ANN ARBOR, Mich. (WWJ/AP) – President Barack Obama got a taste of Ann Arbor, ordering a Reuben sandwich at the campus town’s famed Zingerman’s Deli.
Obama arrived in Michigan on Wednesday for a visit to the University of Michigan to discuss his proposal to raise the federal minimum wage.
After landing at Willow Run Airport, his motorcade headed west, making a stop at Zingerman’s.
With his suit coat off, Obama entered the deli with U.S. Rep. Gary Peters, and the two asked for Reubens. The sandwich combines corned beef, sauerkraut and Swiss cheese on rye bread.
The Democratic congressman from Bloomfield Township told the Zingerman’s staff, “the president’s buying.”
“You’re a cheap date,” Obama joked.
Zingerman’s has had a lot of famous visitors, Zingerman’s partner Grace Singleton said — but the President is a tough act to beat.
“It was a big day. People were just blown away,” she told WWJ Newsradio 950’s Rob Mason.
Singleton said this was the third time they’ve fed President Obama, but this time he dined in.
“He came in and placed an order, and he sat down and ate,” Singleton said. “You know, he waved at everyone and said hello, and then he started shaking people’s hands and asking everyone’s name, and everyone applauded and there was a lot of high energy and excitement.”
Singleton said he gave some young customers some special presidential M&Ms and wished one little boy a happy birthday.
“Gosh, it’s a day that a lot of people who work her will love to tell stories about for many years,” she said.
Obama has endorsed legislation to gradually raise the national minimum wage from $7.25 an hour to $10.10 by 2016.
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