Obama shares spotlight with Palin, Bachmann
June 26th, 2011
12:52 PM ET
11 years ago

Obama shares spotlight with Palin, Bachmann

Washington (CNN) – It's not every day that a presidential trip takes a back seat to another political story in the state he's visiting.

But that may be the case for President Obama Tuesday, as he visits a manufacturing plant in battleground Iowa.

That's because on the same day he is touting the economy in Bettendorf, Sarah Palin will be 152 miles to the west, touting the flattering new movie about her political career.

Palin will also be competing for Iowa headlines with fellow tea party favorite Rep. Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who Monday officially kicks off her campaign in her hometown of Waterloo.

Also looking for a little of the political oxygen there Tuesday: Rep. Ron Paul of Texas who meets with voters in Des Moines and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania who makes four stops on the other side of the state.

The Republicans of course have their eyes on the February caucuses, while President Obama is looking toward next fall's electoral map. Obama knows a bit about the importance of hitting Iowa early and often. He parlayed frequent visits in 2007 to an upset win over then-favorite Hillary Clinton in the 2008 caucuses.

Obama then captured the purple state's seven electoral votes with an easy win over Sen. John McCain in the general election.

That's what brings President Obama back to the state this week. While Republican candidates hammer him on the economy - former House Speaker Newt Gingrich in Iowa on Saturday repeated his oft-used line on the Obama "depression" - the White House will look to rally support on his policies.

Obama will visit the Alcoa Davenport Works plant before delivering a speech on manufacturing and the economy. He will point to the plant that employs more than 2,000 workers as a success story.

The Quad Cities Times reported the plant has returned to the number of employees it had before the recession. The paper noted the plant has been buoyed by its parent company's new deal with Airbus. And the Times said the area has since had its first drop in unemployment numbers in two years.

That's in contrast to national numbers that have been the focus of the GOP candidates. Obama may not be the competition for the field in the Iowa Caucuses, but he is certainly at the center of their message.

On the eve of her announcement, Bachmann foreshadowed her themes in Sunday morning show interviews saying, "the country is on the wrong track. My goal is to turn the economy around and have jobs created."

Whether Palin becomes part of that field of course is still a mystery. She surprised many by deciding to attend the Tuesday premiere of her movie in Pella, Iowa. Like her bus tour around Memorial Day, it is stoking speculation about her intentions, with smart political observers admitting they just don't know how to read these tea leaves.

Candidate or not, Palin will draw heavy media attention and pull the political spotlight to the Opera House where the movie will be shown.

The trappings of the presidency like shiny Air Force One touching down in the state and the president trying to turn the tables on questions over the economy will find some tough competition for the news cycle.

Filed under: Iowa • Michele Bachmann • President Obama • Sarah Palin
soundoff (24 Responses)
  1. dj98

    GOP is sooo trusty to beat OBAMA in 2012 they sound like 5 year olds who will not share!

    June 26, 2011 12:59 pm at 12:59 pm |
  2. glarn skleebleman

    One eagle. Two fruit bats.

    June 26, 2011 01:01 pm at 1:01 pm |
  3. Rev Mkell,

    The prez. spoke of the economy while Palin spoke of fantasy movie! Shouldn't the movie one be in the entertainment section??

    June 26, 2011 01:04 pm at 1:04 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    I wonder how Iowans will feel if they snap out of their stupor and realize that Bachman wants to end subsidies on corn.

    June 26, 2011 01:06 pm at 1:06 pm |
  5. Palin Power

    Palin's movie will outshine Obozo and Bachmann's appearances. Palin will officially declare her candidacy when the movie comes out and at the end of the day when this is all said and done, Sarah Palin will be our next and greatest President.

    June 26, 2011 01:10 pm at 1:10 pm |
  6. Rusty

    Palin's "flattering" new movie??? Pretty hard to flatter a quitter and still keep a straight face. The Teapublicans have turned common sense inside out in their relentless pursuit of dumbing down American politics and culture.

    June 26, 2011 01:18 pm at 1:18 pm |
  7. John

    Saran Palin and Michele Bachmann are nothing but a Joke. And so Is The Tea Party Is a bunch of crap , that want to take People right away. Just Reminder Wisconsin Mich.,OHIO, Florida, Indiana. The Tea Party keep saying America need lest Government , What they really mean Is they want to Control the Government. And all the Republican Do Is Promise what you want to hear at the Time , and than LIE about It LATER. Were are all the JOBS the Republican ran on In 2010. I tell you they are None and they haven't even try. But they make sure the Rich got there Tax Cuts. And the Republican want the Middle Class ,the POOR ,the OLD and the Disable to pay for all the budget cuts. And the RICH AND BIG BUSINESS keep there Tax Cuts and tax Subsides, Are these people American people too. The Republican and the tea Party are nothing but a JOKE that we been Paying Over a Millions Dollars a year for each Republican for just saying NO and doing nothing for America or for the American people. They need to go In 2012, All of them.

    June 26, 2011 01:21 pm at 1:21 pm |
  8. annie s

    If the President takes a backseat to Death Panel Sarah it merely proves what most of already know.......the mainstream press isn't mainstream at all, its center right when it bother with news at all, and 99% of the time it's merely entertainment

    June 26, 2011 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  9. Hammerer

    Can you say dictator?

    June 26, 2011 01:33 pm at 1:33 pm |
  10. Kenneth the VI of Minneapolis

    $arah Palin is probably the most popular political figure ever. She is what people like to read about, to some she is a 'knight in shinning armour" and to other they love to boo her.....A win, win situation because she captures the attention from the negative and positive alike....WOW!.....she is a Superstar!.....but, Obama have my 2012 vote, as well as Amy, and Keith (MN: CD5)

    June 26, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  11. Anonymous

    More like One eagle. Two fruit cakes.

    June 26, 2011 01:34 pm at 1:34 pm |
  12. Reggie from LA

    Waterloo? Hey isn't that where Jim DeMint's from? No, that's where he wanted President Obama to go to regarding healthcare. DeMint said that would be O'bama's Waterloo"...and he was going to do his best to make it happen with is snake oil campaign. For some reason, the DeMint/Bachmann duo have been afforded magical powers. DeMint was even able to make an unknown candidate who appeared out of nowhere, his ridiculous competition for the 2010 election. If I was going to endure the rigors of getting to listen to a political figure, I would drive the 150 miles to see Obama instead Palin. That way I could learn something that has meaning, not whining. I cannot even fathom buying a ticket to watch a propaganda movie that is geared toward whitewashing Pain's misadventures. Oops meant Palin, not Pain. LMAO

    June 26, 2011 01:40 pm at 1:40 pm |
  13. America Shrugged

    @ Palin Power... Palin will not run for President. She's having too much fun not having to do real work while raking in the big bucks slamming the President, making movies and doing a national tour in an RV. I guess you're entitled to your fantasy.

    June 26, 2011 01:42 pm at 1:42 pm |
  14. WatchDawg

    This create jobs theme hasn't proven very fruitful for the GOP'rs or the TeaPartiers. It's one thing to talk about job creation, it's complete another to create jobs. So until the GOP'rs start walking the walk, it's all about smoke and mirrors politics...no substance.

    June 26, 2011 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  15. FM

    Folks saw Sarah reality show "shooting animals" which came and went. Now its the movie which will also go through the same path!! By the way what people benefit on all these???

    June 26, 2011 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  16. Indy

    President Obama is the President of the United States of America and has the toughest job in the world, verses two mouth pieces who are strictly self promoters and both belong to a little group known as the tea party. There is quite a difference between some that works for Americans like President Obama and the two that are clearly dividers and anti Americans.

    June 26, 2011 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  17. uscentral

    How Iowa and New Hamphsire command any significance in electing our presidents is beyond me.

    June 26, 2011 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  18. bill

    Shouldn't obama be at the White House working?

    June 26, 2011 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  19. Diana

    There are a few more meanings for the word 'Rogue' that Palin used to describe herself in her book...
    'a person who deceives and swindles'. Another meaning is 'double-dealer'.

    June 26, 2011 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  20. Mark

    @rudy Are you for subsidizing corn for ethanol? This is exactly why we need to wean off of federal gov't subsidies. Health care transformation obviously wasn't the BIG issue now was it. Domestic oil production and energy independence, Downsizing gov't (which obama care creates over 150 new agencies), and defunding illegals is the start. Obama is opposite on everything.

    June 26, 2011 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  21. Frank Zentura

    Subsidies on corn NEED to be ended! We can't afford all the giveaways!

    As far as the newly media anointed Bachman, she can't beat Obama. She's not quick enough for Obama's razzle dazzle. Palin on the other hand will take the fight to Obama like a pitbull. I prefer Paul but if I have to swallow the bitter pill of Palin I will. The rest of the RINOs are too soft and will become Democrats when the going gets tough. People are going to pick the "real thing" over "Obama-lite" in that case...

    June 26, 2011 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  22. bunnie

    I think it's a safe bet to say Palin will draw the biggest crowd. In fact, it is already "sold out". I hope she becomes our next president.

    June 26, 2011 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  23. roscoe

    One titanium spine, two mushed brains, and Obama.

    June 26, 2011 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
  24. b.j. church

    Rollin' Thunder– Lady Liberty– Heartland– Oh yes my fine fellow Iowans– quiet now Sarah comes– The Thunder of Liberty comes from the Heart. We are beside you– behind you– and when the time comes we will stand in front of you to take back this Land!

    June 26, 2011 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |