The politics of takeout: Biden brings back the presidential lunch run

 The politics of takeout: Biden brings back the presidential lunch run

The morning phone call from a government number. The swarm of Secret Service agents descending with their dogs. The rumbling black SUV pulling up at the appointed hour. The bag of tacos.

The presidential lunch run is back.

After going on hiatus during the tenure of former President Donald Trump — whose forays into retail politicking were awkward at best and who dined at exactly one restaurant in Washington during his time in the White House — President Joe Biden on Wednesday restored the tradition of using takeout to talk up his administration’s policies.

Visiting Las Gemelas, a new taqueria in Washington’s rapidly gentrifying Union Market neighborhood, Biden was hoping to shine a light on his administration’s $28.6 billion restaurant relief program for businesses hurt by the pandemic.

But the Cinco de Mayo jaunt outside the White House grounds was also Biden’s chance to break loose of the building…

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