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An announcement came out on late Thursday that Obama will be visiting my town, Warrensburg, Missouri this Wednesday.

The topic will be jobs.  

It seems he will be at the regional university (where I teach).

We've been thinking about why Warrensburg.  Obama actually carried the two in 2008 by a handful of votes -- neither Gore nor Kerry did.  Clinton probably took the two too, but the county had one of the largest percentages for Perot in both the 1992 and 1996.

This was Ike Skelton's district.  He was Chair of the House Armed Services Committee and was defeated in 2010 by Missouri's Michelle Bachman but she doesn't have Bachmann's intelligence.

Warrensburg is about 10 miles from Whiteman Air Force Base (home of the B-2 bomber) so there will be no great tie up of traffic in Kansas City which is about 60 miles west of Warrensburg).  A friend who works at the base tells me the entourage that accompanies the President will by landing there but Whiteman doesn't have the facilities for Air Force One (I find that hard to believe).  However, it can come in at the airport in KC and then helicopter to Warrensburg.  

I have a question.  Does anyone have experience with contacts the Obama's advance team makes the state and local Democratic Parties?

Below some speculation on why Warrensburg

Why is Warrensburg a place to talk about jobs?

The hospital was upgraded with money from the stimulus.

There is a major pipeline project coming through the county that will carry tar sands oil to Oklahoma.

Several years ago Clinton spoke at graduate student graduation ceremony because the university entered into an contract that would make the entire  campus more energy efficient and the efficiencies paid for the costs of all the improvements.  He talked about how this would be a model for public buildings all over the country.  <-- this is my best guess.

Finally the university has entered into an agreement with a high school district to have students do internships with major corporations in Kansas City and get their college degree.

We have an Amtrak station, too.

I would like any experiences you might have with the advance team.

Originally posted to MoDem on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 10:07 PM PDT.

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  •  Tip Jar (10+ / 0-)

    [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

    by MoDem on Sat Jul 20, 2013 at 10:07:49 PM PDT

  •  The Rep for that district must be reeaally DUMB (2+ / 0-)
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    ....was defeated in 2010 by Missouri's Michelle Bachman but she doesn't have Bachmann's intelligence.
  •  My local news (4+ / 0-)
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    said it was because of a fast track undergraduate program you guys have.  Three years and done, or something.  I am surprised Whiteman couldn't handle Air Force One.  If the B-2 can go through there, why couldn't AF1?

    •  My thoughts too (1+ / 0-)
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      There are at least two things the university has done to attract attention.

      That program is clearly one of them.

      [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

      by MoDem on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 06:05:03 AM PDT

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  •  I was stationed at Whiteman from 1990 to (2+ / 0-)
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    2003. I lived in Knob Noster for a couple of years and north of 'burg off 13 highway the rest of the time.

    Whiteman most certainly has the resources for Air Force One. Air Force One landed at Whiteman in 1999 when Bill Clinton came; I worked on the President's military security detail.

    Even though west-central Missouri has become GOP territory, I'm glad to see President Obama visiting places like Warrensburg. It's a great little town. I often wish I had stayed when I retired from the Air Force. Good luck with the visit!

    Guns are never the principle in the commission of a crime, but they are usually an accomplice

    by MadGeorgiaDem on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 03:09:16 AM PDT

    •  Note my parathesis (1+ / 0-)
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      This morning a friend writes that he is coming into Whiteman.

      I find it hard to believe that Whiteman can't handle Air Force One.

      [Medicare, and Medicaid, and Social Security] do not make us a nation of takers; they free us to take the risks that make this country great.

      by MoDem on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 06:04:12 AM PDT

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  •  I don't know the answer to your question, but (1+ / 0-)
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    Hello to you. My in-laws live in Warrensburg so it is nice to "meet" someone from there. They live in Michigan in the summer so they won't be in the ' burg for the President's visit. We are actually on the way to visit them in Michigan now.

    You can't scare me, I'm sticking to the Union - Woody Guthrie

    by sewaneepat on Sun Jul 21, 2013 at 04:43:07 AM PDT

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