President Barack Obama eats a no-frills BBQ in Kansas City with people who had written letters thanking him for initiatives that had made their lives better. Rough Cut (no reporter narration).
ROUGH CUT (NO REPORTER NARRATION) STORY: President Obama ended the first day of his two-day Kansas City, Missouri trip with a casual BBQ dinner on Tuesday (July 29) at a local restaurant with a group of residents who had written to him about their concerns. Obama dined on a half-slab of BBQ, fries and a Bud Light. He had asked for cole slaw but the restaurant had ran out. "You're out of it? You didn't save any for me?" he jokingly asked his server from behind a no-frills counter. After paying for his order, Obama joined a group of diners who had written letters to him thanking him and his Administration for various initiatives that they said had made their lives better. Obama continues his Kansas City trip on Wednesday (July 30) with a speech about the economy to be delivered from the local Uptown Theater. The President has crisscrossed the country for the past month dining with ordinary Americans who have written him with their concerns about the economy. The visits are designed to motivate Democrats to vote in the November elections, when Republicans stand a good chance of taking control of the Senate and are expected to keep control of the House of Representatives.