Andrew Malcolm penned an editorial in Investor’s Business Daily about Obama’s swing through Iowa. Touching on some of the controversies, including about how Obama visited a wind farm owned by Republicans who don’t plan to vote for him, cost a small business owner thousands of dollars and hired a caterer wearing a Romney shirt, he focuses on another aspect, the story that didn’t happen. Malcolm talks about the Obama caravan passing a small girl’s lemonade stand:
Can you imagine the media coverage if a president of the United States, the most powerful man in the world, actually stopped his important, snaking motorcade on the spur of the moment to buy out a little girl’s pitcher of homemade lemonade? And perhaps demonstrate that one government official at least cares about helping a small business. Think that touching scene might make the news? Over and over and over?
Mitt Romney did just that during last fall’s New Hampshire primary campaign. And you should have seen the TV crews falling over each other for the shot.
As Obama’s huge ominous vehicle neared the little girl’s lemonade stand in Marshalltown, she fell to her knees. Perhaps in awe. More likely pleading.
But the president’s big black bus rolled right on by.
He waved through the tinted windows.
It’s a rather touching yet harsh depiction of the President’s impersonal campaign. Malcolm notes that very few campaign events are truly spontaneous, but Obama has taken the choreography to brand new heights, now on auto-pilot, ignoring what’s actually happening around him. Mitt did no such thing last fall, and if he shows the American people he makes these emotional connections, he may overcome Obama on the “likeability” front, taking away the only advantage the President has left.