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Obama and Medvedev Visit Ray’s Hell Burger

President Obama and Russian president Dmitry Medvedev had lunch at the recently-reopened Ray’s Hell Burger on Wilson Boulevard around noon today.

Obama ordered a cheddar cheeseburger with onions, lettuce, tomato and pickles, according to White House pool reports. Medvedev had a cheddar cheeseburger with onions, jalapeno peppers and mushrooms and a Coke.

Lunchtime crowds gathered on Wilson Boulevard to watch as the two presidents returned to the District via motorcade around 12:30.

Two couples visiting the area from North Carolina were seated at a table right next to the two world leaders.

“We were able to meet [President Obama] and shake his hand — it was just an awesome experience,” said Ricky Wadford, who also talked to Medvedev had his baseball cap signed by Obama.

President Obama is apparently quite a fan of Ray’s. He dined there last year with Vice President Joe Biden.

Two of the photos below are courtesy of Barry Skidmore of People Powered Arlington. See video of the motorcade after the jump.


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