Obama, Biden Raise Hell at Burger Joint

President, Veep wait in line for some beef

By Jim Iovino
|  Wednesday, May 6, 2009  |  Updated 3:59 AM EDT
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President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden pay for their order as they make an unannounced visit to Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Va., to have lunch.

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A crowd gathers outside Ray's Hell Burgers when a presidential motorcade arrives for lunch.

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The president and vice president order some burgers for lunch at Ray's Hell Burger.
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ARLINGTON, Va. -- It's like this: When you want a burger, you have to have a burger.  Oh, and some tater puffs on the side, please.

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden took a short -- but wholly noticeable -- motorcade ride from the White House to Virginia and pulled into a small, independent burger joint called Ray's Hell Burger.

The two leaders waited in line and then went right up to the counter where the meat was being grilled and ordered.

What did they order?

"I'll have a swiss cheese burger with jalapeno peppers and ketchup," Biden said to the cashier.  "Do you put the ketchup on it or do we do that ourselves?"

For the president?

"I'm going to have a basic cheddar cheese burger, medium well, with mustard," Obama said.  "Do you have spicy mustard?  I'll take that."

The president then asked about some fries.

"Are your fries pretty good?  Can you vouch for your fries?" he asked.

Unfortunately, Ray's doesn't serve fries.  But they had some cheesy tater puffs, so the duo got an order of those.

To drink, Biden got a root beer and Obama a bottle of water.

The president then ordered some extra food for his staff.  Each fetched cash from his pocket and paid, Biden paid for their meals and Obama paid for the staffs, and then the pair stood like the rest and waited for their number to be called before going to a table.

The restaurant, which prides itself on premium aged 10-ounce burgers, sits in a small strip plaza. The burgers sell for $6.95.

If you were at Ray's while the prez and veep lunched, send your pictures and video to isee@nbcwashington.com.

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