That was the easy part.

Obama's first Northeast Ohio visit as a candidate February 26, 2007

Obama's first Northeast Ohio visit as a candidate February 26, 2007

Obama's Last Visit before Inauguration January 16, 2009

Obama's Last Visit before Inauguration January 16, 2009

Northeast Ohio was one of Barack Obama’s first stops in his run for the White House, it was one of his last stops of the campaign and it was one of the last stops before taking the oath of office.

Inititially it was in deference to the state’s ability to consistently pick a presidential winner but the last stop was much more and he’d be wise to make a few more.

Winning the White House, as hard as it may sound, may likely be an easier feat than what faces 44 in the coming months and likely years.  The economy is in deep distress and we’re just beginning to see the trickle down effects of it with Governor Strickland’s declaration that without Federal help he’ll have to cut state spending next year by 25%.   Local governments and school boards will soon feel the same pinch.

President Obama came to Northeast Ohio last Friday to make a pitch for his economic stimulus package because he knows this is middle America, if his programs don’t fly here they won’t fly. 

He’d be wise to remember that in putting some of those programs into practice.   We were the first in the country to feel the effects of the foreclosure crisis so why not try to stop the bleeding here first.  If you’ve got a plan to put a bottom on this thing why don’t you bring it here,  sell it here, try it out here. 

You want to put Americans to work building bridges, let’s get shovels in the dirt on the Innerbelt.  You want to encourage wind and solar let’s back the efforts of the Great Lakes WIND Network.  Ohio was good to Barack Obama (primary aside) maybe it’s time to return the favor.

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