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Spotted: President Obama and Vice President Biden Dine at Shake Shack

Shackburgers get the Presidential seal of approval.
President Obama and Vice President Biden head out of Shake Shack in Dupont after a meal of burgers and fries. Photograph by Paul Spella.

The notoriously burger-loving President Obama hit the Dupont Circle branch of Shake Shack for lunch on Friday, along with Vice President Biden. The two met for lunch with four workers from the First Street, Northeast, reconstruction project in NoMa, according to a pool report. The $9.1 million job is in the finishing stages, and included $6.9 million in federal aid as part of Obama’s initiative to invest in rebuilding American infrastructure. 

A crowd quickly formed as the motorcade arrived and Obama and Biden waited to pick up their orders. The President snagged a burger and fresh-cut fries, while Biden opted for a cheeseburger, fries, and a black-and-white milkshake. This isn’t the first burger chain outing for the duo, who famously lunched at the now-closed Ray’s Hell-Burger in 2009. On his own Obama has been known to order patties at Five Guys, Good Stuff Eatery, Ted’s Bulletin, and more; Michelle Obama already hit the Dupont Shake Shack just after it opened. Biden, for his part, loves nearby Capriotti’s.

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Anna Spiegel
Food Editor

Anna Spiegel covers the dining and drinking scene in her native DC. Prior to joining Washingtonian in 2010, she attended the French Culinary Institute and Columbia University’s MFA program in New York, and held various cooking and writing positions in NYC and in St. John, US Virgin Islands.