Obama and Reno Family Discuss 'Real Money'

By: Sami Davies Email
By: Sami Davies Email

RENO, Nev.-Obama sat at a small pine dining room table with Paul and Val Keller and asked about how they learned about the refinancing program they used.

Driving down Scottsdale Road to the Keller's' house in Reno Friday, a sign can be seen saying "Obama sucks" and "socialized healthcare is not free." But that did not dampen the spirit of the Commander in Chief. He was all smiles when he knocked on the Kellers' door just before noon.

While speaking inside their home in North Reno, 66-year-old Val Keller, an operations assistant at a lending institution, said she heard about a refinancing program from an Obama speech in Las Vegas spurring a visit from the man himself.

"Finally, there's something for people like us," she told the president.
Her husband Paul Keller said they saved $250 a month.

"$250 a month?" Obama said. "That's real money."

The trio did not speak for long, a little more than 10 minutes, and soon drifted outside to welcome the awaiting crowd.

Obama stood with the Keller family in their driveway on Ridgecrest Drive where the stage was set to outline his 'To-do list' for Congress.

Obama urged folks to nag, pester Congress. He told the applauding crowd to use Twitter, Facebook, any social media endeavor to get Congress to' do the right thing.'

"Put the politics aside, electioneering aside and do with is right for people," Obama said.

The crowd applauded as Obama explained the Veterans Job Corps.

"Nobody who fights for this country should have to fight for a job or a roof over their head," Obama said.

"All over the country there are people just like Paul and Val that are doing everything they can to take care of their family."

After speaking for a few minutes, with the beaming Kellers behind him, Obama made his way through the crowd shaking hands and answering questions. He had an extended conversation with a man in the crowd but it is not known at this time what was discussed.

As Obama worked the crowd before he left, people called out "you're doing a great job" and "yes we can" and "god bless you." But then protesters were still on the side of the street a few blocks from the Keller's house.

One new sign said "revolt against socialism."

As of March Nevada's unemployment continues to be the worst in the nationa at 12 percent. As of last month, Nevada's foreclosure rate is second in the nation, behind Arizona.

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