Obama Debate Prep Break Includes Pizza and Phone Calls

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President Barack Obama carries boxes of pizzas as he arrives at a campaign office to greet workers on October 14, 2012 in Williamsburg, Virginia.

Taking a mid-day break from debate prep, President Barack Obama stopped at a Williamsburg, Virginia campaign field office, delivering pizza to his volunteers and even making a few calls with other phone bankers.

“Ellen, this is Barack Obama,” the president said, with the supporter on the other end responding in disbelief.

“It is. Really truly,” he said.

Asked by reporters after hanging up the phone with Ellen Hawkins how his debate practice sessions were going, Obama replied, “It is going great.”

The president, who may not be used to placing calls himself, had a brief tutorial from volunteer telling him to dial 1 for an outside line. They were using a basic landline phone with the dial pad on the receiever.

“I remember,” he said. “We actually still have old style phones at the White House.”

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