Obama Takes Some Guys To Lunch, Skips Out On The Bill


Amid the bustle of President Obama’s surprise stop for barbecue Wednesday the White House apparently overlooked one key detail: the bill.

Celebrating Father’s Day early, the president had lunch with two service members and two local barbers at Kenny’s BBQ on Capitol Hill.

As the group chatted about fatherhood, the president enjoyed a steaming plate of pork ribs with hot sauce, collard greens, red beans and rice and cornbread.

The bill for the president and his four guests was $55.58, but was left unpaid at the point of sale, according to pool reports.

The post title, obviously, is a bit tongue-in-cheek. Clearly, getting the bill paid was a staffer’s responsibility and they screwed up. My understanding is that this person has been reassigned to the National Weather Service Station in Nome, Alaska.

FILED UNDER: Barack Obama, Campaign 2012, Humor, Politicians, Quick Takes, US Politics
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Doug Mataconis held a B.A. in Political Science from Rutgers University and J.D. from George Mason University School of Law. He joined the staff of OTB in May 2010 and contributed a staggering 16,483 posts before his retirement in January 2020. He passed far too young in July 2021.


  1. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    I’m seeing a HUGE amount of symbolism in this…

  2. Then you’re reading too much into it I think.

  3. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @Doug Mataconis: Maybe the staffer thought he was on vacation again… or golfing… or at a fundraiser…

  4. Jay_Dubbs says:

    Any truth to the rumor that Rep. Issa has already drawn up the impeachment articles? Is $50 a high misdemeanor? Can someone consult with Arlen Spector to know what ancient Scottish law said?

  5. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    There is NO truth to the rumor that Obama only skipped out after the cashier refused to accept payment in Kenyan shillings…

  6. Gustopher says:

    Bush skipped out on paying for 2 wars, tax cuts for the rich, and medicare part D.

  7. dennis says:

    Jenos, you’re such a child. Grow up, will you?

  8. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @dennis: Lighten up, Francis. The jokes write themselves.

    Hell, I didn’t even mention how this came out on the same day Obama trotted out his “the Republicans ate a steak dinner and stuck us with the bill” theme. I guess it was on his mind already…

  9. bandit says:

    Wasn’t he just whining about getting stuck with a bill? He’s just passing it along.

  10. Jenos Idanian #13 says:

    @bandit: It’s like he saw “Pay It Forward” and got the message COMPLETELY backwards or smething…