President Obama's trip to Buffalo, N.Y
., wasn't all work
and no play. On an impromptu stop at Duff's Famous Wings
in Cheektowaga, he received the kind of compliment that it's safe to say presidents rarely hear -- at least when cameras are rolling.
"You're a hottie with a smokin' little body," Luann Haley told Obama during the unannounced stop Thursday at the renowned local wings joint. The president responded with a hug, Sheryl Stolberg of The New York Times wrote in a pool report for the rest of the media.
"She swooned and he said Michelle would be watching on television," Stolberg wrote. "That's all right,'' Haley said. "Hi Michelle, eat your heart out." Later, Haley said Obama had given her "a squeeze."
Haley, 45, works next door to the restaurant for a Department of Education contractor that collects money on defaulted student loans. She and her co-workers saw the Secret Service and rushed over to Duff's see what was going on.
The event was the president buying a snack. Obama ordered wings because, he said, "this is the wing capital." He ordered his "medium" but changed to half regular, half extra spicy on the advice of some in the crowd of 100 employees and guests. Mary DiGiacomo, who took his order, told him it would be on the house. "No, I've got to pay," he said. Total bill: $10.82.