In case you wondered what might have been, the Youngstown Vindicator indicates who was there today to meet the President of the United States in a speech…. about jobs… in Youngstown.

Waiting for him to enter the plant were dignitaries including Strickland, U.S. Reps. Tim Ryan, John Boccieri and Charlie Wilson, Youngstown Mayor Jay Williams, Girard Mayor James Melfi, and Secretary of State Jennifer Brunner.

As Tim noted earlier today, Lt. Governor Lee Fisher, for the second time in recent Presidential visits was a no-show.

According to the Plain Dealer:

Fisher “had private meetings” and “couldn’t reschedule,” spokesman John Collins says via e-mail. But Fisher is “looking forward to joining the president next time.”

Who in the heck was Lee Fisher meeting with that wouldn’t reschedule because Fisher needed to meet with the President of the United States?!?

“Hey, it’s Lee.  Look I need to reschedule our meeting today because the President of the United States is coming into Youngstown to talk about jobs and how the stimulus has helped Ohio.  It’s important for my Senate campaign…”

“Who’s coming?”

“The President of the United States?”

“The Presidents of the United States?  You’re blowing me off for an 1990s Indie group?”

“No, Barack Obama.”



“Never heard of him.”

I mean, it’s not like Lee Fisher hasn’t been campaigning on how important it is for the federal government to promote policies that foster job growth in manufacturing in Ohio or anything….

Lee Fisher

(This is Lee Fisher’s profile picture on his Facebook page. . . . Seriously, this is the picture his high priced consultants chose.  What the hell did they reject?  What focus group said this was not a douchy cringing image?)

Lee Fisher, the Lt. Governor of the State, apparently expects us to believe that he’s more busy than… the actual Governor of the State.

Tell me how this speech by President Obama was not something the Fisher campaign couldn’t associate itself with.  (I’d note that the Fisher campaign didn’t even issue a press release supporting the President’s remarks today.)

Part 1 of the President’s speech

Part 2 of the President’s speech

I want to write positive things about Lee Fisher.  Really, I do.  I don’t like the idea of Rob Portman in the U.S. Senate.

But I am ABSOLUTELY baffled what the hell Lee Fisher’s campaign was thinking.  What kind of visual is Fisher, the former Director of the Ohio Department of Development, waiting on to drive home his JOBS message better than today’s event?

I guess Youngtown isn’t a region that the Fisher campaign is concerned about carrying in large numbers?

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