This was to be expected.
A man shouted "get that man a beer" and sure enough, President Barack Obama soon had a cold pint in his hand and prepared to play billiards with Colorado Governor John Hickenlooper. This Tuesday night out on the town in Denver, which included slices of pizza with a group of people who had written to him, was Obama's way of escaping the confines of Washington, where partisan gridlock reigns supreme.
It was a case of "the bear is loose," the president's own description of the times when he is able to break free of the trappings of Washington and experience what everyday Americans see.
Moving over to the green felt billiards table, Obama and Hickenlooper faced off. It was slow going at first. "He's leaving me nothing," Obama said, a mock complaint at the position on the table he was left with after an errant Hickenlooper shot.
But then Obama began sinking balls and Hickenlooper could not.
"Uh oh!" Obama said of an errant Hickenlooper shot, and pretty soon the president was waving over to the TV cameras to make sure they had recorded his victory.
There were no immediate press reports if Obama had been appropriately "choomed" in the marijuana-friendly city.
Here, however, things got a little strange.