CINCINNATI - President Barack Obama got a taste of Cincinnati for his birthday Sunday, thanks to a gift from House Speaker John Boehner.
Boehner’s office confirmed to WCPO Digital that the speaker sent a gift of Montgomery Inn ribs and Graeter’s ice cream to mark Obama’s 52nd birthday.
To be more specific, the gift contained eight slabs of ribs and four pints of Graeter’s black raspberry chip, said Evan Andrews, Montgomery Inn vice president. The cost before shipping: $149.99.
While there’s little love lost between the political rivals on most days, Boehner sent Obama a birthday present because the president had sent the West Chester Republican a “nice bottle of wine” for his birthday in November, a source in Boehner’s office said.
The speaker thought it was only right to reciprocate, said the source, who asked not to be quoted. (It is Washington, D.C., after all.)
“He thought about including Skyline Chili, as well, but knew the president had it recently,” the source said.
Obama is a return customer for Montgomery Inn. When he was a candidate for the nation’s top office, Obama had Montgomery Inn ribs at a rally in Dayton, Andrews said.
And when Obama had a press conference in 2011 with the Brent Spence Bridge in the background, the president’s staff ordered Montgomery Inn’s pulled pork for the White House press corps and ribs for the president and his staff, Andrews said.
“I heard back from Boehner’s office that he said thanks – that he’s had these ribs before, and they are the greatest,” Andrews said. “But I don’t have that in writing.”