “All right, guys,” the president said, as his guests smiled and stopped talking. The president had a burger, fries, and a salad in front of him. There was an extra large plate of fries on the table. Good Stuff is known for his fries, according to Hill staffers who frequent the place.
Good Stuff is owned by Spike Mendelsohn, a resturateur who appeared on the TV cooking show, “Top Chef” (source: Washingtonian magazine). A bronze plaque next to the door declares: “This, ladies and gentlemen, is more than a hamburger joint. It is a rallying cry. It is a whoop. A holler.”
Crowds waited next door around outdoor tables under red umbrella at We, the Pizza, a sister restaurant, as a Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat who was on his way to pick up lunch at a nearby Chinese restaurant, stopped in for a three-minute chat with the president.
“We talked about the difficult vote the other night,” he told reporters outside. “I explained to him that I didn’t vote with him, but I’m glad that it passed. He said he understood.”
Waiting outside to depart.