Tales from the Trail

Romney, Boehner do burgers

June 18, 2012

It was an all-American moment for Mitt Romney and House Speaker John Boehner on Sunday in their first joint appearance since Romney clinched the Republican nomination for president.

The pair rallied in Troy, Ohio, in Boehner’s Congressional district, along with Ohio U.S. Senator Rob Portman.

Amusingly, Boehner reminded the crowd that when he first ran for Congress few people knew his name – and many thought it was pronounced “Boner.”

After speaking to the crowd of about 500, the group went into K’s Hamburger Shop, a famous local joint, to meet patrons and grab some food.

“I’ll take care of the orders,” said a take-charge Boehner, to which Romney responded, “If I take care of the bill?” “No, no, I’ll take care of the bill,” the Speaker said.

The group ordered six cheeseburgers with everything on the side, three french fries, and drinks.

Before sitting down to eat, Romney strolled outside with grillman Michael Scheib, whose teal 1961 Rambler was parked by the podium. Scheib, 20, has owned the classic car, introduced to the world by Romney’s auto-exec father George, for three years. He calls it “Doris” after one of the founders of K’s, Doris Klein.

Scheib pronounced Romney “a really nice guy” and said he had lost a lot of sleep thinking about a possible meeting with the man who could be president.

Romney and Scheib sat in the Rambler and chatted for a few minutes. The Republican then emerged to tell supporters proudly about the provenance of the car – a Father’s Day moment on a day two of Romney’s sons, Matt and Craig, also joined him on the stump with some of their children.

Earlier, Romney’s rally was cut short by noisy hecklers – the second time on Sunday that protesters had a chance to attempt drowning him out. Romney gave a shortened version of what can be a 15 to 20 minute speech – this time, clocking in at just eight minutes.

Perhaps, though, the lure of the cheeseburgers was the real reason to hurry through the talking points.

Photo credit: Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney (R) and Speaker of the House John Boehner (C) talk with employee Michael Scheib during a visit to K’s Hamburger Shop in Troy, Ohio, June 17, 2012. REUTERS/Larry Downing

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Romney, Boehner do burgers ???
Not like the common man that drives the common van… Kay’s wonderful hamburgers in Troy Ohio are not for the general public on Sundays. Special perks are for Romney and Boehner out of touch with the Monday through Saturday crowd are easy to see through. Do you think the elite care about the waitresses and kitchen help at Kay’s having a day off, or even health care, NOT!

Posted by billyj | Report as abusive
 

I don’t have any trouble with Boehner being a “boner.” So far, that has been all he has displayed in leadership for a “do nothing” Congress. The little time spent actually in session much less actually legislating with the opposition is radiantly visible to the American people. These same “little people” will take the bull (no pun) by the horns and dump these do nothings for some actual people representatives in November.

Posted by Wassup | Report as abusive
 

Where’s the beef?

Posted by Bunker555 | Report as abusive
 

Between Wendy’s bun.

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