all aboard

President Obama is greeted by Minnesota Gov. Mark Dayton as he arrives at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport

…. with Sen. Amy Klobuchar and Sen. Al Franken

President Obama boards his bus at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, August 15


In this Sept. 12, 2009 file photo, Igor Vovkovinskiy, 27, of Rochester, Minn, standing 7-feet and 8-inches tall, shakes hands with President Barack Obama after a health insurance reform rally in Minneapolis


Igor Vovkovinskiy, the self proclaimed biggest supporter of President Barack Obama, takes a photo with cheerleaders from the Cannon Falls high school prior to a town hall event at Lower Hannah’s Bend Park, in Cannon Falls, Minn. , Monday, Aug. 15

34 Responses to “all aboard”

  1. 1 The fapper
    August 15, 2011 at 12:14 pm

    That’s a slick looking bus.

  2. 2 Ladyhawke
    August 15, 2011 at 12:16 pm

    Obama Shifts Gears From Coaxing G.O.P. to Swaying the Public



    In the Iowa straw poll over the weekend, a candidate who opposes raising the country’s debt limit under any circumstances (Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota) edged out a candidate who supports abolishing the Federal Reserve (Representative Ron Paul of Texas). Every Republican candidate in a debate before the straw poll pledged to oppose any tax increase — even if paired with spending cuts 10 times as big.

    That leaves even some of Mr. Obama’s fiercest critics helping him make the public argument he will sound again on this week’s bus tour.

    “If taxes cannot be raised under any circumstances, then we have veered from economic policy to religious catechism,” Peter Wehner, a former deputy to Karl Rove in Mr. Bush’s White House, wrote for Commentary.

    He continued, “There is something amiss when the political pressure in a party, any party, is so intense that it prevents a serious intellectual conversation from even taking place.”


  3. 3 HZ
    August 15, 2011 at 12:20 pm

    Go to the people, Mr. President. May God’s blessings me with you and the people as you travel around to speak and listen to them. Take the message to the people. I love my President. Have a great day my TOD family. I love you all.HZ

  4. 4 utaustinliberal
    August 15, 2011 at 12:21 pm

    Hahahahahaha. I love it. “WORLD’S BIGGEST OBAMA SUPPORTER.” Literally! Oh this 3 day economic bus tour is going to be S-U-P-E-R-B. By the way the bus looks fierce. It’s like another version of “THE BEAST.”

    • 5 dotster
      August 15, 2011 at 12:47 pm

      I remember that big guy from the campaign. I see he still has his t shirt and he is still big and a happy Obama supporter.

    • 6 Sue in Minnesota
      August 15, 2011 at 1:13 pm

      We grow them big here in Minnesota. I come from a family of “trees” although we come up short of this young man. I am so happy the President is gracing our state with a personal visit. More than not, my state supports and believes in this President.

  5. August 15, 2011 at 12:25 pm

    OMG…….I LOVE that bus!!!!! 🙂
    Cute tall guy with cheerleaders too.

  6. August 15, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I love. I agree Uliberal the bus is a beast

  7. 9 dotster
    August 15, 2011 at 12:35 pm

    The setting in Cannon Falls does indeed look “idyllic” as described by Star Trib,blogger, people sitting at picnic tables with table cloths in heavily wooded park beside a lake, some sitting on bleachers, music playing familiar campaign tunes. Most have supporting signs but there are always those like the teabagger lady who said when she heard the Obama advance team asked local restaurants to donate food for today’s event, she told them, “Buy your own damn food.” Typical sweetie pie from the teabaggers, which have to be the coldest, most hateful souls in America.
    I prefer the real sweet face of the little girl in photo above looking up at Obama with such admiration. I prefer good and nice, the Obama supporters.

  8. August 15, 2011 at 12:37 pm

    Awwwwwww!!!!!!!!!!!!! that little girl expression is Priceless…God bless the innocent children ..as they can see PBO’s warm loving heart

    Fired UP Ready to Go!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  9. August 15, 2011 at 12:39 pm

    that bus is BANGING!!! it’s awesome and PBO looks uber sexified. 🙂

  10. August 15, 2011 at 12:40 pm

    Chips Your ROck!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I can’t Thank you enough for your reporting and the pics are awesome….We Love you:-) and there’s nothing you can do about it…LOL

  11. 14 rikyrah
    August 15, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    he looks so handsome here. i just like the way he looks here. -PRESIDENTIAL

  12. 15 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 15, 2011 at 1:00 pm

    Damn — now THAT’s a bus. Slick! Gon’ ‘head with your bad self, Mr. President :mrgreen: !

  13. 16 PoliticalJunkessa
    August 15, 2011 at 1:05 pm

    I see Al Franken (love him!) and Rep. Keith Ellison on crutches (love him, too!). Despite being the home of nutjobs like Bachmann, Minnesota also has some awesome politicians. Hope they remember that and strengthen their progressives.

    • 17 a4alice
      August 15, 2011 at 7:42 pm

      I’m very glad that so many of our politicians are of the ilk of franken, klobuchar, ellison. I wish I could have been in Cannon Falls – it’s a nice little town and my husband and I go biking or canoeing down the river there.

      Holy mackeral Chipsticks! I went away to work today and when I got back there’s so much stuff to pour through! Woo-hoo! I better go get busy! Thanks! 🙂

  14. 18 hopefruit2
    August 15, 2011 at 1:11 pm

    He mentions the Buffet oped article!!!

  15. August 15, 2011 at 1:12 pm

    Thank goodness the weather is beautiful in the Midwest this week. While I watch him speak with the grass and water behind him on the screen, I just want to be THERE. Everyone should be in a wonderful mood.

  16. August 15, 2011 at 1:23 pm

    I went to the Star Tribune to read the blog, then went through the comments which were near 90% negative. In Minnesota? One of my daughters and her husband lived there for several years. But it was in Minneapolis which seemed to be forward looking, progressive, very education-minded. I hope the president manages to drum up some support in the two rural areas he’s visiting — they seem to be needing work.

    • 21 gcwp1
      August 15, 2011 at 1:34 pm

      I once read that the Rep party is well organized and has been for years, to dominate the comments sections of newspapers. I’m sure this transferred to blogs as technology moved on. Their infrastructure has been developed over decades. I was told by some CT Dem operatives that our party is finally starting to catch up, that all campaigning action is twofold – to support whichever candidate, PLUS to set up practices for future campaigns. They did not seem to believe the LTE business was a huge priority.

  17. August 15, 2011 at 1:27 pm

    Forgot to mention that the president looks very good in those tan pants and dark jacket! Very, very good.

    • August 15, 2011 at 2:04 pm

      Look we got us one Good Looking, Handsome President. He has Personality, Charisma, People Skills, and Smiles that goes a long way. He’s Dang sho’ Impressive. He’s down right good at what he does. Wowwwwww, Mr Prez, you got It going on, and on, and on. I love you President Obama, and I just can’t help It 🙂 🙂 😀

  18. August 15, 2011 at 1:44 pm

    Heres something funny.. when I was in Rochester 4 years ago at Mayo Clinic.. I actually saw this gentleman.. I didn’t know who he was then.. but he’s really hard to miss, and I recall him now. I’m sooo enjoying this townhall today- I love this format for POTUS as he is so bloody smart and the audience is almost always informed and asking good questions.

  19. 25 Allison
    August 15, 2011 at 2:01 pm

    Obama 2012!!!!

  20. August 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    Great shots of our President.

    Wanted to share this wonderful video with you, produced by SEIU (my husband’s union). spread it around.

    SEIU AD – Republicans Don’t Get the Message About Jobs

  21. August 15, 2011 at 2:15 pm

    PBO..is too cute…..Did you hear him say….”Of course I care”….in regards to OBAMACARE…

  22. August 15, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Thanks for all the great picture Ms. Chips! It was so exciting to see him. I can’t wait for the “real” campaign as well. I know that the other side will be totally unreasonable but I’d rather listen to him than those cowards on MSM.

  23. August 15, 2011 at 3:28 pm

    Is there a such thing as a bus-gasm?

    • 31 Titti
      August 15, 2011 at 4:39 pm

      ROFL @ Tien Le – bus-gasm indeed. The bus is FAB tho to go with his ‘fabness’. God Bless Mr Prez.

  24. 32 Walking_on_ Sunshine
    August 15, 2011 at 8:13 pm

    Just got home from work. I’ve been missing all the action going on in my own state! The President is looking good and that bus is slick. What happened to Keith Ellison? Why is he on crutches? Amy and Al look as happy as can be. Love that big guy! OK lots of catching up to do.

    Thanks Chipsticks!

    • 33 JoJothecat
      August 15, 2011 at 8:59 pm

      Rep Steve King probably mugged him…..snark (but I wouldn’t put it past him).

      • 34 Walking_on_ Sunshine
        August 16, 2011 at 1:29 am

        Steve King can just get used to Keith Ellison because he is in one of the safest Democratic seats in the state. He’s going to be around for a looong time and that’s a good thing because he’s a stellar person and a great Dem.

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