President Barack Obama at Iowa State Fair, Photo courtesy: Jim Watson/AFP/GettyImages
DES MOINES, IA - The owner of a famous beer stand at the Iowa State Fair says President Obama's visit last night cost him as much as $25,000.
The Bud Tent, which has been serving fairgoers for 65 years, had to be shut down to the public during the presidential drop-in; patrons had to be screened and scanned before being allowed entry.
"I was in a position to make a campaign donation against my will," said third-generation owner Mike Cunningham II to the Des Moines Register.
Cunningham, it should be noted, is a Republican.
"I wouldn't have voted for (Obama) before," Cunningham said. "I won't again."
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, stoked the flap with a Tweet today: "How does PresO justify havin secret service shut down the bud tent @ the state fair nd the owner told me he loses 50,000 n 1 nite."
Cunningham told the Register the loss was closer to $25,000.