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May 7, 2009 08:43 AM

The Prez gets a burger...

All over the media yesterday - the Prez and VP go out for burgers.

So Obama doesn't want ketchup on his burger - OK, me either (I prefer slices of tomato). Just mustard? OK - kinda plain, but who am I to argue with that?

But he orders it.. medium well!? What burger lover orders anything past medium? Heresy!

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  1. What are you talking about?! Beef needs to be rare you heathen!


    I say that even remembering one night I ordered a rare ground beef item (while riding long haul with my husband) and the chef indulged me. It sucked, but damn that was a WONDERFUL burger! So now we only do rare ground beef dishes at home.

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    1. re: Popkin

      If it sucked, how was it wonderful???

      I grind our beef now and have discovered that even when we've overcooked it, it still tastes great. And's sublime.

      And, hey, it's no surprise that the President eats well done meat. I guess no one can be perfect :)

      1. re: c oliver

        I mean the burger tasted wonderful, but I felt ill later

        1. re: c oliver

          He eats his meat WELL DONE! OMG can I change my vote now?!

          1. re: c oliver

            Can you imagine if he ordered his BURGER medium rare? He would have the food police all over him. Parents all over hte country would be outraged at the example he was setting for their children as paranoid parents are trying so hard to push charred meat on their children for fear of disease.

            The Pres may love a rare burger, but he'd never dare order it in public. I'm sure he'd rather have the ridicule of Chowhounds than a PR nightmare!

            1. re: Avalondaughter

              A guess a president has no right decision. In my heart, I'll believe he eats his burgers medium rare at home.

              1. re: Avalondaughter

                Surely I think they would prefer the president have a steamed burger in those circumstances... think of the cancer-causing agents you're eating by grilling that thing!

          2. Same thing happened when he ordered his first meal on Air Force One. Discussed in this thread:


            1. Keep in mind that it could be that he doesn't want to take the chance of e coli (God only knows I don't want him to take that chance!). He might want his steaks med rare for all we know.

              1. Really, can you imagine the non-stop headlines and talking heads ranting on about how the president was RECKLESS in ordering med. rare or rare? I think given the cameras, he played it just right-and I know that even his med. well burger at Rays was primo! It's one of the best burgers in the DC area.
                Love that $5 tip, too!

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                1. re: monavano

                  I loved that he was actually carrying cash (unlike some of his predessors).

                2. I like the President. I like food. But why in the name of all that matters should anyone care what or how he chooses to eat?

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                  1. re: rockycat

                    When the presidential motorcade rolls down the road, people notice! It was a bit of a PR move-not that the prez needs it, but it is a really big deal for foodies in my area.

                    1. re: monavano

                      Yes, definitely a PR move. It came right on the heels of Biden's swine flu slip up, I assumed it was at least in part an attempt to show the pair acting "normal."

                      Also, I completely agree about the rare beef = reckless situation. I wonder if he is even "allowed" to order rare, especially if not cooked in the White House kitchen...

                      1. re: mpjmph

                        I didn't want to say this earlier, but yes, this smacks of a totally feigned "real" photo op. What, at 11:30 am, the White House chef called, and said "Gee, I don't have anything for lunch?". I don't want to get in a partisan debate - I'm a Canadian after all - but this is the same type of BS as GWB's "Mission Accomplished" or Bill and Hillary's wander down a secluded lane (with 20 photographers in tow) after the Lewinsky deal.

                        Mods - lay the f*** off - this in not anti-Dem or anti-Rep - it's against anti- manipulation by the media, where they show pols of either stripe acting like "normal" Americans when in fact their lives are nothing like that all. Stop swallowing this propaganda, and see it for what it is.

                        And, since this will probably be deleted: a medium well burger with Dijon? What kind of milquetoast orders this? No lettuce, no onions, no tomato, no relish - he may think he's an iconoclast, but I think he has no idea how to eat a burger.

                        1. re: KevinB

                          Of course it's a photo op; nothing the president does isn't staged. The Secret Service probably spent days vetting the venue.

                          I will also defend anyone's right to order their burger however they like it. It's not very Chowish to assert some "right way" to order anything for which there are so many options, so many idiosyncratic local preferences, so much room for personal taste. I'm a medium-rare, cheddar, lettuce, tomato, sliced Bermuda onion (or griddled sweet onion), mayo, and no-damned-brioche-roll kind of burger eater, but I won't look down on you for wanting to have your burger your way.


                          1. re: MC Slim JB

                            Sure it was a photo op.

                            But, hey, the guy seems to like to maintain some semblance of "real life." Now obviously the POTUS can't just bop over to the greasy spoon on the corner, but maybe he just felt like getting out of the WH for lunch?