With a deal to raise the debt ceiling secured, President Obama treated White House staffers who've been working tirelessly for months on the debt issue to burgers at Good Stuff Eatery on Capitol Hill this afternoon. "Michelle eats here all the time, but I don't get out," Obama explained, according to a White House pool report (The Wall Street Journal adds that the First Lady even has a burger named after her on the Good Stuff menu). Obama, in shirtsleeves, reportedly paid for the lunch of a woman who was standing next to him in line and offered an 11-year-old boy a milkshake from his table. Obama himself had a burger, fries, and a salad.
Obama couldn't escape debt talk entirely, however. Rep. G.K. Butterfield, a North Carolina Democrat, ran into the President while picking up lunch at a nearby Chinese restaurant. "We talked about the difficult vote the other night," he told reporters. "I explained to him that I didn't vote with him, but I'm glad that it passed. He said he understood." These AP and Getty photos, above and below, suggest that the President was in a pretty good mood. In the first photo, Obama looks like he's having a hard time deciding on his order.
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