Obama's Minnesota visit comes in wake of dismal jobs report

Today's dismal jobs report probably wiped the smile off the president's face.
Today's dismal jobs report probably wiped the smile off the president's face.

If it really is all about the economy, stupid, then President Obama's reelection prospects are more precarious this morning than they were yesterday.

Obama is in the Twin Cities today. He'll give a speech at Honeywell's Golden Valley facility this morning before heading downtown for a string of fundraisers at the Bachelor Farmer, the trendy new restaurant that happens to be owned by Gov. Mark Dayton's sons. All of that will happen against the backdrop of a disastrous jobs report released hours ago.

The report shows that U.S. employers created just 69,000 jobs in May, the fewest for any month in the last year, prompting the unemployment rate to tick to 8.2 percent from 8.1 percent last month -- the first increase in 11 months.

As Christopher Rugaber, economics writer for the AP notes, "the dismal jobs figures could fan fears that the economy is sputtering." Salon's Andrew Leonard writes that "at this rate, we could be looking at a recession by election day." Meanwhile, somewhere, Mitt Romney is smiling.

Obama's Minnesota visit will put the area of the Warehouse District near the Bachelor Farmer on lockdown.

Jen Boyles, former City Pages web editor, lives in a condo near the Bachelor Farmer. This morning, she tweeted a notice placed on the door of her building informing residents that they'll "require a police escort to and from their destination building" between 12:30 and 3 this afternoon. Vehicle traffic around First Street North and Second Avenue North will be prohibited.

That sort of security is par for the course when a sitting president comes to town. Will Obama get the same sort of treatment next time he visits the Twin Cities, assuming it's after November's election? If the jobs reports over the next few months are as dismal as today's, probably not. Lockdown-mode security will be reserved for President Romney.

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