Iowans (Mostly) Still Smile on Obama

Residents support president's efforts, fear over-spending and Afghanistan
By Evann Gastaldo,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 25, 2009 1:22 PM CDT
In this Nov. 6, 2007, file photo, then-Democratic presidential hopeful Sen. Barack Obama speaks at Kirkwood Community College in Cedar Rapids, Iowa.   (AP Photo/Paul Sancya)
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(Newser) – Iowa, arguably the state that launched Barack Obama on his path to the presidency, will always be a "special place" for him, says press chief Robert Gibbs. And the feeling is—mostly—mutual, Politico reports. Obama enjoys a 64% statewide approval rating, and Iowans are reviving their Obama for America campaign to promote his presidential agenda—a move veteran politicos call remarkable. Concerns are surfacing, however, over spending and Afghanistan.

“Anybody who’s from Iowa knows, sometimes you’ve got to clean the barn,” said an independent Republican business owner. “And he’s got a lot of shit in the barn.” Many residents feel Obama’s spending is out of control, while others are concerned about getting “sucked in and stuck” in Afghanistan, said a state senator. "Most of the time we’re hearing: ‘He’s doing a great job, I’m very excited—but I hope my kids don’t have to pay for all these situations,’” said one state representative.