On the campaign trail in the battleground state of Virgina on Thursday, First Lady Michelle Obama took a page from President Obama's playbook and made an 'unscheduled stop' for an eat n' greet with locals, her first of the election season. The temperature was hovering around 80 degrees, and Mrs. Obama was clad in a sleeveless turquoise top and pink skirt as she visited Mom’s Apple Pie Company, a family-owned bakery in Occoquan. The First Lady arrived at about 3:00 PM, and after chatting with excited patrons and enjoying an impromptu violin concert from a little girl, she departed with two double-crust pies.
“I will be killed if I don’t come out of here with pie,” Mrs. Obama said.
The President loves pie, and the First Lady selected the house signature, the Apple Pie, and a Sour Cherry Pie, which the bakery bills as "a real 'man's' pie." Made with Mont Morency cherries, it is crafted with no extra sugar and described as "pungent." Mom's sources its fruit locally, and each pie retails for $15.99.
"So glad that First Lady Michelle Obama who cares about local food decided to stop by our Occoquan store today," the company wrote on Twitter after Mrs. Obama's visit.
Six-year-old Sydney Trapp, the young violinist, played a bit of “Ode to Joy” for the First Lady as her proud mother, Melissa, snapped photos on a smart phone. A resident of nearby Fredricksburg, the savvy child asked the First Lady for tickets to next year’s White House Easter Egg Roll, unaware that this year's bunny hop may have been the final Obama egg event.
“You are on it!” Mrs. Obama said to the little girl, adding “you’ve earned your pie” when the child finished playing.
During her ten-minute visit, Mrs. Obama posed for pictures with the patrons--about ten were on hand--joined by Occoquan Mayor Earnie Porta. Then she stepped up to the counter to purchase her pies. The bakery, which also has a store in Leesburg, has been open since 1981, when it was founded by Avis Renshaw and Steven Cox.
Stumping in Dale City...
Before her pit stop for pie, Mrs. Obama, making her campaign trail debut in Northern Virginia, spoke to a crowd of more than 700 Obama 2012 volunteers and supporters at VFW Post 1503 in Dale City, in Prince William County. She said that she and her husband would need every vote to continue the work of healing the nation's economic debacle, and ticked off President Obama's many achievements, adding "we want to restore basic middle class security for our families." (Above: Mrs. Obama during her remarks)
“We have to keep moving forward,” Mrs. Obama said. “We’re working to finish what we started.”
In the 2008 Presidential Campaign, then-Sen. Barack Obama won Prince William with 52.62 percent of the votes while his opponent, Sen. John McCain, took 46.33 percent of the vote, according to the Virginia State Board of Elections website.
"Are you in?" Mrs. Obama asked the crowd. "Because I am so in. I am so fired up."
The crowd roared its support.
Mrs. Obama campaigned in Philadelphia on Wednesday, and travels to New York next week with her husband for more fundraising. The President was fundraising in Los Angeles, CA on Wednesday, and continued his junket on Thursday morning before heading to Las Vegas, NV for an official speech about the Congressional To Do List.
Info: Mom’s Apple Pie Co. is at 126 A Commerce Street, Occoquan, VA, 22125. Phone: 703-497-7437. Mom's sells its pies by mail order: Visit the website.