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UPDATE: President Obama stops in Cedar Falls, Waterloo

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President Obama speaks at the Riverloop Amphitheatre in downtown Waterloo on Tuesday. President Obama speaks at the Riverloop Amphitheatre in downtown Waterloo on Tuesday.
The President stopped at Pump Haus in Cedar Falls before his campaign event Tuesday evening. The President stopped at Pump Haus in Cedar Falls before his campaign event Tuesday evening.
Watching the president speak at Newton's Cafe in downtown Waterloo, about two blocks from where the event is taking place. Watching the president speak at Newton's Cafe in downtown Waterloo, about two blocks from where the event is taking place.
WATERLOO (KWWL) -

President Obama continued his bus tour of Iowa with stops in Cedar Falls and Waterloo on Tuesday.

The President made a quick pit stop on his way from Marshalltown to Waterloo. He stopped at the Pump Haus in Cedar Falls, drawing a large crowd around the establishment. Inside, the president ordered a Bud Light for himself and another for a patron seated near him. The president chatted with people in inside the bar for about 30 minutes.

Later, at the campaign event in downtown Waterloo, the President was preceded by speakers at the podium including Waterloo Mayor Buck Clark, Congressman Bruce Braley and Black Hawk County Neighborhood Team Leader Pat Harper.

The president hit on many of the same topics discussed at previous stops during the day, including the economy, taxes, and healthcare. Obama said he likes the term "Obamacare," because he does care. The term has been used by his opponents to criticize the Affordable Healthcare Act passed during Obama's term in office.

The stop in Waterloo was the first presidential visit since 2004 when George W. Bush spoke to a crowd at Riverfront Stadium. Obama's last visit to Waterloo was in 2008 while he was campaigning for the Iowa caucus.

In his speech, the president joked that the last time he was in Iowa, he had less gray hair.

Tuesday's venue was a brand new location to make secure - on the Cedar River with downtown buildings and busy bridges nearby. The Riverloop Amphitheatre opened in June. Workers and volunteers spent Monday making sure everything's in place for President Obama's campaign appearance.

About 1,800 people filled the Amphitheatre, with the river and a large flag hanging from the First Street bridge serving as a backdrop for the President.

The Iowa DNR helped patrol the river with kayaks and divers, joined by the Secret Service and local and state officers.

"It's a very vast area. It's wide open. So as far as security, extra precautions are being taken so that we can keep this large area safe and secure for everybody," said Waterloo Safety Services Director Dan Trelka.

Part of those precautions include closing the Waterloo Public Library, which was closed at 5 p.m. The parking lot was blocked off all day. One lane of the Park Ave. bridge was also closed for media parking and other equipment.

Trelka says the city will foot the bill for security costs.

"The federal government supplies us with plenty of federal grants, equipment, funding. That's why we don't get reimbursed for these events. The government's approach is we give you all these other things, the least you can do for us is help us provide security for the candidates," said Trelka.

Meanwhile, Gov. Bobby Jindal attended an event in Cedar Falls on behalf of Mitt Romney.

The president will stay in Cedar Rapids overnight on Tuesday and continue his campaign tour with a stop in Dubuque on Wednesday. He will speak at the Alliant Energy Amphitheater at 12:30 p.m. on Wednesday. Doors open for the event at 10 a.m. First Lady Michelle Obama will join him for the Dubuque event. You can also watch his Dubuque speech live on KWWL and KWWL.com.

This week's bus tour is the President's 5th trip to Iowa this year.

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