Why Won’t President Obama Visit North Dakota?
In August 2013, the National Journal published an article by Amy Harder that begins:
“North Dakota is like an overachieving child who attracts the attention of everyone—except Dad.
“The oil boom taking over western North Dakota and transforming America’s energy landscape has prompted visits from people around the world—Germany, Turkey, Japan, Dubai, and elsewhere—to see what they can learn and how they can benefit.
“President Obama, however, has not visited the state since moving into the White House (although he did drop in twice during the 2008 presidential campaign).
“Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, D-N.D., has a goal to change that, and she asked Obama earlier this year if he would visit.
“’He said he wouldn’t come in the winter,’ Heitkamp told National Journal while driving outside of Dickinson, a town of about 20,000 people on the edge of the oil patch. ‘That’s as much of a commitment—I think it’s really important…
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