Wednesday, August 20, 2008

Time to go to the fruit stand

Michelle Obama famously asked, “Who’s got time to go to the fruit stand?”

Well. Her husband was in town today (our town! Obama!), and he answered her question.

He does!

Obama surprises local farmers' market crowd

GREENSBORO — The few folks who came to the Greensboro Farmers' Curb Market today expected to find home-grown tomatoes and okra and fresh baked breads and muffins.

They weren't expecting Sen. Barack Obama, who made an unannounced visit to Greensboro this morning. [...]

Obama's morning started at the O. Henry Hotel, where he stayed Tuesday night after after a campaign stop in Raleigh. [...]

When he came out of the hotel's back door at about 9:20 a.m., several women squealed:

Obaaaaaaaaama! [...]

Greensboro police blocked traffic along Green Valley Road, Benjamin Parkway and Wendover Avenue as the Obama motorcade — two buses and about 10 marked and unmarked police cars — made the 7-minute trip from the hotel to the farmers' market. [...]

Obama strode through a set of double doors to applause and the flash of cameras. The candidate wore a dress shirt with the sleeves rolled up, a blue striped tie and no jacket. [...]

At 9:55 a.m., after more meeting and greeting and signing and chatting, Obama made his way back to the door he had come in through. Before he left, he turned, waved and called out, "See you, everybody!"

"Bye, Barack!" the crowd yelled back. They clapped and whooped, and he was gone.

Obama bought a bag of biscuits, some homemade pound cake and was given a zucchini muffin while he was at the farmer’s market.

But as far as we can tell, he forgot to pick up any fresh fruit.

Oops.


BREAKING FRESH UPDATE: Peaches! He got some fresh peaches. Good for him. Of note, though, he and the woman who provided him the peaches without paying exchanged sweet nothings into each others' ear. Kidding. They just whispered to one another, but we are absolutely confident that it was completely innocent.

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