On a campaign swing through downtown Atlanta today, President Obama and his motorcade made a pit stop for lunch at The Varsity, an 84-year-old institution that calls itself the “world’s largest drive-in.”
The restaurant is famous for chili cheese dogs, onion rings, a sweet “Frosted Orange” drink — and brusque cashiers clad in red shirts and caps who demand “what’ll ya have?”
Obama ordered at the counter for himself, adviser Valerie Jarrett, spokesman Jay Carney and others, taking away five chili dogs, four regular dogs, one cheeseburger and five “Varsity orange” drinks. He paid with cash, noted press pool reporters on scene.
While waiting for his order, Obama greeted a gaggle of African-American elementary school kids and a handful of military service members packed into the lobby around the order counter.
“Do you live in the White House?” one kid asked. “Where are Sasha and Malia?” said another.
“I do live in the White House. What have you guys been doing all summer?” Obama replied.
The president also chatted with Air Force ROTC cadet Michael Evans who just completed field training at Maxwell Air Force Base was lunching with his parents Robert and Evelyn Evans.
“I am very proud of you. Good luck to you,” Obama told Evans.
The president took his food order to-go, heading back to the motorcade for the ride north to the Westin Peachtree Plaza where he held two re-election campaign fundraisers.