In all three cases, scheduling conflicts prevented the three Democrats from appearing with the president. But even if they were available for support, a photo op carries political risk. Obama's approval rating in Virginia, according to a Christopher Newport University/Richmond Times-Dispatch poll
, is just 44 percent. A late September Elon Poll
showed North Carolina adults split over the president's job performance. Obama only won 47 percent of the vote in Shuler's district, and it's getting even more conservative under the state's newly-redistricted map.
Obama's advisers have been saying that their re-election prospects increasingly lie in winning at least one of the two Upper South states, where Democrats made significant inroads in 2008. But if the absence of key allies campaigning for his jobs bill is any indication, Obama has a long way to go to win these two traditionally Republican states again.
UPDATE: Another Democratic no-show: Rep. Brad Miller
, D-N.C., who didn't attend Obama's stop in Greensboro today.
"He has a packed District work period schedule. He will be joining the President on Veterans Day for the UNC basketball game aboard a carrier," said Miller spokeswoman LuAnn Canipe
The one Democratic congressman in attendance at the Greensboro stop was Rep. Mel Watt
, D-N.C., whose gerrymandered district gave Obama 71 percent of the vote in 2008.
Jessica Taylor contributed.