The Note

The Los Angeles Times' Wallsten, writing on the bus tour, found "something striking" about the President and First Lady "climbing aboard a rock-star style motor coach so early in the year." LINK

USA Today's Benedetto and Keen have an awesome analysis of the buses themselves. LINK

"Each has three passenger compartments, two bathrooms, a galley, flip-down TV screens with satellite programming and a leather recliner for Bush. Campaign officials wouldn't describe security modifications. Bush aides use the second VIP bus. Reporters ride in regular buses."

The Boston Globe's Anne Kornblut Notes that the President consistently knocked what he sees as Kerry's inconsistencies while in Michigan yesterday. LINK

The Cincinnati Enquirer's Gregory Korte previews the buses rolling into Ohio today. LINK

President Bush will start his day in very blue Ohio territory. Lucas County (home to Toledo) in the Northwest portion of the state will likely not be an ultra competitive county this November. The last time Lucas County voted for a Republican presidential candidate was for Ronald Regan's re-elect in 1984 and that was by a very slim margin.

The President will then travel to some friendlier turf as heads through competitive Montgomery County (Dayton) and the comfortably red Warren and Hamilton counties.

Here's a look at how the 2000 vote broke down along the President's campaign trail route today.

Lucas County: Gore 57.8% Bush 39.1%

Montgomery County: Gore 49.6% Bush 47.5%

Warren County: Bush 69.9% Gore 27.7%

Hamilton County: Bush 54% Gore 42.8%

The Cincinnati Enquirer on Sunday took a look at the Golden Lamb's presidential history. George W. Bush will make number 12 to visit, but the first to do so as a sitting president. LINK

Monday, the Enquirer took a look at capacity crowds at the Cincinnati Gardens. The Richard Nixon/Henry Cabot Lodge rally in October 1960 still holds the record with 19,000 attendees. LINK

While the President was in Michigan knocking Kerry's inconsistency, Vice President Cheney was in Arkansas asserting that Kerry had consistently voted against tax reductions and tax credits. Bloomberg and the AP report on his speech at a Wal-Mart distribution center in Arkansas. LINK and LINK

The Note had an insider's view on the Vice President's trip to the Wal-Mart plant on Monday, witnessing along with him the thousands of gallons of Dr. Thunder, piles of Sanyo 27" flat screens, and mountains of Angel Soft bathroom tissue that served as a backdrop for his remarks to the extremely enthusiastic Wal-Mart employees.

The visit was a quick one to say the least as the Vice President was literally on the ground in Arkansas for about two hours and then back to D.C. Accompanied by Mrs. Cheney, the Vice President chatted with several of the workers at the distribution center, and the two of them were introduced to the Wal-Mart faithful to the tune of Van Halen's "Right Now," a copy of which could very well have been found somewhere in the shelves of the 1.2 million square-foot facility.

[Note Note: One word to describe the Air Force Two lunch of a taco salad and a Klondike Bar: yahtzee!]

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