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Obama has pizza and pool night in Denver

By Julie Pace

DENVER (AP) -- On Tuesday, President Barack Obama's continuing quest to break free from the constraints of the White House brought him to a crowded pizza restaurant, a pool bar and face-to-face with a man wearing a horse head mask.

Shortly after arriving in Denver, Obama headed to the Wazee Supper Club for dinner with local residents who had recently written him letters. It was a carefully orchestrated event aimed at projecting an image of the president connecting with real Americans.

But after his meal, Obama decided to break from the script. He took off by foot down 15th Street, a cadre of anxious Secret Service agents by his side, and started shaking hands with the dozens of people who had gathered on the sidewalks.

There were kids eager for a picture with the president and adults who held up their hands for a high-five or fist bump. Then there was the man wearing the horse head. The reasons for his sartorial choice remained unclear.

Obama increasingly has been showing his frustration with the restrictive White House security bubble and referring to himself as a "bear on the loose." In recent weeks, he's been hitting restaurants in Washington and vowing to spend more time with the public outside of the nation's capital.

After his 10-minute stroll, Obama hopped back into his armored limousine for a short drive to his next destination, Wynkoop Brewing Co., which was founded by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper.

The governor - a Democrat facing re-election this fall - was waiting for Obama inside. They headed to the bar where they ordered two Rail Yard Ales, then headed upstairs for a game of pool.

As Vanilla Ice's classic song "Ice Ice Baby" played in the background, Obama sank the eight-ball to claim victory over Hickenlooper. And on at least this occasion, Obama wanted to make sure the media were nearby.

He turned to the traveling press corps and said, "Did you record that?"

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PHANTOM6838 July 09 2014 at 12:07 PM

Obama musta been the end of the costume, the Horse's A$$.

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moochelleboochelle July 09 2014 at 11:37 AM


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Larry Beaugh July 09 2014 at 10:50 AM

Yea, our President at a bar drinking and playing pool on our tax dollars. So sad this country is going down hill big time.
Bring the President another drink.

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chuzzlawit July 09 2014 at 11:11 AM

I wish I had been there to shake our President's hand. What a great man he is. I wish these stinking Tea baggers would get out of the way and let him get his job done. Too bad we can't get a 3rd term for him, but Mrs. Clinton will pick up where he left off, and continue to do great things for our country. Thank you, Mr. President.

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junelee0319 July 09 2014 at 12:46 PM

Sure it surprised him - he's used to seeing the other end when he looks in the mirror

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chuck July 09 2014 at 12:12 PM

the horses front looking at the horses back!

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tcellguru July 09 2014 at 11:36 AM

I thought Kerry was wind surfing in MA.?

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mark and sheri tcellguru July 10 2014 at 12:06 AM

Now THAT'S funny!

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lrn2wrk4it July 09 2014 at 12:16 PM

The two ends of the horse.

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Jim Peyton July 09 2014 at 11:27 AM

In one of these pictures it is very hard to know which one is Obama and it is not the pictures with the horse head.

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partsautomall Jim Peyton July 09 2014 at 11:49 AM

the horse head guy was looking for his back half and found it

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Larry July 09 2014 at 10:44 AM

Typical HuffyPuff lack of reporting.

WHY was the guy wearing a horse head?

Seems like an obvious question a REAL reporter would ask, huh?

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