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On the campaign trail yesterday, President Obama stopped by a local bar. When informed that Fox News was playing on the televisions, he suggested that the channel be changed.

Buzzfeed has the story:

At an unscheduled stop at Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant, an Amherst, Ohio bar, President Barack Obama suggested that the channel be changed when he was made aware that televisions were showing Fox News.

The exchange, per pooler Mark Landler:

As he thanked the group for their support, one of them, Jeff Hawks, gestured to one of the TV’s and said, “You’re in a building that has Fox news on.”

Obama suggested that Hawks ask for it to be changed. “The customer is always right,” he said.

“I’ll arm-wrestle you for your vote,” Hawks said to Obama. “No, I’ll play basketball for your vote,” he replied.

Landler did update his report to state that the President’s remarks were part of a humorous exchange.

Even so, the suggestion by Obama underscores the adversarial relationship that he has with Fox News, which has been the one news network to report the truth about the Obama administration. No doubt there was some truth in what Obama said.

Maybe next time the campaign can try and locate a restaurant playing the Obama-friendly MSNBC on their televisions, but given the low ratings of the network that might be a near impossible feat.

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