President Obama hosts Cincinnati town hall

President visits Skyline

CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) - President Barack Obama visited Cincinnati on Monday to eat some Skyline and hold a town hall meeting.

Air Force One landed at the DHL area of CVG around 11:10 on Monday.

Once he got off the plane, he greeted Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear, Hamilton County Commissioner Todd Portune, Cincinnati City Councilman Cecil Thomas and Hamilton County House Democrat Alicia Reece.

The Associated Press reports Kentucky Governor Steve Beshear spent his time with President Obama discussing the Brent Spence Bridge.

President Obama then took off his jacket and greeted some people who had been invited to his arrival.

Once he arrived in the city, he stopped by the Skyline Chili at 7th and Vine to pick up some lunch. He ordered a four-way with beans and two cheese coneys with mustard.

The president declined onions stating, "I'm worried because I have to talk to some people."

While inside the restaurant, President Obama spoke to employees, some people on lunch, a few children and some construction workers.

The president's speech and town hall meeting began at 2:00 p.m. at Music Hall in downtown Cincinnati.

Before he got started in there, the president made an unscheduled appearance in the lobby of Music Hall to speak to supporters who weren't able to get into the town hall.

Once inside Music Hall, the president kicked it off by singing "Happy Birthday" to an 18-year-old man named Adam.

Audience members asked the president questions about gay rights, fracking, unemployment and small business help.

President Obama used the question about small businesses as an opportunity to quip, "'Obamacare...'Don't mind the name because I really do care."

One young constituent even asked President Obama which Girl Scout cookie is his favorite.  After some thought, he decided Thin Mints.

He wrapped up the town hall around 3:00 p.m., promising to come back to Cincinnati.

He is scheduled to depart on Air Force One from CVG at 4:45 p.m.

Meanwhile, Mitt Romney supporters gathered at Fountain Square at 1 p.m. for a 'Shame on You, Barack Obama' rally.

Sen. Rob Portman also addressed campaign supporters at the Lebanon Victory Center at noon.

The president arrived at CVG just after 4:00 and was up in the air and well on his way back to Washington by 4:30.

Copyright 2012 WXIX. All rights reserved. The Associated Press contributed to this story.