President Barack Obama hit the road for lunch Wednesday, hopping across the river for a pie run that will almost assuredly spark a significant uptick in future covers for fledgling Del Ray Pizzeria.
The first family's local dining habits have been well-documented, running the gamut from gourmet burgers to date nights at some of the most sought-after seats in town. Treks to Capitol Hill have included pop-ins at:
Obama's visit stirred up secluded Del Ray, with Secret Service clamping down on any extraneous activity for several blocks within the normally pedestrian-friendly enclave.
Once inside the modest pizzeria, POTUS ordered up three pies: the signature Supreme Clientele (built around tomato sauce, fresh mozzarella, pepperoni, sausage, peppers, red onions, olives and mushrooms); a custom sausage, green peppers and onion construct and a traditional pepperoni pizza. (Wonder if the ex-Chicagoan has ever indulged in their deep-dish productions?)
Before departing, Obama made sure to slip staff a well-appreciated cash tip; no word on the amount, but personnel said they were pleased with the gratuity.
Leaders from military and veterans service organizations joined Sens. Roger Wicker, R-Miss., Kelly Ayotte , R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., at a press conference to urge the Senate to replace a provision in the budget proposal that cuts retirement benefits for veterans. Wicker, Ayotee, and Graham earlier called for a bipartisan solution to replace the $6.3 billion in cuts to military retiree benefits.
Each year since 1990, CQ Roll Call has reviewed the financial disclosures of all 541 senators, representatives and delegates to determine the 50 richest members of Congress. This year's report, derived from forms covering the calendar year 2012, shows it took a net worth of $6.67 million to crack the exclusive club.