On Ohio bus tour, Obama stops to refuel – himself
July 5th, 2012
10:10 PM ET
9 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. Chris

    Is that girl chuggin a beer to get away as soon as possible from that misinformed fella?

    July 5, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  2. Chris

    Is that a bribe, "ill play basketball for your vote"? He is good at B-ball but i think that is illegal.

    July 5, 2012 10:29 pm at 10:29 pm |
  3. Dan

    Is beer what gives this loser the courage to pander to illegal immigrants to gain the Latino vote? Vote Romney 2012

    July 5, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  4. Louden Swain

    Beer guy

    July 5, 2012 10:41 pm at 10:41 pm |
  5. lib

    Well atleast he and his people didn't destroy the place like Romney and leave without even talking with the owner feeling like he was too good for them. President Obama has more class and is a For Real Person. Obama 2012

    July 5, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  6. ublvble

    wish all americans had the chance drink beer, but every body doesnot have the money like obama who may have all celebrities in his pocket.

    July 5, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  7. Thomas

    That's something Romney will never do .

    Relate to people .

    How's that car elevator working ?

    July 5, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. Larry L

    If you drink a Bud-Lite are you required to get a tattoo, go to a NASCAR event and put obnoxious mufflers on your truck? No worries... I rather drink an actual beer.

    July 5, 2012 10:51 pm at 10:51 pm |
  9. ex-conservative

    Crazy comment from a conservative about how this is terrible and awful and its only appropriate for Romney to campaign in 5 4 3 .....

    July 5, 2012 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  10. Bill in STL

    So ... this looks familiar... Just a beer and not a Big Mac

    July 5, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  11. BBear

    Did Erin Burnett just give Ann Romney a big wet kiss for saying that Mr. Obama was "trying to kill, Mitt"? Her extended job interview for Roger Ailes is becoming tiresome.

    July 5, 2012 11:59 pm at 11:59 pm |
  12. enuff

    It sounds like he was polite... didn't disrespect anyone's business, or have his staff keep people/owners away from him...and he didn't take a detour to avoid people that might disagree with him. A people's president...

    July 6, 2012 12:23 am at 12:23 am |
  13. 100 % ETHIO

    I guess, he is the first and last modern time, ordinary type U.S. president, by choice.

    The position he held is the highest on Earth, Money can't buy. Only 1 : the total populations of America, can held this position, either for the first 4 Years or 2 x 4 years, in One Person life time.

    "Ziggy's...", which I know, Bosnian Muslim Man name, will get popular. Probably, the owner is Bosnian immigrant.

    July 6, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  14. 100 % ETHIO

    He chose to be ordinary, at Zyggy's...(Bosnian Muslim Man name).

    July 6, 2012 12:48 am at 12:48 am |
  15. Louden Swain

    The guy loves beer

    July 6, 2012 12:54 am at 12:54 am |
  16. IA

    Ain't he COOL!!!!

    July 6, 2012 01:41 am at 1:41 am |
  17. Rob

    Surely you can post some real campaign news...,

    July 6, 2012 01:50 am at 1:50 am |
  18. Anthony

    I cannot believe the leader of the free world has to drink a Miller lite....

    I am almost embarrassed....

    July 6, 2012 03:03 am at 3:03 am |
  19. panzer pat

    He really is a great guy with good intentions.

    July 6, 2012 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  20. Gurgyl

    .........but dot drink too much, GOP cast you as drunkard!!!! Watch your limits. Nation is in peril. Straighten it first, I have confidence in you!!!!!!!!

    July 6, 2012 04:09 am at 4:09 am |
  21. Anonymous

    While he refuels on lite beer, he should rethink how is going to spin his failure to inspire private sector job creation. HINT- get off their back and out of their pockets would be a brilliant start. Oh no- job numbers out today... hard to spin hard numbers/facts.

    July 6, 2012 06:04 am at 6:04 am |
  22. trex

    ............Now tell the truth...................Has Romney or Obama pump their own gas the most in their lives......................Now, TELL the truth, Ttards..................................

    July 6, 2012 06:05 am at 6:05 am |
  23. drboaz

    While he refuels on lite beer, Obama needs to rethink how he is going to spin the job numbers this morning. If he was truly interested in supporting job growth and promoting private sector confidence, he could start by getting out of their pockets and off their backs.

    July 6, 2012 06:13 am at 6:13 am |

    Go president Obama ,you will win in a landslide againest romney the clown and the republican bafoon party .you have done very will considering what the republican bafoons party left you .you have my vote !!!!

    July 6, 2012 06:51 am at 6:51 am |
  25. Out Of Touch with reality

    totally out of touch with America and especially useless

    July 6, 2012 07:16 am at 7:16 am |
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