At a small business forum held at the Cleveland State University Tuesday morning Barack Obama told the nation that we needed to “outhustle” the rest of the world.


At a small business forum held at the Cleveland State University Tuesday morning Barack Obama told the nation that we needed to “outhustle” the rest of the world.

Usually, I’d take a lot of time making fun of Obama’s stuff for completely failing to realize that the word hustle has a 21st century definition of “making money doing something shady.”

I’ve never really pictured America as the creepy guy on the corner trying to get France and Germany to guess which cup the ball is hidden under for 20 euro. But I can see how the image might be an entertaining one.

A different part of the speech stood out to me, however, the part about five seconds prior where he tells Americans that we have to “win the future”?by “out-innovating.”  It wasn’t that I was particularly inspired by this part of his speech.

It did, however, make me think of a local champion. A Minnesota man with the pioneer spirit that settled this tundra in the first place.

That man is Jeff Schneider of Moorhead. It’s as though Obama’s speech was directly inspired by this man.

You see, after weeks of shoveling and blowing snow out of his driveway so he could get to work at a local technical school every morning he’d had enough. 

Like many Americans, it turns out, Jeff does his best thinking when there is work to be done.

In order to save himself time, Jeff just went right ahead and attached a snow plow to the back of his Ford Taurus.

Oh, hello snow. ?I’m just going to back right up into you.

It’s brilliant, and if you want to see for yourself, just Google “Minnesota man turns car into snow plow” or something similar and you’re sure to find a video.

Once you watch the video (or if you believe me at my word)?it’s time to be inspired, folks. So strap on the thinking caps like Obama’s asked. There’s work to be done.

And we need to find a way around it.