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Obama, Biden Raise Hell at Burger Joint

President, Veep wait in line for some beef



    Obama, Biden Raise Hell at Burger Joint
    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.

    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?

    Obama Makes a Burger Run

    [DC] Obama Makes a Burger Run
    A crowd gathers outside Ray's Hell Burgers when a presidential motorcade arrives for lunch.
    (Published Tuesday, May 5, 2009)

    "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."

    Obama, Biden Order Burgers

    [DC] Obama, Biden Order Burgers
    The president and vice president order some burgers for lunch at Ray's Hell Burger.
    (Published Tuesday, May 5, 2009)

    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.

    Scene at Ray's Hell Burger

    [DC] Scene at Ray's Hell Burger
    Crowds line up outside Ray's Hell Burger as the president and vice president dine.
    (Published Tuesday, May 5, 2009)

    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.