On Monday, July 30, Washington, D.C.’s Dog Tag Bakery hosted some special guests for lunch. Former President Barack Obama and former Vice President Joe Biden reunited at the Georgetown-area bakery for about 45 minutes.
The two enjoyed their meal consisting of ham and gruyère sandwiches, a side salad for Obama, a slice of mint basil blueberry cake for Biden, a chocolate chip cookie, and a brownie. While they were at the bakery, Obama and Biden visited with the bakery’s fellows, discussed their future business plans, and took selfies.
The appearance has made the rounds on social media, as many users have been fascinated by Obama and Biden’s friendship, as well as Dog Tag Bakery’s unique business model.
Dog Tag Bakery makes up one arm of the nonprofit Dog Tag Inc., which seeks to build a bridge to business employment and a productive civilian life for the veterans and military families that have served our country. Service-disabled veterans, military spouses, and caregivers are provided a five-month fellowship opportunity, where they can get an education at Georgetown University and real-life work experience at Dog Tag Bakery.
“What we do is give them the tools and resources to allow them to move forward,” says Meghan Ogilvie, chief executive officer of Dog Tag Inc.
Dog Tag Bakery in Georgetown provides a vehicle for military veterans to put their newly acquired skills into context. The storefront includes a state-of-the-art bakery and kitchen as well as classroom space. In addition to serving the Georgetown community, Dog Tag Bakery also completes catering and mail orders, allowing Dog Tag fellows to manage a nationwide business. By facilitating a business rotation through the storefront, fellows have a chance to learn every aspect of a small business including business and staff management, product creation, customer service, marketing, and operations.