I wonder if he knows what "rural Missouri" means? I grew up having to drive half an hour to eat a pizza, watch a movie or buy a pair of shoes. St. Louie was a mere 3 hours trip and it was usually an all day shopping spree or visiting my Great Aunt and Uncle.<quoted text>
From the viewpoint of being in Missouri, I consider Washington, DC, as "fairly close" to New York City.
From the viewpoint of being in Missouri, I consider Wasilla, AK, as "fairly close" to Russia.
From the viewpoint of St. Louis, I consider Clinton "fairly close" to Smithville.
100 miles? That only takes an hour and a half.....geez, sounds 'fairly close' to me!