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13 Photos Of Obama Making Sandwiches At Martha's Table

10/14/2013 01:53 pm ET | Updated Oct 14, 2013

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
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  • US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • More Volunteers
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  • US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Talking To Reporters
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  • US President Barack Obama speaks to the press as he makes bologna sandwiches alongside Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Speaking To Reporters
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  • President Barack Obama stands with volunteers preparing lunches as he speaks to reporters during a visit to Martha's Table, which prepares meals for the poor and where furloughed federal employees are volunteering, in Washington, Monday, Oct. 14, 2013. Speaking there Obama said that if Republicans can't resolve the standoff over the debt ceiling and the partial government shutdown, quote, "we stand a good chance of defaulting." (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
  • Trying To Hear Over The Noise
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  • US President Barack Obama tries to hear over the noise prior to speaking to the press as he makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • First, It's Time To Put On Some Gloves
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  • US President Barack Obama puts on protective gloves prior to making bologna sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • It's Time To Make Some Sandwiches!
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  • US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Bagging The Sandwiches
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  • US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside volunteers Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Sealing The Ziplock Bag
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  • US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Not Bad!
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  • US President Barack Obama makes bologna sandwiches alongside Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, and Chantelle Britton (L), a federal employee from the Department of Health and Human Services, at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Meeting More Volunteers
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  • US President Barack Obama shakes hands with volunteer Dolly Garcia (R), a federal employee from the US Census Bureau, prior to making bologna sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Group Shot!
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  • US President Barack Obama talks with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)
  • Some Happy Volunteers And POTUS
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  • US President Barack Obama poses for photos with children and adult volunteers that are making peanut butter and jelly sandwiches at Martha's Table in Washington, DC, October 14, 2013, as the crisis over a US government shutdown and debt ceiling standoff continues into the third week of the shutdown. The non-profit organization helps low income and homeless families and many of the current volunteers are furloughed federal workers. AFP PHOTO / Saul LOEB (Photo credit should read SAUL LOEB/AFP/Getty Images)

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