President Obama greets people in Decorah and Guttenberg, Iowa, Aug. 16, during his three-day economic bus tour

From yesterday:


Globe Gazette: Cheers erupted on the downtown street as President Barack Obama emerged from the Hotel Winneshiek this morning.

About 100 people lined the streets around 8:30 a.m. to greet the president, who wore brown pants and a blue and white-checked shirt.

Obama worked his way through the group; shaking hands and giving some high fives to children perched on their parents’ shoulders.

“Welcome to the ‘50s,” said one crowd member, drawing laughter from other bystanders in his reference to the picturesque small downtown.

“We love you, we’re behind you,” a woman called out.

Obama joked about his graying hair with some crowd members, telling them about an old campaign flyer someone had showed him on this tour of the Midwest.

“I looked so young,” he said.

After a few minutes of greeting residents, Obama boarded a large black bus and the motorcade left to continue Tuesday’s tour.

People lined the streets to watch the presidential motorcade leave town. Some people waved, some cheered, and one man gave a thumb’s up. Just outside town, workers at a diner held up letters from the marquee spelling out, “Obama.”

The president is headed to Peosta for a summit on rural economies and job creation, scheduled for later today.

Thanks Dotser 😉

President Barack Obama waves to people along the road in Decorah, Iowa, Aug. 15, 2011, during a three-day bus tour in the Midwest focusing on ways to grow the economy. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)

48 Responses to “iowa”

  1. 1 Tally
    August 16, 2011 at 12:47 pm

    Anyone know if the upcoming Town Hall will be on C-SPAN? (12:50pm EDT)

    I got dragged into The Red Tent this morning, so I’m home on drugs – it would be nice to watch on TV instead of online…. 🙂

    • 2 carol in ky
      August 16, 2011 at 12:54 pm

      I just checked & it doesn’t look like it:(

    • 5 MTmarilyn
      August 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

      I know it is on whitehouse.gov. That’s where I am. I’ll check cspan.

      • 6 MTmarilyn
        August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

        They did say it would be on cspan.org but not on TV. Covering the President isn’t what they are about I guess.

    • August 16, 2011 at 6:31 pm

      Tally, and family, I was just reading PM Carpenter’s blog. He has been a favorite for many of us, but since the debt ceiling issue, he has been belittling Obama. Very snarky comments and quotes ej Dionne as back up man. Dionee is now saying that anyone who does not constantly critisize the president is hurting him.

      Finally the “group” has had it with his snark. I just joined the parade of those who are tired of him crap. This would be a great time to flood his site with comments as to how we feel about being considered Obots. Let him have it my friends. Mr. know it all has crossed his bridge too far. Help me.

  2. 8 Xtine
    August 16, 2011 at 12:48 pm

    Last picture = precious! And first one too! Very impressive convoy. That is one Bad Boy Bus!

    • 9 Xtine
      August 16, 2011 at 12:50 pm

      P.S. Is the second bus where they dumped Chuck Todd, et. al? 🙂

    • 10 Sue in Minnesota
      August 16, 2011 at 1:30 pm

      Oh, that little boy in the last picture made my heart sing. I always get teary when I see the interaction between our President and young children. Good tears. If I had to put it in a nutshell, the future and the lives of these children is what it is all about for me.

      America, God HAS shed his grace on thee……President Barack Hussein Obama may God be your strength and your shield, and may Americans support and join you in all your efforts. Yes.We.Can.

      • 11 Xtine
        August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

        Amen, Sue! BTW, that picture of Our President on the bus waving thru the front windscreen is just so him, as are the folks by the side of the road waving. I understand that the side windows are deeply tinted, but not the front windscreen. So the only the way those folks could see him wave back is if he was up front. The folks by the side of the road don’t look like younger people, and that makes it even lovelier! From the little hug-able boy to the old lady in the restaurant, to those at the side of the road. Awesome!

        • 12 HZ
          August 16, 2011 at 4:34 pm

          This is why we are going to do all the goodness in our hearts to get out there and reelect this President. We need him, and these precious young kids need him to set the stage for their futures and our ollder ones need him to stay to keep them living a decent retirement and a decent life in their golden years. He is the man for all of us. We Will Make It Happen. HZ

      • August 16, 2011 at 1:55 pm

        Isn’t that just to precious the way the little guy is holding on to the President? Kids know.

      • 14 HZ
        August 16, 2011 at 4:31 pm

        I really did cry, Sue. That little precious one holding on to the President’s hand is too precious. Love our President.

  3. 15 Anonymous
    August 16, 2011 at 12:49 pm

    Bless this man, Lord, for the peace and hope he brings with him wherever he goes. The youngest among us recognize the goodness in him, let us follow the little children. Hs name, after all, means Blessed. (well, and his middle name means Handsome)!

  4. August 16, 2011 at 12:51 pm

    For anyone who needs a little eye candy before the event begins (via marabout40 on twitter: TY!!):

  5. 22 Ladyhawke
    August 16, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    The last picture – seeing those chubby little fingers wrapped gently around President Obama’s hand just makes me want to weep – it is so sweet. And the way the little boy is looking up at President Obama is heartwarming. And look at the little guy in the turquoise shirt, the outreached hands. Mr. President, you are loved.

    • August 16, 2011 at 1:29 pm

      That was my favorite photo. It made me rather sad. Little kids are so innocent and trusting, but as they get older so many parents make them into racists and haters.

      • 24 jacquelineoboomer
        August 16, 2011 at 2:39 pm

        Not to appear naive (again), but I hadn’t thought of it in that light before. Many/most of the “little children,” who respond to President Obama so beautifully that it breaks your heart with joy, are white children across America. They have no time for, or thoughts of, hatred or bigotry. It could be such a “wonderful world” if parents didn’t screw up the natural emotions of kids – to love and see the obvious goodness in other people like our Prez.

  6. August 16, 2011 at 12:57 pm

    Love how sweet the people in Iowa are to him.

  7. 27 dotster
    August 16, 2011 at 12:59 pm

    Here’s a sweet photo of a little girl holding her homemade sign awaiting Obama in Peosta. But reporter from Des Moines register, not linking, said there is a tea party activist group awaiting him there with such brilliant signs such as “I’m one of Joe Biden’s terrorists” and “Go back to your Muslim country”. Those tea party creeps—–just adorable, aren’t they? Do ya think all their hate is helping or hurting our country? Answer: not helping

    • 28 Sue in Minnesota
      August 16, 2011 at 2:08 pm

      A rather blunt contradiction to Tea Bagger Rhodes pleas for more civil rhetoric. Discourse with tea baggers is a one way road to nowhere.

  8. 29 collegekay
    August 16, 2011 at 1:02 pm

    Hey guys, good news: I have an interview on Monday with OFA for the fall organizers internship. I’m so nervous. 🙂

  9. 41 gcwp1
    August 16, 2011 at 1:41 pm

    When these photos are in book form, they will win a Pulitzer.

    @collegekay – All of us here would recommend you. SUERTE!!

  10. August 16, 2011 at 2:23 pm

    Love the pictures. Looks so much like central Indiana, the buildings look a lot like my town and the folks here the same pudgy, corn-fed beef farmer looking types. I’m so glad the love is going back and forth directly between the President and the people there. That’s what I would be doing if I could speak to him, tell him how much I appreciate him and that I love him. I think this tour is a wonderful idea.

  11. 43 Asher in Boston
    August 16, 2011 at 2:49 pm

    Lovely pics. Mr. President, you are much loved by the majority of well meaning Americans. Let it be rural or urban areas, its just because the haters are loud mouthed and the crap of #mediafail, keep giving them the platform to spew their bile. Thank you Iowa, for loving our Potus.

  12. 44 collegekay
    August 16, 2011 at 3:14 pm

    thanks for your kind words. I’m naturally a shy person so being an organizer is a leap for me, but I’ll do my absolute best. there is nothing more important than getting Barack Obama re-elected.

    • 45 HZ
      August 16, 2011 at 5:59 pm

      Collegekay, I am so excited for you. You will be fine. Yes, speak it out and claim it for the great things that are awaiting for you through this experience. Just think of the many lives that you will touch through this opportunity. I will be saying wonderful and positive energy thoughts filled with goodness in them for you. Please let us know the results of your meeting. Sending hugs and great thoughts for you. HZ

    • 46 Sue in Minnesota
      August 16, 2011 at 7:28 pm

      Shy is fine, what’s most important is that you are genuine. Believe in yourself and know that your voice is valuable and needed.

  13. 47 Titti
    August 17, 2011 at 6:42 am

    I got teary eyed watching these pic too. The genuine affection and respect for the Prez is touching, not the manufactured hate from the Kochsuckers et al that the media would like people to believe.

    Good luck collegekay, when you are surrounded by people who are passionate about their goal of re-electing the Prez you’ll be swept right along with this passion and forget about you being shy.

  14. 48 Proudmama
    August 17, 2011 at 5:19 pm

    That little boy in the last photo is my son…..and I SO LOVE THIS PICTURE!!!

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