CANNON FALLS, Minn. (WCCO/AP) — One question President Barack Obama left a mystery during his town hall Monday: Why Cannon Falls?

The tossup territory in Minnesota politics scored the opening stop on Obama’s Midwestern bus tour, which is focused on promoting rural America and calming fears about the economy. One youngster at Obama’s forum tried to pin him down on the reason for the visit.

Obama left her guessing by answering with a quip. “I had heard that Cannon Falls has some of the smartest, best-looking kids around. You have confirmed the rumor,” the president said.


Minnesotans talks about Obama visiting Cannon Falls:

“There are so many people have no idea where Cannon Falls is. You know, you tell them where you’re from and they go ‘Cannon Falls, where’s that?’ and now everyone is going to know. It’s a great thing for the community. It’s a way for the community to come together and people to come together and welcome the president.” — Amanda Carroll from Cannon Falls.

“I don’t think we should balance the debt crisis on the backs of the middle class or the needy. I also said I think we need to give a voice to the voiceless, power to the powerless. The poor and the needy, they don’t have special interests, they don’t have lobbyists. I want to be a lobbyist for them. I support him 100 percent. I thought he gave it a great answer. I completely agreed with everything he said … It was kind of an out of body experience (asking the president a question). It’s something I’ve dreamed of my entire life and I just think that he did a fabulous job and I’m so lucky that he called on me.” — Will Morrison, Rochester — young man who was able to ask President Obama a question

“It was a once in a lifetime experience … He did a great job. He also pointed out some of the faults of the Democrats and I’m middle of the road but I liked that it wasn’t all really against the Republicans. He was talking about bringing them together somewhere in the middle, and I really liked that.” — Woman from Farmington

“I think it is a way for our town to show how much we welcome this and we really value our community. We really hold it as a good place to be in, so it’s a great place to be.” — Teri Ruud from Cannon Falls

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Comments (18)
  1. Give me liberty says:

    The man has no answers for anything. He speaks in platitudes and generalities. Guess the speach writers didn’t prepare him for the child’s question.

    1. GOPSUX says:

      Can you name any current politician who doesn’t?

    2. Jason Holman says:

      Really… You can’t spell speech? And I agree with GOPSUX, what politician on either side does not just give lip service when they open there yaps.

      1. David says:

        Really… You can’t spell their?

        1. Lucifer says:

          Hahahahaha Love it David. You corrected the official spell checker. Now poor jason will need to take another dose of anti-depression meds and pay another visit to the shrink. The one job he thought he was good at turned out to be too much for him. Typical liberal…. They think they are the educated group but they are so braindead about everything. Kudos to you David.

  2. Lucifer says:

    Obummer ALWAYS does his speeches at safe places where he is likely to find strong liberal support (colleges, union businesses, etc). The audience was very limited and strong supporters of government money for everyone.

    I find it amazing that Obummer has only a 39% support level now (and that is probably high) and not one question or comment from the audience was negative or critical of his agenda. This is nothing more than a taxpayer funded campaign trip before he heads off on yet another luxury vacation. More finger pointing by the potus president and more demands that our conservative lawmakers “compromise” and accept the socialist agenda that he wants for America. Where was the compromise during the Obummercare talks? As I recall, pelousy locked the dooor on the opposition party. Obummer and his large behind Michelle need to vacate the white house next year.

  3. Matt says:

    The country’s broke and the SS spent 2.2 million for 2 new black buses for Barak.

    “The Secret Service purchased new $1.1 million buses for President Barack Obama to use on his three-day bus tour across the Midwest.

    Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan said the agency has not previously had buses in its fleet and was overdue to get some since it’s had to protect politicians traveling by bus for decades. In the past, the service has had to lease buses and retrofit them for that purpose.

    He said two buses were purchased and one is being used by Obama as he travels through Minnesota, Iowa and Illinois. Both will be used by other officeholders and candidates going forward.”

    1. Obv. says:

      You’re quite the mathmetician they spent 1.1 on 2 buses, that doesn’t total 2.2million, also it’s better than renting them everyyear like they have in the past.

      1. Lucifer says:

        You definately are not a financial wizard Obv. Its never a good idea to buy an asset that will be used occasionally. Better to rent than buy when the asset will be used only occasionally. Its not surprising that you are a liberal Obummer supporter.

        1. Guess what says:

          These buses are built like the Presidential limo ‘the beast’ on steriods. In case something happens(or is about to happen) the or (a) President can move with lots of support, because what is to happen might leave air travel down.

  4. Jake says:

    I watched him on TV as I *tried* to eat my lunch. I had a really hard time keeping it down, to be sure. All it was about was how he ‘borrowed wisely’ to ‘invest’ in America, bailing out the auto companies, all of the ‘green’ jobs, farm subsidies, free broadband in rural communities, obamacare, education, etc. Yes, it is true that many who were there were NOT from Cannon Falls.

    1. FunnyHarHar says:

      Crazy right? That one guy was all the way from Rochester!!!

      1. Jake says:

        No, there was at least one person there from Crooklyn Park, looking for another gov’t HANDOUT, I’m sure. So much for, “Ask NOT what your country can do for YOU, ask what YOU can do for YOUR COUNTRY.”

      2. Dave says:

        Honestly, after listening to the slobbering “I agree with everything he said” statement, I picture him in a brown shirt with his hand held high for der fuhrer. Geez, it’s people like that who blindly follow ANY politician that should scare the heck out of rational people.

  5. Guess what says:

    As long as government collect taxes and re-distribute the spending of taxes we have some form of Socialism. It exists all over the world as the model of all the best economic principles. Democratic/Free Market in America; Communistic/Free Market in China; Theocratic/Free Market as in Saudi Arabia are the way things are currently. What we ought to strive for is not less government or less spending, but to hold politicians of our government to do it proper. The internet as we are using today was developed by our tax dollars; this was right and proper. The Health Care Afford Act, called Obamacare is proper, as is Medicare and Social Security. Regulating a banking industry for fraud and abuse is proper, as is having State Troopers look out for speeding drunk drivers.

  6. Clarence says:

    I can’t wait until election time! I want to vote Obummers’ ass out of power. He’s dragging this country down financially and morally, and everyone knows it, including all the sappy stupid brain-washed liberals in this state! Liberalism is a mental disorder!!

    1. marcuslikescorndogs says:

      Did you get your psycology dgree at the same online place that marcus bachmann did?

  7. jalfu says:

    looks the reporters of this story interviewed all 5 people at the rally, their combined IQ’s didn’t even come close to 100…. good job you “slanted to the left” yahoo

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