Away from Michelle in Boston, Barack gobbles burger, fries

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President Obama took a bachelor's road trip to Massachusetts Wednesday to help Democratic Senate candidate Rep. Edward Markey, taking advantage of being away from his fit wife to grab a cheesburger lunch.

Shortly before noon, Obama and his posse stopped at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe (motto: "where hash rules") in Boston's South End where other politicians like Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino waited.

The pool report noted: "Before leaving the restaurant, the president purchased a cheeseburger and fries for lunch. He emerged holding lunch in a white paper bag."

Obama has a history of breaking from his healthy White House diet when he campaigns.

The full report is below:

The president made an OTR stop with Rep. Edward Markey at Charlie's Sandwich Shoppe (motto: "where hash rules") on Columbus Street in Boston's south end. The motorcade arrived at approximately 11:50 a.m.

The very small diner, which consists of a lunch counter and several tables, was packed with patrons and others such as Gov. Deval Patrick and Mayor Tom Menino. Pool couldn't always hear the conversations and were moved up against the griddle at one point to clear out of the way.

The president moved through the restaurant greeting patrons, including nurse Jessica Wiggins, who works at Massachusetts General Hospital and had met Mr. Obama after the Boston Marathon bombings. "He just said that he really appreciates what we do as nursing [sic] and how everyone came together after" the bombings.

The president also posed for photographs with an 11-year-old girl whose father was born in Hawaii. Pool is endeavoring to get her name.

Mr. Obama addressed the assembled gathering to promote Mr. Markey's candidacy:

"I want to make sure you know that there's going to be an election coming up for Congressman Markey to send him to the Senate. I want to make sure everybody turns out and votes. Alright? This guy has been fighting for Massachusetts for a very long time and he cares deeply about all the folks here. I know it seems like there's an election every other week, but this one's important."

Before leaving the restaurant, the president purchased a cheeseburger and fries for lunch. He emerged holding lunch in a white paper bag.

The motorcade departed Columbus Street at 12:12 p.m. to head to the event site of the Markey fundraiser, arriving around 12:20 p.m. The president's remarks at the Reggie Lewis Track and Athletic Center in the Roxbury Crossing section of Boston will be open press.