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In Oregon, Obama Samples Local Flavors

Barack Obama chose Mint Chip and Green Tea at Prince Puckler's ice cream shop in Eugene, Ore. (Associated Press).

By Matthew Mosk
EUGENE, Ore. -- With temperatures hitting the 90s here today, Sen. Barack Obama and his wife, Michelle, paused his campaign for an ice cream break.

The rolling campaign, in a motorcade of three buses, three SUVs, two cars and one minivan, pulled onto a narrow downtown street and stopped in front of Prince Puckler's Gourmet Ice Cream and Coffee. The corner shop is just a few blocks from the University of Oregon campus, and a crew was busy scooping cones for an afternoon crowd of students and young parents.

Camera crews packed behind the counter and bathing-suit-clad customers watched, mouths agape, as the presidential hopeful and his wife strolled in.

Obama, sleeves rolled up and collar open, immediately began surveying options that included Banana Brownie and Muddy River. He asked his aide, Reggie Love, what flavor he wanted. The former Duke basketball player said, "Bubble Gum."

"You're showing your age," Obama said with a smile, then asked for a taste of the Green Tea.

Michelle Obama didn't need to study the cases. She went with Chocolate. "I'm a purist," she said.

Obama settled on Mint Chip, "with a slice of Green Tea on the side."

By Washington Post Editor  |  May 17, 2008; 9:44 PM ET
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