*President Obama tried to pay for dinner at a fancy New York restaurant last month… only to have his wife Michelle end up footing the bill because his credit card was declined.
The president recalled the moment while speaking to workers at the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau in Washington on Friday.
“I guess I don’t use it enough, so they thought there was some fraud going on,” he said. “Luckily, Michelle had hers. I was trying to explain to the waitress that I’ve really been paying my bills.” [Scroll down to watch.]
The President and first lady dined at Estela in downtown Manhattan during Obama’s stay in New York for the annual United Nations General Assembly session in September.
Based on the above photo of their kitchen order that the restaurant posted on Instagram, the couple dined on burrata with salsa verde and charred bread, and an endive salad with walnuts and anchovies.
The restaurant is run by a former staffer at Blue Hill at Stone Barns, a farm-to-table mecca in the Hudson Valley where the Obama family attended the wedding of their personal chef this summer.
Obama was at the financial agency Friday to sign an executive order bolstering security measures for government credit cards.
Watch President Obama recall the embarrassing moment below (beginning at 0:38):