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Barack Obama. And a reuben. Actually half a reuben.

US President Barack Obama (C) and Congressman Gary Peters (R) look at the menu to order their lunch at Zingerman's on April 2, 2014 in Ann Arbor, Michigan. AFP PHOTO/Jewel SamadJEWEL SAMAD/AFP/Getty Images


President Obama went to Michigan on Wednesday to promote raising the minimum wage to $10.10 an hour. And, everyone knows you can't do that sort of stumping on an empty stomach. So he stopped at Zingerman's Deli in Ann Arbor; chef Mario Batali has called the deli, which opened in 1982, "my temple of deliciousness."

Here's how the White House pool report recounted the scene:

Both the president and Congressman [Gary] Peters stood in front of a large display case filled with salads, meats, desserts and other goodies. Both men ordered Reuben sandwiches (apparently a specialty) and iced teas, while POTUS also got a side of  "Che Che spin" salad.

The Zingerman reuben is indeed a specialty. And this is what it looks like.

The Zingerman's Reuben. Image courtesy of Zingerman's Deli.

Obama later reminisced about his reuben experience while speaking at the University of Michigan. Here's what he said per the pool report:

"I stopped for two reasons. The first is, the reuben is killer. So I ordered like the small, and it didn't look that small. So I gave half to Valerie Jarrett who's traveling with us. And then after I finished the half, I wanted the halfback. But it was too late. All she had left was the pickle. So I took the pickle."

The lesson? Never share.

Chris Cillizza writes “The Fix,” a politics blog for the Washington Post. He also covers the White House.

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