Barack Obama in Virginia

Recently the President Obama did a three-day tour in North Carolina and in Virginia to sell his jobs plan. He spoke at an high school in Emporia, he was at Langley Air Force base in Hampton and a fire station in Chesterfield Countyr, near Richmond. On Wednesday 19 October 2011, Obama was also met at the base by Governor Bob McDonnell and Virginia first lady Maureen McDonnell. As a matter of fact, McDonnell said he likes Obama personally and has worked well with the federal government on hurricane preparation and education initiatives. He thanked also the President for making the hiring of veterans a priority.

During the meeting, the Governor and his wife presented Michelle and Barack Obama with a gift basket that included homemade cookies and other goodies prepared at the McDonnell’s mansion, a bottle of Barboursville Chardonnay from Barboursville Vineyards, which is approximately 20 miles north of Thomas Jefferson’s home at Monticello, and two wine glasses.

Proud of Barboursville Vineyard’s wines increasing quality, Francesco adds: “The acquisition of Barboursville Vineyards has been my father’s challenge, in 1976. Today our estate in Virginia has became one of the most enchanting in our properties. I lived there for 6 months in 1999 and I have only very happy memories of that landscape, plunged into a countryside that in Italy is unfortunately disappearing. Barboursville Vineyards is one of the few places where I really don’t miss home“.

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