Well, President Obama’s visit was nice for Omaha (unless you were stuck in the traffic).
Not much memorable from the speech itself. A couple shout outs to U.N.O. Hockey and the new arena. Nothing really new on the national stage.
Lots of shaming of his political opponents and straw men. Condemnation of those who talk about “carpet bombing” just moments before (literally one paragraph before) bragging about how they have had 10,000 airstrikes on ISIL. (You can put that in the “what else do you want me to do?!” category.)
And then since he continues to be obsessed with Donald Trump, gave his stern-face (see right) about not hassling Muslims.
(By the way, depending on what you want to call a “hate crime”, the FBI says that in 2014 about 60% were committed against Jews, while about 15% against Muslims. But no matter…)
Were you there?
Back on a spring afternoon in 1976 I sat on the hill behind Bergen Mercy Hospital to see President Gerald Ford. The main thing I recall from that was he said that while he was born in Omaha, he didn’t really remember anything about it.
I think that brought everyone down a little.
I wasn’t at President Reagan in Omaha in 1986, though former Governor Kay Orr told an interesting story from it, when she was a guest on The Wheels Down Politics Show:
Reagan was coming to the Civic Auditorium in Omaha, and Orr says…
I really can’t believe I did this, but I did, so I will tell…
My staff said, “You really ought to call and see if you can come with him in on Air Force One.” So we made the call…Nope. No room on the plane.
Long story short, I flew out to Washington, D.C., called the (White House) staff and said, “Well, I’m here in Washington. And tomorrow the President’s flying in on Air Force One to campaign for me and I’m not sure I can get back commercially.”
So, I got a ride on Air Force One…
That’s the kind of move you have to make in politics sometimes.
But I was also at two of President George H.W. Bush’s events for Hal Daub in 1990. Always interesting working with the Secret Service dudes. 100% stern-looks and no-nonsense.
It is always exciting when the President comes to town. So I hope everyone involved, and everyone who attended had a good and memorable time.
2016 Papillion Climate Conference
And the President made a nice little visit to a local citizen before the shindig at Baxter Arena. Sort of a cute idea.
But what did the confab focus on? A suburban mom’s paranoia about…climate change.
On the day when everyone was wearing topcoats and gloves, he chooses to talk to someone who is worried about her access to polar bears.
And such is the visit of the lame-duck President.
Anger Management 101
But the climate-change worry teacher was not the only one who got a special visit with President Obama. UNL Professor Amanda Gailey, who is a member of “Nebraskans Against Gun Violence” also got a personal chat with The Prez.
Who is Professor Gailey?
She is the one who posted this to her Facebook page, after the non-indictment of the police officer in the shooting death of Tamir Rice in Cleveland:
But you see, she is a Professor, and you can tell she is super-serious because swearing.
Ergo, Presidential meeting!
We wouldn’t want to let Kerrie Orozco’s family get all the attention.
Oh and by the way, this is the woman who was afraid to go on KFAB’s Chris Baker Show because he is too bombastic. Maybe she was afraid that she couldn’t use her super-effective cussing.
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Oh and hey, Governor Ricketts changed his mind and met the President at the airstairs.
No reason for Leavenworth St. to take credit for Ricketts’ decision…to do exactly what was suggested here a few hours before the reconsideration. (We’re here to help!)
Can I get a rah-MEN!
With this President, in the past, we’ve learned that it’s pronounced POCK-ee-stahn.
From the State of the Union, he let us know that we (including Peter Griffin) have been saying “quagmire” wrong all along (it’s QUAHG — like saga — mire).
And now from Omaha, we learn that Top Ramen is not “RAH-men”, but “rah-MEN!”
Boy have we been confused.
Who says we didn’t get anything out of the President’s speech!
Governor Ricketts gave his State of the State this morning, and it was…short?
Thirty minutes, tops, of actual speaking. And about half of that was recognizing local heroes in the audience.
After that it was property taxes, roads, prison reform, (no) Medicaid expansion and HHS improvements.
Really not much beyond listing those. In that sense, probably nice that it was brief-ish.
2nd District Poll
**UPDATE immediately after posting**
Remington Research Group polling firm informed Leavenworth St. that they have polled in the Nebraska 2nd Congressional District, and show Chip Maxwell with a lead over Don Bacon:
The data shows Chip Maxwell with a 31% to 11% lead over Don Bacon (58% Undecided). Maxwell is the better known of the two candidates in the district. 26% of likely Republican primary voters view Maxwell favorably with 13% viewing him unfavorably. 8% view Bacon favorably with 7% viewing him unfavorably.
“Chip Maxwell holds an advantage in the early stages of this race. Name identification is key at this point of the campaign and Chip Maxwell is known by almost 40% of likely Republican primary voters. That is significant,” said Titus Bond of Remington Research Group.
They state that, “the survey was paid for and commissioned independent of any campaign or committee.”
“Decade” sounds like a long time
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