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Man's cheesehead hat signed by Obama at speech

world Updated: Nov 05, 2009 09:35 IST
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Liberian immigrant Mansfield Neblett just wanted to wear his big yellow triangular "cheesehead" hat to President Barack Obama's speech at a middle school in Wisconsin, the self-proclaimed "dairy state."

The first roadblock were US Secret Service agents. They initially told him the bright yellow hat in the shape of a slice of cheese usually worn by fans at Green Bay Packers games was a security risk.

The 46-year-old Neblett told them he'd skip the Wednesday speech. The agents relented and Neblett took his place in the last row of the gymnasium.

But wearing the hat during the speech wasn't meant to be. Before Obama took the stage, someone representing him approached Neblett and offered to get the hat signed by the president. Neblett gladly turned it over.

"I'm going to sell it on eBay!" he said with a smile.