January 23rd, 2009
09:25 AM ET

Cheeseburger, Please!

What does the president eat on Air Force One? What are the secret defense systems? CNN's Randi Kaye reports.
What does the president eat on Air Force One? What are the secret defense systems? CNN's Randi Kaye reports.

Randi Kaye
AC360° Correspondent

Guess what Barack Obama ordered for his first meal on board Air Force One!

A cheeseburger! Medium-well with cheddar. Salad on the side. And of course, french fries!

National Geographic was filming a documentary on Air Force One to air Sunday night at 8pm eastern on the National Geographic Channel, and as luck would have it in the final days of filming, Barack Obama needed to make his journey from Chicago to Washington, DC.

You can see some clips from the documentary in the video clip attached.

It’s pretty great stuff. In addition to ordering the cheeseburger, Obama tells his new pilot, Colonel Scott Turner, he reminds him of someone out of ‘central casting’ before adding, “you’re exactly what I’d want my pilot to look like!”

It’s a great moment. The producer of the film, Peter Schnall, told me Obama seemed right at home with the crew of Air Force One. He got a brief tour of the plane, including the living quarters, the bedroom, the Presidential bathroom (one of seven bathrooms on board the plane) and of course all the bells and whistles about how the White House at 40,000 feet operates.

I was most moved by the end of the documentary when Obama lands at Andrews Airforce Base. He tells the crew he’ll see them after the inauguration, in a couple of weeks. He makes a special effort to go to the cockpit and say goodbye. And when he walks down the flight of stairs he is clearly moved by this moment. The producer said he was silent and just seemed to be taking it all in. The presidential limos and crowds of media awaited him at the bottom of the stairs.

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  1. Janice

    Mike in Greenville, NC
    If Pres. Obama did eat chicken is it something wrong with that? That was a racist statement. Chicken is not only for blacks and I seen many different races eating chicken all across American. How about watching the Food Ntwk Channel and watch Paul Deen cook up some 'Good Ole Chicken'. In Texas we have many soulfoul restaurants and I see more Whites ordering Hamhocks, Chitterlings, Ox Tails, Collard Greens, Yams, Pinto Beans, ect. You know somewhere in your pathetic brain it has to register that he is the PRESIDENT OF THE USA!!! In the event you have a problem with that, then perhaps you should move to Europe. Let me guess you liked George Bush? I can tell you all have a lot in common like stupid comments and sounding like drunks. Its comments like yours that keep this Country from moving forward.

    January 23, 2009 at 8:36 pm |
  2. Lilibeth

    I don’t eat a lot of red meat but once in a while I crave a really good cheeseburger. I’ve been on a private plane before with all the amenities, but I bet it doesn’t compare to Air Force One. I wish I can ride that plane someday.

    Edmonds, Washington

    January 23, 2009 at 12:18 pm |
  3. Mike, Greenville NC

    You know it was fried chicken...this is a cover up.

    January 23, 2009 at 12:02 pm |
  4. Heather,ca

    National Geographic does an excellent job. I saw the last one with Pres Bush. Its just absolutely amazing the planning and preparation that goes into the use of this plane and transporting the president. All I can say is WOW! So impressive!

    January 23, 2009 at 11:19 am |
  5. carole ezell-bell

    Tennessee overturning "English Only" is a disgrace. Would France or Germany or England or any other country change their country's language to accomadate the people immigrating their country. We need to stand up for our rights before we are overtaken by another country.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:56 am |
  6. EJ (USA)

    After I saw that clip, I went out to get a single from Wendy's. It was good but I bet President Obama's cheeseburger was better.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:55 am |
  7. Norma Madaffer

    I am thrilled with our new president. With the country and worlds best interest in mind, we can all use this breath of fresh air ! Support and continued prayers for his almost " Over-the-top " abilities to keep us all out of " cronic depression " is a welcome sight to most of us who work and ( no longer play ) in the real world. Hopefully, his leadership will fuel global relief and change..... which is desperately needed on this Earth. But.... I have one problem,, Am I the only person who has noticed that his haircut is uneven???? The right side is cut differently then the left. I have watched him for three days now and NO ONE has fixed his uneven sideburns.

    January 23, 2009 at 10:36 am |
  8. Renee

    The doc looks great! Also FYI to others there is another documentary on Sunday night which is Marine One right after Air Force One. Set your DVR's or TIVO's.

    January 23, 2009 at 9:55 am |