In theory, second-term presidents can take more risks. Unencumbered by the prospect of having to run for office again, they can expend political capital on pushing policies that other elected officials fear. For President Obama, that second-term bravado is already on display: He’s promised to address immigration in a comprehensive fashion, and the gun control proposals he unveiled this week are aggressive.

But one area where Obama seems to be playing it safe is in restaurants. Often a creative local diner whose selection of restaurants have ranged from Ben’s Chili Bowl to Komi (and plenty others in between), yesterday he dined with First Lady Michelle Obama (who turned 49) at Café Milano in Georgetown.

If there’s any place in D.C. where high-rollers want to be seen, it’s Café Milano. It plays host to diplomats, government officials, policy wonks and hanger-ons; it many even have been the target of a terrorist plot against on the Saudi Arabian ambassador.

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