Storm Lake gets a less-than-flattering treatment in The Huffington Post's campaign retrospective, "From Iowa to Inauguration."
The well-known "Internet Newspaper" and its columnist Meagan Carberry this week recounts her team's visit to Storm Lake to attend a speech by former president Bill Clinton last year.
She spoke of "weathered western roads," "a tiny middle school gym," a failed attempt by the Californians in Ugg boots and bejeweled sunglasses to fit in with the "locals," and a "bizarre and disproportionate number of tanning salons around town."
The article characterizes the experience as "in the middle of nowhere, Iowa..."
The experience with the former president here received more colorful description.
"Clinton put on a clinic in how to showcase the breadth of one's own knowledge in layman's terms by teasing an audience's intellect with a few juicy, substantive facts. Even when he was yanking my heartstrings with the tritest of regular-people anecdotes, I had three or four tears running down my cheeks," writes Carberry. "I imagine that this is what it's like to hook up with George Clooney: You both know he'll be gone in the morning, but you're going to savor the lipservice with reckless abandon as part of the experience."