Veterans knew they'd meet Obama before 'unscheduled' lunch stop

Veterans knew they'd meet Obama before 'unscheduled' lunch stop
President Barack Obama visits with military veterans Dean Dilley, back to camera, Mark Peterson, background, right, and Thomas Foeller, right, during a stop at the Gateway Breakfast House in Portland, Ore., Tuesday, July 24, 2012. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

PORTLAND, Ore. - What was first reported to be an unscheduled stop to a Northeast Portland diner during President Barack Obama's visit to Oregon Tuesday turned out to be not so spontaneous after all, The Oregonian reports.

Jeff Mapes, the newspaper's senior political reporter, uncovered that the three veterans the president lunched with "didn't just happen to wander into the Gateway Breakfast House."

Here're a couple excerpts:

"All (the veterans) have connections to the Obama reelection campaign and were presumably chosen for good political reasons."

And ...

"On Tuesday morning, all three met with a staffer and were driven to the restaurant and arrived shortly before Obama.  The three said the restaurant workers and other patrons received notice only a few minutes before the president arrived."

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