NJ: Say, why hasn’t President Obama visited North Dakota?

posted at 10:41 am on August 27, 2013 by Erika Johnsen

Every time the White House feels like making one of their umpteenth “economic pivots,” President Obama makes it his business to campaign tour around the country and give a grandiose speech promoting his Keynesianish policies for economic growth, often in a specific location in which he can tout jobs or technical innovation as evidence of how well he understands economics and can prescribe the best solutions for the country at large. Earlier this summer, for instance, Obama stood front and center in an Amazon.com distribution plant in Tennessee, shortly after Amazon announced they were going on a major hiring kick (much to the chagrin of certain locals, I might add).

So… why hasn’t President Obama bothered to use North Dakota as a backdrop for one of his life-changing displays of elocution? North Dakota, after all, has the lowest unemployment rate in the entire country at just about three percent and is raking in the revenue — clearly they’re doing something right, yet President Obama hasn’t visited the state a single time since the 2008 campaign.

Could it be that overwhelming reason behind North Dakota’s relative success doesn’t quite jibe with President Obama’s visions for economic growth, and he’s reluctant to draw too much attention to the area? National Journal seems to have noticed:

North Dakota is like an overachieving child who attracts the attention of everyone—except Dad.

The oil boom taking over western North Dakota and transforming America’s energy landscape has prompted visits from people around the world—Germany, Turkey, Japan, Dubai, and elsewhere—to see what they can learn and how they can benefit. …

“He said he wouldn’t come in the winter,” Heitkamp told National Journal while driving outside of Dickinson, a town of about 20,000 people on the edge of the oil patch. “That’s as much of a commitment—I think it’s really important for him to take a look,” said Heitkamp, changing her thought mid-sentence.

North Dakota is at the heart of America’s oil and natural gas boom. The state, thanks to two deep underground shale-rock formations called Bakken and Three Forks, produced more than 800,000 barrels of oil a day in June, roughly 10 percent of the country’s overall daily oil production and an all-time record for the state. North Dakota has surpassed both California and Alaska to become the second-highest oil-producing state in the country, behind Texas.

While the Obama administration has no choice but to begrudgingly include the oil sector in their ostensible “all of the above” energy plan, and they’re eager to point to natural gas as a “bridge fuel” with which we can hold ourselves over until their “investments” in what they’ve decided are better forms of energy start to bear fruit, their long-term plans for the drilling permits are conspicuously underwhelming. Energy companies and lawmakers are actively asking them to change that, but the administration has no plans to budge, and meanwhile, Obama needs to keep his self-fancied environmentalist contingent appeased. Such a sticky wicket, isn’t it?


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‘Cause they’re all a bunch of knuckle-dragging bigots for making money, or something….

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CurtZHP on August 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Too many whites in North Dakota, and I don’t mean the snow.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

He visited 57 other states, he had 2 more to go.

ND must be one of them.

22044 on August 27, 2013 at 10:47 AM

‘Cause they’re all a bunch of knuckle-dragging bigots for making money, or something….

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CurtZHP on August 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Worst State in the World.
Sincerely,
Keith Olbermann

22044 on August 27, 2013 at 10:48 AM

I hear there’s a strip joint in North Dakota where all the girls wear Obama clown masks. The manly men love it!

ardenenoch on August 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

“He said he wouldn’t come in the winter,”

What a sissy, though Bark’s concern probably stems from knowing that he looks like a complete dork wearing a parka, more than usual I mean.

Man up, wuss, no wonder the nation and the world see you as a pushover.

Bishop on August 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

Secretly, I suspect Heidi Heitkamp would prefer that Pres. Obama stay away.

Fearless prediction — if the Dems lose the Senate, Heitkamp pulls a Ben Nighthorse Campbell and crosses the aisle.

Mr. D on August 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

He’s probably afraid someone there will make him work as a rodeo clown. But seriously, how much luck can one state have. It’s got a ton of oil, it’s far away from California and New York and no obozo.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM

President Obama makes it his business to campaign tour around the country and give a grandiose speech promoting his Keynesianish policies

Can’t we all just agree that he was born in Hawaii? ;0

Why hasn’t Obama visited ND? Because they are on his loser list. Flyover country that has nothing to offer in terms of his agenda. Not even liberal hip like Montana where the wealthy left have their ranches (i.e. no vacation potential).

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 10:57 AM

But seriously, how much luck can one state have. It’s got a ton of oil, it’s far away from California and New York and no obozo.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 10:52 AM

It also doesn’t share a border with the cesspool known as “Wisconsin” like my state does.

On the other hand it does share a border with the cesspool known as “Minnesota”.

Bishop on August 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

The lucifer-worshipping halfrican in the White House couldn’t find North Dakota on the map if you gave him 58 chances.

Murphy9 on August 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Too many whites in North Dakota, and I don’t mean the snow.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

Anyone know if Barry’s visited Vermont since being elected? Cuz isn’t that state something like 96% white?

Doughboy on August 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Consider yourself lucky, Mr. and Mrs. North Dakota.

Deafdog on August 27, 2013 at 11:02 AM

Anyone know if Barry’s visited Vermont since being elected? Cuz isn’t that state something like 96% white?

Doughboy on August 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Yeah, but Ben and Jerry shovel tons of money to democrats from selling their nasty, overpriced, hippy-flavored snot masquerading as ice cream.

CurtZHP on August 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

We spent 7 years in North Dakota, two tours of my husband’s AF career.
If there was ever a place that you could claim that the people are “the salt of the earth”, it’s North Dakota.
The Prezzy has absolutely nothing in common with these kind, honest and hardworking Americans.
And I’m sure they aren’t interested in what he has to say. He should stay away.

Jomama on August 27, 2013 at 11:04 AM

Anyone know if Barry’s visited Vermont since being elected? Cuz isn’t that state something like 96% white?

Doughboy on August 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Those nasty whites vote for him.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

The lucifer-worshipping halfrican in the White House couldn’t find North Dakota on the map if you gave him 58 chances.

Murphy9 on August 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Um… he was supposedly born in Hawaii and he puts that state in Asia. Why would anybody expect him to be able to identify North Dakota?

Happy Nomad on August 27, 2013 at 11:08 AM

If Obama had a son, he’d be in ND…..robbing houses and selling weed.

repvoter on August 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Because if they apply the usual filters to an audience summoned to listen to him, they can’t fill any credible venue.

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 11:10 AM

elocution

I had to look that one up, I learn something new everyday.

The last thing North Dakota needs is for The One to come into the state and screw things up.

tommer74 on August 27, 2013 at 11:13 AM

When was the last time the marxist-in-chief was in any red state? Yeah, president of all us. Riiight… You lie.

HiJack on August 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Socialist truth is the ONLY truth. Soon our entire economy will be powered by rainbow-colored, carbon-free, non-polluting unicorn farts.

So says King Obama.

GarandFan on August 27, 2013 at 11:16 AM

Guess he doesn’t have any wannabe sons or daughters there…there are only real people in North Dakota…stay away barrack

crosshugger on August 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

I lived in the Bismarck/Mandan, ND area for a year with my great uncle. I also visited friends in Grand Forks and Fargo.

President Obama has nothing in common with these people. They’re gracious, down to earth, friendly, giving, kind … and they’re drilling for oil.

Say, is there a similarity here? Garlic to vampire; oil to Obama.

VibrioCocci on August 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Cause the folks up there are a blessed lot?

Valkyriepundit on August 27, 2013 at 11:21 AM

Amazon.com distribution plant in Tennessee…

It’s a Distribution Center, not a distribution plant.

Sorry but as a logistics professional with Wal-Mart I’m a stickler for correct terminology.

I pointed out this mistake in your last article referencing the Amazon DC.

Charlemagne on August 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

He knows what kind of reception he’d get here. That’s why he’ll never set foot on ND soil.

Cylor on August 27, 2013 at 11:23 AM

I hear there’s a strip joint in North Dakota where all the girls wear Obama clown masks. The manly men love it!

ardenenoch on August 27, 2013 at 10:50 AM

..depends. If them stripper wimminses were wearing Moo-chelle Obama masks, it just might cause me to change my sexual orientation.

The War Planner on August 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

Too much actual work goin’ on there and being allergic to it he’d break out in hives.

Oldnuke on August 27, 2013 at 11:30 AM

Anyone know if Barry’s visited Vermont since being elected? Cuz isn’t that state something like 96% white?

Doughboy on August 27, 2013 at 10:59 AM

Those nasty whites vote for him.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 11:06 AM

O’bama visited Vermont last year. Here’s a description; get ready to throw up in your mouth a little while reading it!

“I’m here …” President Barack Obama started to say, and before he could finish the sentence the crowd of about 4,400 at the University of Vermont went wild.

Through his four-hour touchdown in Vermont on Friday, Obama captivated audiences who were eager to bask in a rare, close-up look at the most powerful person in the world.

On stage before a sardine-packed audience at UVM’s athletic center multipurpose building, Obama took off his suit jacket, rolled up his sleeves and delivered a rousing 30-minute speech.

-snip-

“I was in heaven,” James Arisman of Marshfield said after seeing Obama at the UVM event with his wife, Susan Abbott, and 22-year-old son Colin.

Martha Perkins, 75, of Charlotte was among those impressed by seeing the president in the flesh. “It’s not TV this time,” she said. “He’s such a good-looking dude.”

Friday’s visit was the first to Vermont by a sitting president in 17 years, a fact Obama noted to the UVM crowd. “We decided today that we are going to reset the clock,” Obama said.

-snip-

During the speech, a woman in the crowd yelled, “Love you.”

“Love you back,” Obama responded before continuing about the economy.

-snip-

“I’m particularly loath to deal with crowds. I said I wouldn’t stand in line for anybody — maybe Lincoln if he came back,” said Bruce Richards of Newbury, but he said he didn’t regret standing in line for Obama. Wearing campaign pins of Franklin Delano Roosevelt and John F. Kennedy, Richards said he hopes Obama joins them in historical legacy. “The jury’s still out,” he said. “My fingers are crossed.”

Shan Ko of Brandon says the president’s appearance resonated. “No other president has been through what he has been through with Congress and the economy,” she said. “He gives me hope. He gives all of us hope.”

But hey, they’re not Cultists.

“It Burns!”

Del Dolemonte on August 27, 2013 at 11:31 AM

If Obama had a son, he’d be in ND…..robbing houses and selling weed.

repvoter on August 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Those good old boys and girls are packing and that discourages that kind.

docflash on August 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

But… that’s why he was in Upstate New York last week…

Oh… wait. Never mind.

Red Cloud on August 27, 2013 at 11:34 AM

..depends. If them stripper wimminses were wearing Moo-chelle Obama masks, it just might cause me to change my sexual orientation.

The War Planner on August 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

You do realize that “she” is really a man, right?

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 11:35 AM

Those good old boys and girls are packing and that discourages that kind.

docflash on August 27, 2013 at 11:32 AM

If Obama had a son, he’d be in ND…..robbing houses and bringing Skittles to a gun fight.

repvoter on August 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Better?

CurtZHP on August 27, 2013 at 11:41 AM

No opportunities for race-baiting or graft in North Dakota.

RebeccaH on August 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

Just went through North Dakota on vacation. The boom is unbelievable. I’ve never seen so many trucks on the road, or so much construction going on. There were even road crews out doing highway construction on Sunday morning.

trigon on August 27, 2013 at 11:43 AM

He doesn’t visit freedom-lovers, er, his enemies and modern day “enemies of the state”.

Schadenfreude on August 27, 2013 at 11:45 AM

In Obama’s world, Detroit beats Boomtown.

Resist We Much on August 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

It’s a Distribution Center, not a distribution plant.
Sorry but as a logistics professional with Wal-Mart I’m a stickler for correct terminology.
I pointed out this mistake in your last article referencing the Amazon DC.
Charlemagne on August 27, 2013 at 11:22 AM

++++++++++++++++++

So you’re an order picker in a warehouse? >: >

fabrexe on August 27, 2013 at 11:52 AM

It also doesn’t share a border with the cesspool known as “Wisconsin” like my state does.

On the other hand it does share a border with the cesspool known as “Minnesota”.

Bishop on August 27, 2013 at 10:58 AM

Being from Detroit I can’t really criticize Wisconsin’s cesspool, I come from a bigger one. But Door County, Wi. is really nice.

Flange on August 27, 2013 at 11:54 AM

The oil boom taking over western North Dakota and transforming America’s energy landscape has prompted visits from people around the world—Germany, Turkey, Japan, Dubai, and elsewhere—to see what they can learn and how they can benefit. …

You see, that is where this went off the tracks. Obama is the smartest one in the room, so you can’t teach him anything.

And besides, he doesn’t want to benefit from increased energy production. He wants it to fail. That has been his plan all along.

Patriot Vet on August 27, 2013 at 11:55 AM

If them stripper wimminses were wearing Moo-chelle Obama masks, it just might cause me to change my sexual orientation.

The War Planner on August 27, 2013 at 11:25 AM

They would also be racists, for some reason.

Patriot Vet on August 27, 2013 at 11:58 AM

In Obama’s world, Detroit beats Boomtown.

Resist We Much on August 27, 2013 at 11:47 AM

Indeed, in foreclosures, unemployment and crime rates. Sounds like the world Obama envisaged for all of us.

jimver on August 27, 2013 at 12:03 PM

Too many whites in North Dakota, and I don’t mean the snow.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

And apparently not enough white-supremacists for your tastse.

When is the family reunion?

Capitalist Hog on August 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Capitalist Hog on August 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Racist cliche.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Capitalist Hog on August 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Racist cliche.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 12:15 PM

Probably another Oberlin-pattern fraud.

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 12:18 PM

And just why would our pResident care to visit a desolate Canadian province? No balmy beaches, 5 Star resorts there are there, and far too few adoring worshipers anyway.

hawkeye54 on August 27, 2013 at 12:20 PM

and far too few adoring worshipers anyway.

And far too many North Dakotans too busy working to give Barry the attention he craves.

hawkeye54 on August 27, 2013 at 12:22 PM

The slovenly Warren Buffett wouldn’t approve the trip?

slickwillie2001 on August 27, 2013 at 12:33 PM

Too many whites in North Dakota, and I don’t mean the snow.

NotCoach on August 27, 2013 at 10:46 AM

And apparently not enough white-supremacists for your tastse.

When is the family reunion?

Low-IQ Bleu State Jerked Porky on August 27, 2013 at 12:10 PM

Asleep at the switch, Teen Spirit? The story you link to is 2 years old. If you want us to laugh at you, at least post a more recent story about that racist dude. Zsa Zsa’s blog posted one just a few days ago.

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

Asleep at the switch, Teen Spirit? The story you link to is 2 years old. If you want us to laugh at you, at least post a more recent story about that racist dude. Zsa Zsa’s blog posted one just a few days ago.

F-

Del Dolemonte on August 27, 2013 at 12:39 PM

That’s those mad Googling skillz at work.

CurtZHP on August 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

He’s not going until they change the name to North D-word.

Ronnie on August 27, 2013 at 12:42 PM

Why? That’s easy. He’s a leftist and leftists hate anything large that makes money.

Except govt by way of wealth transfers and cushy govt jobs pushing papers around and impeding the private sector.

Meremortal on August 27, 2013 at 12:46 PM

President Obama has nothing in common with these people. They’re gracious, down to earth, friendly, giving, kind … and they’re drilling for oil.

VibrioCocci on August 27, 2013 at 11:18 AM

Which makes it all the more frustrating that they elected another socialist-enabling, red state Democrat to the Senate last year, who will be there for at least another five years, and despite all her claims of being a “conservative” Democrat, will toss her “conservatism” aside and vote hard-core liberal when the chips are down and it really matters (ie, voting to pass Obamacare).

A significant number of them MUST have something in common with him -they elected Heidi Heitkamp, after all…..

djm1992 on August 27, 2013 at 1:09 PM

If Obama had a son, he’d be in ND…..robbing houses and selling weed.

repvoter on August 27, 2013 at 11:09 AM

Ouch!

Good one.

MichaelGabriel on August 27, 2013 at 1:19 PM

Why would Obumuh go to North Dakota? According to the great LA Sen. Mary Landrieu, North Dakota is in Canada.

stukinIL4now on August 27, 2013 at 5:14 PM

Oops, this link works.
North Dakota is in Canada

stukinIL4now on August 27, 2013 at 5:16 PM

Q: why hasn’t President Obama visited North Dakota?
A: he doesn’t give a FRACK about jobs.

TeaPartyNation on August 27, 2013 at 5:52 PM

Oliar considers some states to be more equal than others.

FlaMurph on August 27, 2013 at 8:01 PM

He’s afraid of the truth. The Department of Energy was brought to life by President Carter in order to get us off foreign oil over thirty years ago. Now it’s just an example of federal entitlements faking their jobs with a budget of over $23.3 billion dollars and 16,000 employees and we are still buying foreign oil when we have more oil than the MidEast.

mixplix on September 16, 2013 at 12:42 PM