Eater in Chief offers his to-go pepperoni pie to crowd gathered outside sports bar...
While the folks back home at the White House were busy releasing his secret beer recipes on Saturday, President Obama was visiting a sports bar in Sioux City, Iowa. The Beer Drinker in Chief made an "unscheduled" visit to Bob Roe's Point After, arriving at 4:25 PM local time. (Above: A shocked patron reacts)
Accompanied by Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former two-term Governor of the state, the President walked in as the patrons had their eyes glued to the Iowa, Northern Illinois, and Nebraska football games on big screen TVs. The President ordered a pepperoni pizza ($15.25) to go. Later, holding a cardboard pizza box aloft, he asked an crowd outside the sports bar "Hey everybody, who wants some pizza?"
"I've been missing football a little too much," the President told the sports fans as he worked the room and shook hands, with one eye on the gridiron action.
The visit to Sioux City was the President's second Iowa stop on his four-state Road to Charlotte tour, and came ahead of a campaign event at nearby Morningside College. Earlier in the day, he spoke to a crowd estimated by local officials at 10,000 at Living History Farms in Urbandale. Rockers Chris Cornell and the group The National performed a free concert before the President took the podium to bash his GOP opponent. (Above: Paying for his pizza)
At one point in the sports bar, the President employed Vilsack to take a picture of him and a group of people wearing Iowa Hawkeye garb. Mr. Obama also distributed his presidential coins to a handful of people, including Vietnam veteran James McKenzie, 66, of Sioux City. A Marine Corps vet, McKenzie told pool he doesn’t know if he'll vote for Mr. Obama.
"I haven't made my decision yet," McKenzie said. "He's working for the vets more. Yeah, I'm leaning towards him."
Throughout the President's visit, much of the bar's crowd was focused on the Iowa vs. Northern Illinois game, and there was loud booing when the quarterback for Northern Illinois scored on a 73-yard touchdown run.
"I don't want to be associated with that play," the President joked to three guys gathered around a table.
Outside the bar, the President shook hands with a couple dozen people behind a rope line as he offered his pizza to any takers. He was rolling by 5:11 PM local time for his next campaign event at Morningside College.
The President travels to Denver, Colorado on Saturday night, where he will spend the night. He will speak on Sunday at 1:00 PM MDT at a campaign event at at the University of Colorado Boulder.
Info: Bob Roe's Point After is located at 2320 Transit Avenue Sioux City, IA, 51106. Phone: (712) 276-5902