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Obama campaigns in Wisconsin for first time in 220 days; Rainbow appears


President Obama campaigned today in Wisconsin for the first time since February, suggesting that the once solidly blue state isn’t quite so solid. A CNN/ORC poll released last month moved Winsconsin from “lean Obama” to “toss-up,” so why has it taken so long for the president to respond? Well, there has been a lot going on in the world, like the interview with the “Pimp with the Limp” and that critical Letterman appearance.

Obama was conspicuously absent from the state in June when voters decided to retain Gov. Scott Walker after a bitter recall attempt spearheaded by labor unions. As he explained at the time, “the truth of the matter is that as President of the United States, I’ve got a lot of responsibilities.” Now, though, the campaign has realized that Wisconsin had better be one of those responsibilities.

more from @Messina2012 on WISC GOP: "It would make sense they're strong here, as are we," noting President has more field offices here

— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) September 22, 2012

Obama campaign spox on why they're traveling to Wisconsin: "We’ve always thought Wisconsin would be harder for us this year.”

— Byron Tau (@ByronTau) September 22, 2012

Those people who insist VP picks aren't important should try and explain why Obama is campaigning in Wisconsin today. #tcot

— Augustus McCrae (@LDTEX) September 22, 2012


Reporters at the event looking for a sign that their water-carrying efforts were working were treated to a sign: a rainbow. And not just a rainbow, but an actual, literal, gigantic RAINBOW.

Hey, this gigantic rainbow goes pretty well with this massive crowd of fired-up supporters. pic.twitter.com/R6BPqWNF

— OFA (@OFA) September 22, 2012

There is an actual rainbow over the Obama event site.

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 22, 2012

Literally a RAINBOW at POTUS event http://t.co/ogMnMamu

— Ed Henry (@edhenryTV) September 22, 2012

Find that pot'o'gold and toss it into the debt pit. RT @ZekeJMiller: There is an actual rainbow over the Obama event site.

— el Sooper (@SooperMexican) September 22, 2012

I've been waiting for this sign. God's promise not to destroy us with another 4 yrs @edhenryTV: RAINBOW at POTUS event http://t.co/L065DbP7

— Richard Grenell (@RichardGrenell) September 22, 2012

Obama reassured the crowd in this now-battleground state that we are one nation — the same message his campaign gave when it unveiled the flag of Obamerica on its online store.

President Obama in Milwaukee, WI: "We are not Bears fans first or Packers fans first. We are Americans first."

— OFA (@OFA) September 22, 2012

The president who once promised to slow the rise of the oceans seems to have scaled back appropriately for 2012.

Politics of Weather: Wrapping up his rally speech, Pres Obama tells wet and shivering supporters: "the sun is gonna come out."

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 22, 2012

Obama ends his speech as the sun begins to come out. He says “The sun’s about to come out. God bless you.”

— Zeke Miller (@ZekeJMiller) September 22, 2012

Pres Obama has wrapped up his speech here at Summerfest. He talked for about 30 minutes. Rain has stopped and there's now a rainbow.

— Charles Benson (@CharlesBenson4) September 22, 2012

Sun just came out. Good trick by advance team.

— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) September 22, 2012

Democrats weren’t the only ones on hand to greet the president after his long absence.

Digital Billboard Welcomes @barackobama back to #Wisconsin #tcot http://t.co/J0kCAGjU

— doc (@timeboat56) September 22, 2012

Read more: http://twitchy.com/2012/09/22/obama-campaigns-in-wisconsin-for-first-time-in-220-days-reporters-swoon-over-rainbow/

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