WASHINGTON (CNN) - The President's vehicle fondly known as "the Beast" just pulled into the BP gas station on the corner of 13th and N Streets, NW in Washington.
I was filling my own tank when the four-vehicle motorcade pulled up to the station.
The heavily-armored black limousine with license plate #800-002 was unmistakable.
The other black vehicles with their flashing red lights stood by as Secret Service agents jumped out of their vehicles to fill up.
People pumping their gas at the local station looked on incredulously.
The station is a popular neighborhood hangout next to the Mr. Wash full service brushless car wash, and Jerry Chan's Chinese takeout. Cigarettes are sold by the singles, and occasionally the homeless ask for change.
I approached the agent who got out of the car and asked "that's the beast, isn't it?"
He said yes, they had returned the President to the White House after a health care event at the AARP.
"We come here all the time" he said.
I asked how much it costs to fill the Beast.
"We're just topping it off" he said. "We never let it go close to empty, but we fill it with the Ultimate."
$2.88 a gallon here, and a lot of curious onlookers.