March 24, 2010

Missed the Boat in Iowa City

I sat huddled by the phone praying for an invitation. A chance to glimpse, to hear the voice of ... The One. I realized of course that I, a lowly serf bereft of donor list status, had nary a chance of being selected. Yet still I prayed. But alas poor Yourik, for want of an arena befitting a King instead of the lowly Iowa Fieldhouse, where a mere 3000 apparatchiks errrr citizens could assemble, I shall miss the chance to humble myself before his greatness. Oh the humanity!...

The Spin from Politico:

They still love him in Iowa. White House press secretary Robert Gibbs announces on Twitter ahead of President Obama's trip there Thursday: "For Iowa City 16,500 people have signed up online for tix - the Field House holds about 3,000...We're going to need a bigger boat!"
They could have used the 15,500 seat Carver- Hawkeye Arena but using the bigger boat makes it harder to weed out the undesirables.

Still love him? Maybe not so much.

Obama’s approval has slipped steadily in Iowa since he carried the state in 2008 and after winning its lead off Democratic nominating caucuses that year.

Obama’s job approval in February was 46 percent in The Des Moines Register’s Iowa Poll. Approval of the president’s handling of health care reform was in worse shape, with 33 percent approving of his effort and a majority — 58 percent — disapproving.

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