MINNEAPOLIS - President Barack Obama's "day in the life" venture into Minnesota has exposed him to a local staple: a Jucy Lucy burger.

Before a town hall event Thursday, Obama stopped for the cheese-stuffed burger at Matt's Bar with a woman from the Minneapolis area who wrote him a letter about struggling to make ends meet after paying the mortgage, student loans and day care bills.

The White House was billing it as the first in a series of one-on-one meetings between Obama and an American who normally wouldn't have access to a president.

Thirty-six-year-old Rebekah Erler wrote Obama in March about the plight of a middle-class family. Obama's aides say he wants to make a point about things officials can do to help Americans whose household budgets are stretched thin.

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