(CNN) - The president was in Minnesota Saturday, and as a welcome to the state, Republican Gov. Tim Pawlenty issued a web video explaining some local expressions because, he said, some people "think we talk funny here."
"Minnesotans don't like to offend people by coming right out and saying no, so instead they say 'eh, not so much,' like if you asked Minnesotans 'Do you like the federal take over of the health care system?' They might say 'eh, not so much,'" Pawlenty says in the video.
Another expression? "Uffdah."
"If you wanted to use it in a sentence, it would be like 'You said unemployment would stay below 8 percent and now it's almost ten – uffdah,'" Pawlenty says.
In the 2-minute long video he also touts his record as governor, referencing the state's budget, taxes and health reforms, before officially welcoming Obama.
"Mr. President, thanks for visiting our great state – it is an honor, even if it's just for politics," Pawlenty says. "We're glad you came. Don't be a stranger."
Pawlenty, whose name comes up as a potential 2012 presidential candidate has tried to raise his national profile lately. He will join other Republican governors on a state tour next week ahead of the midterm elections.
Obama was in Minneapolis Saturday for a rally to support gubernatorial candidate Mark Dayton.
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