VP makes unexpected stop in Portsmouth
PORTSMOUTH, Apr 13, 2012 (Foster's Daily Democrat - McClatchy-Tribune Information Services via COMTEX) --
Before Thursday afternoon, Chris Ranalli had never met Joe Biden, but Ranalli envisioned him as a small coffee kind of guy. The Works Bakery Cafe, the downtown Portsmouth eatery where Ranalli is a manager, serves a variety of pastries, lunch items and chilled drinks. There are artisan BLT sandwiches, soups, paninis, and wraps, and breakfast items are served all day. Bob Bridges, a 61-year-old York, Maine, resident who was sitting at one of the tables near the entryway of the cafe with his mother on Thursday, said if Biden asked, he'd recommend the Thai chicken sandwich.
It has chicken breast marinated in peanut sauce, served with roasted red peppers, roasted onions, scallions and a three-cheese blend, served on a flour tortilla. But Ranalli predicted a more limited order from the vice president. Biden had wrapped up a speech at Exeter Town Hall a few hours earlier, and his schedule included another stop before the end of the evening."He's going to get a small coffee," he predicted. "He's going to get a drink, have a sip and say 'It's great.'"
Approximately two dozen patrons were seated inside the cafe when Biden made an unannounced stop in Portsmouth. The visit came at the conclusion of a speech at Exeter Town Hall. Most received word the vice president would be appearing only after security personnel began to amass along Congress Street.
Biden arrived in the doorway shortly before 4 p.m. He smiled to the room, turned to his right and took a seat beside Bridges and his mother, Barbara, Bridges, of Greenland.
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