President Joe Biden attended his first church service as president at Holy Trinity Catholic Church in DC’s Georgetown neighborhood and then stopped on his way back at a popular bagel joint on Sunday, January 24.
Biden was reportedly accompanied by several family members, including his son Hunter Biden and his granddaughters Finnegan Biden and Maisy Biden.
On the way back to the White House, his motorcade made a stop at Call Your Mother Deli, a popular place in the neighborhood known for their bagels.
Hunter Biden picked up some sesame bagels from the self-described “Jew-ish” business, which called the president’s visit “a GREAT Sunday surprise” in a tweet.
— Call Your Mother Deli (@CYM_DC) January 24, 2021
Israeli media reported that the deli is co-owned by Jeff Zients, a Jewish businessman who led the National Economic Council during the presidency of Barack Obama between 2014 and 2017.
Zients is now leading the Biden administration’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. He will be in charge of the distribution of vaccines and the coordination of pandemic response efforts across government agencies.
Presidential historian Michael Beschloss also tweeted about the Bidens’ deli visit, saying the eatery’s pastrami is “excellent.”
This is the excellent Call Your Mother bagelry-deli in Georgetown, where Biden family stopped today. Pastrami excellent. One of first local outings by this President. pic.twitter.com/Hx7UVo8B1S
— Michael Beschloss (@BeschlossDC) January 24, 2021
Former President Obama is known for having visited Ben’s Chili Bowl, a historic Black-owned restaurant also located in the Georgetown neighborhood.
Biden had attended mass at the Cathedral of St. Matthew the Apostle in DC on the day of his inauguration last week, together with Vice President Kamala Harris, her husband, and a group of Democratic and Republican lawmakers, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi and Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.
Biden is the second Catholic president of the nation, after former President Kennedy.