In Iowa, Obama surprises fairgoers with a visit

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Associated Press

Posted on August 14, 2012 at 2:02 AM

DES MOINES, Iowa (AP) — The Iowa State Fair wasn't on President Barack Obama's itinerary, but the lure of beer and pork chop may have been too much to pass up.

Obama's three-day tour of Iowa by bus made the unscheduled stop Monday at the fairgrounds in Des Moines just a few hours after the Republican vice presidential candidate, Paul Ryan, appeared at the fair.

Obama spent an hour at the fair, greeting throngs of parents and their children, and enjoying a Bud Light and a pork chop with Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack, a former governor of the state.

A large crowd outside the Bud Tent chanted "Four more years" and then some yelled, "Four more beers!"

Holding a beer in a plastic cup, Obama said, "It's going to go well with my pork chop."

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