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President Obama Makes Surprise Stop For Ross' "Magic Mountain"


It was a campaign promise made nearly three years ago. In 2008, at a town-hall meeting in Davenport, then presidential candidate Barack Obama took the phone of Cynthia Ross-Friedhof and called her husband Ron to ask for his support. 

He then promised he would come back to the Quad Cities and visit their restaurant and try it's infamous "Magic Mountain."

Tuesday, President Barack Obama made good on his promise by visiting Ross' Restaurant and buying four "Magic Mountains" and two "Volcanoes."

"I knew he was a man of his word but he's working so hard on huge things and we all need to take a break from it once in awhile," said Cynthia Ross-Friedhof, owner of Ross'.

"The phone call to my father put this all in place and what a tremendous honor for us to serve lunch to the President of the United States," said Melissa Friedhof-Rogers, Cynthia's daughter who cooked the President's "Magic Mountain."

During his nearly twenty minute visit, the President walked the aisles and shook the hands of every person in the room.

"If we were going to be here, then we had to be sure to stop by," said President Obama.

When asked if he liked being in the Quad Cities, the President responded with excitement.

"Love to be in the Quads.  Haven't been here in a while.  Great to see everybody," said Mr. Obama.

The President and his motorcade arrived to Ross' about noon.  Diners enjoying some lunch couldn't believe what they were seeing.

"I had no idea that he was coming here, and you look out the front window and there he is." said one diner.

"It was an experience.  We had no idea, we just came down here for dinner," said another diner.

Before leaving the restaurant, President Obama signed Cynthia's pink phone, the one that started it all three years ago.

"I just can't believe.  That was a dream come true," said Cynthia.  "This is just...  Wow."

The President's visit is giving Cynthia and her family national notoriety.

Cynthia says her family will fly to New York later this week to showcase the "Magic Mountain" on MSNBC's "Rachel Maddow Show."

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