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Fries With That? Obama, Biden Chow Down at D.C. Burger Joint

The POTUS chose the Dupont Circle restaurant, he said, because it has “great burgers and pays its employees more than 10 bucks an hour."
US President Barack Obama speaks with reporters as he has lunch with Vice President Joe Biden (R) and four workers from a neighborhood development project at a Shake Shack hamburger restaurant in Washington on May 16, 2014 to highlight his plan to increase investment in infrastructure.  AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty Images
US President Barack Obama speaks with reporters as he has lunch with Vice President Joe Biden (R) and four workers from a neighborhood development project at a Shake Shack hamburger restaurant in Washington on May 16, 2014 to highlight his plan to increase investment in infrastructure. AFP PHOTO/Nicholas KAMMNICHOLAS KAMM/AFP/Getty ImagesNICHOLAS KAMM / AFP - Getty Images

Would you like fries with that Secret Service detail?

President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden joined four local workers Friday to chow down on burgers at Shake Shack in Washington, D.C. The president had a burger and fries, according to a Biden aide, while the VP ordered a cheeseburger, French fries and a black-and-white milkshake.

U.S. President Barack Obama (3rd L) talks while having lunch with Vice President Joe Biden (2nd R) and construction workers at Shake Shack in Washington May 16, 2014. REUTERS/Kevin Lamarque (UNITED STATES - Tags: POLITICS)KEVIN LAMARQUE / Reuters

The POTUS chose the Dupont Circle burger joint, he said, because it has “great burgers and pays its employees more than 10 bucks an hour,” according to a pool reporter present.

The White House has been pushing Congress to raise the federal minimum wage. And the administration has also recently focused on the need for legislative action to keep money flowing to highway and infrastructure projects nationwide.

To promote that latter effort, the president and vice president were joined at lunch by four construction workers involved in a recent $9.1 million reconstruction project – which included almost $7 million in federal aid.

“If Congress does not act by the end of the summer we could have hundreds of projects like this stop,” the president told reporters. "It is a no brainier for Congress to do what it is supposed to do."