(Ken Thomas/Associated Press)
President Barack Obama huddled with local dads today at Kenny’s Smokehouse (732 Maryland Ave. NE), a Capitol Hill barbecue joint not unfamiliar to the first family.
The lunchtime meeting, one of POTUS’ many high-profile dining jaunts around town, lasted about an hour and included four other fathers — two military serviceman, U.S. Army Capt. Joubert Paulino and 1st Lt.William Edwards, and local barbers and “Fatherhood Buzz” mentors Otis “Big O” Gamble and Nurney Mason. Both barbers work at Mason’s Barber Shop (1010 H St. NE), while Mason also trims hair at the House of Representatives barber shop.
Staff told HOH that Obama feasted on pork ribs slathered with spicy barbecue sauce, collard greens and red beans and rice. A restaurant worker said Obama “loved the food” and thanked several workers personally with firm handshakes and generous praise. Although they declined the president’s offer to pay, the worker told HOH others in the group covered the entire tab.