Obama Orders Hoagies at Taylor Gourmet

The lure of those sesame seed-studded Taylor Gourmet sandwiches is irresistible, apparently even if you're a president with an agenda to share.

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President Obama spoke with David Mazza (L) and Casey Patten, co-owners of Taylor Gourmet, while visiting the 14th Street outpost of their local sandwich chain.
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Obama is urging Congress to act on his "To Do List," specifically highlighting the need to invest in small businesses and to stimulate new hiring. Taylor plans to open a 5th location this summer, creating more than 25 new jobs.
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Obama signed his receipt for Taylor co-owners at their request. He also treated the other small business owners to sandwiches. "I have to pay -- it's my rule," he said.
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Obama hefted up his footlong sandwich, telling reporters, "This is a serious-sized hoagie."
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Kathy Rachels, president of Yes! Organic Markets, also joined in the discussion. "Each one of you were willing to take some risks," Obama told the small business owners in attendance. "...But you had a good idea. You provided a great product. And you are living out the American dream."
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Obama held a roundtable discussion with Small Business Administrator Karen Mills (2nd L) and David Mazza (L), co-owner of Taylor Gourmet; Kathy Rachels (2nd R), president of Yes! Organic Markets, and Brian J. Smith, founding principal of Francis Lee Contracting.
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A tent was set up outside the entrance of Taylor's 14th street location, a common security measure before a presidential visit.
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Obama showed up well before lunchtime, and got takeout instead of sticking around to eat his Spruce Street hoagie. He was scheduled to have lunch with congressional leaders around 11:30. "I'm going to offer them some hoagies," he said.
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Obama's hoagie was made with roast turkey, prosciutto, roasted red peppers and sharp provolone. A Taylor employee didn't know what types of sandwiches Obama picked up for congressional leaders, but said the tab totaled $62.79.
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Obama got assistance with putting on his suit jacket from Marvin Nicholson (L) when it was time to head out again. Also pictured (R) is Brian J. Smith, Founding Principal Francis Lee Contracting.
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Obama signed two receipts for the co-owners of Taylor. "What I just want to say to the reporters who are here, you’ve got three small businesses who are outstanding examples of American entrepreneurship," Obama said to the crowd at the sandwich shop. "... And it’s their ingenuity and their hard work that’s allowed them to be successful. But organizations like the SBA have also made a difference," he said.
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