Classic Photo Op

Jewel Samad/AFP
Jewel Samad/AFP

On official visit to Boone, NC store, Obama buys sweets, talks to a dog and plays with a baby.

A Stop in Boone, NC

POTUS stopped in this picturesque college town that is home to Appalachian State University (recently renowned for a great showing by its students in a national solar-design competition). There are bookstores, bakeries, and a couple tattoo parlors along the main road.

POTUS worked his way through the Mast General Store, a family-owned store, which has traditional assortment of dry goods and a working post office. Its major selling point appeared to be tubs of candy, and the sales clerk helped guide POTUS through the confectionery paradise.

“So I just scoop it up?” he asked. “That’s how it’s done.”

As he made his way toward the press, Peter Nicholas of the LA Times said to him: “You won’t find this in the White House garden, Mr. President.”

“On Halloween, the First Lady doesn’t mind,” he replied, smiling, as he filled a bucket with maple nut clusters, macaroons, and York peppermint patties.

Rounding the corner, POTUS saw another long candy counter and said, “It just goes on forever.”

After putting more sweets in his bucket, he petted a little black dog that looked like a miniature version of Bo. “Bo says hi,” he said to the dog’s owner.

As cameras flashed, a group of girls mugged behind POTUS, prompting him to ask, “are you guys making rabbit ears behind me?”

Then it was time to heft a baby — in this case one-year-old Mason Wainwright, whom he pronounced a “good-looking boy.” Later, as he shook hands in the front of the store, another baby started screaming, and he asked, “did someone take his camera away?”

Back outside, POTUS worked two rope lines on the main street, quizzing young people about their school, and congratulating a young woman who said she was working on her college thesis.

POTUS also stopped in at the Our Daily Bread bakery (pool held on the sidewalk).

On the way out of town, heading back into staunchly Republican Watauga County, one student held a sign that said, “Lame duck.”

We’re on the road again.

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Related Topics: 2012 Elections, News, The Page, White House

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