Wednesday, October 19, 2011

The Obamas Have Lunch With Veterans At Anna's Pizzeria in Hampton, Virginia

Eat n' Greets: President's first bus tour included lunch with veterans, too...
President Obama and First Lady Obama stopped for lunch today at Anna's Pizza and Italian Kitchen, a family-owned eatery located in a strip mall in Hampton, Virginia. The drop-by came after a morning visit to Joint Base Langley-Eustis. It was the President's fourth eat n' greet during his three-day American Jobs Act bus tour, but his first sit-down lunch. (Above, the President and Mrs. Obama greet the restaurant's owners)

According to the White House, the First Couple were joined by four veterans at the family-owned eatery, and discussed the employment challenges faced by vets when they return to the home front. Guests included Amanda Leigh, US Army Veteran, Denmark, WI; Brian Sullivan, US Army Veteran, Foxborough, MA; Jill Ann Lynch, US Navy Veteran, Butternut, WI; and Patrick L. Burrows, US Navy Veteran, Union City, PA.

The President's other eat n' greets....
The luncheon comes on the last day of President Obama's bus tour. During his maiden voyage on Ground Force One, for a bus tour through the midwest in August, the President also lunched with veterans.

Today, traveling home to the White House, the First Couple hopped off Ground Force One and visited a farmers market in Hampton, Virginia, after lunch. While rolling aboard his big armored bus, this week the President also stopped at a North Carolina general store to buy a bucketload of candy; had smoked pork barbecue from an eat n' greet stop at Countryside Barbecue in Marion, NC; and stopped by Reid's House Restaurant in Reidsville, N.C., for more take out.

Update: A guest goes on the record: Click here to read Sullivan's recap of the Presidential lunch.

*Photo by Pete Souza/White House

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