September 29th, 2010
12:06 PM ET
13 years ago

The Backstory: How Obama got into the Clubb house

Des Moines, Iowa (CNN) - You ever wonder how families are selected to host President Obama's personal visits? It might all come down to your backyard.

Sandy and Jeff Clubb, a university athletic director and a local private school teacher, were chosen to host the president in Des Moines, Iowa, as part of the White House's series of informal discussions on the economy leading up to the midterm elections.

I met the Clubbs in their driveway at 4:30 a.m. Wednesday. It was still dark outside. I was among a small group of reporters in the first wave to arrive before the president's entourage.


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soundoff (5 Responses)
  1. Cheney and Armey are a couple of Dicks

    Mr. Mittens would not be able to go to Iowa in his $10,000 shoes, as he might step in something he said, and ruin them.

    September 29, 2010 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  2. jim

    I wonder how these people will feel in a couple of years if we continue with Obama's economic policies.How much debt are they willing to saddle on the backs of their children.?It would be so nice if we could take Uncle Sam's credit card away from this man and put someone in his place that had some idea of economics and some fiscal responsibility.

    September 29, 2010 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
  3. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Jeff said one of the biggest challenges was finding and filling the 85 seats needed for the event. He said he was told the family could invite "anyone they wanted; neighbors, friends, of any political affiliation."

    If the President were speaking at my house, in my backyard I would have NO PROBLEM AT ALL finding and filling 85 seats. Especially if I were told that I could invite people from different political backgrounds and affiliations. I quite frankly look with distrust at this quote. Folks would be beating my door down and jumping the fence to see and hear him. Regardless of all the negative spins that we're supposed to accept as 'responsible journalism" the President is respected and loved by the rational segment of the population.

    Come to Maryland Mr. President!! We'll feed and treat you right!

    September 29, 2010 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  4. Moderate Sean

    Must of been an exciting time for the Clubb family!. It's not too often that an average family from the Midwest gets the chance to host a President of the US. Clubb family, well done!

    September 29, 2010 01:55 pm at 1:55 pm |
  5. vic, Nashville TN

    Why tea party doesn’t like our president because he associates with ordinary Americans

    September 29, 2010 02:30 pm at 2:30 pm |