Thursday, September 30, 2010

How does a family get picked for an Obama backyard chat?

You wanna come to my backyard, motherfucker? I'll be exercising my 2nd Amendment Rights, serving nothing but pork and inviting Woody.
I guarantee you'll never come back again, bitch.

How does a family get picked for an Obama backyard chat? A nice yard helps.
By Holly Bailey

In recent weeks, President Obama has stepped out from behind the podium and taken his message on the economy to backyards around the country. He turns up at these gatherings in shirtsleeves and no tie to field questions from average American citizens.
It's a move aimed in part at reviving the president's dismal poll numbers, which now show that most of the country disapproves of Obama's job performance and believes him to be out of touch with its economic problems.
But do you ever wonder how the White House chooses where the president will go?
It's not random. So far, the White House has chosen backyards in swing states that not only will be the chief political battleground in 2010 but also will probably play a big role in 2012, including Iowa, Ohio, New Mexico and Virginia.
According to administration officials, advance teams pick a place and then begin scouting for families, sometimes based on recommendations of Obama allies.
Last week, John and Sandy Clubb of Beaverdale, Iowa, received a phone call from a White House staffer informing them they were one of seven families being considered to host Obama's trip Wednesday to Des Moines.
The Clubbs told CNN's Suzanne Malveaux that they were mystified at how they made the list. While both are registered Democrats and had supported Obama in '08, neither had actively campaigned for the president.
Maybe it was because they both work in education: Sandy is the athletic director at Drake University, while John is a former firefighter who now teaches social studies and religion at Holy Trinity Catholic School.
In the end, though, the deciding factor appears to have been how the Clubbs' house looked on camera. "It all came down to your backyard," Sandy Clubb says a White House staffer told her.