(OSKALOOSA, Iowa) — Hours after Rep. Paul Ryan received a rowdy reception at the State Fair, President Obama stopped by for pork on a stick, beer and the chance to reclaim some of the Iowa support that propelled him to the presidency in 2008.
An enthusiastic Obama emerged from his bus, nicknamed Ground Force One, and declared, “Let’s go to the fair,” according to pool reports.
The president quickly donned an “Iowa State Fair, Nothing Compares” baseball hat, which he was given by the fair organizers, and got to work, shaking hands, posing for pictures and signing autographs.
Obama spent roughly an hour at the fair, making his way past various stands, including Ginnie Smith’s Gourmet Mini Cinnamon Rolls, where he declined to try the baked goods. “I’m saving my space for pork chop on a stick,” the president was heard saying.
Later, he also passed on a smoothie, reportedly saying the healthy drink “sounds OK, but a beer sounds better.”
When he made it to the beer stand, Obama pronounced “Bud Lights all around on me,” to cheers and laughter from the crowd.
After checking his wallet, he offered to buy 10 beers for 10 people and chants of “Four More Years” quickly morphed into a chorus of “Four More Beers.”
The president later enjoyed his beer and pork chops on a stick with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former Iowa governor, who was along for the outing.
Monday night’s visit was also nostalgic for the president. Five years ago, then-candidate Obama took his wife and two daughters to the fair, where they drove the bumper cars, rode the Big Ben roller coaster and ate caramel corn. The president also won the endorsement in 2007 of Norma Lyon, the Butter-Cow Lady.
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Gregory Krieg, CNN
Heather Long, CNN