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The Barack Obama Show Hits Dallas

The president at Love Field Airport Tuesday
The president at Love Field Airport Tuesday
Photo by Sara Kerens

Our Sara Kerens was on the Love Field tarmac when President Obama arrived yesterday; revisit that moment via this slide show. Then hop on over to the White House website, where all three of the president's Tuesday speeches are preserved -- not only his Eastfield College American Jobs Act remarks, where he referred to Kim Russell, a government teacher at Lincoln High School laid off in May after federal stimulus money ran out, but also his two Democratic National Committee fund-raising speeches at the Sheraton, where the president was joined by Emmitt Smith, Ron Kirk and Mayor Mike.

The early show ran longer than his follow-up remarks. Read 'em now, argue later. For grins, though, let's look at the locally flavored intros to both. Because it's always great to be here in Your City's Name Here. From the 12:28 address:

First of all, I just want to say thank you to Emmitt Smith, who the first time we had a big rally here in Dallas -- some of you may remember, it was a big auditorium --- and he had just won Dancing with the Stars -- (laughter) -- and he gets up there and he starts preaching. And the crowd is roaring, and he is -- and I'm thinking, is there something this guy cannot do? (Laughter.) But he was a great friend then, at a time when the campaign was still very much in doubt. He is a great friend now, and obviously one of not only the greatest athletes of all time but also just a great citizen to Dallas. So give Emmitt Smith a big round of applause. (Applause.) We are grateful to him.

It is great to be here. We made sure to schedule this game before the Rangers game. (Laughter.) I will try to wrap up before the first pitch. In addition, Emmitt, I want to thank you for sending me Ron Kirk. You guys trained him well, because he is doing a great job -- (applause) -- on behalf of all the American people, making sure that we've got free trade and fair trade. And he could not be a better negotiator and a better advocate.

I want to acknowledge your outstanding new mayor here in Dallas. Mike Rawlings is here. Give him a big round of applause. (Applause.) I did not say anything about the Cowboys when we landed. (Laughter.)

Remember, there's a two-drink minimum. Now, to the 1:08 show :

A lot of folks in this room I know. A lot of you have been there for me in the past. Some of you supported me when I was running for the United States Senate. Downstairs, I was telling the story about Ron Kirk and I -- and I think you were with us, Lisa, right? Flying down from Dallas to Houston, and it was about 100 degrees, and Ron had a thick wool suit. (Laughter.) And we got out on that tarmac, and he was -- (laughter) -- dripping from head to toe. And I think on that same trip we went to Austin, and we were in somebody's back yard, and it wasn't that big a yard, and there were about 400 people; they had expected 50. (Laughter.) And they had to put the sprinklers on to make sure that people didn't pass out. (Laughter.)

And always tip your waitstaff.


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