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Obama, Clinton stop at Midwood Smokehouse after Charlotte rally

President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton talk to patrons at Midwood Smokehouse during an unannounced visit following their joint appearance.
President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton talk to patrons at Midwood Smokehouse during an unannounced visit following their joint appearance. jmorrill@charlotteobserver.com

President Barack Obama told the crowd at the Charlotte Convention Center Tuesday that he loves coming to North Carolina. One reason: the food.

“So you got great people here. And then you got great food,” he said. “North Carolina has got some food. In fact, I will find someplace to stop and get some food before I head back to D.C.”

And he did. The place turned out to be Midwood Smokehouse in the Plaza Midwood neighborhood.

The president and presumptive Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton surprised patrons with a visit to the barbecue restaurant after their rally at the Convention Center.

They ordered some barbecue and greeted surprised customers with hugs and handshakes. Midwood Smokehouse is known for its regional barbecue.

The president’s order at Midwood Smokehouse, according to aides: pulled pork, brisket and a variety of sides. According to White House pool reports, Clinton and her entourage ordered a chicken and ribs combo.

Obama told a woman seated nearby that he wouldn’t take selfies because “we can’t be here too long.” But he gave her a nice hug.

The lunch aboard Air Force One en route to Charlotte, at least in the press cabin: pork barbecue sandwich with coleslaw.

President Obama joined Clinton in Charlotte Tuesday afternoon at a campaign event. "There has never been any man or woman more qualified for this office than Hillary Clinton," Obama said.

Jim Morrill: 704-358-5059, @jimmorrill

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