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Obama Headquarters to Open on Columbia Pike

by Katie Pyzyk April 13, 2012 at 11:00 am 5,053 56 Comments

Big changes are in store for the old Giant pharmacy in Columbia Heights. The location (2408 Columbia Pike) is being turned into a campaign headquarters for President Obama.

According to a recently created Facebook page and the Arlington Democrats website, the grand opening of the Obama for America office is taking place from 1:00-4:00 p.m. on Sunday. Visitors are encouraged to attend the event to meet staff and other supporters, as well as learning about neighborhood teams throughout the county.

In addition to asking for monetary support for the campaign, the Arlington Democrats are looking for volunteers and donations of supplies for the headquarters.

  • Corey

    I’m sure this will be a great thread.

    • Southeast Jerome

      Wait til Nova Steve shows up.

      • JamesE

        grabs popcorn

      • wimmer201

        Give him a few minutes…he’s still busy polluting several other forums.

        • PUP

          u know u like novasteve, he makes the board so much more interesting. not even kidding.

        • Bluemontsince1961

          Ain’t that the truth…tossing Molotov cocktails like candy on Halloween.

          • PUP

            and i love it

        • Bluemontsince1961
          • PUP

            he has to be trolling. so hard to believe some people get so passionate about this kind of stuff.

          • wimmer201

            I saw….it is definitely Friday the 13th. He’s on a roll. There’s no end to his infinite wisdom. Nice to see he’s back to his usual issues…pro-smoking and anti-automatic cars. Good times! 🙂

          • Bluemontsince1961

            You may want to take a peek at my latest comment:


            Right now it is the last in the thread on the page. Sigh. I “dare not to be a democrat” and I somehow don’t have all the trouble and hoo-ha.

          • novasteve

            Hate to break it to you guys, but I’m not gay, so any crush you obviously have on me is going to be unrequited, becaues there’s no way you could be this obsessed about he without having a man crush on me. I’m flattered, but no thanks. I like girls.

          • noooo

            aha – waits until the maximum indentation until formulating a response. Well played novasteve! no wonder we all have a man crush on you!

          • drax

            Y U assume all posters are boys?

      • Bluemontsince1961

        Shhhhh, maybe if we’re very, very quiet……

      • novasteve

        I have this novel idea, why don’t you guys discuss the topic instead of obsessing about me?

        • Obsessive, Stlaker-ish Commenter

          Obsessive, Stalker-ish Comment!!

  • BC

    Where’s the closest streetcar stop?

  • John

    That is equivalent to a check cashed store. What happened to revitalization?

    • PikerShorts

      All democrats are sponges. I see your reasoning.

      • Richard Cranium

        Are you sponge-worthy?

  • Enraged Commenter


    • PUP

      i’m pissed, too!! sometimes i get so intolerably mad about politics that i want to berate strangers on the internet and call them mean names.

      • Bluemontsince1961


  • Patrick

    What no giveaways?

  • Brick

    LOUD NOISES!!!!!!!!!!

  • Elmer

    So what’s the green footprint/index for this building? Is it environmentally self-sustainable?
    Where are the solar panels? If none, can we get a goverment grant to install solar panels?
    Expect to see only electric cars and bicycles at this location. Is there a plug-in for the electrics?

    • novasteve

      Yes, CaBi is putting in a location right in front of it.

  • Eating Popcorn

    *munch, munch, munch*

  • JohnB
  • Really?

    Oh the irony of a converting a drug dispensing facility (the Giant pharmacy) to an Obama HQ.

    • novasteve

      Yeah, my cousin in CA who was ruined by one of Obama’s DEA raids on his marijuana clinic would get a kick out of this if he weren’t in bankruptcy over it.

      • Huh?

        Like Bush’s DEA would have been oh, so tolerant

        • novasteve

          Bush didn’t enforce drug laws nearly as strongly as Obama has. Obama has declared war with the medical marijuana folks in California.

          • drax

            Is the conservative complaint now that Obama isn’t soft enough on drugs? I wouldn’t be surprised, given the right-wing’s ability to be so craven in its flip-flops – Santorum, Gingrich and of course Romney have ALL supported a health care mandate in the past – but I just wanted to check.

          • Plunkitt of Clarendon Blvd

            Just out of curiosity, do you get time and a half for your weekend posts ??

          • drax

            You actually think someone would pay me to post this drivel?

    • drax

      How on earth is that ironic?

  • nunya


  • PikeRyan

    There goes the neighborhood…

  • Church lady

    Right next door to a known dispenser of the most addictive drug there is (caffeine)?
    Across the street from soon-to-open taqueria?
    Across the street from a bar where people meet and go home to commit sin?

    Well isn’t that SPECIAL?

  • brian

    why not put it in north arlington?

    • novasteve

      Because all the libs here are going to vote for him anyways. He needs to get the message out to people who may not speak english or might not be legally able to vote

      • Southeast Jerome

        Does he NEED to do that?

        Obama won 60%+ of the Latino vote last year.

        • Richard Cranium

          Remind me again what he ran for last year??

    • ShirleyMan

      B/C South Arlington is where its happenin! North Arlington is waaaaay over-rated…

      • BlueSkies


  • Nova Man

    Where is the closed Bike Share? LOl

  • Not Car-Free Diet

    Going to keep me even further away from Columbia Pike.

  • novasteve

    BREAKING: The building will be Algae powered.

    • Are you sure??

      I would have bet big money (no whammies – and STOP!) that it was going to be powered by snake oil. . .

    • esmith69

      Even if that were the case, what would be so wrong about it? Pollution-free energy seems like something we should look forward to/support, instead of just mocking it.

      • Elmer

        Not mocking. Just asking the questions our county board is always asking others.

  • DarkHeart

    Securing proximity to Pedro and Vinny to keep staffers well fed. Smrt.

  • Car-Free Diet

    I am so happy! The metrobuses chugging up and down Columbia Pike with bright-eyed, intelligent, and energetic campaign workers. Virginia is a key battleground state and Obama is going to need to have all his supporters on and near the Pike to ensure his victory in Virginia and his re-election.

    Great move!

    Romney is still struggling on selecting a VP. He wants Christie, but the campaign bus door is not big enough for him to fit in. Romney’s not sure whether he can retrofit the bus to carry Christie’s width and weight.

    Anyone know when the Romney campaign is going to open a campaign headquarters anywhere near Arlington? The Governor’s Mansion does not count!

    • Ummm

      If all that you can find to criticize about the GOP is Christie’s weight then Obama is toast in VA.

      It should be a very close contest here in Virginia not in Arlington though.


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