Obama Makes Surprise Appearance in South End

The President of the United States stopped by Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe for lunch on Wednesday afternoon.

President Barack Obama made his second visit to the South End in just over two months when he stopped for lunch at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe on Wednesday.

The president was in Boston today to host a rally for Democratic Senate candidate Ed Markey in at the Reggie Lewis Track Center in Roxbury. Flying in to Logan Airport at 11:30 a.m., the president met Mayor Menino, Governor Deval Patrick and Markey before heading to the South End just before noon. Police and secret service lined Columbus Ave. during his visit. 

A Charlie's employee said the first indication the president might stop by was a few secret service employees outside of the restaurant by about 11:30 a.m. A few minutes later, they came inside to do a security sweep of the restaurant. There were about 30 diners or so inside the restaurant at the time. 

Obama spent about 10 minutes inside the restaurant, where he ordered a cheeseburger, and talked to several diners about the upcoming election for senate. 

"I know it seems like there's an election every other week," he joked inside the restaurant, according to a White House pool report.

The president shook hands with and hugged several diners, encouraging them to vote for Ed Markey. 

"Do you know Congressman Markey? You guys remember to vote now," he said. 

By 12:11 p.m., Obama had left the restaurant, with a takeout box in his hand. He waved to cheers across Columbus Ave. before heading off to the rally in Roxbury.

President Obama was last in the South End in the days following the bombing at the Boston Marathon, when he lead an interfaith service at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. 

Did you get to meet the president in the South End on Wednesday? Did you snap a photo? Tell your story in the comments. 

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BenLaGuer June 13, 2013 at 02:54 AM
Has any President spent more time campaigning? Why hasn't he said anything about spying on Americans?
Kevin MacDonald June 13, 2013 at 04:39 PM
He is a great President that cares about people. In order to be effective, he needs people like Ed Markey in the Senate to help him to help people.
Elaine Murphy June 13, 2013 at 05:20 PM
Our friends at South End Emporium met the President and have some great photos on their smart phones!
Sara Jacobi June 13, 2013 at 06:10 PM
Ooh! Tell 'em to upload here (There's a button right under the article photo) or they can email me at sara.jacobi@patch.com - whatever is easier :) I'm sure others here in the South End would love to see those!
Timothy Crawford June 13, 2013 at 06:14 PM
Ben, according to Markey's ads He is the one that made Verizon possible...I wonder why he pulled those ads? I am a Independent voter and for yet another election I really do not have much choice however in this day and time I think it is time for the Senate quit being a social club for old white folks..such as myself..and start representing America as a whole.


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