VINTON, Iowa (CNN) - Don't worry, it's not his.
It's for his daughter, as he was quick to point out.
While visiting a pharmacy in rural Iowa Tuesday, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Illinois, found two purses with stuffed dogs sticking their heads out of the tops–ala Paris Hilton–that he wanted to bring home to his two girls, nine year-old Malia and six year-old Sasha.
But with the brightly-colored handbags in tow–and before he could make it to the checkout to put them in a plastic bag–Obama was met by a man who wanted to shake his hand.
"I don't always carry these purses around," Obama said after first saying hello.
Jokingly, the man said, "You're just saying that because the cameras are around."
"I didn't want you to think that that's how I travel," Obama continued, grinning.
The man then took it even further by saying, "It's alright to come out [of the closet] if you want to come out."
Obama soon found out, though, that paying for the toys might be difficult– he was out of cash.
"You're going to have to treat," he said to his Iowa staffer.
The stop to the pharmacy was part of the Illinois senator's tour of downtown
Obama said the stuffed dogs will have to suffice until the family gets a real one, which he says they'll do once the campaign ends, whether he wins or loses.
-CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch