CLEVELAND - When President Barack Obama arrived in Parma for a campaign rally, he apologized for being late, saying he stopped in Amherst for a beer.
Scheduled to arrive at James Day Park around 7:15 p.m., Obama finally got there a few minutes before 8 p.m. After his introduction, he explained to his supporters why he was running a tad behind.
"I had a beer in Amherst at Ziggy's so I'm feeling good, feeling steady," said the president as he wiped his forehead while the crowd cheered.
According to a pool report on Twitter, Obama had a Miller Lite on tap and then switched to a Bud Light in a bottle. It was also reported former Ohio governor Ted Strickland joined him at the pub and restaurant.
During his 45 minute speech, Obama talked about hiring more teachers, his health care plan and the economy. Thursday's stop marked the seventh in Ohio, and arguably the most important one.
Obama's schedule Friday includes visiting an elementary school in Poland, Ohio, near Youngstown. He'll then speak at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.
Meanwhile, Mitt Romney supporters have been holding rallies across Ohio. Earlier in Parma, a confrontation reportedly broke out at one of the rallies.
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