President Barack Obama hangs with campaign volunteers during lunch a Ted's Bulletin. Yes, the cookies have American flags. (Jim Watson/ Getty Images )

• President Obama and campaign volunteers lunching Wednesday at Ted's Bulletin near Eastern Market on Capitol Hill. POTUS (suit, tie) spent about an hour at the upscale retro diner with Obama for America National Training Director Sara El Amine and six volunteers selected for their essays on community organizing. (See, kids — all that writing homework pays off!) Obama had a side salad, hamburger with cheddar cheese, and fries; paid for the group’s $100-plus tab and left a generous tip.