Obama screeched the motorcade to a halt outside some greasy spoon in Iowa where the equivalent of South African deep fried fat cakes dominates the menu. From the pool report:
The president made an unannounced stop at Ross’, a 24-hour local eatery in Bettendorf, Iowa, owned by a woman he met at an Aug. 25, 2008, town hall meeting.
Cynthia Freidhof, the owner, amused Obama at the town hall with her description of the sandwiches sold at Ross’: the Magic Mountain (Texas toast grilled, loose steamed hamburger meat, choice of french fries or hash browns, homemade cheddar cheese, onions) and the Volcano (the Magic Mountain plus spicy hot chili on top).
During the 2008 town hall at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds, which was for undecided voters, Obama said he would make it one day to Ross’.
Obama walked into the restaurant around 12:10 p.m., surprising the lunch crowd and the restaurant workers.
He greeted Freidhof, who was shocked and very excited.
“How are you doing? We came to order some food,” Obama said.
He held up an enormous cinnamon roll, about six inches in diameter.
“I’m not sure I’m going to be able to eat one of these,” Obama joked.
He was then given a description of the sandwiches.
“Anybody who wants one, I will buy it for you,” Obama said. “Anybody in the press corps has to eat the whole thing. I already got some takers on the plane though, so we’re going to order four Magic Mountains and two Volcanos.”
“Any takers on the press?” Obama asked.
No one responded.
“You chickens,” he said.
And then – oops – he asked how someone was doing in the Obama economy.
Obama then turned his attention to Freidhof.
“So business is going ok?” Obama asked her.
“It is going ok, it is ok, yeah,” Freidhof said before quickly changing the subject.