KANSAS CITY, Missouri - A man’s gotta eat, right?
And that includes President Barack Obama, who will indulge in some local barbecue Thursday during his visit to Kansas City
Obama is set to speak at Smith Electric Thursday afternoon at 12:30 p.m., shortly after landing at nearby Kansas City International Airport. You can watch his speech LIVE right here on NBCActionNews.com.
He’ll also attend two different private campaign fundraising events for Missouri Secretary of State Robin Carnahan, who is a candidate for the U.S. Senate.
We’ve also learned the White House has ordered some barbecue from a local favorite.
The winner of the unofficial presidential seal of approval is Oklahoma Joes, the KCK-based restaurant known for its location inside a gas station.
“We've actually provided barbecue to the Obama campaign twice during the presidential campaign,” says Doug Worgul, marketing director for Oklahoma Joe’s, recently named by Vanity Fair as one of the country’s best barbecue joints . “So somebody must like it. We hope it's the president.”
The honor of being ordered by the president comes as no surprise to customers.
“It's awesome Kansas City BBQ but then it has that extra character with the fact that it's in a gas station,” says customer Erin Gregory.
Worgul says the president has never actually stopped into the restaurant, but if he did, he’d have to wait in the same line as everyone else, known for routinely growing out the door.
“Our line is always like that,” Worgul said. “But that is what democracy is all about.”
Roads Closed During Visit
Six intersections in downtown Kansas City will be closed to traffic Thursday from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., during Obama's visit. The affected intersections will include:
* 11th and Broadway
* 12th and Broadway
* 11th and Central
* 12th and Central
* 11th and Wyandotte
* 12th and Wyandotte
Other roads may be closed throughout the downtown area, but not for an extended period of time.
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