Obama Jokes About Travel Gaffe

By Jennifer Parker

Nov 7, 2007 4:04pm

ABC News’ David Wright Reports: At an "unscheduled" stop at the Dairy Bar in Wappelo, Iowa Wednesday, Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., answered questions about his travel gaffe that delayed his appearance at a campaign event in Cedar Rapids, Iowa Tuesday night.

"We just overflew the runway by 150 miles," he grinned.

Obama said they only realized what had happened when the Secret Service failed to materialize on the tarmac.

"Usually they pull the cars up pretty quick," he said.

Obama’s pilot flew right past Cedar Rapids — where he was supposed to land — touching down in Des Moines instead.

The mistake put the normally punctual Obama at least 45 minutes late for his town hall meeting in Cedar Rapids, angering some residents who were waiting to hear him speak.

At the stop Wednesday, Obama bought a small vanilla ice-cream cone. While enjoying his soft serve, Obama talked with a store clerk who lost her husband in the Iraq war in May of 2004.

Obama was also approached by two veterans, one an 83 year old World War II veteran.

Obama joked, while licking his ice-cream cone, "you look good, I gotta follow you around and see what you’re eating."

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