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Obama's Visit to Matt's Bar with Mpls. Letter Writer Comes on Bittersweet Day

Updated: 06/26/2014 8:03 PM
Created: 06/26/2014 1:55 PM KSTP.com
By: Cassie Hart

President Barack Obama's "day in the life" venture into Minnesota has exposed him to a local staple: a Jucy Lucy burger.
    
Before a town hall event Thursday, Obama stopped for the cheese-stuffed burger at Matt's Bar with a woman from the Minneapolis area who wrote him a letter about struggling to make ends meet after paying the mortgage, student loans and day care bills.
    
The White House was billing it as the first in a series of one-on-one meetings between Obama and an American who normally wouldn't have access to a president.
    
Thirty-six-year-old Rebekah Erler wrote Obama in March about the plight of a middle-class family. Obama's aides say he wants to make a point about things officials can do to help Americans whose household budgets are stretched thin.

The president's visit came on a bittersweet day for the staff at Matt's Bar. Founder, Matt Bristol, passed away Thursday morning after battling Parkinson's disease.

He was 89 years old.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.


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