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President Obama Grabs a Burger at FireFlies in Del Ray

President and Education Secretary were in Alexandria for lunch Tuesday.

President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan seated at a booth Tuesday at FireFlies in Del Ray. Photo from FireFlies via Facebook
President Obama and Education Secretary Arne Duncan seated at a booth Tuesday at FireFlies in Del Ray. Photo from FireFlies via Facebook
Del Ray has become something of a stomping ground for President Obama, with numerous visits over the years.

On Tuesday, he stopped by FireFlies, 1501 Mt. Vernon Ave., for lunch, sitting down for a hamburger with Education Secretary Arne Duncan, according to a report today in The New York Times, and several local tweets.

Obama is getting out and about a bit more these days; on Monday, he hit a local Starbucks near the White House.

Obama visited FireFlies because one of the owners "wrote to the President and asked that he visit her restaurant to try the best burger around," said a White House statement.

Alexandria residents and business owners have played host to the first family numerous times over the years, including their stops at:

  • In 2009, the president visited The Dairy Godmother, a frozen custard store in Del Ray, on Father's Day.
  • In 2011, the Obamas celebrated their anniversary at Restaurant Eve in Alexandria.
  • They celebrated Michelle Obama's mother's birthday at The Majestic in Alexandria.
  • They had lunch at Union Street Public House in Alexandria.
  • The president grabbed some carryout at Del Ray Pizzeria in 2011.


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