As we all know, Barack Obama has made more than a few trips to Colorado since accepting the Democratic nomination for president here in 2008, with many of the most memorable moments coming at times when he's mixed with regular folks.
The latest example? Obama's trip to the area on and near 15th Street last night included a handshake with a guy wearing a horse's head mask and this question from someone at the Wazee Supper Club: "Want a hit, man?"
Back in April 2012, Obama made quite a stir while visiting The Sink in Boulder, where he posed for this photo with then-CU student Madalyn Starkey:
As a bonus, a young woman spilled yogurt on Obama's shoe during a rope-line grip-and-grin outside the restaurant.
The wacky tradition continued last night when Obama -- in town to raise money for Senator Mark Udall and give a speech at Cheesman Park this morning -- hit LoDo, as seen in this photo shared with us by Steve Weil of Rockmount Ranch Wear fame:
Photo by Steve Weil
Considerably more hilarious is this image, tweeted by the U.K. Daily Mail:
— Daily Mail US (@DailyMailUS) July 9, 2014
"The reasons for his sartorial choice remained unclear," the Daily Mail deadpans about this human bronco in its report, adding, "Obama's Secret Service agents seemed to keep a close eye on him as he shook hands with the man."
Then it was on to the Wazee, where the following video from Instagram user Matt Anton catches Obama reacting with a laugh and a smile to the offer of a hit. Check out the clip below.
Commuters in Denver will presumably be chuckling less frequently this morning, as traffic is expected to be snarled in the Cheesman Park area for this morning's speech. Here's the Denver Police Department's list of road closures and the like:
• 8:30 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. -- Road closures and delays in the northeast part of Denver
• 8:30 a.m. until after the President's speech -- Bicycle paths and running paths at Cheesman Park will be closed.
• Drivers should expect delays when traveling near Cheesman Park during the President's arrival and departure
• Mid day until early afternoon -- Downtown Denver will also experience delays and road closures as the President travels about the city.
• Late afternoon -- Delays along the I-70 corridor within Denver city limits
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After dealing with all of that, plenty of locals may be ready for a hit, too.
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