Bus Tour Stop #3: Boone, North Carolina
October 17th, 2011
04:19 PM ET

Bus Tour Stop #3: Boone, North Carolina

From the pool report on the way to Boone, North Carolina:

The president's bus "pulled off the Interstate and began rolling north through small towns on a four-lane state highway. Curious onlookers lined the roadside in front of gas stations, churches, auto dealerships, and schools, waving and snapping pictures on their phones. Several hundred people gathered in front of Caldwell Community College. A few people waved US flags and held up Obama-Biden campaign signs. But there was more evidence of curiosity than excitement in the crowds. Later, the motorcade began climbing back into the mountains, going for long stretches on a serpentine road with no onlookers at all. In a resort area high in the mountains, lined with hotels and vacation homes, the crowds grew again, though some people held their thumbs down as the motorcade passed. A woman held up a cardboard sign that said, "We Believe, We Voted. Now What?" Next to her was a woman holding an Obama collectible plate."

Upon arrival in Boone, the president dropped into the Mast General Store for some Halloween candy and shook hands with supports at Our Daily Bread Deli and Cafe near Appalachian State University.

soundoff (16 Responses)
  1. Howard

    The dregs of society, malcontent, free loading 'occupiers' are publicly supported by the following:

    * The American NAZI party
    * The Communist party
    * The Socialist Party
    * Dictator, Hugo Chavez
    * Dictator, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad
    and ...

    * Dictator, and traitor, barack obama !!!

    October 17, 2011 at 6:52 pm |
    • SS94

      Although you may disagree with their policies, both Chavez and Ahmadinejad are democratically elected leaders. As is Obama. The statement that Ahmadinejad is a dictator is a very common misstatement. Iran is what political scientists refer to as an "illiberal democracy." So, while freedom of speech and press may be oppressed – frequent, fair, and competitive elections are in fact still held. There are multiple political parties in Iran. Other examples of this system are Russia and Serbia.

      July 5, 2012 at 6:39 pm |
  2. jean2009

    Obama-Biden 2012

    October 17, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Mickey Mous Goofey 2012

      October 18, 2011 at 3:56 am |
  3. Rick McDaniel

    Taxpayers should absolutely demand a stop, to this campaigning, on our tax dollars.

    October 17, 2011 at 7:36 pm |
    • jean2009

      Read: George W. Bush and the Permanent Campaign Trail , by Emily Jane Charnock.

      October 17, 2011 at 8:02 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        That's right Jean, two wrongs make a right. Liberals hated President Bush for campaigning, yet love Barry for doing the exact same thing.

        October 17, 2011 at 8:19 pm |
  4. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, why do you continue to make blanket statements like liberals this, and liberals that? There may be some AMERICANS who talked about Bush campaigning and who wrote books about it...but who told you they were liberals? Furthermore; it's not a matter of two wrongs making a right...it's a matter of what's good for the goose OUGHT to be good for the gander. If conservatives found nothing wrong with Bush doing it...LEAVE OBAMA ALONE! That's what the matter is! Discriminating expectations and DOUBLE-STANDARDS!

    October 18, 2011 at 12:44 am |
    • Bill in STL

      So ... let me get this straight Liz ... you are entitled to your beliefs and if Jay or I disagree then that is a bad thing ... If we state our beliefs that is also a bad thing.... what was that about a goose and a gander? Once again your own words prove that liberalism is very one sided and childish

      October 18, 2011 at 3:55 am |
  5. Liz Carter in Georgia

    PRES OBAMA is not only in campaign mode...the man is working, trying to get 'AMERICA' to hear, understand and 'pass' the 'American Jobs Act' since it looks like your ilk up in DC don't care if Americans ever go to work again or not! The man told us that if he couldn't get it passed in the 'suites', he would get it passed in the 'streets'! He couldn't get it done in Washington, so he's bringing it to the people...and I DON'T BLAME HIM! That's what he's doing...bringing it to 'we the people'...WORKING!

    October 18, 2011 at 1:02 am |
    • Bill in STL

      It is not the responsibility of government to create jobs liz... that is socialism.... it is the responsibility of goverment to create an environment that fosters job growth... IF you have fallen into this same old trap ... then you are truly lost in the swirl of the liberal cesspool

      October 18, 2011 at 3:53 am |
      • KatR

        If govt is supposed to foster job growth then why are we in this economic mess right now? After all, Bush and a GOP majority Congress did just that between 2001 and 2008 and everything fell apart. You may want to ruminate on this fact for awhile instead of referring to liberal ideas as residing in a cesspool. Seems to me the GOP economic ideas have already created a cesspool for millions of Americans.

        October 18, 2011 at 9:03 am |
      • Bill in STL

        the answer is simple.... Greed.... all the way around.... at least during those times job growth was happening... some seem to feel that since the growth was weaker than post WW II that the tax cuts failed... I contend that this is not true ... we can all see what is happening today.... We have had stimulus packages and temporary tax reprieves ... but nothing that business can hang their hat on for any long term security....

        October 18, 2011 at 9:30 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        O and please re-read the post ..... when all people are employed by the government... then it is socialism ... that is the crux of the statement ... IF you believe that the government should be the sole provider of jobs.... that is the liberal cesspool I am speaking of... Please don't try to think you can understand a conservative point of view .... you don't have the depth of thought or the ablity to think past the next day.....

        October 18, 2011 at 9:33 pm |
  6. Boonie

    Yay for the Mast Store!

    October 18, 2011 at 7:32 am |
  7. SS94

    Yay for Boone!

    July 5, 2012 at 6:40 pm |