The daily schedule said Obama and Biden were to dine in the Oval Office, an event closed to reporters. But the top two U.S. leaders opted to eat out instead, traveling to Ray's Hell Burger in Arlington, Va., with press vans in tow.
Obama, waiting his turn in line with Biden, turned to the pool and said, "Who's taking orders here? My treat to the pool."
"Who wants a burger?" the commander in chief asked, tasking a reporter with taking lunch orders.
The five reporters who took Obama up on his offer said they'd donate to a charity in lieu of trying to reimburse the president.
Obama's lunch was under debate -- did he order a plain cheeseburger or Swiss mushroom burger? Biden ordered a Swiss cheeseburger with jalapeno peppers. Obama and Biden power-lunched indoors while the press corps waited outside.
"You guys are cheap dates," Obama told the reporters. "I can't believe I couldn't get more of you to order a burger."