Wednesday, August 5, 2009

The President in My Front Yard

So, President Obama is visiting my town today. I sort of forgot until I left this morning to take the kids to the sitter (yeah, I'm supposed to be working right now...)

I got out to the car only to realize that Cory forgot to leave me Calvin's booster seat. Since I was only going a little over a mile, I didn't worry too much about it. It's not like I'd be cornered by a police officer on my measly one-mile drive, right?

I counted 39 of them.
And a Bomb Squad vehicle.
And a truckload of snipers.

Luckily, Calvin sat so low in his seat that no one was the wiser.

I stopped off to say hi to my cutie-pie nephews. Right after this shot was taken, a bitter dispute over a play cell-phone ensued.

The Policeman in my sister-in-law's driveway said he estimated that roughly 500 officers were in town for the event. That probably comes close to doubling our population.


I finally got my wits about me and headed home to work. The local news showed Air Force One landing in South Bend, so I headed out to weed my flower bed and wait for the Show.

It wasn't long before the media choppers arrived.

I took these photos from my drive way. The barn belongs to my next-door neighbor.

A few minutes later, these guys showed up.

I waved and pointed to my flower bed, but I don't think he cared.

I've got a bad feeling that he's not a farmgirl - at heart, or otherwise.

The President's speech was televised and was nothing new. He didn't mention the fact that his crowd of screaming fans were Union people bussed in from outside the area, or the fact that the Administration withdrew the town council members' invitations to the event earlier this morning. He must have run out of time for those tidbits.

Cory is headlining a Republican rally at this very moment and I wish I could see him speak. He's all gussied up and ready. He will be completely in his element.

All in all, it was fun and kind of exciting for this sleepy, little town. Everyone was wound up and lining the streets. It's fantastic to live in a country where we are all afforded the option of choosing to respectfully agree or disagree with our leaders.

And no matter who you are, it's pretty dang cool to see Marine One from your own front yard.

**For much cooler photos, check out my sister-in-law's blog! She was really up close and personal.


  1. That sure would be dang cool; especially in Canada! ; )
    I won't tell you how much it cost us Canadians when he came to Ottawa but it could have fed a lot of people...I mean a lot.

  2. That is very cool! I also love the picture of those little guys sitting on the step. You should submit that to a contest!

    Have a great day.


  3. Love the fantasy world girl. So true. Hope your hubby's speech went well. But how could it not? He's republican :)

    love your blog and am envious of your farm life.

  4. I live in Carmel, Indiana and I was upset when the noon news was pre-empted by his boring samo samo speech but your shedding light on the things he must have run out of time to talk about just made me laugh super hard! Thanks for the truth! Now we just need Mitch to run in 2012!!!

  5. I would have left town. ;) BUT, my girls would have liked the helicopters.

  6. Well that does make for an exciting day. I love the fantasy fairy! So funny!
    Thanks for stopping by to say Hi! The brown ticking came from WalMart, only 2.49 a yard!

  7. Love the fairy! Her sign pretty much sums it up!!!

  8. Wow, that would be exciting! Not that I could care less that Obama was in our town, but all the commotion would be pretty cool.

  9. That would be fun to see everything....I would have painted MC CAIN for President on the top of my garage!

    Still seems like a fun day in Indiana huh?

    Thanks for sharing.

  10. Yay for Cory! That's pretty exciting in itself.

    Lots of drama for a small town in Indiana.

  11. I saw AF-1 several times, and it IS breathtaking. I have to say, if he'd been coming down my street, I would have held a sign similar to the "fairy" in the photo above...very clever of her. Mine would have said something like CRAP & TRADE STINKS or ABORT CLUNKER HEALTH CARE....he he!
    PS: I like the fact that they bus in "friendly audiences" and accuses those in opposition of his plan at townhalls as doing the same!

  12. while out disc golfing today at Rum Village and George Wilson, both Marine One few over (coming and going) then Air Force One flew over on the way out of town. Every time they were low and went right over head. That was pretty exciting.

  13. As far as he's concerned, you're just "fly-over country" anyway... and he has someone else to work on his flower garden! ;)

  14. Oh my, Fairy girl should have dressed up as Palin ;) That would have gotten some attn.

  15. Whew...for a while there I thought maybe you liked Obama, what with some flea market goods you got or something. Maybe a fabric or something. I would still read your blog if you did, but you know...

  16. I really have to tell you how much I enjoy reading your blog! Your family is too cute and I love everything you do with your beautiful home! Thanks for following my blog and always leaving comments! I really appreciate it! Melaine

  17. Great post, and i love the girl with wings, i have an award on my blog for you x

  18. Haha, I just love that fairy! Says it all!

  19. While I don't agree with Obama or his policies, I still have respect for the office and it's pretty freakin' cool if the President is that close to you!

  20. I always count on you for my political 411 and what's really going on. I knew nothing besides the fact that he was on his way. Loved the picture of the fairy too cute :)

    I was excited that all those people saw our Project Playground signs :)

  21. Neat. :) I used to wanna be a girl sniper when I was little. Lol

  22. Wow! Didn't you have a busy day! Love the tidbit about the union people bussed's like creating a movie set, isn't it?

    I want to dress up like a fairy today and stand on my corner. Too funny!

  23. I don't really follow politics. Was this someone important? I'm assuming it must've been with all those cops and whatnot.

  24. That is soooo stinkin' cool! Yeah, I agree...not too excited to see Obama, but way excited to see the president. Does that make sense?
    ♥ Jen

  25. Excellent! Thank you! I am so happy to have found your blog!

    : )

    Julie M.

  26. Being non-politcal as I am, of course I have very little to comment on this post! :D