On Twitter, @Pourmecoffee headlined this one, “POTUS survives cougar attack.” I will just cut and paste the pool report, from President Obama’s visit Thursday afternoon to Duff’s Famous Wings in Cheektowaga, New York.
QUOTE OF THE DAY: “You’re a hottie with a smokin’ little body.”
Yes indeed, some people will say just about anything to get a hug from Barack Obama. Those words were spoken by Luann Haley, 45, to the president, during his unannounced visit to this local landmark. He replied by giving her a big hug. (“He gave me a squeeze,’’ she said afterward.) She swooned and he said Michelle would be watching on television. “That’s allright,’’ Ms. Haley said as the cameras rolled.“Hi Michelle, eat your heart out.”
To backtrack, POTUS surprised many of what looked to be about 100 employees and guests when he strode into the restaurant, jacketless. He leaned over the counter; the receptionist Mary DiGiacomo, told him they had a lunch special but he demurred, saying he was in the car. He quietly placed an order. She tried to tell him it would be on the house. “No, I’ve got to pay,’’ he insisted, pulling out his wallet, which sported a $5 bill on top.
Your pooler asked the obvious: what did he get? “Wings!’’ the president declared. “This is the wing capital.”
And so it is. A painted sign on the Duffs wall says: Duff’s Famous Wings. Medium is HOT. Medium hot IS VERY HOT. Hot IS VERY VERY HOT.’’
Mr. Obama ordered his medium, but was told halfway through his meet-and-greet that he needed to get them extra spicy. So he called out to the restaurant staff that he would have five regular, five extra spicey. They cost $10.82. Your pool did not see him pay.
Ms. Haley was part of a large crowd of Department of Education contractors, who work next door to the restaurant collecting money on federal student loans whose borrowers have defaulted. They saw the Secret Service and figured something was up, so arrived en masse at Duff’s.