Obama buys out cinnamon rolls at Anchorage cafe

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Pres. Obama Arrives in Alaska for Historic Trip

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) -- How many cinnamon rolls does it take to feed a presidential entourage? If you're President Barack Obama and you're unsure, you err on the safe side and take the whole bunch.

Obama paid a surprise visit Tuesday to Snow City Cafe, a hopping brunch spot in downtown Anchorage with a bit of hipster flair. Dressed down in a casual coat and sunglasses, he strolled past throngs of cheering crowds into the cafe, where it took just a few seconds before the cinnamon rolls caught his eye.

"How many of those do you guys have?" the president asked a bemused barista. "I'm going to take all of those."

Feeling generous, perhaps, midway through his three-day trip to Alaska, Obama asked his staffers and even reporters if they wanted a pastry for the road. "Put a little sampler together," he said.

Then the president waded through a thick crowd of cafe-goers, shaking hands and giving a few hugs along the way.

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US President Barack Obama reaches out to pick up a puppy belonging to musher John Baker (2nd R) in Kotzebue, Alaska on September 2, 2015. Obama blazed a new trail as US leader on September 2, becoming the first to head above the Arctic circle, to urge US citizens to take swift action against climate change. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama holds a puppy while visiting musher John Baker and his family in Kotzebue, Alaska on September 2, 2015. Obama blazed a new trail as US leader on September 2, becoming the first to head above the Arctic circle, to urge US citizens to take swift action against climate change. AFP PHOTO / MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets well-wishers upon arrival at Dillingham Airport in Dillingham, Alaska on September 2, 2015. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama speaks to the media before boarding a boat for a tour of the Kenai Fjords National Park on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama looks at the ice cream selection while chatting with children during a stop at the Sweet Darlings icecreme shop on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama looks at the ice creme selection at the Sweet Darlings icecreme shop on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
DENALI NATIONAL PARK, AK - SEPTEMBER 1: A view of Denali, formerly known as Mt. McKinley, on September 1, 2015 in Denali National Park, Alaska. According to the National Park Service, the summit elevation of Denali is 20,320 feet and is the highest mountain peak in North America. (Photo by Lance King/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama greets patrons at the Snow City Cafe on September 1, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska. Obama is heading to Seward, Alaska to visit the Exit Glacier and tour Kenai Fjords National Park. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama asks if staff and press want anything before ordering at the Snow City Cafe on September 1, 2015 in Anchorage, Alaska. Obama is heading to Seward, Alaska to visit the Exit Glacier and tour Kenai Fjords National Park. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama arrives at a lookout while hiking near the Exit Glacier on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama looks at the pauses to admire the view while hiking near the Exit Glacier on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
US President Barack Obama walks across the tarmac after landing at Seward City airport on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. Obama is in Seward to visit the Exit Glacier and tour Kenai Fjords National Park. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
Marine One, carrying US President Barack Obama, approaches the Seward City airport on September 1, 2015 in Seward, Alaska. AFP PHOTO/MANDEL NGAN (Photo credit should read MANDEL NGAN/AFP/Getty Images)
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One unfortunate White House staffer could be seen carrying two giant cardboard boxes of pastries out of the cafe and into the waiting motorcade

Obama has made Anchorage his base as he tours various corners of Alaska this week. He flew by helicopter to Seward on Tuesday to hike the Exit Glacier before visiting the Alaska Arctic on Wednesday.

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