President Obama Celebrates His Birthday (and Skips the Long Line) at D.C. Hot Spot

08/05/2015 at 11:58 AM ET

Manuel Balce Ceneta/AP; Courtesy Rose’s Luxury

When you’re the President—and it’s your birthday, no less—waiting in line at one of Washington, D.C.’s hottest restaurants is just not an option.

President Obama celebrated his 54th birthday at Rose’s Luxury in Capitol Hill on Tuesday and skipped the wait that can often take several hours.

POTUS was spotted at the no reservation, small-plates restaurant with Michelle Obama, his half sister Maya Soetoro-Ng, her husband Konrad, his niece Leslie Robinson and senior adviser Valerie Jarrett, according to The Hill. The restaurant is one of the most popular in the city, having made several “best of” lists this year—including being named Bon Appetit‘s Best New Restaurant.

While there’s no word on what Obama ordered, we’re hoping the burger lover (and fan of guacamole, sans peas, of course)—who also famously flexed his POTUS power to cut the line at Franklin BBQ in Austin last year—went for the grilled hanger steak with Japanese mustard, eel sauce and Tokyo scallions or the grilled avocado with tomatillo, poblano, cotija cheese and cilantro stems.

Our dairy-free, gluten-free, vegan and delicious coconut dessert.

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And since it was his day to blow out the candles, even Bill Clinton was rooting for him to save room for dessert.

“Happy birthday, @POTUS!” Clinton tweeted. “Hopefully when @FLOTUS isn’t looking you can have some cake. #44turns54

—Ana Calderone, @anacalderone

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Anonymous on

Will be so glad when his time as POTUS is OVER!

porkchop on

oh honestly. like if the POTUS called asking if he could come you wouldn’t make sure he had a table. Big scandal!

Lm on

It wouldn’t be safe for him to be lingering in line. I’m sure his security would not allow it.

Proud to call him POTUS and share a birthday with him!

John on

Happy Birthday to a great President.

okpeople on

Hmm…this article sounds familiar. Think I read it in The Washington Post this morning…

cucu on


lilly pond on

Vomit…agreed with Anonymous, glad when his time is over.

Helen on

Clinton was not “routing,” but rather “rooting.”
The First Lady likes desserts as much as the rest of us, but sugar is poison, and we need to eat it in moderation.

freya on

I’m sure anoymemost and Lilly pond are going to be glad to volunteer themselves and there love ones to go to war If their favorite ill tempered and warmongering Republican President is voted in office. lol

Sue on

Happy birthday to a great man and president! Thank you!

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