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TOMMY'S TAKE/Barack the Handyman Storms Home Depot

Tommy McFly
By Tommy McFly
Posted on Dec 16,2009
Filed Under Local Politics , Politics,
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Photo by Pete Souza/The White House<br />President Barack Obama discusses the economic impact of energy saving home retrofits with labor, manufacturing, and small business leaders at a Home Depot in Alexandria Tuesday.
Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
President Barack Obama discusses the economic impact of energy
saving home retrofits with labor, manufacturing, and small business
leaders at a Home Depot in Alexandria Tuesday.

ALEXANDRIA, VA. -  Guys, we can officially never get out of a household project, ever again; Barack Obama officially launched his "Cash for Caulkers Tour" Tuesday in Alexandria.  

President Obama -- community organizer, leader of the free world, Nobel Peace Prize winner, the great inspirer of hope and change  -- cannot get out of a trip to Home Depot.  

Granted, the FLOTUS (my new favorite; the term stands for First Lady of the United States) didn't send him to an industrial park near South Pickett Street in Alexandria Tuesday morning to pick up some caulking for the Lincoln bedroom. I'm assuming there's a Lincoln Bathroom off the famed Lincoln Bedroom, but can't confirm. I haven't been invited for a sleepover.  

Photo by Pete Souza/The White House<br />President Obama launched his
Photo by Pete Souza/The White House
President Obama launched his "cash for
caulkers tour" Tuesday in Alexandria.

President Obama paid a visit for “More Savings,” talking up energy conservation and  promoting “More Doing” while working to jumpstart his retrofit efforts around the country.

He even made insulation "sexy" and made a great argument for upgrading our poorly-insulated homes. "If you saw $20 bills just sort of floating through the window up into the atmosphere, you'd try to figure out how you were going to keep that," Obama said. "But that's exactly what's happening because of the lack of efficiency in our buildings."

Making his list and apparently checking it twice before heading over to the Home Depot,  POTUS (dig that term too) tried to knock off a few Christmas presents.

"I figure my Energy Secretary wants a few million energy-efficient light bulbs, and my Press Secretary wants something that will prevent leaks," Obama joked to reporters.

Duct tape, Mr. President.  Might I suggest duct tape? It can fix your pressroom leaks, cracks in the healthcare bill, and be used to tie up any unwanted visitors.  There goes yet another Salahi joke.  They’re just that easy!

Back at 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, Reggie Love, President Obama’s Body Man and Huffington Post’s "Hottest White House Employee" was seen walking from the motorcade with arms so full with track lights and dimmers that he struggled to open the door. The Home Depot really must have “Lower Prices Nailed.”

A grille for the South Lawn...Just perfect for those drop-in unexpected guests, like the Salahis.
A grille for the South Lawn...Just perfect for
those drop-in unexpected guests, like the
Salahis.

So, why a stop at Home Depot in Alexandria for the leader of the Free World?  

Besides big manly trucks you can rent by the hour and enough power tools to make Tim Allen jealous, the President had a mission. He highlighted the importance of providing incentives to consumers who retrofit their homes to save money, reduce pollution and create jobs.  Obama first had a roundtable chat with leaders of industry, small business owners, and the community.

No word yet, but I hope for his sake, POTUS didn't buy FLOTUS an appliance, even though LG Washer & Dryer sets were 10 percent off Tuesday.
A washer and dryer just not okay for under the tree.  

Hear Tommy's winter caulking tips nights from 7 pm to midnight on Mix 107.3 FM. Email him at mcflyradio@gmail.com.



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