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Did Obama just say "The Vindicator?"

By Todd Franko (Contact)

Published September 15, 2009

It's not news that a national or statewide politician grabs at something local when speaking to a local audience.

It connects. It attaches. It resonates.

So while it's a well-played hand, pardon us for being a tad bit surprised – not to mention downright giddy – that it was us that became local flavor for President Obama today when he spoke to workers at the GM Lordstown plant.

Relating tales of economic challenges in the last year locally and nationally, he offered: 

if you picked up a copy of the Youngstown Vindicator back in January, you would have seen a headline that read "Worries mount in wake of layoffs." But just a couple of weeks ago, you'd have read a different story - "Good news at Lordstown is good news for all."

We weren't the only local flavor. There was this about Canfield:

"Just as one example of many, over in Canfield, we awarded a competitive contract to a local company to repair a bridge on Route 11. That allowed them to avoid layoffs they were otherwise going to make. And that allowed local folks to keep coming to work, doing the work America needs done."  

And of course, playing to his most local audience on the scene:

"I understand that the 1 millionth Cobalt rolled off the assembly line late last night."  

This was in addition to all the local name-dropping he did at the start of his speech as he introduced officials and business leaders.

So the lesson: Obama reads The Vindy.  (OK — it's probably just the work of a staffer who no doubt went into our archives over the weekend. But we'll take it.)

Still, it's more recognition than we than we can get from Jimbo Traficant,, who said in today's paper that he doesn't read The Vindy.



1rocky14(830 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Maybe Jimbo is like Bush and doesn't read

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2rocky14(830 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

The ONLY reason Bush got into Yale is because his daddy and grand daddy went there.

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3SoYoRob(6 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

This is lame! Oh oooh, my goodness, he said Canfield and Colbalt and the Youngstown Vindicator! He loves us soooo much! Maybe I'm too young but hasn't it been a while since it was called The Youngstown Vindicator. How did they manage to be so in touch with the local folk? Maybe I should just do whatever he says since he already knows so much about me.

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4Stan(9923 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

I was disappointed when Obama's visit came to an end with no mention of hand delivering my ten million dollar stimulus check . How could he have forgotten me ? No mention of a check for The Vindy either . Maybe if I had joined Acorn I would have had some priority . . ..

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5ytownoptimist(86 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

I think it is great that we are on the radar with Washington & Obama regardless of the fact that a legislative assistant or staffer is feeding him this information. Our city/area has been mentioned in other comments he has made to the public & the press. When will this area realize that buzz about us needs to be positive & does matter? Seriously, are people that naive to think that we don't need good/positive PR to help us get the attention of businesses to consider us as a location. Let's stop living in the past with names like Bush & Traficant, unify, stop the stupid infighting & get something done. The roads are getting fixed, the President is visiting, a new business is coming to downtown - these things are a start in the right direction.

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6thepotstirrer(67 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey Todd,
Great column, is the 'chill still running up your leg?'

I am still waiting for the first mention of the recent ACORN scandal in this paper. When there is a local office of a national organization which has just been defunded by the United States House of Representatives and Senate, it should at least receive mention.

Prime example of why the newspapers are rapidly becoming an endangered species.

The real lesson here is there was a White House Staff member who scanned local news and provided fodder for President Obama's tele-prompters. The next time they utilize the Vindy will be prior to their next trip here, next fall to attempt to save some House Seats in the wholesale change on the way. I highly doubt the White House has a paper or virtual subscription to the Vindy. It is much easier to get a copy of the New York Slimes if you want to brush up on your liberal news stories!!

Your biggest supporter,

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7msweetwood(179 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey Pot:

Maybe if you spent more time reading The Vindicator and less time getting all of your news from Glenn Beck, who also doesn't read this newspaper, you would not have missed these stories from the past week:






Prime example of why demagoguery is is the last refuge of the witless...

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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8thepotstirrer(67 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Mr. Sweetwood,
I appreciate you taking the time to post these links. Wow, the "Managing Editor" of the Youngstown Vindicator took time out of his Saturday to respond to a potential subscriber. That is great customer service!

My apologies, I focused my search for this topic on September 10th - 15th. Those would be the first 6 days of this story where there was not a mention of the ACORN scandal in this paper. You must have been too busy providing top notch customer service.

To be accurate, I do spend some of my time obtaining cutting edge news on the Vindicator. You guys did a fantastic job of covering the Pooch Pentathlon last weekend!! Beware Woodward and Bernstein, I sniff a Pulitzer!!

Thanks for your "fair and balanced" coverage,

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9SickofJimbo(140 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Hey Jimbo
Is this true?
"Traficant has repeatedly said he won’t talk to the local print media because his comments would be edited and he doesn’t like how we’ve treated him."

Your not talking to the media because your not that bright.
What were you reading in prison? Oh I forgot you were painting. Jimbo the world has passed you by! You are old news! You, as the leach that you always were, always gravitate to the "15 minute of fame spotlight". What are you going to do? Nothing but rant and rave with your stupid broken English accent. To much pausing between words, once again because your not that bright.

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10msweetwood(179 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Sorry, Pot, but I am not going to let you squirm away by allowing you to refocus your comments to conveniently escape the falsehood you originally posted.

You wrote: "I am still waiting for the first mention of the recent ACORN scandal in this paper." That's pretty definitive. Are we to believe that you were unable to read The Vindicator since Wednesday but were prepared to criticize it anyway?

So now we know several truths: a.) You were wrong about what was published; b.) As a "potential subscriber" you are not even reading "this paper" every day hence you are posting criticisms without even availing yourself of the ability to know what you are talking about; c.) You don't have the ability to say "I was wrong."

One more thing that I failed to note about your original post: There is no "local" ACORN office. The closest one is Akron; the next is Pittsburgh. (Reverse that if you are one of our Pennsylvania readers). So, again, demagoguery blah, blah, blah, witless... You get the point.

Mark Sweetwood
Managing Editor

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11thepotstirrer(67 comments)posted 6 years, 9 months ago

Mr. Sweetwood,
I have no intentions of squirming away from my original post. Unlike most, I am able to admit when I have committed an error. I was wrong, the Vindicator did have two stories related to ACORN prior to my original post on Friday. There were two AP stories on Wednesday and Thursday(September 15th & 16th) prior to my entry. I will make sure to conduct better due diligence before I make future posts.

With that being said, it still does not excuse your delay in reporting a national story until 6 days after the intitial video surfaced. This is an organization which has received $55 million in tax payer funds over the years. Kind of relevant if their employees are helping establish brothels in personal homes. But hey, their nearest offices are at least an hour away from Youngstown.

- Would one of those offices be able to assist a Youngstown resident in buying a home for the wrong reasons?

It would be a whole hour worth of driving time for one of your reporters to travel to the Akron, Cleveland, or Pittsburgh office of ACORN and ask some questions supplementing the AP stories. There is also that handy device known as the telephone if the paper is looking to be thrifty. Here are some examples:

- Have you assisted any Youngstown Area residents in the purchase of homes?
- Were they advised to commit tax fraud in the pursuit of a home?
- Could ACORN provide a list of homes in the Youngstown Area where they provided resources or advice on the home purchase?

As for my reference to a local ACORN office location, I must admit I relied on what I thought was a rock solid source. He is somewhat of a demagogue to me, and the author of the original post we are commenting on today. In an email dated September 14th, Todd Franko told me there was a "local franchise here" in Youngstown. Maybe he was confused, but I would not call him the Pied Piper of the witless.

Then again, I am just a concerned Ohioan whose questions and concerns really do not matter because I watch too much Fox News.

Your Favorite Nitwit,
The Potstirrer

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