Roy Barnes says he’ll be in south Georgia when President Barack Obama comes to town

Tim Bryant, who hosts a daily talk show for WGAU (1340AM) in Athens, asked the campaign of Democratic nominee for governor Roy Barnes whether he would make room on Aug. 2 for a word with President Barack Obama, who will be in Atlanta for a pair of events.

This is the quote Bryant is using this morning, from a Barnes campaign spokesman:

“Nobody’s invited us. He plans to be in south Georgia that day. There are no plans to change the schedule.”

Phone numbers get lost over eight years. Kristin Oblander of Atlanta is the fund-raising contact for an Obama event on behalf of the Democratic National Convention that day. From 1998 to 2002, according to her web site, she raised money for Barnes.

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108 comments Add your comment


July 24th, 2010
10:13 am

wise decision by barnes. he was in taylor co this a.m. along with darryl hicks and keith moffett and they all are going to be elsewhere on that day. obama’s unpopular at the moment. stay away from him


July 24th, 2010
10:20 am

You can run but you can’t hide, Roy

Rafe Hollister

July 24th, 2010
10:26 am

Run away Roy, run, run! Phone numbers lost, what a flimsy excuse. If they wanted to connect it would take about two calls to get them together. Handel or Deal would love a photo of Obama with his arm around Rerun Roy. Obama is the most unpopular president ever and in Georgia he is toxic. If Roy was truthful he would embrace the Obama agenda of big government, because, we all know that is what he truly believes in. Right now, in campaign mode, he just wants to say what he thinks will be received positively and get him elected. Following the Obama model.


July 24th, 2010
10:42 am



July 24th, 2010
10:46 am

Roy Barnes is already a discgrace to the state of Georgia, putting himself in Obama’s shadow would be his coup de grace.


July 24th, 2010
10:58 am

Careful Roy, the President coat tails may have shortened but not in certain demographics.
Republicans out voted Dems 2:1 in primary don’t upset the apple cart too much more or you’ll be sorry.

Pork Chop

July 24th, 2010
11:09 am


Good observation! Barnes has courted the black vote with zeal. Failing to greet Obama may well cost him votes. I am not so foolish as to think the majority of the black vote would go Republican but I do believe they could be a “no show” on election day.


July 24th, 2010
11:10 am

yes, he is wise to put distance there. Being in Obama’s pocket could hurt him come fall….. which would be just fine with me, so on second thought maybe he should met up with the Prez

Democrat Supporter

July 24th, 2010
11:11 am

King Roy should be force to indicate whether he supports our beloved President or not!

moses waddel

July 24th, 2010
11:13 am

I don’t think blacks would be a no-show if it meant electing “Deal Real?” or Handel (the one not associated with the Messiah!)

Logic 05

July 24th, 2010
11:13 am

Dear Democrat Supporter,

King Roy first must check with the teachers’ union and see which way the wind is blowing before he can answer your question.

[...] Jim Galloway brings us word this morning that while President Barack Obama will be in Atlanta for a couple of events on August 2nd, Roy Barnes will be in South Georgia and has “no plans to change the schedule”. [...]


July 24th, 2010
11:16 am

Roy take your flag with you maybe that will help get a few votes in

john Q public

July 24th, 2010
11:17 am

Just proves the old adage “there is no honor among thieves”.


July 24th, 2010
11:29 am

Roy Barnes and Barrack Obama are the same olde progressive liberal corrupt democrats. They are both bad for all of Georgia period. I hope the Good People of Georgia vote for Deal for Governor. He’s the only one really talking about real job solutions not just hot air like Barnes and company. Let Barnes have the Black Vote. Blacks most of the time vote for skin color only. Example Obama got 97% of the Black Vote.


July 24th, 2010
11:34 am

And I’ll be at work, and not at the poll, on election day.


July 24th, 2010
11:40 am

Come on King Roy,

For a change, show your true colors for you know you walk lockstep with Pres. Obama, The Annointed One!

Don’t run and hide in South Georgia—Be PROUD of your party’s leader and Spender In Chief.


July 24th, 2010
11:43 am


Check out our Congressional approval rating—-11%. Give PBHO another 2 years and let’s see how low his approval rating is. I think the American people are finally seeing who and what they voted for and guess what? I don’t think this is the CHANGE people were voting for!

The Cynical White Boy

July 24th, 2010
11:47 am

Don’t you just love it?

What all of this proves is that Bobby Kahn’s math shows that the King would lose more white voters by singing Kum Ba Yah with Comrade Obama, than he would lost more black voters by running out of metro ATL to the “real” Georgia.

This is bad news for the GOP however. A nice bear hug (no homo) between the King and the Czar would have been all over the airwaves and billboards in the fall campaign.

The Cynical White Boy

July 24th, 2010
11:51 am

Okay, Jim Marshall and John Barrow, you are up. The King will run away.

What will you do?

Bear hug for your national party leader? Stay home with a cold?

ml porter

July 24th, 2010
11:54 am

why did you vote for the iier agen what jobs did he get what teachers did he help haha

ml porter

July 24th, 2010
12:00 pm

p.s did all of you forget how good he was last time he needs two run from ga not for it


July 24th, 2010
12:20 pm

Look at the fact: Gov. Perdue cutting more services in the state because of delay in stimulus money!!! Perdue depending on “deficit” spending to keep Georgia afloat. Don’t be so stupid some of you Jawjians!! Tell all those in control now to get things right. Oh, they had eight years and have messed it up worse! What in da hell do you think crooked bad Deal or Wascilla Cruella Handle will do differently. I don’t care where Roy Barnes will be, he was good for the real Georgia then, and he will be better for Georgia from 2011-2019! Otherwise, we still have Jawga!!!!

The Goobernator

July 24th, 2010
12:22 pm

I wish the democratic Party would lose my number and stop giving it to candidates for robocalls.

Chief Wiggum

July 24th, 2010
12:22 pm

LOL…avoiding Obama’s “midas touch” when it comes to governor candidates, no doubt. Seems every time Obama shows up, he ruins the chances of the Democrat nominee. At least he did in Virginia and New Jersey, and also in the Senate race in Massachusetts.


July 24th, 2010
12:26 pm

Bush nor any of your past presidents meet with blacks regardless of party blacks whites wasn’t meant to get along you do not get along with people of color anyway your forefathers made that possible


July 24th, 2010
12:31 pm

I took the time to go vote for Barnes in the primary and now he disses the president!! Did he think I buy that lame crap excuse that no one invited him??? If he does not show up to meet the president, then he can count on me not showing up on election day!


July 24th, 2010
12:37 pm

Do not be fooled by his ads promising education related gimics.

T Knight

July 24th, 2010
12:44 pm

I don’t think Roy has the guts to say what we all know. A visit with Barack Obama will cost him much needed votes. The economic turmoil we are in right now is the fault of Barack Obama. His desire is to destroy small business and the middle class with endless taxation. Roy Barnes does not want to be linked with this president, because he knows the male independent votes he would have garnered, would fly out the window. With the unemployment rate in Georgia over 10%, I think Roy hopes Georgians don’t remember that this democrat president is responsible for the fact that they don’t have jobs.

You can run Roy, but you can’t hide from your association to this left leaning socialist loving president.


July 24th, 2010
12:45 pm

Someone here said Obama is the most unpopular president ever. I’d really like to see how he figured that. As for him being toxic in Georgia I guess we don’t hang around the same people.


July 24th, 2010
12:51 pm

If Deal wins the R’s Contest over Handel, I’ll be voting for Roy. Deal just helped me make up my mind when he gets Sadie Fields on his side. Who cares what that right wing religious nut thinks?


July 24th, 2010
12:52 pm

If you think President Obama’s approval rating is doing worse then other presidents check this Gallup report out.


July 24th, 2010
12:54 pm

You can get to Atlanta from south GA in about 4 hours Roy. No excuse. He’s the head democrat. Get your picture made hugging him.


July 24th, 2010
12:58 pm

I think President Obama is toxic for any Democrat candidates right now hoping to win election. Being so, if Roy wants to have a real chance in November, he best distance himself from Obama.

I believe the same can be said for Republicans. If a Republican wants to win in GA and on the national scene, they best distance themselves from Sarah “Barracuda” and Bush Jr. I believe both to be toxic for Republicans. I am scratching my head, though. I told a co-worker that the Palin endorsement would be a kiss of death for Handel on July 20. I guess I was wrong.

Totally unrelated to this topic, I’m kind of torn in November. I’m a fiscal and social conservative. I didn’t vote for Obama, and I soured VERY FAST on Bush Jr. I don’t like Roy, but I don’t like Handel or Deal. I really don’t know what I’m going to do come November.

Rural Education

July 24th, 2010
1:09 pm

Why are the Republicans running against Obama? They have to, they can’t run on their records. The last eight years have been a disaster for the state, no wonder Handel and Deal are running against Obama they have no solutions but more of the same. Cut, cut, cut, until there is nothing left.

Bitter EX democrackkk

July 24th, 2010
1:11 pm

Georgia, YOU can do BETTER than Royal Barnes!


July 24th, 2010
1:16 pm

Most of you are ignorant. I’ll say it. Roy held teachers accountable, something that perfect one, GWB, was going to do anyway with that piece of crap legislation No Child Left Behind. GWB, Sonny, and the Republican legislature we’ve had in GA have done more to hurt teachers than Roy every though about. So, yes, teachers, please do remember who has screwed you time and again when you vote in November.

Mary Kelly

July 24th, 2010
1:42 pm

Numb nuts! There is not a teacher’s union in this state! Right to work state with no negotiation of contracts. We get what the state says we get! Get your facts straight.


July 24th, 2010
1:52 pm

of course Roy is going to hide. He does not want anyone to know that he supports Obama. King Roy will be bad for Georgia and so is Deal.

Vote August 10th for Karen Handel, the only TRUE CONSERVATIVE!

Jerry Mandering

July 24th, 2010
1:59 pm

Well, well, well, ‘Ol Roy thinks it unimportant to greet the POTUS during his visit to Georgia. The Democrat’s candidate won’t welcome the President. Everybody will be LAUGHING at us now. How kind of Roy to point that out for us during the primary. King Roy will have ‘em LAUGHING in the aisles. What barber shop will he be visiting?


July 24th, 2010
2:31 pm

It doesn’t matter to me as I have no intention of voting for Barnes,
but if I were him, I would drive to Echols County, confirm that there
are no telephone services of any kind, and hide in the trunk of my car
until “NoBama” is safely gone from the 404/770 area codes.
If you are running for governor and want your political career to come
to a screeching halt, be seen on the stage with this Marxist/Socialist.
Barnes will get a decent percentage of votes from people who wish to
live off of the “guvmint”, but hopefully, there are enough Georgia voters
who have figured out what’s going on in Washington and won’t vote
for the same nonsense again.

Sonny Lied!

July 24th, 2010
2:39 pm

The reason why Obama is the worst President ever to certain people is pretty easy to comprehend.

Without that, I think he’s done a pretty mediocre job, though I imagine it would be hard for any President to do well with what this country’s dealing with.

Pork Chop

July 24th, 2010
2:55 pm

@Rural education

“Cut, cut, cut, until there is nothing left.”

How do YOU propose we handle the current situation? Do you think we should borrow money from China? Georgia (by law) can’t practice deficit spending. When you are out of money, you have to quit spending. It’s just too bad that the federal giverment doesn’t play by those rules. If it did, we wouldn’t be in the financial shape we are in todaay.

Pork Chop

July 24th, 2010
3:06 pm

@Mary Kelly

“there is not a teacher’s union in this state!”

What a joker you are! “A rose by any other name . . .” You don’t use the word “union:. You give lip service to education and lobby for increased pay and benefits. Your organizations are totally self-serving. And that begets the second staement, :BS by any other name . . .”


July 24th, 2010
3:21 pm

Is Roy in south Georgia buying property at half price? Gov. Gooberhead can show him how.


July 24th, 2010
3:22 pm

This teacher will never vote for Barnes, not did I before he screwed us. My sister who is a democrat and teaches as well is not voting for Barnes. My other sister who is Independent is not voting for Barnes, oh by the way is a teacher too. our families are not voting for King Roy. Teachers of Georgia, do not vote for Barnes. If you don’t like Deal or Handel, FINE! I don’t either, so my vote is not for them, it is a VOTE AGAINST ROY BARNES!

T Knight

July 24th, 2010
3:30 pm

I love the smell of democrats trying to distance themselves from Obama. Obama = Roy = Democrat= WE’RE SCREWED!!!!!!!!

Lt. Frank Drebbin

July 24th, 2010
3:41 pm

I doubt that any Dem will ask BHO to come and campaign, unless it’s in a waaaaay-wacky-lefty district. He is toxic


July 24th, 2010
3:50 pm

Have none of you ever heard of the word ‘politics’? Remember the last year Gilligan was president? No republican wanted that little creep any where near them. Not that President Obama should be compared to the worst president we have ever had, including Nixon. Everyone is in this game to win. The Democrats want another Governor, Roy wins, Obama gets to come down here and congratulate him. It’s the smart move. Obama doesn’t need the south anyway. I’m surprised he comes down here at all. The south is a lost cause to reasonable people.


July 24th, 2010
4:04 pm

Bubba, you endorsed Kerry, Gore and Obama and now you dont have the balls to meet with him. Be a man. Have you released your African American Sunday-go-to-church schedule yet. He rammed healthcare down our throats by violating Senate and House rules and while I could care less what our flag looks like, you promised a vote on it and we all woke up with a new flag flying that you designed without a vote. Kinf Bubba Barnes