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Obama In Ottawa, Makes Surprise Visit To Market (SLIDESHOW)

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OTTAWA — President Barack Obama turned into a dutiful shopper Thursday, getting some maple-leaf shaped cookies for his two daughters in a surprise visit to an indoor market.

After leaving Parliament Hill, the president's motorcade stopped at the By Ward Market, a farmers' market in an historic section of Ottawa. Obama's arrival surprised and stunned shoppers, many of whom crowded around the new president, shook his hand and posed for photos.

Obama walked through aisles of vendors selling crafts, Chinese noodles and Indian food. He purchased a key chain and searched for a snow globe.

But his main destination was a French bakery.

He tried to buy cookies for daughters Malia and Sasha, but the baker behind the counter refused Obama's money, indicating the sweets were for his children.

As he left, a woman emerged with the one local favorite Obama had heard a great deal about _ a deep-fried pastry known as Beaver Tail.

Obama then headed to his meeting with Canada's opposition leader, Michael Ignatieff. The two chatted briefly at the start about the pastry, which the president had tried and described as delicious.

He added that in Chicago, "we have some stuff that will thicken the arteries."

Obama Goes Souvenir Shopping In Canada
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