The Washington Times - June 14, 2011, 04:22PM

House Speaker and hamburger lover John A. Boehner was inducted into White Castle restaurants’ “Cravers Hall of Fame” Tuesday.

The Columbus, Ohio-based fast food chain said it was honoring the Ohio Republican because of his lifelong penchant for their tiny iconic burgers affectionately known as “sliders.”


“Speaker Boehner has shared with us his fond memories of eating White Castle as a kid in southwestern Ohio,” said Jamie Richardson, vice president of government and corporate relations. 

White Castle, during a marketing event at the Capitol to celebrate the company’s 90th anniversary, gave Mr. Boehner a plaque engraved with a 1963 image of White Castle’s Cincinnati restaurant No. 11, where he frequented as a young boy. 

Speaker Boehner is the first 2011 inductee into what the company calls a “prestigious club of diehard White Castle fans.”

“White Castle employs many people in Ohio, and the speaker was pleased to show his support by participating in the event today on Capitol Hill,” Boehner spokesman Kevin Smith said.