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In shutdown mode, Obama and Biden opt for take out

(Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images) (Photo by Mark Wilson/Getty Images)

Sometimes, even the act of getting lunch can send a political message.

President Obama and Vice President Biden walked out of the White House Friday and took a short walk down Pennsylvania Avenue to the Taylor Gourmet sandwich shop to grab sandwiches -- and talk about the government shutdown.

Speaking to reporters, Obama said "part of the reason we're here is we're starving," but the two leaders also wanted to recognize "that this establishment is giving out 10 percent off to furloughed" federal workers.

"This is an indication of how ordinary Americans are looking out for
one another," the president said.

On the way over to the shop both the president and Biden -- neither of whom were wearing jackets, due to the warm weather -- got a few cheers and moments of applause, as bystanders cried out, "Hang tough, Mr. President," and "You're doing the right thing."

Asked by a reporter about the remark made by a senior administration official in Friday's Wall Street Journal that the White House was "winning" the current budget battle, Obama replied "there's no winning," and "no one is winning" as long as Americans are not working.

Juliet Eilperin is The Washington Post's White House bureau chief, covering domestic and foreign policy as well as the culture of 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. She is the author of two books—one on sharks, and another on Congress, not to be confused with each other—and has worked for the Post since 1998.



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