August 14th, 2012
09:15 AM ET
WHITE HOUSE (CNN) - President Obama made a somewhat unannounced stop at the Iowa State Fair on Monday evening, just hours after Republican Vice Presidential candidate Paul Ryan gave a speech there.
The president gave no formal remarks but he did buy a round of beers as he greeted many fair-goers.
"Bud lights all around on me!" Obama declared to those gathered in the Mike's Tavern beer tent on the Iowa State Fairgrounds. He clarified that the offer was only good for those 21 years old and older.
To the chants of "Four more beers!", he looked into his wallet and then amended his offer and promised 10 beers for 10 people.
Greg Lear, the president-elect of the Iowa Pork Producers, gave the president two pork chops to eat with his beer. Obama ate the pork chops with his fingers since he didn't have a fork and knife, according to the travel pool producer who witnessed the scene.
While at the fair, he also reminisced about his stop at the fair in 2007 with daughters Malia and Sasha where he played arcade games and rode several rides.
"I still have pictures of me, Malia and Sasha on the bumper cars," the president said. Obama had previously joked that the Secret Service wouldn't let him do the bumper cars again this time.
Earlier in the day while making remarks at a campaign event in Council Bluffs, President Obama announced to the crowd, "I think I'm going to end at the State Fair. Michelle has told me I cannot have a fried Twinkie. But I will be checking out the butter cow and I understand this year there's a chocolate moose." Prior to those remarks, there was speculation of when his stop would take place.
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