June 26th, 2012
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If there's a presidential race afoot, there's bound to be some chowing-down around town. President Obama stopped by Atlanta's classic hot dog drive-in The Varsity, entourage in tow, and ordered five chili dogs, four regular dogs, and one hamburger - which he toted back to the parking lot in a paper bag.

The 1600 Report notes that "Visiting this mouth-watering establishment has been a rite of passage for other U.S. presidents as well – Jimmy Carter, George H. Bush and Bill Clinton all had a taste for The Varsity’s renowned food during their respective terms in office."

Stops at local haunts are de rigueur for candidates hoping to curry favor with the electorate, whether it's Brunswick stew at Harold's BBQ across town, brats and beer in Green Bay, shrimp and grits in South Carolina, loose meat in Iowa or pancakes at every diner across the U.S.A. If there's a formica table and a few votes to be nabbed, you bet the campaign bus will be taking a snack break.

Catch up on all campaign trail coverage on Eatocracy and see how CNN's Political Team likes to get their political grub on.

Previously - Last Naked Dogs Served at Atlanta's Varsity Jr

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  1. GiGi Eats Celebrities

    Obama ain't setting a very good example of healthy eating. Where is Michelle to get him in line!
    He could have at least gotten a grilled chicken sandwich. ;)

    July 8, 2012 at 9:11 pm |
  2. Underoo Jamboree

    The author of this article should be shot. Chow down? Really? I don't care who is eating, that phrase makes you sound like a complete fool.

    June 28, 2012 at 2:34 pm |
    • Kat Kinsman

      I will be certain to have that analysis of my word choice noted on my tombstone. Thank you.

      June 28, 2012 at 6:09 pm |
  3. JonfromLI

    Wanna bet that when Rick Perry was told it was a VEGETARIAN corn dog he went into the men's room to throw it up? I can't picture a Republican Governor from Texas normally chowing down a meal that doesn't involve some sort of meat in it.

    June 28, 2012 at 12:12 pm |
  4. bxgrrl

    Imagine Mittens at Varsity. I can't either.

    June 28, 2012 at 11:54 am |
    • Turk

      Here you go!


      June 28, 2012 at 5:22 pm |
  5. Anonymous

    Who cares

    June 28, 2012 at 10:00 am |
    • ELOB

      So did you vote for "I don't really think about it" but felt that didn't quite express your opinion clearly enough?

      June 28, 2012 at 12:09 pm |
  6. salathieljones

    Reblogged this on The World Outside of Yourself.

    June 28, 2012 at 9:59 am |
  7. skippydog

    I wonder if this slop is HALF as disgusting as the s*it they serve at Ben's Chili Bowl in DC.

    June 28, 2012 at 9:26 am |
  8. imuneek

    This is the dumbest thing I've ever seen. So a bunch of politicians stopped to eat at a hotdog stand. OOOhh look, they stuffin' they mouths wit corn dogs! Look, Momma, you may never see this again in your life! CNN, get a life.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
  9. Rhonda

    So this is why I was late for work yesterday, and sat for 30 minutes in traffic near the airport.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
  10. liberal disease

    wait until moochelle see this, she will do a hilary on him....with the Obesity problem at epic proportions and a huge cost to our helaththcare you would think Barry would think twice about chowing down on fried junk..

    June 27, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • Thinking things through

      moochelle? Who is THAT?

      Frankly, I'd have a lot more respect for your opinionations if you'd spell people's names correctly. But, oh, well. I'm terribly sorry about your disease, and hope you clear yourself up soon.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:07 pm |
    • Billy

      Since neither the President or his wife have a weight problem, exercise regularly, and eat healthy food most of the time, I think President Obama should be able to occasionally have a hot dog.

      June 28, 2012 at 9:16 am |
  11. Steve

    Disgusting. The Varsity is great if you love your food fried, taken out, fried again, and then served cold after it has been sitting out for a few minutes.

    June 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  12. Kevin

    Ewwww! He really eat that?

    June 27, 2012 at 5:18 pm |
  13. Don

    Michelle's lookin' HOT in that picture.

    June 27, 2012 at 4:12 pm |
  14. xfiler93

    Michelle MY BELLE is gonna be mad!

    June 27, 2012 at 3:44 pm |
  15. Eric

    I',m glad he can when others in this country have nothing to their name because of the economy.

    June 27, 2012 at 3:03 pm |
    • adam

      You're right eric. Look at me, lah-de-dah, I'm so rich and powerful I can afford to eat at a hot dog stand! I wonder if those poor people have ever tried a hot dog!
      Do you think he holds his pinkies up when he eats the franks?

      June 27, 2012 at 3:28 pm |
  16. Richard

    But, he didn't order the onion rings. He really missed out.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
    • e

      No orange slushy thing either! He missed the best part!

      June 27, 2012 at 8:42 pm |
  17. JimSnipit

    This just in: The President actually eats. More at 11.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:19 pm |
  18. ackridgek

    President Obama is the best candidate hands down...all those who *opposed* him are usually uninformed xenophobic idiots....if you want to be mad/angry, at some one be mad a those dumb a** newly elected reps in the House of Reps, who don't know their a**es from a hole in the ground, they are the reason nothing in getting done..(they filibuster, every proposal the president presents), when they are voted out, of office, then and only then will there be a change for the better.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:04 pm |
    • bill

      With a pea brain like yours, you should be careful about calling other people idiots. Idiot!

      June 27, 2012 at 7:21 pm |
  19. Pete

    If I worked at a fast food place and the President was coming, I'd call in sick for sure. Not at all for any political reasons. Purely because I wouldn't want to be razzed and fine-tooth-combed by secret service goons staring me down and flinching every time I made a move.

    June 27, 2012 at 12:01 pm |
    • Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

      They're too busy scoping out the "girl" in the skirt on the corner outside.

      June 27, 2012 at 2:30 pm |
  20. anne

    These comments are a prime example of people with too little to do and some pretty mean-spirited minds. Go find something important to gripe about.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:32 am |
  21. Steve

    Clearly Obama likes to poop.

    June 27, 2012 at 10:24 am |
    • bristoltwit palin...America's favorite dancing cow

      Mmmmmmmm... poop

      June 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |
    • Frank Tillery

      Stop whining and vote.

      June 27, 2012 at 11:06 am |
  22. PantyRaid

    Is this Obama's way of creating more jobs for the economy?

    Fast food jobs?

    June 27, 2012 at 9:36 am |
  23. palintwit

    I know I'm not the only one who would like to see Bristol Palin on DWTS again.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:30 am |
  24. BioHzrd

    When they said "Obama chows at drive-in" I was expecting him to be at Starlight Six or something catching a movie. Way to bait and switch the headline CNN.

    June 27, 2012 at 9:28 am |
    • Kat Kinsman

      The Varsity is indeed a rather notable drive-in restaurant - he just happened to go in. Save for Sonic, not a huge amount of drive-ins these days.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:47 am |
  25. VladT

    As someone who for the most part doesn't agree with Obama's financial policies, I respect him as a man for sticking to his beliefs. I won't be voting for him, but I respect him. That being said, I am also a foodie, so I like to know what the POTUS would order at a hot dog stand. Why must every Bleepin' article about Obama turn into "Republitards vs Dumbocrats." Don't have to agree, but for Pete's sake, get along, people

    June 27, 2012 at 9:17 am |
  26. Randy Barnes

    I would love to get his help in getting the naked dogs back and put the peeps back to work at the Varsity Jr.! http://eatocracy.cnn.com/2010/08/25/last-naked-dogs-served-at-atlantas-varsity-jr

    June 27, 2012 at 8:19 am |
  27. Matt

    As someone who has eaten at the Varsity, why? For once I actually feel bad for the president, and I'm sure he's feeling bad right now too.

    June 27, 2012 at 7:43 am |
    • Rbnlegend101

      Just because a place is famous, doesn't mean it's good. I got my oil changed at the varsity once, don't need to go back.

      June 27, 2012 at 4:26 pm |
  28. MeanOldMan

    Michelle is gonna kick his butt when he gets home.

    June 27, 2012 at 2:17 am |
  29. Bob Brown

    And screwed up traffic all over Atlanta. Remember in November.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:16 pm |
    • Mike

      easy on the hatred, bb, it is unbecoming on one so wise, kind, and gentle as you...

      June 26, 2012 at 10:32 pm |
    • BS

      The traffic always sucks, and it was a regular day by the late afternoon commute. Rode through the downtown connector at 4PM...normal day. This wasn't a surprise visit by the POTUS, so if you were downtown and expecting a quick trip, you sir/madam, are an idiot.

      June 27, 2012 at 7:00 am |
    • BioHzrd

      How long have you been driving in Atlanta? The traffic is screwed up EVERYDAY. Pres or no Pres.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:29 am |
    • Anne Brown

      Bod, what about the traffic when Bush came to Atlanta?

      June 27, 2012 at 7:56 pm |
  30. Mark

    After Obama went to Five Guys a few years ago, they raised their prices 15% in the middle of a recession. This guy is killing us.

    June 26, 2012 at 10:08 pm |
  31. Everett Wallace

    obama went to the varsity, well I know where I will not be eating.

    June 26, 2012 at 9:48 pm |
    • Bob Brown

      Hey! It's not the Varsity's fault. They weren't pandering for votes while screwing up traffic all over the city. Remember in November, and "walk a dog through the garden."

      June 26, 2012 at 10:20 pm |
      • Mike

        aaargh, there you go again BB

        June 26, 2012 at 10:33 pm |
      • BioHzrd

        And what do you think Romney's doing? He's not sitting at home with his thumb up his butt. It's called campaigning and both sides are doing it.

        June 27, 2012 at 9:32 am |
      • Whatshername in Chicago

        If Obama was pandering, what was Romney doing in the south when he bleated "Mornin', y'all. I just had a fine breakfast of 'cheesy' grits." Was that pandering, or do you think he calls everyone "y'all" and has "cheesy grits" all the time. Get a grip BB.

        June 27, 2012 at 11:09 am |
        • Rbnlegend101

          "Why do poor people eat this? Have my chef prepare some veal, and get someone in here to advise me on a bottle of red wine. What kind of cheese was that? Something french? I'm not used to french cheeses, are they all that yellow?"

          June 27, 2012 at 4:28 pm |
  32. obamaliar

    Save a brat and some fried chicken for Munchie. You know how much she loves grease. You'll find her in the vegatable garden

    June 26, 2012 at 9:15 pm |
    • Mike

      need to get back on the meds dude

      June 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
    • PantyRaid

      why come brat when its always the burger she eats while mixing soil?

      June 27, 2012 at 9:33 am |
  33. gargle

    They didn't get a picture of Bachmann with her mouth around that huge corndog?????


    June 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
    • HRPuckinfutz

      She is Tea Party. They don't put their mouths around the corn dog.

      June 26, 2012 at 8:16 pm |
  34. mickey

    I think it's pandering, but I respect the fact that they acknowledge some things that possible voters consider to be traditions and at least make an attempt to try them. Food is much more relatable and somewhat less touchy subject than most and I'd rather see a candidate look at a plate of barbecue and go "Ok, let's eat" than have them pretend that they never eat anything, anywhere. When I lived in NC there was an election that pitted a native against a Northern newcomer. They were making an appearance at a restaurant known for their grits. The proud owner offered each candidate at serving. The native ate his with delight. The newcomer visibly recoiled and said "Oh, I'd never eat something like that!" All of this took place during a live broadcast. Anybody care to guess who won that race?

    June 26, 2012 at 7:06 pm |
    • peter

      I have relatives in nc who simply won't vote for the mormon–in other words they will sit out the gen election.

      June 27, 2012 at 5:14 am |
      • anne

        Then your relatives will have no right to gripe at whoever gets in office in November. I particularly dislike people who don't vote because they don't like either candidate. Who do they think they're helping?

        June 27, 2012 at 10:26 am |
    • Ally

      I find it sad that there are so many people out there who vote for a person based on things that have no bearing on their ability to do a good job in that political office.

      Doesn't eat grits? vote no. Has blonde hair? vote no. Good looking? vote yes.

      June 27, 2012 at 12:46 pm |
      • Ally

        And that being said, I do agree with you, Mickey. Because of people's reactions it would be a bad move to refuse to eat a restaurant's specialty if given the chance.

        June 27, 2012 at 1:02 pm |
        • mickey

          I don't think that was the ONLY reason he wasn't elected (at least I HOPE not) but it didn't do him any good, that's for sure. Then again, we elected John Edwards to office, so the voting process in NC is an interesting beast.

          June 27, 2012 at 7:51 pm |
  35. eviltaxpayer

    Yep – Niro fiddles while Rome burns-
    Meanwhile moochelle has her food nazis checking kindergardeners lunches in carolina.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:55 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ


      June 26, 2012 at 7:10 pm |
    • HRPuckinfutz

      If Obama fiddles, then the Republicans lit the match and are fanning the flames.

      June 26, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
      • Bob Brown

        Geez... another name-caller with nothing worth saying. Pitiful.

        June 26, 2012 at 10:18 pm |
        • Mike

          interesting conclusion, BB dude, you sound like a troll

          June 26, 2012 at 10:27 pm |
    • anne

      It's 'Nero", friend. And cheap shots at candidates' wives says a lot about you.

      June 27, 2012 at 10:27 am |
  36. Jdizzle McHammerpants ♫♫

    Rick Perry is all about that corn dog, looks like he's had a lot of practice.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  37. Kevin

    John Kerry is so ugly. My God.

    June 26, 2012 at 6:20 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      He's better looking than pothead; G. W. Bush and current GOP AmerCIA presidential candidate and dog abuser; Mitt Romney.

      Ask yourself these basic questions: How come all GOPers are so ugly and dumb intellectually?

      June 26, 2012 at 7:30 pm |
      • HRPuckinfutz


        June 26, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
        • anne

          Your edgy username says all I need to know about your opinions.

          June 27, 2012 at 10:29 am |
      • Bob Brown

        Gee... calling names again? So, how come all Democrats are congenitally stupid and funny-looking? See... name-calling works both ways.

        June 26, 2012 at 10:23 pm |
        • Mike

          only, you seem quite adept at it!

          June 26, 2012 at 10:28 pm |
    • PantyRaid

      Bush looks like a pot head?

      What does Tommy Chong look like then??

      June 27, 2012 at 9:34 am |
      • ThatGuy

        Your mom.......

        June 27, 2012 at 2:25 pm |
  38. Bob

    how much did that fast food stop cost the tax payers on this little campaign trip?

    June 26, 2012 at 6:04 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      How much did it COST AmerCIA struggling Taxpayers when some imbecilic IDIOT who reads at 3rd. Grade level decided to invade Iraq to revenge on behalf of his father costing thousands of young AmerCIA lives whilst he and his Neo-Cons warmongers are cowardly holdout in underground bunkers PAID for by AmerCIA struggling Taxpayers?

      Have you thought of that? It's taking you too long though.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:20 pm |
    • HRPuckinfutz

      How much did it cost the taxpayers for that short bus you had to ride to school?

      June 26, 2012 at 8:10 pm |
      • Mike

        good one!

        June 26, 2012 at 10:29 pm |
    • PantyRaid

      He was creating fast food jobs.

      June 27, 2012 at 9:35 am |
  39. Jon

    No refill on the sugary drink!

    June 26, 2012 at 5:34 pm |
  40. 60minuteman

    I would have recommended a couple of chili dogs with swiss cheese........

    June 26, 2012 at 5:20 pm |
  41. Winetheif

    I certainly dont believe ALL that food was for the POTUS... And I'm sure his daily work-out routine & regularly nutritious eating allows for the rare All-American Artery Cloggin' Classic! Gimme a break!

    June 26, 2012 at 5:01 pm |
    • Bob Brown

      Right. The rest was wasted instead of feeding the hungry,

      June 26, 2012 at 10:25 pm |
  42. 22X Richer

    I hope that sugary drink was 16oz or less.

    June 26, 2012 at 4:48 pm |
  43. Truth™

    I am surprised that Michelle (Nutritional Stooge) let him...

    June 26, 2012 at 2:42 pm |
    • Enjoying Life

      So, People who promote health and nutrition are stooges???? Please explain.

      June 26, 2012 at 5:33 pm |
      • Really

        He did say that people who promote health and nutrition are stooges, he said Michelle Obama is a Nutritional Stooge. Reading comprehension 101.

        June 26, 2012 at 5:39 pm |
        • HRPuckinfutz

          "He did say".... I guess you meant "He didn't say"..... Proofreading 101. It's fundamental!

          June 26, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
    • ﺶCHEﺶ

      If every man follows every instructions his wife tells him; he will be a walking Zombie with No Manhood. There are times a man has to get away from his wife just to catch his breath and res-set.

      FYI: We men don't want to be shackled.

      June 26, 2012 at 7:25 pm |
      • HRPuckinfutz

        I sometimes like to be shackled.......

        June 26, 2012 at 8:11 pm |
        • Mike

          very nice, che and hrp!

          June 26, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
      • anon

        What you are describing is controlling, and mentally abusive wives. That's not acceptable under ANY circumstances, however, I should point out that often that problem happens in reverse: Many times it's the WIFE who has to step back and get some air.

        June 27, 2012 at 8:52 am |
      • bill

        If I had a wife who looked like Moochelle, I'd run away too.

        June 27, 2012 at 7:29 pm |
        • Thinking things through

          bill, his wife looks fine. What do YOU look like, before you cast your stones?

          June 27, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
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