Barnes seeks to set record straight on missed Obama visit

Just in case you missed it, Democrat Roy Barnes jumped at the chance this week to try to set the record straight on what many observers felt was a snub of President Barack Obama this summer during his visit to Atlanta.

At the time of the Aug. 2 visit, Political Insider’s Jim Galloway quoted Barnes as saying:  “I’d rather be with these folks [in south Georgia], if you want to know the truth. I’m not running for governor of Washington D.C. I’m running for governor of Georgia.”

But on the Frank Ski and Wanda Smith show at V-103, a station with a large African-American audience, Barnes insisted he would have met with the president instead of dozens of sheriffs who were endorsing his campaign that day, but he said Obama insisted otherwise.

Here’s just a snippet of  the exchange Barnes relayed to Ski, as reported Thursday by  Galloway:

“He [Obama]  said, ‘I want you to go ahead with the sheriffs.’

“And I [Barnes] said, ‘Well, I’ll cancel it if you want me to.’

“He said, ‘I want you to go ahead with the sheriffs.’ He said, ‘Listen, you can always see me.’

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October 28th, 2010
6:04 pm

King Rat Roy strikes again – saying different things to different audiences is one of his hallmarks.

political Ho

October 28th, 2010
6:49 pm

Imagine that…. Putnam County Sheriff Sills pegged Roy Barnes completely right!


October 28th, 2010
11:36 pm

I wonder why all the libs are not on here defending Roy?

Karl Marx

October 29th, 2010
8:18 am

Deal or Barnes, Barnes or Deal. Really now does anyone think there ia a dimes worth of difference between the two. If you do I have a bridge to sell you…


October 29th, 2010
1:42 pm

How convenient that Roy remembers this conversation now. He never mentioned it at the time. He can use Obama for getting him off the hook for not showing up together, when he never really intented to. I think he is a liar.


October 29th, 2010
4:15 pm

Roy Barnes good man.