Entering what he has called the fourth quarter of his time at the White House, President
How else to explain Obama's trip to Idaho on Wednesday, which brings down the number of states he has yet to visit since taking office to just three with two years to go.
The remaining states on the list, perhaps not surprisingly, consists solely of deeply Republican "red states" — South Carolina, South Dakota and Utah.
Obama did visit Idaho during the 2008 presidential campaign in a pre-Super Tuesday appearance seeking support in the state's Democratic caucus. His visit Wednesday is to last only a few hours, however, as he travels to and from the University of Idaho campus before continuing on to Kansas, where he'll spend the night.
A spokesman for
The Idaho Statesman noted this week that the trip ensures that Idaho’s streak of presidential visits, dating to Lyndon
Otter, a former congressman who was sworn into his third term this month, will not be among those greeting Obama when he arrives. The one-time "tight jeans" contest winner had hip surgery Tuesday and will be unable to attend. He's sending his lieutenant governor in his place.