- The Washington Times - Wednesday, July 9, 2014

As part of a broader effort to connect with average Americans, President Obama on Tuesday night drank beer and played pool at a brewpub in downtown Denver.

Mr. Obama was joined at the Wynkoop Brewing Co. by Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper, a Democrat and one of the brewery’s co-founders.
After ordering beers, the governor challenged Mr. Obama to a game of pool — and lost badly.

Despite a slow start, the president, playing solids, won handily and told reporters to note that Mr. Hickenlooper still had five balls left on the table.

“Did you record that?” Mr. Obama asked the press.

“I take a little longer to warm up,” Mr. Hickenlooper explained.

Mr. Obama heads to Texas Wednesday for fundraising events. He plans to meet with Lone Star State Gov. Rick Perry in Dallas to discuss the immigration crisis gripping America.

PHOTOS: Obama bests Colo. Gov. Hickenlooper in pool match

The president has insisted he will not visit the border for a first-hand look at the flood of illegal immigrants flooding across the southern border.

Republicans and many border-state Democrats are pleading with Mr. Obama to inspect the border for himself.

I think if I were advising him, I’d advise him to go to the border,” Rep. Donna F. Edwards, Maryland Democrat, told USA Today.

• Ben Wolfgang can be reached at bwolfgang@washingtontimes.com.

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