Last Wednesday, President Barack Obama became a "highlight" of college student Lia Brunetti's year.
The 19-year-old University of Pittsburgh sophomore told The Huffington Post she was "stupefied" when Obama entered The Squirrel's Den, a candy store in Mansfield, Ohio she's worked at for the last three years. He didn't know it, but the president was very literally fulfilling a dream she had over a month ago.
"In June, I just had this random dream that no one else was working with me," Brunetti, who was slightly breathless from serving a candy store full of busy shoppers, told HuffPost over the shop's only phone. "Bus tours come into [the Squirrel's Den] sometimes, with 50 people or more on the bus. I had this dream that [Obama] came into the store and [a bus tour came].
"And I was like, 'Oh, hey, Barack!,' she continued. "I'm not really sure why we were on a first-name basis, but I was like 'Barack, you've got to come and help me! We've got all these people to serve!'"
The president's real-life visit to The Squirrel's Den was his final Ohio campaign trail stop. Obama told The Squirrel Den's owner of nearly 20 years, LaDonna Secrist, he wanted candies for a care package he intends to send to his daughters while they're at summer camp.
"Malia and Sasha left me for the summer," Obama said to Secrist. "They're off at camp, but I don't want them to forget me, so I'm thinking about putting together a little care package."
Obama bought "Squirrel Paws," Secrist told HuffPost. "Squirrel Paws" are rounded, caramel pecan chocolates similar to chocolate turtles.
According to Politico, when Brunetti told Obama on Wednesday about her dream, Obama told her she was "psychic," and she apparently jokingly replied, "Maybe I can market myself like that, I can pay for school."
"[Meeting Obama] was wonderful," Brunetti, a pre-physical therapy track psychology major said. "He’s such a genial person when you talk to him. I felt like I was talking to one of my friend's dads."
Brunetti says since the president's visit, Squirrel's Den's employees are busier now, with more customers than usual bustling through to satisfy their sweet tooth cravings.
"[The president's visit] was one of the highlights of my year," she said, adding she knows who she'll vote for this fall.
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