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Obama and Biden Make a Break for Shake Shack

Updated 6:21 pm ET

President Obama and his trusted sidekick, Vice President Biden, headed out to the local outlet of the Shake Shack chain for lunch today.

Shake shack describes itself as a modern day “roadside” burger stand serving the most delicious burgers, fries, hot dogs, frozen custard, beer, wine and more!”

This particular roadside is on 18th street in the heart of Washington’s ritzy downtown.

Obama and Biden are eating at this regular ‘ole place with four regular ‘ole people who are working on a Washington “reconstruction” project.

Today’s point is that Congress must borrow more money from China for infrastructure spending. From the pool report:

Obama said the visit was because Shake Shake had “great burgers and pays its employees more than 10 bucks an hour,” noting WH push on minimum wage.

Said 4 construction workers had been chosen because they were involved in recent infrastructure project. notes both he and Biden stumped on transportation/ infrastructure earlier this week.

“If Congress does not act by the end of the summer we could have hundreds of projects like this stop.”

“It is a no brainier for Congress to do what it is supposed to do.”

Says when he talks to “Americans from all walks of life” they want Washington to focus on growing jobs and the economy.

Biden cut in to say that “for 40 years this has been” a bipartisan issue that lawmakers agreed on.

Yes, Biden, and that’s why we’re $17 trillion in debt. Here’s a couple of photos of the outing:

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I hate to spoil some of the fun, but it’s worth noting that Obama and Biden dragged these people across town from their “reconstruction” work, which is being done in a much less nice neighborhood than where we find our Shake Shack.

UPDATE: Here’s some video of Obama making is point:

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18 Responses to Obama and Biden Make a Break for Shake Shack

  1. Schedule Update:

    10:00 am || Receives the Presidential Daily Briefing
    12:00 pm II Shake Shack, Burger, fries and bullsh*t
    2:00 pm || Meets with Treasury Secretary Lew

        • Why not, the convicted still get their pensions, too.

          Can a member of Congress simultaneously receive a taxpayer-funded pension while incarcerated?

          “The short answer is yes,” John David, a senior research fellow with the Conservative Heritage Foundation, said in an e-mail. ”
          It will be paid as promised — even in prison. A congressman or senator convicted of a felony can receive his pension as long as the charge is not one that violates national security or relates to public corruption and abuse of official position.

  2. Not sure about DC’s location, but the one in Times Square has lines out the door all the time. Even for an after a Broadway show snack, 11pm-ish? Tasty, yes, but finding a table to fit five….impossible.

    Shake Shack doesn’t need the publicity, probably pays their employees well since it doesn’t appear to be an entry level fast food operation. So not a good comparison to neighborhood fast foods bizzes like McD, Taco Bell, etc. Wondering what the CEO’s political agenda is now, hmmm, hmmm, hmmm?

    • Probably pays their employees well because they don’t want to be on the bad side of the Administration whose drive bys also good for business.

      Lessons learned from Abramson of NYT who challenged the Administration or the Benham Brothers who, after having their HGTV show dropped thanks to the gaystapo for a comment made 6 years ago, are now having their listings and accounts dropped by Sun Trust.

      And that boys and girls is how the fundamental transformation of America into a socialist third world country under the reign of the Great Grifter.

      A rant. Oh my. Apologies. Can’t imagine what happened to me. And all over the Gritfter stopping innocently for a hot dog with Uncle Joe, whose son is now handsomely compensated by a Ukraine energy company.

      Uncle Joe you say?

        • And Kerry’ stepson as well. Kerry’s kid’s best friend, Biden’s partner (or something like that). So the Biden family and the Kerry family by extension — all benefit — talk about inside.

          Extraordinary access to the VP or the US (by title) and the Sec of State (by title).

          But not a smidgeon, mind you, of conflict.

  3. America’s National Pest: disrupting businesses and their employees; reducing work productivity; tieing up traffic straining municipal resources; and squandering taxpayer $$$ !
    What does he care! It beats working!

  4. This kind of thing is akin to the hashtag diplomacy; means nothing and is vaguely insulting.
    A symbolic dinner with the working class to promote the spending of another trillion to keep the trade unions busy isn’t smart. We’re not buying his pathetic “jobs” angle, and the crumbling roads and bridge mantra they keep chanting is a waste of their breath.

    Every Tom and Mary knows we’re paying, and have been paying, dearly, with fuel taxes to keep our roads and bridges in good condition,
    We’re asking; what did you do with all that money collected from the big rigs, from interstate tolls, from gasoline taxes, and licensing fees that was supposed to keep us rolling?