By Jueseppi B.
Obama Visits Martha’s Table to Make Sandwiches, Talk Shutdown
This afternoon, the leader of the free world made peanut butter and jelly sandwiches on 14th Street NW next to people out of work because of the federal government shutdown.
During a 45-minute visit to Martha’s Table, President Obama volunteered alongside furloughed workers and students from Sidwell Friends (where his daughters attend) at the D.C. nonprofit, which offers a variety of programs to low-income Washingtonians including grocery and food delivery.
Wearing a green apron, Obama helped prepare sandwiches and yogurt-fruit cups, (“Can I just say just in the few moments I’ve been here I’m feeling a little sticky?”) and discussed the shutdown, which is now in week three.
“This week if we don’t start making some real progress, both in the House and the Senate and if Republicans aren’t willing to set aside their partisan concerns in order to do what’s right for the country, we stand a good chance of defaulting and defaulting could have a potentially have a devastating affect on our economy,” Obama said, according to a White House pool report. “This whole shutdown has been completely unnecessary.”
Kimberly Lyons, assistant director of communications and special events for Martha’s, said that furloughed employees, some of who regularly volunteer, have been coming in during the day more often while they’re not able to go to work. The president’s office reached out to Martha’s to scheduled a visit, which was his third to the nonprofit.
Lyons said they haven’t seen “a huge increase in need over the past couple of weeks,” but have seen “a lot of furloughed workers reach out to us to help.” But as the month progresses, Lyons said, Martha’s does expect to see an increase in calls for help, as paychecks stop coming in. “It’s possible that some government workers may need some additional assistance, so certainly we’re here for them and open for business,” regardless if they have a referral, Lyons said. “We’ll give them the emergency assistance they need.”
Martha’s Table is looking for financial donations, rather than food as they can buy it at wholesale prices. But they are also accepting cereal, rice, tuna and fresh fruit. Lyons said they’re also asking “people to spread the word” on social media that Martha’s Table is open to anybody who needs assistance.
Thank you dcist.com.
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From Huffington Post:
As the government shutdown entered its 14th day, President Barack Obama spent some time away from the front lines of the budget battles on Monday to visit Martha’s Table, a D.C. nonprofit that helps low-income and homeless families. Many of those volunteering there are furloughed federal workers. The president donned an apron and helped with making the sandwiches, getting his hands dirty.
“Can I just say just in the few moments I’ve been here I’m feeling a little sticky,” Obama said. “I think I got some PBJ on my fingers.”
Obama then got some pointers for bagging, according to a pool report:
“Show me the right technique here,” he asked. He accepted some pointers and made some light banter. First, it was the bags. “I got the Ziplock down,” he said after a bit. “And then I just slide the sandwich in,” he remarked, on learning the method. “It’s got to be sealed.” He said the sandwich he made had the “presidential thumbprint” on it.
Obama did address the looming debt ceiling deadline, which is Thursday, by saying that “we stand a good chance of defaulting” if Republicans don’t cooperate.
Here are some photos of Obama’s visit:
Meeting The Volunteers
Talking To Reporters
Speaking To Reporters
Trying To Hear Over The Noise
First, It’s Time To Put On Some Gloves
It’s Time To Make Some Sandwiches!
Bagging The Sandwiches
Sealing The Ziplock Bag
Meeting More Volunteers
Some Happy Volunteers And POTUS
Thank you The Huffington Post .
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