On Ohio bus tour, Obama stops to refuel – himself
July 5th, 2012
10:10 PM ET
11 years ago

On Ohio bus tour, Obama stops to refuel – himself

(CNN) - He had one more Ohio campaign stop on his schedule, but President Barack Obama's bus first pulled over Thursday evening for a beer.

The president's visit to Ziggy's Pub and Restaurant was his fifth campaign event of the day in the battleground state of Ohio. On Friday, his bus tour will continue in neighboring battleground Pennsylvania.

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At Ziggy's in Amherst, Ohio, one man told Obama he would "arm-wrestle you for your vote," according to a pool of reporters allowed inside.

"No," replied Obama, "I'll play basketball for your vote."

Earlier in the day, Obama stopped at a farm stand in Port Clinton, Ohio, where he paid cash for corn, strawberries and cherries.

And before that, Obama stopped in at a small restaurant in Oak Harbor.

As he went table-to-table in the dining room, Obama offered marriage advice to one couple, complimented a young boy on his spiked blue hair ("I was thinking of getting some hair just like it"), and held a baby.

At another table, Obama asked several white-haired ladies if the card game they had played regularly for decades was played for money.

"Tell the truth – the national press is here," he said.

Then he settled down with former Gov. Ted Strickland, D-Ohio, for a burger and iced tea.

Strickland was with Obama later in the day when bus pulled over at the pub. On tap for the president and governor: Miller Lite; reporters in the restaurant said Obama was later holding a bottle of Bud Light.

Properly refueled, Obama boarded the bus, which set course for his third speech of the day.

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soundoff (30 Responses)
  1. T'sah From Virginia

    President Obama is so down to EARTH – Everything he does is authentic
    He does not have to "pretend" to be one of us – it's in his symmetric
    R-Money – lately – is no longer saying Obama is a "nice guy and all"
    Because the more R-Money states the truth, HIS poll numbers fall!!

    "I’m not familiar precisely with exactly what I said but I stand by what I said whatever it was...?"
    You said President Obama was a great guy and is well liked – so stand by it – DUH!!! lol

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!!

    July 6, 2012 07:39 am at 7:39 am |
  2. petena

    Obama – a real person. Obama/Biden 2012

    July 6, 2012 08:01 am at 8:01 am |
  3. sahara

    Its not easy Mr. President, just keep doing right, we are behind you, in a landslide you will win come Nov

    July 6, 2012 08:02 am at 8:02 am |
  4. Liz the First

    Remember when a poll came out saying folks would vote for Bush over Gore because they'd like to sit down and have a beer with him? Well, Obama is the kind of guy who actually would sit down and have a beer with you. so there you go, rednecks? you think RMoney even knows what beer is??? much less condescend to join you in one.

    July 6, 2012 08:21 am at 8:21 am |
  5. FedUp

    A beer, while in an official capacity??? Wonder where the secret service gets its ideas from.

    July 6, 2012 09:11 am at 9:11 am |
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