(VIRGINIA BEACH, Va.) — President Obama kicked off his day of campaigning in the battleground state of Virginia with a surprise stop at Rick’s Café, where he chatted with military wives about his efforts to better support America’s troops.
Sitting around a table at the Cajun-style eatery, the president said private industry is getting more involved in helping military families. “Companies a lot of the time are more than happy to help,” he explained.
The restaurant, located just a few miles from the Oceana Naval Air Station, boasts a menu of spicy fried catfish, Louisiana style fried shrimp, and hushpuppies. The president, however, did not stay for lunch.
As he exited Rick’s, Obama greeted the large crowd gathered outside.
One woman came down from the nearby hair salon to say hello to the president, her hair still up curlers.
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Azadeh Ansari and Angela Dewan, CNN
Dylan Byers, CNN