An Ohio market vendor told President Barack Obama on Friday that his business has been going “terrible” since the president’s arrival, according to media reports.
Obama was greeting different vendors at Cleveland’s West Side Market when he came upon the proprietor of Rolston Poultry.
According to the White House pool report, Obama asked the man how business was going.
“Terrible since you got here,” he replied.
Reporters were unable to get close enough to ask the man his political affiliation. According to the report, Obama “didn’t appear amused by the sentiment” and the Cleveland Plain Dealer said he “quickly shifted direction to another stand” after the encounter.
The Plain Dealer noted that the man had appeared annoyed prior to speaking with the president and “grumbled” as reporters commented about his chicken display.
“Take one home with you,” he said, according to the newspaper. “I haven’t sold anything in 40 minutes.”