President Barack Obama walked away from a challenge to arm wrestle at Ziggy’s Pub and Restaurant in Amherst, Ohio. The President’s stop at the bar, whose WiFi code is “DRINKBEER,” was not announced on his public schedule.
New York Times reporter Mark Landler was at Ziggy’s and detailed the action.
According to Landler, Jeff Hawks, a patron of Ziggy’s, entered the bar and noticed that Fox News was on TV. “You’re in a building that has Fox News on,” Hawks said to Obama.
Obama told Hawks he could ask for the channel to be changed, noting: “The customer is always right.”
It was then that Hawks challenged Obama to an arm-wrestling match for his vote. “No,” Obama responded. “I’ll play basketball for your vote.” Landler noted that Obama’s response was made in jest.
Obama, the self-proclaimed basketball junkie, has come under scrutiny for his seeming lack of expertise about the game. In March, during an appearance on CBS, he said that Western Kentucky does not normally get into the NCAA tournament. The Hilltoppers have made 22 appearances in school history, and have gotten in three times in the past five years. In June, he referred to the Miami Heat as the “Miami Heats.”