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February 10, 2011 - Blaine Hyska
President Obama was in the Upper Peninsula today.
That’s pretty impressive.
It’s been seven years since a sitting president visited the U.P.
President George W. Bush made an appearance in Marquette in 2004. He spoke to thousands at the Superior Dome.
Bush was even introduced by Iron Mountain’s Steve Mariucci.
As I recall, there was some controversy over tickets to Bush’s appearance. The event was free, but you had to have a ticket to attend. And there were only so many tickets and so many ticket outlets. This time, there are no tickets. Obama’s appearance is by invitation only.
Bush wasn’t the most popular president when he appeared here. In fact, many in the country actually said they hated him.
Obama also has his critics, but a lot of people in the Upper Peninsula voted for him and still support him. It’s too bad those people didn’t have a chance to see him in person.
Obama should have made an appearance that was open to the public. I realize that a president’s time is precious. He is, after all, the leader of the free world.
Still, a 20-minute public speech would have meant a lot to his supporters.
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