Obama, Biden lunch at Shake Shack
May 16th, 2014
01:26 PM ET
4 months ago

Obama, Biden lunch at Shake Shack

Washington (CNN) - President Obama met up with his vice president for lunch Friday at a Shake Shack location not far from the White House.

But more than burgers were on the President's mind.

The power duo met with four workers from a local redevelopment group called NoMa, which is responsible for rebuilding and developing one of the District's fastest growing neighborhoods. (NoMa is an acronym for North of Massachusetts Avenue.)

According to NoMa's website, developers have used the 35-block area to build new parks, public spaces, and close to 4,000 new apartments, along with hotels, restaurants and retail space. The group says it designed the neighborhood to have easy access to mass transit like trains and metro rail along with bike and walking paths.

The $9.1 million development project, set to be completed this week, included $6.9 million in federal aid, according to the White House.

The event caps off this week's push by the administration to expand federal aid for development and infrastructure projects across the country.

Obama pushes Congress to approve transportation funds

He told the workers that NoMa was an example of how the federal government should work with local municipalities and called on Congress to expand similar programs.

He also urged Congress to pass the transportation funding bill, warning that projects could be forced to close down and put construction workers out of jobs. Obama also stated that the National Highway Fund could run out of money by August.

"If Congress does not act by the end of the summer, we could have hundreds of projects like this stop,” he said.

"It is a no brainer for Congress to do what it is supposed to do."


Filed under: Joe Biden • President Obama • Washington D.C.
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Uh oh here they come. Obama is supporting Biden not Hillary... Damn can't the man have lunch with his VP without there being some big conspiracy??

    May 16, 2014 01:44 pm at 1:44 pm |
  2. Sniffit

    And in the photo above...

    Obama to Teatroll reporter: "These aren't the nontroversies you're looking for..."

    Teatroll reporter: "These aren't the nontroversies we're looking for..."

    Obama: "We can go about our business."

    Teatroll reporter: "You can go about your business."

    Obama: "Move along."

    Teatroll: "Move along... move along..."

    May 16, 2014 01:47 pm at 1:47 pm |
  3. Thomas

    There goes the hood , gentrification !

    We need fast high speed rail affordable transpiration .

    Why dose the GOP like driving recalled cars ? Because they believe that incompetents is a job creator .

    May 16, 2014 01:49 pm at 1:49 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Shutdowns seem to the new normal for the Republican now that they have drank the Tea. They almost shutdown the Treasury from paying our bills, which resulted in a credit downgrade. They actually did shutdown the government last fall, which wasted at least a billion taxpayer dollars per day, and cost many local business thousands in lost revenue. Now they want to shutdown every highway project in the country.

    Why do people keep voting for the anarchists?

    May 16, 2014 01:53 pm at 1:53 pm |
  5. Turdgyl

    ACA is law! 2016 Hillary democratic ticket all way!

    May 16, 2014 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  6. Rudy NYC

    Is that one of those "take-home-a-sack" places? They're still around?

    May 16, 2014 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  7. Bill from GA

    Gotta say, that woman in the background looks totally thrilled. Clearly not a staged photo, romney style.

    May 16, 2014 02:34 pm at 2:34 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    Sniffit

    And in the photo above...
    ---------------------
    LOL.

    "Only in the end do you realize the power of the dark side."

    May 16, 2014 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  9. i'malib

    Sniffit

    And in the photo above...

    Obama to Teatroll reporter: "These aren't the nontroversies you're looking for..."

    Teatroll reporter: "These aren't the nontroversies we're looking for..."

    Obama: "We can go about our business."

    Teatroll reporter: "You can go about your business."

    Obama: "Move along."

    Teatroll: "Move along... move along..."
    ------------------------–
    I don't get it. I don't see trolls in that photo, just scary pictures of people I don't know.

    May 16, 2014 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  10. Tommy G

    The $9.1 million development project, set to be completed this week, included $6.9 million in federal aid, according to the White House.
    -–

    Where is the leftist rage about corporate welfare??? Nearly 76% of the project footed by the federal government government? How are the taxpayers in Montana and Wyoming benefited by this local boondoggle? Why are local funds used for this? If it is such a good thing, why does the government need to pick up 76% of the costs?

    PORK. PORK. PORK.

    May 16, 2014 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  11. Wake Up People! Many Rivers to cross.....

    Actually Bill I bet she was. About a month ago President Obama was coming to MI and I ran into a few people that said they were going to see him and they were ecstatic.

    May 16, 2014 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  12. just asking

    Thomas
    There goes the hood , gentrification !
    We need fast high speed rail affordable transpiration .
    Why dose the GOP like driving recalled cars ? Because they believe that incompetents is a job creator .
    --

    you mean the recalled cars that our tax money and obama gave us? and cost the tax payers $10.5 billion in order to give the car companies to the democrat union supporters? why shouldn't the unions have to pay taxes on that huge taxpayer/obama gift?

    these high speed rail projects are total losers. none of them are self sustaining and require massive government funding and bailouts. can you say amtrak?

    May 16, 2014 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |