Obama Grabs Cheesesteaks to Go From Reading Terminal Market

Obama goes wit Whiz on his cheesesteak

President Barack Obama made sure he didn’t leave the City of Brotherly Love without getting a taste of a Philly favorite.

Obama seems to be learning from other people's mistakes.

In Philadelphia for campaign appearances Monday with democratic Senate candidate Joe Sestak, Obama made an unannounced stop at the popular Reading Terminal Market and ordered two sweet peppers and mushrooms cheesesteaks -- with the usual Cheez Whiz topping -- from Carmen’s Famous Italian Hoagies and Cheesesteaks.

He also ordered a mint chocolate chip ice cream cone on the way out.

Obama lately has been trying to convince people unhappy with the economy that he knows what they're going through.

During the 2004 presidential campaign, Democratic Sen. John Kerry of Massachusetts ordered a Philly cheesesteak with Swiss cheese. Critics used that to portray the wealthy Kerry as out of touch. He lost the election to Republican George W. Bush.

In an overture to his health-conscious wife, first lady Michelle Obama, the president also picked up four apples from a fruit stand. But Obama, who doesn't do much grocery shopping these days, only gave the vendor $1.

Fortunately, Obama aide Reggie Love was nearby to cover the additional costs.

Sestak’s opponent for U.S. Senate Pat Toomey stumped for votes in the middle of the state Monday. He signed a pledge to support a repeal of the federal estate tax during a brief event in suburban Harrisburg.

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