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One Beer, One Vote for Obama

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President Barack Obama has a beer with Mike Cunningham III, left, and another worker at the beer stand during a visit to the Iowa State Fair.
President Barack Obama has a beer with Mike Cunningham III, left, and another worker at the beer stand during a visit to the Iowa State Fair.

President Barack Obama has a beer with Mike Cunningham III, left, and another worker at the beer stand during a visit to the Iowa State Fair.

The old saying goes that when choosing a president, voters pick the candidate they'd rather have a beer with. President Obama seems to be taking that theory to heart.

The president has been making a beer-heavy three-day swing through Iowa, sharing lagers with his supporters in both Des Moines and Cedar Falls, and even revealing that the White House makes its own home brew.

Obama latest stop was Monday night, when he dropped in at The Pump Haus pub in Cedar Falls.

"I'm thinking I should order my beer and come back and talk," he told one group of patrons before asked for a Bud Lite, according to a pool report.

He refused the bartender's offer to let him drink on the house with a "no, no, no."

During a stop at the Iowa State Fair in Des Moines on Monday night, Obama turned down a smoothie in favor of a beer.

"Smoothie sounds OK but a beer sounds better," he said when offered the fruity concoction.

President Barack Obama stops for a beer at The Pump Haus, a pub and grill, in Cedar Falls, Iowa.

After chatting with the 17-year-old Iowa State Fair queen, Abrah Meyer, who was decked out in a purple dress, crown and sash, he was welcomed into a Bud tent by a group of rowdy patrons chanting, "Four more years!"

Bud tent owner Mike Cunningham, 47, poured Obama a beer and later presented him with a T-shirt reading "Save water, drink beer."

Obama tried to help Cunningham drum up some business, yelling: "Hey everyone who's over 21, you gotta buy a beer!"

"Is it on you?" someone yelled back, prompting the president to dig out his wallet.

The chant then switched from "four more years" to "four more beers."

President Obama shares a beer with Secretary of Agriculture Tom Vilsack, left, as he visits the Iowa State Fair.

"Here's what I'm gonna do, except for the person with the Romney sign," he said, adding "I'm teasing" to the Republican. He then offered to buy beer for 10 people, prompting a cheer from the crowd.

The subject of beer even came up during a campaign stop at a cafe in Knoxville, Iowa, called Coffee Connection. Obama revealed to patrons there that the White House brews its own beer and even handed one out to a curious customer.

White House spokesman Jay Carney later told reporters that the White House brews a light and a dark beer. He said he's tried the light brew, which is "quite refreshing."

This is far from the first time Obama has bonded with voters over a beer.

A beer with Barack: President Obama greets the patrons as he stops at The Pump Haus in Cedar Falls during a three day campaign bus tour through Iowa.

Last month, he made an unscheduled campaign stop at a bar called Ziggy's Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, Ohio, where he chatted up the regulars.

In March, he dropped in at The Dubliner Restaurant and Pub in Washington, D.C., where he drank a Guinness with a boisterous crowd.

And of course, Obama's early White House tenure was marked with his famous White House "beer summit" with Vice President Joe Biden, black scholar Henry Louis Gates and a white Massachusetts police officer James Crowley. Obama had proposed the summit to calm tensions after Crowley's mistaken-identity arrest of Gates in his own home sparked a heated national debate on race.

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