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Obama stops at Route 66 restaurant

Two weeks ago, it was Republican presidential candidate John McCain stopping at a Route 66 icon, Ted Drewes Frozen Custard in St. Louis.

Today, it was Democratic presidential candidate Barack Obama stopping at a historic Route 66 restaurant in Lebanon, Mo., according to KY3-TV in Springfield.

On his way to Rolla, Obama’s campaign bus took a quick detour. It made an unannounced stop at the Bell Restaurant on Historic Route 66 in Lebanon, and left the lunch crowd in awe. Some diners had heard he was coming but others had no idea.

“I thought, ‘My God, it’s him!’” said one diner.

The pit stop was no coincidence. It was designed to reinforce his commitment to fight for rural voters in a traditionally conservative area. […]

In Lebanon, most of the crowd at the Bell forgot about their economic woes for a few seconds, as they were starstruck by the visit to their town by Obama.

Video here.

Obama also made campaign stops in the Route 66 towns of Springfield and Rolla.

I predict the candidates will squeeze in several other stops on the Mother Road in the next few months before Election Day.

9 thoughts on “Obama stops at Route 66 restaurant

  1. Trevor Hilton

    Did he order arugula? Did he talk to any of those bitter typical white folks clinging to guns and religion?

  2. Trevor Hilton

    I’ll claim Conrad Hilton. He actually accomplished something. Starting a Hotel chain.
    Can you honestly name ONE thing she accomplished?

    No, and internet sex tape doesn’t count.

    Actually, I don’t like John McCain either. But he’s better than the alternative.

  3. Rose Young-Stewart

    I would have loved to be in the Bell restaurant when Barack walked in It must have been very exciting for everyone and something they will all remember, as well. I’m sort of jealous.

  4. Rose Young-Stewart

    John McCain loves Rich, Thin, Blonde Women. It makes him feel young and alive,,again. Poor guy. He doesn’t know when to give up, does he? By the way why is it his 3… yes 3… sons all aged in the 20’s why are they NOT in Iraq or Afghanistan doing what their daddy likes best?

  5. Jim Kerekes

    My family gathered at Bennett Springs over this past week for a reunion. We are from Minnesota and went shopping in Lebanon the morning of July 30th and decided to explore the old route before heading back to the park. My wife and I were at The Bell around 11AM for a late breakfast. The food and service were great, we stopped because the parking lot was full and the building had a lot of character. We heard later that night that we just missed Obama’s stop. What a surprise that would have been to meet him there! Lebanon is a very nice town with many friendly people. Please visit if you have the chance to get off I-44 and spend some time, you won’t regret it.

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