From the Veterans Administration scandal to India’s election of a prime minister with a controversial past, President Obama and Vice President Biden had a lot of issues to deal with this week.
But the duo took a breather from all that today, making a short excursion to Shake Shack for lunch, a few blocks from the White House.
Obama and Biden sat with four workers from a neighborhood construction project at 1st St. NE in Washington, D.C., that will be completed this week — a $9.1 million project that included $6.9 million in federal aid, according to the White House.
Reuters White House reporter Jeff Mason tweeted a photo:
Obama and Biden having lunch at Shake Shack. pic.twitter.com/JAZlfvLU8Q
— Jeff Mason (@jeffmason1) May 16, 2014
And here, Mashable shows the president gesticulating:
— Mashable (@mashable) May 16, 2014
In 2011, Michelle Obama visited the same Shake Shack, reportedly ordering a 1,700-calorie meal that generated some criticism, given her push for healthier eating, and subsequent defenses of the first lady from nutrition experts.
Just a few months after President Obama’s inauguration, in May 2009, the president and VP went on a similar jaunt to Ray’s Hell Burger in Arlington, Va.