Obama visits the Iowa State Fair

Dan Mackenzie

President Barack Obama made a very quick stop at the Iowa State Fair on Monday night, as part of his three-day bus tour across Iowa. The Secret Service cleared out the entire concourse in front of the the Ye Olde Mill around 7 p.m., in anticipation of the president’s arrival.

Once he arrived, the president walked slowly heading south down East 33rd Street toward the Agriculture Building. He stopped and shook hands with several dozen people who had been selected out of the crowd. He first stopped by a strawberry smoothie stand, and eventually made his way down to the Iowa Pork tent where he had a pork chop.

After his light dinner, he made his way through to the Bud Tent and had a beer with the crowd gathered there, who were waiting with Obama campaign signs. Soon he was back on his bus, and off on the rest of his tour. All in all the president’s visit lasted approximately half an hour.

The president began his three-day tour of Iowa Monday with stops in Council Bluffs and Boone, in addition to Des Moines.

Tuesday, the campaign will make stops in Oskaloosa, Marshalltown, Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

Wednesday, the tour will conclude with stops in Dubuque and Davenport.