President Obama Wednesday will personally clean up the yard of an undecided voter in Northern Virginia whose home was caught in the path of Hurricane Sandy, the White House announced this afternoon.
Prescott E. Quivocal, who says he has had so much trouble making up his mind that he might not do so until after Election Day, told White House Dossier that he was nevertheless thankful for the help and it could speed his decision making process.
“The yard is really a mess, and the kids are home from school, and they want to go out and play,” Quivocal commented. “Actually, it would be better if Obama could come by today. Do you think there’s any way he could do that?”
Virginia is a key presidential swing state.Obama, already in his gardening outfit, shows Geithner the layout of the Quivocal property lot.
Asked for a response to Obama’s offer to help Quivocal, a spokesman for Gov. Mitt Romney said that Romney’s son Tagg would be immediately available for yard work, but that Romney himself couldn’t get there until Thursday.
“Gov. Romney Wednesday will doing the shopping for an undecided voter in Pennsylvania whose power went out and whose milk spoiled,” the spokesman said. “It is our hope that if, as we fully expect, President Obama gets an “incomplete” for cleaning up the yard, that Gov. Romney will be able to stop by Thursday and finish the job.”
The Romney campaign also charged that the administration is illegally mixing politics with official business because Secretary of Treasury Timothy Geithner will also be on hand at the Quivocal residence Wednesday to repair the broken gutters.
A Treasury official denied there was any conflict of interest.
“These are part of Secretary Geithner’s duties in his role as adviser to the president,” the official said. “Secretary Geithner believes that when Americans work together, America works best. He wants to help Mr. Quivocal and his family recover from a disaster not of their making. It’s an outrage to suggest that the Secretary has a political agenda in mind.”
While professing to be thankful for the offers of help, Quivocal seemed a bit skeptical about the candidates’ motives.
“I just wonder,” he said. “You know, after the election, are these guys going to be around to help me with my spring cleaning? It’s like, I don’t mean to be cynical, but the attic is a mess.”
Asked why he was having so much trouble making up his mind when Obama and Romney are so different, Quivocal responded, “I’m not sure.”
Obama Thursday will fly to Florida to help remove pythons from The Everglades.