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Remember, the idea that presidents are the most powerful people in the world is a metaphorical concept.

President Obama re-learned that lesson Monday during a visit to a Washington, D.C., food bank, as he tried to package baloney and peanut butter and jelly sandwiches.

"The Ziploc's not zipping," Obama said while struggling with the little plastic bags.

Turning to other volunteers at Martha's Table, Obama said: "It's a little slower than you're accustomed to."

Wearing a green apron and plastic gloves, Obama added: "It's a lot of pressure with the cameras."

The president did get the hang of it, and joked that one sandwich package carried the "presidential thumbprint."

Obama also visited with the volunteers, including furloughed federal workers and schoolchildren working the Columbus Day holiday.

After meeting some kids who were putting together peanut butter and jelly sandwiches, Obama said: "Can I just say just in the few moments I've been here I'm feeling a little sticky -- I think I got some PB&J on my fingers."

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