He'll be at a private fundraiser hosted by Sam and Sylvia Kaplan tonight, and tomorrow, the president will deliver a speech at the Lake Harriet Bandshell. But assuming Barack has a bit of free time in between, what should he do with it? Below are some ideas.
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-- Barack could take a ride on the Green Line --
The federal government paid for a chunk of the darn thing, after all. Why not experience the fruits of that investment while getting to see a slice of the Twin Cities core? (On the other hand, imagine the transit/traffic gridlock that would ensue if the president hopped on the train!)
-- Barack could hang out at Hidden Beach --
Well, he has admitted to inhaling more than once, and no outdoor area is more ganja-friendly than Hidden Beach. (At least when the cops aren't watching your every move, as has increasingly become the case in recent years...)
-- Barack could stay a couple extra days and go to the Lynx game --
Barack is a big basketball fan, and the Lynx just visited him in D.C. a couple weeks ago to celebrate their 2013 championship:
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-- Assuming she's in Minnesota, Barack could road trip to Michele Bachmann's place in Stillwater for a catch-up sesh --
They have fences to mend, and this could be Obama's last chance to visit Bachmann on her home turf while she's still a congresswoman. Reaching across the aisle to make peace with one of his biggest haters couldn't hurt Obama's prospects of getting as many Democrats elected as possible this November, could it?
-- Barack could have drinks Thursday night at Bachelor Farmer --
Since Mark Dayton's sons own the joint, spending money at Bachelor Farmer is kinda like giving a campaign contribution to the governor. And while he's there, Obama could chat up Eric and Andrew regarding their concerns about the lack of a tipped worker exception in Minnesota's revised minimum wage law. That law and the potential it has to benefit the state's lower- and middle-class workers has been cited as a reason Obama chose Minneapolis for the site for tomorrow's economic speech.
-- Barack chould have breakfast Friday morning at Potbelly's --
Because it's the best breakfast place in town, duh. Reuters told us so.
-- Barack could have lunch at Chipotle --
The president seemed to be enthusiastic about his burrito during a visit to a D.C.-area Chipotle earlier this week:
But for God's sake, keep you hand behind our local sneeze guards, Barry.
Pres Obama orders his burrito bowl at a Chipotle today before lunch w participants in the working families summit. pic.twitter.com/eVXgeYlYDe-- petesouza (@petesouza) June 24, 2014
I also posed the question of what Obama should do while in Minneapolis to my Twitter followers. Here's some of the choicest replies:
@atrupar CC Club-- Zack Farley (@zackfarley) June 24, 2014
@trashbagMcGuire Secret Service would definitely not let Barack in there.-- Aaron Rupar (@atrupar) June 24, 2014
@atrupar Shoot, he woulda loved De La Soul's set.-- Ali Lozoff (@AliLozoff) June 24, 2014
@atrupar Think Obama's ever been to The Wienery? (bonus: no sneeze guard)-- casey (@case_face) June 24, 2014
Got your own ideas about what Obama should do? Let's hear 'em in the comments.
@atrupar He could meet you for lunch at SA to help burnish his working class cred.-- ChadTheElder (@ChadTheElder) June 24, 2014
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