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SANDUSKY, Ohio — President Barack Obama took an unscheduled lunch stop with former Ohio Gov. Ted Strickland on the first day of his bus tour in Oak Harbor, Ohio.
Pool report on our president workin’ the room via Buzzfeed:
“The motorcade pulled into Kozy Corners, a cash-only local diner with square tables(daily specials starting at $4.65). In the parking lot outside, Obama knelt to speak to a young boy with spiky blue-tipped hair. “I like that hair, man. I was thinking of getting some hair just like it,” Obama said, touching the boy’s head. “What do you put in there to make it spiky? Product?” The boy looked spell-bound until, prompted by his parents, shook the president’s hand.
“Later, the president walked into the restaurant, shaking hands and taking pictures. As he entered the dining room, accompanied by former Gov. Ted Strickland, he waved and was applauded by a crowd of between 50 and 75 (capacity of the dining room is 85 but not every seat was taken). Obama greeted several elderly customers first, asking them how long they’ve been married and what their secrets were for looking so young. A waitress carrying a shrimp basket approached the president. “Are those for me?” he asked with a grin.
“Nearby, a fourth-grade girl, Sydney, showed Obama her sketchbook. “You’re very talented,” he said, flipping through the pages of drawings. “You’re a very well spoken young lady.” He inscribed it “Dream big dreams.” At the next table, he cradled a baby, telling the parents it reminded him of the baby of his brother-in-law. “Just do whatever she tells you to,” he said to a man and his wife at the neighboring table, when they swapped stories about how to maintain a good marriage. At the next table, Obama stopped to talk to five white-haired women, who told they were part of a regular pinochle game for several decades. “Tell the truth, the national press is here,” the president said. “Are you playing for money?”" Continue…
Our president is great with people — AVERAGE people.
barackobama: Scenes from President Obama’s bus tour: High fives in Oak Harbor, Ohio.