Romney, Boehner do burgers
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