Obama Bus Tour: People, Politics and Pies

Photograph by Butch Comegys/The Scranton Times-Tribune via AP Images

President Barack Obama with U.S. Senator Bob Casey Jr. during a stop a Bingham’s Restaurant in Lenox, Pennsylvania, on Aug. 23, 2013. The President bought a few pies for the road during his final day of his two day bus tour finishing in Scranton, Pennsylvania.

It’s late afternoon, the sweet tooth beckons. What about a pie stop?

President Barack Obama, on a two-day bus tour in New York and Pennsylvania to promote his plan for reducing college costs, diverted his 30-plus vehicle motorcade in Lenox, Pennsylvania, 25 miles north of Scranton.

Obama bounded into the Bingham’s Family Restaurant, a diner along Interstate 81, that owner Dave Scarpetta says is famous for its fresh-baked pies — at least 15 different kinds, every day.

The best pies up and down the East Coast — “that’s the word on the street,” Obama said to startled diners, young and old.

Truth be told, an employee said the restaurant had a heads up, and that the president would want a coconut cream pie. “That’s what he’s purchasing first,” said the worker, who didn’t give her name.

That would be $12.95, please.

It didn’t stop there. Sen. Bob Casey of Pennsylvania was along for the ride, too, so Obama added a cherry pie and a pecan pie to the list.

“He loves pies,” the president said of Casey.

So, for the moment at least, never mind First Lady Michelle Obama’s health eating rules. Owner Scarpetta was reaching into the glass display case to fill the president’s order.

“You can just box ‘em up while I go shake some hands,” Obama said.

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