Obama Makes Surprise Stops for Burgers and Veggies

Jul 5, 2012 7:34pm

President Obama made two surprise stops this afternoon as his campaign bus tour made its way through northern Ohio.

Heading to Sandusky, the president dropped in on diners at the Kozy Corners Family Restaurant in Oak Harbor, where he mingled with local residents and ordered himself a burger.

On his way in, he met a little boy in the parking lot and couldn’t help complimenting his spiky blue hair.

“I like that hair, man. I was thinking of getting some hair just like it,” Obama said, according to pool reports. “What do you put in there to make it spiky? Product?”

Encouraged by his parents, the boy reportedly shook the president’s hand.

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Obama, accompanied by former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland, then headed inside, where he was met with cheers and applause.

The president glad-handed his way through the dining room, saying hello to several elderly customers, chit-chatting with a young girl and, of course, cradling a baby.

One young girl showed the president her sketchbook. “You’re very talented,” he said as he flipped through the pages, before inscribing it “dream big dreams.”

The president also stopped to talk with a group of white-haired women, who told him they have played pinochle together for decades.

“Tell the truth, the national press is here,” the president joked. “Are you playing for money?”

The ladies confessed that they occasionally play for a dollar or a quarter. “I’m not going to take you on, especially now that I know you play for money,” Obama quipped.

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The president then sat to enjoy his lunch with Strickland.

“All right, I’m going to eat my burger,” he said to the other diners, “and everybody just pretend like I’m not here.”

Further down the road the president stopped for something a bit healthier, pulling over at Bergman Orchards Farm Market.

The president wanted to buy some sweet corn to bring back to the White House, but debated how much. “I am thinking we are going to be eating some over the weekend. I’m just trying to count how many folks we will have,” he said.

He initially said he wanted to buy an entire basket, but reconsidered when one of the employees informed him that was about three dozen ears. “I’ve only got six people,” he said, mulling it over, before ultimately deciding on a dozen.

The president also checked out the peaches, and even offered some to the press.

“You [take] a peach and I get a better column?” he said laughing. No peaches were ultimately purchased for the press.

After adding some last minute cherries and strawberries, the president’s total came to $22.70.

“That’s a pretty good deal right there,” Obama said.

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