Barack Obama has changed tactics and venues. Now he's taken to talking with smaller groups of people in their back yards. His handlers say he wants to take what opportunities he can to interact with people more.
Besides, it makes for good photo opportunities.
But I'm a bit suspicious. I note that, just before these backyard visits were started, Obama spoke at a series of events where he couldn't fill the hall, and his handlers had to run around rounding up "volunteers" to fill the seats. Now he has less of a problem it's easier to fill up an individual's back yard.
Meanwhile, Trever of the Albuquerque Journal has a related thought.