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Obama family escapes to Chicago for Valentine's Day
dcexaminer.com ^ | 2/13/09 | PHILIP ELLIOTT

Posted on 02/13/2009 11:50:13 AM PST by fiodora

resident Barack Obama is getting away from Washington for a few days to his home in Chicago, leaving behind Cabinet headaches and a partisan divide over his economic stimulus package.

Obama was to make a Friday afternoon flight with his wife, Michelle, and daughters to his chilly hometown, his first return there since taking office. Aides said he planned a low-key, four-day holiday weekend, including a Valentine's Day dinner on Saturday with his wife and a likely basketball game with friends.

Congress this week reached a compromise on a $790 billion economic package that Obama had wanted to sign before he went on vacation. Instead, he was likely to see Congress pass it while watching C-SPAN.

"Diverse viewpoints are the lifeblood of our democracy. Debating them is how we learn from each other's perspective. We temper each other's excesses, we make better decisions," Obama said Thursday in Peoria, Ill., where he stumped for final passage of the massive tax cutting and spending bill aimed at jolting the economy back to life.

"But the debate is now coming to an end. ... It is time for Congress to act, and I hope they act in a bipartisan fashion."

But even as he anticipated victory on the stimulus bill, he suffered a major setback when a third member of his Cabinet withdrew his name from nomination. This time, New Hampshire Republican Judd Gregg said he would remain in the Senate and decline a job running the Commerce Department, the second person to withdraw from consideration for the post.

"The one thing I want to make sure of is that people don't take from this the notion that we can't get Democrats and Republicans working together," Obama told reporters after Air Force One landed in Springfield, Ill., where the president spoke at a dinner marking the bicentennial of President Abraham Lincoln's birth. "I am going to keep on working at this and eventually we are going to break down some of these barriers."

Obama aides say the president plans a weekend largely out of sight, his first real break since his inauguration on Jan. 20. Last weekend he flew by helicopter to the Camp David presidential retreat in Maryland's Catoctin Mountains.

During the time between his election in November and his inauguration in January, Obama stayed in his Hyde Park home and kept a predictable routine: gym in the early morning hours, breakfast with his family, then work at his office. He sometimes ventured out for dinner at restaurants or at friends' houses, but that dropped off as he neared Inauguration Day.

Obama aides said they expected a similar agenda this trip, which was expected to last until Monday.


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KEYWORDS: bho44; first100days; firstrealbreak; narcissisticsupply; obamafamily; valentinesday
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1 posted on 02/13/2009 11:50:13 AM PST by fiodora
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To: fiodora

Less than a month in, and already taking a vacation. I wonder what Mikey Moore would have to say about that?


2 posted on 02/13/2009 11:51:19 AM PST by OCCASparky (Steely-Eyed Killer of the Deep)
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To: OCCASparky

You now, we have to take it easy on him... you know, like how he had to get out of the White House the other day to talk to some school kiddies.


3 posted on 02/13/2009 11:53:06 AM PST by OneWingedShark (Q: Why am I here? A: To do Justly, to love mercy, and to walk humbly with my God.)
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To: OCCASparky
Obama’s lazy. In the speech he gave to the Dems about ten days ago, he whined about how hard his staff had been working. He's the PRESIDENT, and he thinks his staff should get credit for working hard? Loser.
4 posted on 02/13/2009 11:54:12 AM PST by utahagen
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To: fiodora
Ah Valentine's Day in Chicago. Calling Al Capone, Al Capone please answer the white courtesy phone.....
5 posted on 02/13/2009 11:54:21 AM PST by GonzoGOP (There are millions of paranoid people in the world and they are all out to get me.)
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To: fiodora
News bits we'd love to see but never will:
TV Reporter in Crawford: "Mr. Bush, what's your reaction to President Obama going on vacation for Valentine's Day?"
Bush [splitting logs, hesitates]: "Vacation already? Imagine that!" [smiles, goes back to splitting logs]

6 posted on 02/13/2009 11:54:51 AM PST by COBOL2Java (Obamanation: an imploding administration headed by a clueless schmuck, with McCain as his Kowakian)
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To: fiodora

Wow. I never knew that V Day was a vacation time. Man, Berry is just full of information.


7 posted on 02/13/2009 11:55:14 AM PST by svcw (This maybe my last transmission - God have mercy on us.)
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To: OCCASparky

Not even there to vote “present”....

Jeez, if he is so badly unravelled already, what is he going to be like two or three years out?


8 posted on 02/13/2009 11:55:15 AM PST by alloysteel (The term "Islam" does not mean "peace", it means "gaining serenity through surrender".)
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To: fiodora

resident Obama. I like that.


9 posted on 02/13/2009 11:55:26 AM PST by John W
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To: fiodora

Wonder why he didn’t choose Hawaii like he usually does? Hmmmm....


10 posted on 02/13/2009 11:56:46 AM PST by azishot (I just joined the NRA.)
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To: fiodora

Geee....something happened in Chicago on Valentines Day years ago....right there on the tip of the tongue......


11 posted on 02/13/2009 11:57:38 AM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: fiodora
escapes.....

Perfect word

12 posted on 02/13/2009 11:57:39 AM PST by Puppage (You may disagree with what I have to say, but I shall defend to your death my right to say it)
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To: OneWingedShark

He hasn’t even been on the job for a month and he’s taking a vacation? I start a new job on the 18th. Do yall think my boss would mind if I took a 4 day weekend in a couple of weeks?


13 posted on 02/13/2009 11:57:52 AM PST by CindyDawg
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To: fiodora

Um...Activism/Chapters?


14 posted on 02/13/2009 11:57:59 AM PST by Mr. Silverback ("[Palin] has not even lived in the Lower 48 since 1987. Come on! Really!" --Polybius)
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To: CindyDawg
Do yall think my boss would mind if I took a 4 day weekend in a couple of weeks?

If you were absolutely unqualified for the job, no he wouldn't. ;)

15 posted on 02/13/2009 11:59:46 AM PST by Tijeras_Slim
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To: fiodora

Lazy, par for the course. All alike


16 posted on 02/13/2009 12:02:10 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: GonzoGOP

Great minds think alike and all that...


17 posted on 02/13/2009 12:02:41 PM PST by twigs
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To: fiodora

Not to worry we have all the money in the world to blow away on fuel for these idiots..to go to Chicago to meet their terrorist friends for Valentine day..Why is it every time Bush tried to take a vacation he was shunned by the left, but when these idiots want to spend the week end in Chicago after all the stress of two weeks traveling the country using more fuel on stupid things.Like his wife Michaelle and her frieds and mother going on a speaking tour..What is a speaking tour?These commie make me sick..


18 posted on 02/13/2009 12:03:03 PM PST by PLD
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To: OCCASparky

He hates being in the White House. Don’t look for him to spend much time there. Too many people around watching him and his entire life is about secret deals and hiding things.


19 posted on 02/13/2009 12:03:20 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: Badeye

LMAO!


20 posted on 02/13/2009 12:04:12 PM PST by mojitojoe (None are more hopelessly enslaved, as those who falsely believe they are free.)
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To: fiodora

‘Cause nothing says “romance” like a saturday afternoon cruise through Cabrini Green.


21 posted on 02/13/2009 12:04:28 PM PST by conservativeharleyguy (Democrats: Over 60 million fooled daily!)
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To: utahagen

His staff was drained after placing the operational aspects of the Not So Stimulus plans in the hands of Pelosi’s minions.

His staff did no heavy lifting. Imagine if they did - it may have been postponed till July


22 posted on 02/13/2009 12:06:52 PM PST by Tweeker
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To: fiodora
Wow, Camp David last week, home for an “escape” this week, I wonder if a trip to Hawaii will be next week?

The arsehole is just "playing President".

23 posted on 02/13/2009 12:07:07 PM PST by tiredoflaundry (Sometimes, I guess there's just not enough bags of popcorn.)
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To: fiodora

Gosh he sure takes enough vacations!


24 posted on 02/13/2009 12:07:37 PM PST by chris_bdba
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To: fiodora

Give him a break...

a trip to the gym with his satchelman should do his nerves a lot of good


25 posted on 02/13/2009 12:09:23 PM PST by silverleaf ("Men are not angered by mere misfortune but by misfortune conceived as injury" - Screwtape)
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To: fiodora

How much is this costing the taxpayer?


26 posted on 02/13/2009 12:15:45 PM PST by freekitty (Give me back my conservative vote.)
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To: fiodora

A vacation on Valentine’s Day? What a slacker.


27 posted on 02/13/2009 12:16:49 PM PST by jersey117
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To: fiodora

Last weekend Camp David, this weekend Chicago. And they said GWB was never working.


28 posted on 02/13/2009 12:18:57 PM PST by keepitreal (Obama brings change: an international crisis (terrorism) within 6 months)
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To: fiodora

Kind of like Al Capone being out of town when the Chicago St. Valentine’s day massacre occurred, Obama is in Chicago while the St. Valentines day massacre of the US economy is taking place in Washington.


29 posted on 02/13/2009 12:21:20 PM PST by The Great RJ ("Mir we bleiwen wat mir sin" or "We want to remain what we are." ..Luxembourg motto)
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To: John W
I like that, too. I also liked the Present Obama that someone else came up with. I like Present Obama because it has the double connotations of his many votes of “present” and the idea that he is Santa Clause and his supporters are looking for their presents.
30 posted on 02/13/2009 12:22:24 PM PST by madinmadtown (BO stinks..)
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To: mojitojoe

Wondered if anyone would ‘get it’.


31 posted on 02/13/2009 12:22:41 PM PST by Badeye (There are no 'great moments' in Moderate Political History. Only losses.)
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To: fiodora

Oh, so he and MO have already visited with the families of the plane crash victims?
/s


32 posted on 02/13/2009 12:43:14 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: keepitreal

Bush got into the office in suit before 7am and this goob doen’t get there until after 9am and doesn’t work a full day. Then dines at tax payer expense on exotic and expensive beef. Is it too soon to be sick of this goofball?


33 posted on 02/13/2009 12:43:28 PM PST by FreeAtlanta (Join the Constitution Party)
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To: GnuHere

Has he even commented on it or offered his condolences or is he still campaigning?


34 posted on 02/13/2009 12:43:58 PM PST by jersey117
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To: fiodora

When the going gets tough, Obama turns tail and runs.


35 posted on 02/13/2009 12:45:49 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: fiodora

Escapes?

If this ****** wants to leave the White House for good, who’s stopping him?


36 posted on 02/13/2009 12:46:09 PM PST by Cicero (Marcus Tullius)
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To: svcw
"Wow. I never knew that V Day was a vacation time. Man, Berry is just full of information."

Like Michael Jackson, he's a lover, not a fighter!

37 posted on 02/13/2009 12:47:21 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: fiodora

(0bama)Call me on my Blackberry, if you need me


38 posted on 02/13/2009 12:48:42 PM PST by Steven Tyler
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To: azishot
"Wonder why he didn’t choose Hawaii like he usually does? Hmmmm...."

He already dumped his granny into the ocean. No need for any more photo ops there.

39 posted on 02/13/2009 12:48:44 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: fiodora

40 posted on 02/13/2009 12:49:00 PM PST by truthandlife ("Some trust in chariots and some in horses, but we trust in the name of the LORD our God." (Ps 20:7))
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To: mojitojoe

We should start keeping track of how many times he leaves the White House, whether it be for townhall meetings, family getaways, or overseas jaunts, etc.


41 posted on 02/13/2009 12:49:49 PM PST by mass55th (Courage is being scared to death - but saddling up anyway...John Wayne)
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To: fiodora
"But the debate is now coming to an end. ... It is time for Congress to act, and I hope they act in a bipartisan fashion."

What debate has been allowed? F*** YOU, Hussein!

42 posted on 02/13/2009 12:50:31 PM PST by conservative cat (America, you have been PWNED!)
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To: mass55th

Excuse me while I wipe coffee off my screen!


43 posted on 02/13/2009 12:55:30 PM PST by azishot (I just joined the NRA.)
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To: fiodora
resident Barack Obama is getting away from Washington for a few days to his home in Chicago,...

I think you're supposed to capitalize the 'R.'

Resident Barack Obama is getting away from Washington for a few days to his home in Chicago,...

44 posted on 02/13/2009 12:59:45 PM PST by TigersEye (This is the age of the death of reason.)
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To: GnuHere

“Oh, so he and MO have already visited with the families of the plane crash victims?”

IT IS VALENTINE’S DAY!!! The Royal family needs a break...


45 posted on 02/13/2009 1:05:04 PM PST by fiodora
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To: FreeAtlanta

He’s new on the job and doesn’t get there ‘til after 9?!?

How many days in the real world would that last - 2?
I guess unless you’re at a bailout bank - then come in whenever you want...


46 posted on 02/13/2009 1:06:19 PM PST by GnuHere
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To: utahagen

Laziness comes naturally for osamo. He must think he is in a part-time (J-O-B) as the prez. When the pressure gets too much osma will have a big meltdown.

I Know What Good Is,
NSNR


47 posted on 02/13/2009 1:07:00 PM PST by No Surrender No Retreat
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To: OCCASparky
I'd love to have a job where I can get a 4-day-weekend, 3-1/2 weeks into working at it.

Unless someone started around Thanksgiving or Christmas, I don't think that I've even heard of it. And, as a manager, if someone came to me with a request like that, I'd say (barring extenuating circumstance) that was the definition of chutzpah. Might even tell them not to bother coming back from the vacation.

48 posted on 02/13/2009 1:18:41 PM PST by wbill
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To: fiodora

I think that bass turd enjoys flying around in AF-1 a little bit too much.


49 posted on 02/13/2009 1:19:37 PM PST by Sig Sauer P220 (There ought to be one day -- just one -- when there is open season on Senators --- Will Rogers)
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To: Sig Sauer P220; All

HEY - Isn’t this unnecessary trip contributing to GLOBAL WARMING...?


50 posted on 02/13/2009 1:27:08 PM PST by LiveFreeOrDie2001 (Keep plenty of food and batteries on hand.)
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