Everyone who has paid attention to the news the past few days knows that President Obama will visit Austin tomorrow (that's Tuesday, for those reading this after midnight, or much, much later, for those reading after the fact). Here are a few relevant (or not so much) questions for this occasion.
To evening rush-hour commuters: Got an alternate commute? The rolling roadblock will be blocking all traffic wherever the president is going. That includes a trip right in the middle of the 5:00 hour from the airport to the ACL Live theater on 2nd Street, and then a later trip to some undisclosed location west of Lake Austin before returning to the airport. (Just a reminder: thanks to geography and really poor planning, there is absolutely no direct route from 2nd Street to west of Lake Austin. Hey--maybe the motorcade will be going right through your neighborhood!) Perhaps you might consider leaving early or staying really late.
From the governor, and others who are like-minded on this, to the Obama administration: Where is the disaster declaration for the areas affected by wildfire? Are you really so petty as to deny Texas any help because people from Texas have bad-mouthed the Obama policies, as was insinuated by an anonymous Democrat legislator? Because if you are doing that for that reason, then you truly are as thin-skinned as has been said pretty much every day on Twitter and elsewhere.
(To the person at McClatchy who entitled the article linked in the last paragraph "Grumpy Republicans await Obama in visit to Texas": did you ever state that the Democrats who hated George W. Bush as much as, or more than, some on my side hate President Obama were "grumpy"? Didn't think so.)
For those, such as Republic of Austin's Chris Apollo Lynn, who appear to think that those opposed to President Obama's policies are just "grouchy Republicans", "illiterate white hicks", etc.: Really? I'd invite you to get to know some of those people (like, say, myself), but you appear to have your mind made up, based on your warning to avoid areas where there might be protesters "[i]f you don't want to get teabagged".
To those, such as Mr. Lynn, who still use the phrase "teabagged": it was a worn-out phrase two years ago. Sorry, I guess that's not a question.
And, to the best of my knowledge, the only real question President Obama will be asking on this quick trip: Cash, check or credit card? Enjoy yourselves, donors.