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Photos: Obama grabs beer, pork chops in surprise Iowa State Fair visit

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Cole Nelson, nine months, held by his mother Deborah Nelson, inspects President Obama's face during a visit to the Iowa State Fair on Monday. "What do you think? That's a pretty big nose," the President said to the child. (AP Photos/Carolyn Kaster)


President Obama joked while stumping in Iowa on Monday that first lady Michelle Obama would not allow him to have a fried Twinkie if he hit the Iowa State Fair.


He seems to have adhered to his wife's wishes on the Twinkie front, but enjoyed a beer and pork chop dinner when he dropped in on the fair in a surprise visit Monday evening. More photos after the jump:

Obama has retooled his stump speech; the transcript of his Boone, Iowa speech HERE.

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President Barack Obama visits Cookie Smith at the "CinnieSmiths" mini cinnamon roll stand at the Iowa State Fair. He told her "[I'm] saving my space for pork chop on a stick."

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President Obama is given an Iowa State Fair hat as he visits Monday evening in Des Moines.

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President Barack Obama has a beer with Mike Cunningham III, left, and another worker at the beer stand.

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President Obama has a beer with Mike Cunningham III and other workers at the beer stand.

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"Everyone who's over 21, you gotta buy a beer," Obama told the crowd at the Budweiser tent, prompting someone in the crowd to yell, "Is it on you?" The president looked into his wallet as some people in the crowd started chanting, "Four more beers!".

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Working for re-election isn't all serious business for President Obama. He took some time to make a surprise visit to the Iowa State Fair on Monday - and to yuck it up with fair-goers.

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Smoothie operator: President Obama works the crowd at the Iowa State Fair.

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President Barack Obama and Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack purchase tickets as the arrive at the Iowa State Fair.

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President Obama mixes with the crowd after popping in unannounced to check out the Iowa State Fair.

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