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President Obama's visit marks second time to Cedar Falls

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CEDAR FALLS (KWWL) -

This isn't the first time President Barack Obama has visited Iowa or even Cedar Falls.

One of Obama's campaign stops during the 2012 campaign brought him to Waterloo and Cedar Falls.

One of his stops was the Pump Haus on Main Street in Cedar Falls. Owner Johna Petersen had already left her restaurant for the day when she got a phone call.

"I kind of thought they were kidding," said Petersen.

Her workers caught wind President Obama would be stopping by. She returned to work and nearly 45 minutes later, the president walked through the restaurant doors.

"He spent probably at least three or four minutes at each table talking to them, genuinely interested," said Petersen.

Petersen says he then went to the bar and ordered a beer.

"Just have the president of the United States right outside Scratch so that was really cool," said Lindsey Elliot.

Scratch Cupcakery manager Lindsey Elliot was in the store when the president visited Main Street. She says although he didn't come into the store...they still tried to get in on the action too.

"I did give out some cupcakes to his secret service and fingers crossed he was able to taste one," said Elliot.

The president is set to speak at Cedar Falls Utilities Wednesday afternoon. Although his schedule isn't known yet, there may be an opportunity for another visit to Main Street, Cedar Falls.

"It would be awesome if he stopped by, but probably not very fair so I doubt whether we'll see him," said Petersen.

Petersen says her husband already sent the President Obama an email extending an invite to eat the restaurant again.

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