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Obama/Biden Lunch at Ray's Hell Burger

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Originally Posted by dcist
Hot hot Arlington burger joint Ray's Hell Burger got even hotter today after President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stopped in for lunch around 12:30 p.m.

The crowd at Ray's was reportedly (and understandably) flipping out over the surprise executive branch visit. The official White House pool report from the event offers some fun details, including that Obama treated a few reporters to burgers (they're making donations to charity to balance it out, they claim). More from the pool report:

While Obama and Biden waited in line, the lunch crowd stood and gawked, some took pix with cell phones. The two guys in line ahead of them studied their menus, oblivious to who was behind them.

When Obama and Biden reached the front, Obama greeted the two order-takers. The guy who took Obama's order and money was Tim Murray. There's still some debate among press on exactly what Obama ordered, since it was hard to hear. He definitely had a burger. I heard him say "basic cheeseburger, medium well." But someone else heard him say "Swiss mushroom burger." He definitely asked Mr. Murray for "spicy mustard, if you have it." There may have also been talk of tater tots.

The Veep order was more clear: Biden got a swiss cheese burger with jalapeños. Obama also put a $5 bill in the tip jar.

Politico's Jonathan Martin quotes Ray's owner Michael Landrum as calling the visit, "one of the greatest days of my life." If not of his life, then certainly for his business. The last time Obama stopped by a casual lunch spot, there was a line around the building to get into Ben's Chili Bowl for six weeks.
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Obama probably took Joey out to lunch and asked him to keep his mouth shut from now on.
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if only i owned a gas station where the potus took a shit. could turn it into a monument. the idolatry is mesmerizing.
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Sick. Down with the hole in the wall.
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I think its pretty cool for the President and VP to stop in for a lunch at a normal place. Its a nice reminder President Obama is just a person like everybody else.
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I think its pretty cool for the President and VP to stop in for a lunch at a normal place. Its a nice reminder President Obama is just a person like everybody else.

You mean he's not Jesus?
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You mean he's not Jesus?
Quatsch isn't a Republican, so he doesn't think that.
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dining in hell, I wonder how the religious right will take to that.
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Great so now the legions of his followers will pile in there, making the line longer than it already always is, and complain that there is no tofu veggie burger on the menu.
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I really don't know if I can handle the fact not knowing whether he had a cheeseburger medium well or a swiss mushroom burger. This is tearing me up inside.
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Originally Posted by thekunk07 View Post
if only i owned a gas station where the potus took a shit. could turn it into a monument. the idolatry is mesmerizing.

I really knew someone who was attempting to buy Elvis's last turd!

He was going to put tiny pieces in lucite and sell them.

But the provenance stunk
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Originally Posted by enjoiii View Post
I really don't know if I can handle the fact not knowing whether he had a cheeseburger medium well or a swiss mushroom burger. This is tearing me up inside.

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yeah, looks like i'll have to just go to Pho 75 anytime I'm in that area, because there's not a chance in HELL () I'll be able to get a burger within a reasonable hour. But here's the dirty secret about Ray's Hell Burgers - you can get them at the bar at Ray's The Classics in silver spring.
post #15 of 29
I would have liked for one of them to have gotten a burger with fois gras or bone marrow on it.
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