President Obama Had His Credit Card Declined At A New York Restaurant
President Obama had his credit card declined while on a date with the first lady in New York last month.
The president revealed the embarrassing incident on Friday while he was signing an executive order that will prevent card users from having their identities stolen.
I went to a restaurant up in New York when I was — during the UN General Assembly, and my credit card was rejected. It turned out I guess I don’t use it enough. They were — they thought there was some fraud going on. Fortunately, Michelle had hers.
Obama told reporters that, like any other person, he immediately came to his own defense and insisted that there had to be some sort of mistake.
The president added,
I was trying to explain to the waitress, you know, I really think that I’ve been paying my bills. Even I’m affected by this.
The heightened security measures were announced at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington, DC.
The Washington Post notes that the president expressed concern over his credit card in Austin last July when he ordered more than $300 of barbecue food.
Obama realized he didn’t have enough cash on him after placing the order, so he had to consult long-time aide Marvin Nicholson before giving it to the cashier.
The card worked just fine.
H/T: Washington Post, Photo Credit: WENN