For staffers who have been working nonstop for months on resolving the debt ceiling issue, the reward today was a hamburger, courtesy of President Obama, and maybe named after President Obama.
The President and several staffers traveled to Capitol Hill for the meal, at the burger joint owned by celebrity chef Spike Mendelsohn. One of the featured items: The Prez Obama burger.
It has applewood smoked bacon, red onion marmalade, blue cheese and horseradish.
Also on Mendelsohn’s menu, the “Michelle Melt,” a turkey burger which features caramelized onions, Swiss cheese, ruby tomato, lettuce on a freshly baked wheat bun with South Lawn herb garden mayo. Both White House themed sandwiches run for $6.89
President Obama did not order the burger that bears his name, instead opting for a cheddar cheese burger, well done, with mustard, lettuce and tomato and a side of fries.
Obama posed for pictures with patrons and shook hands with diners, a few of whom wished the president a “happy birthday.” Obama turns the big 5-0 tomorrow. The president even paid for one lucky woman’s lunch because “she held my space in line.”
The debt debate was full of imagery about food – from Emanuel Cleaver’s “Satan Sandwich” to President Obama’s discussion of the nation having to “eat our peas” to John Boehner’s description of the White House being slippery in negotiations – like Jell-O.
The group of staff having lunch with the President at Good Stuff Eatery today included OMB Director Jack Lew, Assistant to the President and Director, Legislative Affairs Rob Nabors, Assistant to the President and Deputy Chief of Staff for Policy Nancy Ann DeParle, Chief of Staff to the Vice President Bruce Reed and Director of the National Economic Council Gene Sperling.
Mendelsohn was once a contestant on Top Chef and who also owns a pizza joint, “We the Pizza,” nearby.
ABC offered some “We the Pizza” to Republican Presidential Candidate Herman Cain, a former CEO of Godfather’s, on Top Line and he suggested it “could have used more meat.”