Biden and Harris shock DC diners with unexpected visit to popular restaurant


President Biden had his first known sitting visit to a DC restaurant on Monday since becoming president – joined by Vice President Kamala Harris and their wives after a Memorial Day event at Arlington National Cemetery.

The unplanned shutdown caught diners off guard at popular French restaurant Le Diplomate, where First Lady Jill Biden met friends for boozy mid-week lunches while her husband was vice president.

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In honor of Jill Biden, the restaurant this year had lobster risotto, her favorite dish, as a special menu to celebrate her return to Washington.

In his four years in office, former President Donald Trump has visited only one DC restaurant – BLT Prime, in his own Trump International Hotel near the White House.

Biden received an enthusiastic reception. He arrived after visiting military graves and warning in a speech that democracy is “in peril” in the United States.

DC’s overwhelming Democratic majority gave Biden a victory of over 92% over Trump in November and onlookers cheered as Biden walked in and out about 70 minutes later.

Bettina Weiss, executive director of the Elect Democratic Women group, tweeted a video of Biden’s arrival. “POTUS & FLOTUS at the Diplomat! With my mom coming from out of town. I couldn’t have planned this better,” she wrote.

Another Twitter user shared footage of Harris arriving with her husband, Doug Emhoff.

“Thank you very much, you are amazing! »A starred dinner told Harris.

“We love you!” someone else yelled at Harris.

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The 14th Street stretch is home to many upscale restaurants after a spectacular gentrification in recent decades that has transformed the neighborhood from a notorious destination for prostitution into one where condos can sell for $ 1,000 per square foot .

The Bidens know DC well because of Joe Biden’s 36 years as a senator from Delaware and eight years as a vice president. Among the well-heeled restaurants he frequented was Café Milano, where documents and a photograph indicate he met in 2015 the Ukrainian and Kazakh associates of his son Hunter Biden.

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