Obama Makes 1st Trip to Ben’s Chili Bowl

Barack Obama makes his first trip to Ben's Chili Bowl for a half-smoke.

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President-elect Barack Obama waves to onlookers as he leaves Ben's Chili Bowl.
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Obama was greeted with cheers and smiles as he walked into the famous U Street landmark.
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Obama ordered a famous half-smoke with chili and a side of chips.
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Obama went to lunch with D.C. Mayor Adrian Fenty.
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Obama greeted patrons throughout the restaurant.
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No doubt there will be a picture of Obama on the wall very soon.
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While Obama went for the chips, Fenty had a side of cheese fries with his half-smoke.
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Many famous politicians and celebrities have eaten at Ben's.
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Bill Cosby, who attended the NBC4 Health & Fitness Expo that morning, is a regular when he's in D.C.
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Fenty said afterward that he thinks Obama could become a regular, as well.
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Fenty said Obama enjoyed the food ... and the company.
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Politicians always seem to find the cutest kids, eh?
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Obama spoke to reporters after his lunch. Smiles all around.
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