President Barack Obama greets onlookers during his arrival at the Boise Airport on Jan. 21.
The nation's top newspapers turned their focus toward Idaho, and particularly Boise State University, in their Jan. 22 morning editions. "Obama Takes His 'One America' Tour to Idaho," wrote The New York Times
. "Obama Bounds Into Republican Boise," wrote The Washington Post
(though Boise's voting record would probably waylay that notion).
"President Obama's presence here [Boise] Wednesday [Jan. 21] said as much as his words, which, after all, mostly reiterated the 'middle class economics' agenda laid out in State of the Union address the night before," wrote The Times' Jackie Calmes.
"For the White House, the choice of the Boise [State] campus for Mr. Obama's State of the Union encore was no accident. His advisers still recall his rapturous reception here in February 2008."
Calmes wrote that Obama confidante Valerie Jarrett argues that Obama "should make a point of going to Republican strongholds and not let political geography constrain him."
The Post's Manuel Roig-Franzia wrote
that Obama was "grayer and battered by Washington's unrelenting partisan snarking," compared to the fresh-faced candidate who filled Boise State's Taco Bell Arena in 2008.
"Obama’s speech Wednesday was delivered in a city planted at the base of the Rocky Mountain foothills," wrote Roig-Franzia. "The training facility where the event was held is on a street named for a liberal icon, the Latino labor organizer Cesar Chavez. In the audience, a man yelled 'Sí, se puede'—'Yes, we can' in Spanish."