Obama will visit the Pipeline Crossroads of The World, Cushing's nickname, for a national TV audience. Visits by this president may be rare here, but Payne County is a magnet for them — Richard Nixon and both Presidents Bush gave commencement addresses at OSU. Also of note is that Payne County was one of only two counties on Super Tuesday won by Mitt Romney, the man the Obama campaign hopes the president doesn't have to run against.
Nixon, in the last days of his doomed presidency, got such a warm welcome that on a visit to Enid years later he asked to be driven to Stillwater. Obama will get a warm welcome in his own way, but he probably won't find a reason for a quick return.
Still, we hope Obama's time here will be instructive, that Oklahoma's energy leaders have an opportunity to tell the president how the cow ate the cabbage when it comes to the real world of energy as opposed to the idealized world that Obama touts.
Those leaders face a punitive tax increase from Obama. Their use of hydraulic fracturing is under attack. The Keystone XL pipeline from Canada to Cushing is on indefinite hold. Meantime, the U.S. Department of Energy — despite the Solyndra debacle — remains keen on speculative alternative energy ventures.
Is it just us or would Obama's green energy evangelism be more convincing if he either kept Air Force One parked more often or used electric vehicles for surface transit?