June 26th, 2012
02:15 PM ET
They say when the cat’s away the mice will play… which seems to be the case whenever First Lady Michelle Obama isn’t around to watch over her husband’s daily dose of healthy foods.
Tuesday afternoon, President Obama sneaked in another fast-food pit stop at The Varsity, an Atlanta-based eatery renowned for its chili dogs and its famous 84-year-old slogan, “What’ll ya have?” Touting itself as the largest drive-in restaurant in America, The Varsity can accommodate 600 cars and more than 800 people inside its famous walls, according to its website.
Visiting this mouth-watering establishment has been a rite of passage for other U.S. presidents as well – Jimmy Carter, George H. W. Bush and Bill Clinton all had a taste for The Varsity’s renowned food during their respective terms in office. (CNN's Eatocracy blog lists some other must-stops for campaigners)
But with a wife known for championing healthy choices, it’s no surprise that President Obama has tried finding refuge from dishes that include White House-grown “Barackoli.” Last week, Obama satisfied his sweet tooth on a campaign trip up north, swinging by the University of New Hampshire’s Dairy Bar, where he joked with onlookers that under other circumstances – namely, outside polling places – he would not be able to buy them ice cream. And in June, Obama celebrated Father’s Day by breaking bread with some local dads at Kenny’s BBQ place in Washington D.C, where he accidentally walked out on his bill.
With the election season heating up, the president will be hitting the road more than ever, where snack stops will most likely be a regular occurrence. Hopefully, though, the first lady won’t be too angry with her husband and his less-than-healthy choices.