‘Hold Your Horses, Mr. President’

Greg Campbell | Contributor

President Obama hasn’t spent much time in Denver since he campaigned here for a second term in 2012 — and since voters here legalized marijuana — so when he returned for a fundraising event this week, it came as little surprise that the president had some strange encounters.

Easily the weirdest — at least judging from Obama’s expression — was when an unknown man in a horse-head mask greeted him during an unscripted walkabout in Denver’s LoDo district.

A photo of the historic meeting shows Obama recoiling in either horror or confusion, although reports said the president laughed during the incident. The photo immediately went viral.

“[The] onlooker wore a large horse head, but it’s unclear what message he hoped to convey to the president,” the presidential pool reporter from the Wall Street Journal dryly conveyed.

Obama was also pestered to smoke pot on several occasions Tuesday night, according to The Cannabist, the Denver Post’s marijuana news site. On the route into the city from the airport, a man held a sign that read “Free Weed for Obama,” and at least one man he meet in a bar offered the former Choom Gang member a toke. (RELATED: Colorado Man Who Gives No F**** Asks Obama If He Wants Some Weed)

“Do you want to hit this?” the man asked the president, while Instagraming the moment.

Obama laughed that off too, and went off to drink a beer and shoot pool with Gov. John Hickenlooper.

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