Obama to visit Idaho for first time since 2008 campaign

21 Jan 2015 | Author: | No comments yet »

Obama to meet with family of pastor imprisoned in Iran.

The American Center for Law and Justice announced late Tuesday that Obama, who was scheduled to visit Boise, Idaho to push for some of the initiatives he discussed in his State of the Union address, will meet with Naghmeh Abedini, the wife of Saeed Abedini. “I was overjoyed when I heard that President Obama wanted to meet with the kids and I during his short visit here in Boise,” Naghmeh Abedini said in a statement released by the ACLJ. “I have tried over the last two years to meet with the president or even get a phone call from him without success. Marine who was charged with spying when he went to Iran to visit his grandmother and Robert Levinson, a CIA operative who disappeared in 2007 while in Iran supposedly researching a cigarette smuggling case.

But since the phone conversation, the West has been engaged in negotiations regarding Iran’s rogue nuclear weapons program, and economic sanctions put in place to bring the Islamic Republic into international compliance. However, despite Idaho’s distance from the political elite in Washington, D.C., nearly every sitting president since Johnson has visited Idaho at least once during their term. Last August, Abedini’s children, Jacob, 6, and Rebekka, 7, made a YouTube video in which they appealed to President Obama to help win their father’s freedom. Jimmy Carter rafted the Middle Fork of the Salmon River for three days while in office after Interior Secretary Cecil Andrus, former Idaho governor, invited him and his family.

After his term, Gerald Ford vacationed in Sun Valley to ski and golf. “I have a photo of when Franklin Roosevelt visited Idaho in 1937,” said Steve Shaw, political science professor at Northwest Nazarene University. “People still talk about that day. When a president visits your state, it’s partly political and partly symbolic.” Shaw said Idaho’s Democratic Party should take advantage of the president’s visit to build its clout and attract not only more members but outside donors. On the other hand, Idaho’s super-majority Republican Party can also use this moment to take comfort that their base can catch the eye of a Democratic president.

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