Obama Kicks Off Second Day of Bus Tour With Breakfast With Small Business Owners

Aug 16, 2011 1:01pm

ABC News’ Mary Bruce (@marykbruce) and Ann Compton (@anncompton) report:

President Obama is spending the second day of his Midwest economic bus tour in Iowa focusing on rural jobs and the economy, starting with a surprise stop for breakfast with small business owners.

Following a quick morning workout at the Team Rehab gym in Decorah, President Obama was off and rolling through Iowa en route to Peosta. The president’s 26-vehicle motorcade passed through Garnavillo and Calmar, before stopping in Guttenberg, Iowa, for breakfast at Rausch’s Cafe.

See more images from the campaign trail Tuesday.

After glad-handing with the crowd gathered outside the cafe, the president enjoyed a breakfast of eggs and toast with five small business owners, representing industries ranging from IT to agriculture.

The breakfast was “an opportunity for the president to hear directly from rural small business owners about their experiences and highlight the steps his administration has taken to assist them, including the new jobs initiatives announced today,” according to the White House.

The president is now rolling to Peosta, Iowa, for the White House Rural Economic Forum, where Obama is expected to announce several initiatives aimed at boosting rural economic growth. 

Before his final townhall meeting on the grounds of a sprawling farm market outside tiny Alpha, Illinois, President Obama surprised the Galesburg High School football team as they practiced under a boiling summer sun.

The team is the Silver Streaks and players did not realize at first the tall figure standing on the sidelines with their new coach was the president. When recognized, one player in the backfield suddenly shouted, "Oh, (expletive) " but quickly turned back to the action.

They finally took a break ran over and knelt around the president who gave them a pep talk about working together.

"I'm proud of you," he told the team which has a home opener Aug. 26 against Chicago Kelly from the president's hometown.

Coach Tim Dougherty instructed the players to do their team cheer.

Clapping twice the players shouted "Win the day," and the president laughed, "That's my motto every day!"

Posing for a team picture, the president caught a pass from one of the coaches but refused to throw it back.

On his way back to his bus, the president greeted the girls' varsity volley ball team and the Galesburg cheerleader squad.

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