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Obama Fails To Give Vendor Enough Change To Believe In

President Barack Obama buys apples in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market that weren't as cheap as he thought.   TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images hide caption

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Presidents probably shouldn't go grocery shopping. It's often too much of an adventure, like when President George H.W. Bush was famously amazed by a grocery store's checkout aisle scanner, hurting his pork-rind fueled attempt to seem like an everyman.

On Monday, President Barack Obama was in Philadelphia's Reading Terminal Market, Center City's farmer's market. He stopped to get a couple of cheesesteaks, a required photo op if you're the president visiting the City of Brotherly Love.

Then, according to a reporter traveling inside the presidential bubble, a produce vendor said:

"President Obama how 'bout an apple? Something healthy too."

Obama bought four apples, but only gave the vendorĀ $1 which probably didn't matter to the vendor. Four apples is a pretty cheap price to pay for a souvenir of a presidential visit like a dollar bill that had lived for a while in the presidential pocket.

But you can barely get an apple for a buck these days, depending on the variety and size, let alone four.

Fortunately, Reggie Love, Obama's aide and "body man" whose role is to step in at such times, asked the vendor if more was needed, then handed over more change the vendor could believe in.

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