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Obama's Burger Diplomacy

Medvedev watches as Obama digs in at Ray's Hell Burger.
Medvedev watches as Obama digs in at Ray's Hell Burger.
Barack Obama went traditional. Decked out in a light blue shirt and burgundy tie, the U.S. president ordered a cheddar-cheeseburger with onions, lettuce, tomato, and bread-and-butter pickles. He drank iced tea.

Dmitry Medvedev added a little spice. The Russian leader, sporting a white shirt and dark tie, went for a cheddar-cheeseburger with onions, jalapenos, and mushrooms. He drank a Coke.

They shared an order of fries. Obama picked up the tab.

The crowd at Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Virginia, loved it, cheering heartily when the two leaders entered, and again when they left.

The popular burger joint, located just outside Washington, D.C., is accustomed to famous patrons. Just last month, Obama and Vice President Joe Biden stopped in for lunch.

-- Brian Whitmore

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