Every once in a while an average American gets to do something extraordinary. Today is one of those days. And days like this are likely to become more frequent as the presidential campaigns make an effort to appear in-touch with average Americans.
Sometimes it doesn't turn out as planned. Remember "Joe the plumber," who was launched to national noteriety when he questioned President Obama on small business tax policy in the 2008 campaign? Well, this time, the president is stopping in at the house of what turns out to "not necessarily be a supporter," of the president according to local media.
Fresh off a star-studded $15-million fundraiser, rubbing elbows with the likes of George Clooney, President Barak Obama’s armored limo and police entourage is expected to stop the streets and freeze the air space to make a quick stop in an are known as Clear-Acre. Val and Paul Keller are there waiting for him. If they weren't impressed by his politics, they may be by is presentation.
Their address is listed on Ridgecrest Dr. Residents in the area report that the neighborhood has been in lock-down since late afternoon yesterday. Secret service with their sunglassed-eyes keept watch on every move. A Google map search of the area shows the Kellers two-story home with what looks like a green tarp and series of gray patches in the driveway of the home. It is not clear when the satellite image was taken.
That is about as close as KOLO-TV can get for now. Later, we will be allowed to watch and record a speech by the President outside the home in that driveway. But for now Media is being stopped and turned around in the area.
The meeting with the family is likely to be what media calls a “market exclusive,” only a select group of journalists or one journalist is allowed to be present in the house. In this case, we know that The Reno Gazette-Journal is being allowed. So far, the paper has been given the exclusive interview with the family. RGJ reporter Martha Bellisle set the scene this morning in a front-page article, saying that Secret Service were inspecting the Keller’s yard.
The RGJ reports that 66-year-old Val Keller is an operations assistant at a lending institution and her 67 year-old husband Paul is retired. They have lived in Reno for 15 years. They have a son who lives in Sparks and they plan on brining those kids over to meet the president. According to the RGJ, Keller is not an Obama supporter, but she said that she is honored to have the chance to meet the commander-in-chief.
“No matter what your politics are, what an amazing thing it is to have the president here,” she told the RGJ.
In a conference call on Thursday, the White House said the Kellers were chosen because they are among the thousands of home owners across the country who took advantage of changes Obama made to refinancing rules.
KOLO-TV will carry all the action we are allowed to carry of the President’s visit from take-off to landing.