The United States president is the most significant political figure in the world. Because of this, he is always receiving unprecedented amounts of media attention. This is perfect for campaigning, as he will have the loudest voice out of any of his competitors. It also gives him a chance to portray contemporary issues in America the way he wants to. An example of this is the economic diversity we have faced in his presidency.
Obama is currently on a bus tour traveling through 3 mid-western states. He took the Marine One helicopter from Washington D.C. to Maryland, then flew on Air Force One from Maryland to Minneapolis. At Minneapolis, he boarded his 1.1 Million dollar secret service bus and started traveling southbound toward Iowa.
Obama’s motorcade is blocks long, and is drumming up huge amounts of attention to small town communities. During this tour he has talked to citizens of our country about his revamped programs. He has explained how they are different from the previous policy’s and how they will be better.
Lately Obama’s public approval rating has been falling. Many experts believe he is trying to use this tour to help that weakening rate.
Here is a perfect example of how this trip has helped his approval rating: Jim Pape is a 78 year old retiree from small town Iowa. Obama’s motorcade stopped at the diner to eat their one morning. Obama and Pape exchanged greetings and made small talk. Afterwards, Pape had to say this about Obama, “I wish him well. He isn’t all bad, but I’d prefer a different president.” Although Pape may prefer a different president, I think we can all agree he would be more inclined to vote higher now on Obama’s approval rating since he has met him personally.