President Obama Stops for Chicken Wings in Buffalo

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Video: President Obama Stops at Duff's for Wings

  • President Obama stops at Duff's during his visit to Western New York.

BUFFALO, NY - President Obama has made a surprise stop for, what else, chicken wings! The President stopped at Duff's restaurant on Dick Road Thursday, just a short time after his plane, Air Force One, landed at the Buffalo Airport.

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.  Luann Haley told President Obama he is "a hottie with a smokin' little body," during his unannounced visit to Duff's.  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 crispy.  So he called out to the restaurant staff that he would have five regular, five extra crispy.  They cost $10.82. 

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.

The President met briefly with family members of Flight 3407 crash victims. He's also making a speech at Industrial Support, Inc. on Buffalo's East Side.

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