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Obama makes stop for tacos at La Hacienda while in Nashville

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Thank you for watching & please subscribe us! Perhaps one of the most memorable moments of President Barack Obama’s visit to Nashville on Tuesday wasn’t during his speech, or even at the town hall after. It happened on his way back to the airport. Things went as expected. Air Force One arrived, the motorcade moved through town, the President completed his speech, but just as many expected him to return to Air Force One, things changed. “It was unexpected,” said Jose Ochoa, the manager of La Hacienda, a popular Mexican restaurant in south Nashville. President Obama parked outside in his Presidential state car, colloquially known as Cadillac One or The Beast. “We felt real honored and excited to have the U.S. President come into our place,” Ochoa said. “Really exciting moment for us.” With the Secret Service in tow and cameras flashing, President Obama greeted the guests and posed for pictures. “Nice to see you. How ya doing?” he said to one patron. He even wiped off a table when he got it a little wet. “I think we got this a little wet,” President Obama remarked. “Be careful, don’t sit down.” One of patrons happened to be a publisher for La Campana, a local newspaper, and just finished covering the President’s speech at Casa Azafran. “So we’re here having dinner and a lot of people from the Secret Service are walking in,” Ramon Cisneros recalled of the surprise moment. “The President came to our table and introduced himself, which is more than a treat,” Cisneros added. “It was awesome to have him. What a surprise, and what a lovely moment.” Obama left after paying cash for beef tacos, flautas, guacamole and chips. “We are gonna have to take this to go,” he told the employees. As of Wednesday, La Hacienda, which was established in 1992, is prepared for a business boom after the Presidential visit. Rex Baldazo ate at the restaurant with his co-workers Wednesday, and said coming there did cross their mind after Obama’s need for tacos. “We happened to be in the neighborhood today and we would have probably eaten here anyway, but it did make us think about La Hacienda,” said Baldazo. Once just a local favorite, La Hacienda has quickly been put on the national map.