If you thought it was a time for Democrats running for office to rally around the chief executive -- you'd have been wrong.
Former Governor Roy Barnes was not available to meet Mr. Obama. The Democratic gubernatorial candidate was in south Georgia- - far from Atlanta.
In Houston County, Mr. Barnes had breakfast with peach and pecan farmers.
Barnes said, "I'd rather be with these folks, if you want to know the truth, I'm not running for governor of Washington D.C. I'm running for governor of Georgia."
Democrats running for office in Virginia, New Jersey and Massachusetts found that Mr. Obama did not help them with his personal appearances.