President Obama’s attempts to do some retail politicking veered into the bizarre Tuesday night, when a man wearing a horse head mask greeted the president as he walked down a Denver street.

New York Times photographer Doug Mills captured the interaction between Obama and the man.



Reporters traveling with the president said they couldn’t decipher what message the individual was trying to send with his choice in headgear.




Reporters quickly took to social media to riff on the encounter.













The encounter apparently occurred during a brief stroll down Denver’s 15th Street after Obama shared pizza with a group of Colorado residents who had written him letters about their economic struggles.

After mingling with the crowd, Obama headed to the Wynkoop Brewing Company Bar, where he he had a beer and shot pool with Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper. According to reporters, after a slow start the president ultimately prevailed.

On Wednesday, Obama plans to deliver remarks on the economy at an event in downtown Denver, before heading to a political fundraiser benefiting Democratic Senate candidates.