"This is an opportunity of a lifetime, but essentially I said: 'No offense to you or the campaign but I just decline you guys coming in here,'" McMurray told WDBJ-TV.
"At that time she said, 'Are you sure? There's going to be a lot of press, a lot of activity.'"
But news reports of McMurray's just saying no brought him even more business.
Liberals insist the president's words were taken out of context. But men and women who are putting in 12-hour to 16-hour days to make a go of it do not appreciate being told, especially after paying their taxes, that they owe politicians for their success.
THE Census Bureau reported that from April 1, 2010, to July 1, 2011, the nation's population grew at its slowest rate in nearly 70 years - by less than 1 percent.
Births fell below 4 million over those 15 months.
"Population is a very strong motivation for consumer spending," said Chris Christopher, director of U.S. and global consumer economics research at IHS Global Insight in Lexington, Mass.
"Weak population growth due to fewer children will play itself out in years to come."
Bad economic policy has bad consequences.
THE U.S. Postal Service is taking heat for printing up too many stamps commemorating "The Simpsons" cartoon characters.
In 1993, the service sold 517 million Elvis stamps. Postal officials ordered a billion Simpsons stamps.
They sold 318 million.
"If the Postal Service can't address a simple matter such as determining how many commemorative stamps to produce, it shows they can't address the larger problems," said Tom Schatz, president of Citizens Against Government Waste.
Fair comment. The Postal Service lost $5.2 billion in the last quarter alone.