After the speeches and political infighting are done for the day, the politicians of 2012 have their "real guy moments" too. Check out some of the most memorable moments that have brought these politicians down to earth.
|Obama's Trail of Beers|
The commander-in-chief should be called the commander of brews--drinking beer and sharing the wealth. In early September, President Obama's bus tour made a surprise stop at a local sports bar for a quick beer and some college football.
The president headed straight for the bar at Gators Dockside bar and grill in Kissimmee, Fla. There, he ordered a pint of beer and strolled around the bar chatting with local patrons while keeping an eye on the TV to catch the Florida State vs. Savannah State.
This is not the first time Obama has stopped for a quick brew on the campaign trail. Last month during a campaign stop in Waterloo Iowa, the president recounted how much he enjoyed his pork chop and beer at the Iowa State Fair saying,
"It was good. I might have another beer today. You know, just one," he jokingly continued. "Just one."
Obama has made it pretty clear that he is a beer guy this election season, but he is willing to share the wealth. In early September, the president arrived at Fire Station 14 in Norfolk, VA. With a treat. Obama personally delivered a case of beer brewed at the White House to the firefighters on duty.
"I'm going to call you up and find out what you think," he told the firefighters.
"Should we wait until tomorrow to drink it?" one asked.
"It needs to be chilled, it's been sitting in my trunk," advised Obama.
|Biden's Blue Moment|
Vice President Biden traveled to Shanksville, Pa. for a memorial of the passengers and crew of United Airlines Flight 93 this week. There Biden gave a moving tribute to victims of the September 11 attacks and then had a "real guy" moment by telling firefighters from Shanksville that he would have them down to Washington—"No bulls**t."
Amending himself while noticing the reporters caught his expletive slip, Biden continued, "This is no malarkey. You come to the White House. I'll buy you a beer."
|Ryan Cheats on His Diet|
Health-conscious VP nominee Paul Ryan showed a bit of weakness in his will to keep away from sugar as he was seen indulging in a not-so-healthy treat last week.
Ryan, who's a fan of the rigorous P90X workout regime and has touted his routine of healthy diet and lifestyle on the campaign trail, indulged in a blueberry doughnut from the famous Voodoo Doughnuts of Portland, Ore., while travelling for fundraisers. Ryan admitted that he didn't know the last time he had a doughnut, but noted that blueberry flavor wasn't totally void of nutrition.
"This is the healthiest one I could find. It's got blueberries or at least it looks like it does," Ryan said.
Though the VP pick showed his mortal side feasting on a sweet, he stuck to his healthy roots when a reporter noted maybe asparagus, one of his favorite vegetables, should have been on the menu instead of the doughnuts.
|Real Men Hug|
Who says "real men" don't hug? Apparently not Scott Van Nuzer of Fort Pierce, Fla. Nuzer bear-hugged and hoisted President Obama off the ground during a brief meeting in Nuzer's eatery, Big Apple Pizza.
The unexpected bear hug grabbed the attention of the president and the press corps. Users of the rate and review website Yelp took notice too, sending Big Apple Pizza's overall rating in a frenzy.
"Talk about committing business suicide. After picking up Obama, your books are gonna be in the red pretty soon. Not too smart," wrote one commenter, who delivered his one star (out of five) rating from Cottonwood, Ariz., about 2,200 miles away.
But cyber trolls got over the Obama bear hug by late afternoon as Big Apple Pizza was back up in the Yelp rankings, registering a full five stars.
"I like asparagus. They don't make asparagus donuts though. Apple fritters though. I've had an apple fritter."
|Romney's All American Treat|
On Sunday GOP Presidential Nominee Mitt Romney headed to the heart of NASCAR country, Richmond, Va. for a campaign stop. Romney handed out a treat of hot dogs during his pit stop at the Federated Auto Parts 400 NASCAR Sprint Cup Series race at Richmond International Raceway.
Romney, who has made stops at NASCAR events before, spent an hour talking to fans and taking photos, as well as handing out the hot dogs despite heavy rain.
He was also seen speaking to NASCAR driver Jeff Burton in front of a Romney-Ryan '12 vehicle.