North Dakota Congressman Kevin Cramer recently invited President Barack Obama to visit the state for the first time. Tuesday, Obama declined, according to Cramer's office.
We realize the state might not be politically vital to Obama, but putting politics aside, there is much to see in North Dakota, a state full of common sense, ongoing rapid economic growth and countless job opportunities while much of the country is struggling economically.
He could have visited any number of agriculture locations, from successful family farms to businesses that supply the state's farmers and ranchers with the machinery and technology to keep today's producers in business.
He could have visited, obviously, a host of locations in the Bakken oil field, where production continues to skyrocket as North Dakota's impact on the global energy markets continues to grow.
Obama could have toured large and small cities that are seeing population growth and booming business climates fueled by the energy industry, including cities like Stanley, Watford City, Williston and Minot.
A trip to Minot Air Force Base would also have been good for Obama, where he could have visited with the men and women at the only dual mission Air Force base in the country. Obama by a massive B-52 bomber would have made a mighty fine photo op.
Western North Dakota is making national and international headlines right now. It would have been a perfect time for the president of the United States to visit. Perhaps the president and his entourage could have enjoyed some scenic overlooks at Theodore Roosevelt National Park now that the partial government shutdown has ended. Maybe next time.