Skip to comments.Shameless: White House Burnishes Obama Image on Haiti With Timeline Release (Rush was right)
Posted on 01/16/2010 7:59:27 AM PST by kristinn
The Obama administration is burnishing Barack Obama's image as intently focused on the plight of Haitians by pushing on the press a detailed-to-the-minute timeline of Obama's involvement with the response to the Haiti earthquake this week.
This shameless promotion of Obama confirms what Rush Limbaugh said earlier this week--that Obama would use the earthquake for his political benefit.
The release of the Haiti timeline is in stark contrast to the failure of the White House to similarly account for Obama's time in the aftermath of the Christmas Day terror attack on America while Obama was on vacation in Hawaii. Then, the administration told the press Obama was getting briefings in between golfing, snorkeling, picnicking and otherwise not doing his job.
The timeline lists twenty-two entries for Obama taking meetings, briefings and phone calls in the sixty-nine hour period from 5:52 p.m. Tuesday (an hour after the quake struck) through 3 p.m. Friday. Other entries note meetings convened by others at Obama's direction.
Obama seems to have slacked off some on Friday after spending the previous two days on the phone and in meetings.
The danger for Obama is that the amount of time spent on the earthquake by him has not translated into relief for the survivors in Haiti. Last night and this morning, news reports out of Haiti all told the same story: aid is bottled-up at the international airport in Haiti because noone has taken charge.
Here's a sample from the release demonstrating Obama is the hardest working man in show business, I mean the White House (via the Chicago Sun-Times):
Thursday, January 14
(The President receives verbal briefings on the situation from Denis McDonough throughout the day)
9:30 AM-- The President met in the Oval Office with several of his lead military and civilian national security team to receive an update on the situation in Haiti and on progress against al Qaeda and its affiliates.
4:17 PM - The President speaks with President Sarkozy of France about ongoing US and French relief efforts, and the need for coordination of immediate and long term international efforts to assist the people of Haiti.
4:30 PM - Deputy National Security Advisor Tom Donilon convened a Deputies Committee for approximately 2.5 hours to discuss coordination of the United States Government's relief efforts in Haiti. The meeting included senior representatives from: State, USAID, USUN, DOD, SOUTHCOM, TRANSCOM, JCS, DHS, Coast Guard, and National Security and White House Staff.
8:54 PM -- The President speaks with President Fernandez of the Dominican Republic. The President expressed his appreciation for the role the Dominican Republic has played in facilitating the evacuation of US citizens and in the flow of relief teams and supplies into Haiti through the Dominican Republic. President Fernandez conveyed his assessment of the situation in Haiti following his visit today to Port au Prince.
10:15 PM -The President receives an update from Deputy National Security Advisor Tom Donilon on relief efforts, the situation on the ground in Haiti, and tonight's Deputies Committee meeting.
Rush Limbaugh's prescient comments:
RUSH: Here's President Obama speaking about Haiti this morning in Washington at the White House. He held a press conference. Now, I want you to remember, it took him three days to respond to the Christmas Day Fruit of Kaboom Bomber, three days. And when he came out after those three days, he was clearly irritated that he had to do it. He didn't want to do it. He comes out here in less than 24 hours to speak about Haiti...
I'm just fascinated here the country the president of the United States feels the need to apologize for, the country the president of the United States feels is immoral and unjust, can barely contain himself running to the cameras in less than 24 hours after this earthquake to pledge aid and to ask citizens who have lost their jobs because of his policies to donate to the relief effort...
Yes, I think in the Haiti earthquake, ladies and gentlemen -- in the words of Rahm Emanuel -- we have another crisis simply too good to waste. This will play right into Obama's hands. He's humanitarian, compassionate. They'll use this to burnish their, shall we say, "credibility" with the black community -- in the both light-skinned and dark-skinned black community in this country. It's made-to-order for them. That's why he couldn't wait to get out there, could not wait to get out there.
Sun-Times Washington reporter Lynn Sweet called the timeline release by the Obama administration an "unusual step."
Indeed, or as Rush might say, "I told you so."
As usual Rush nails it. Never doubt Rush. The more they squeal the more right he is.
Everything is a press and photo opportunity for this lametard, jack squat administration. Utterly pathetic.
Do you think he will go to Haiti and tell the victims that they make a “pretty good photo op”?
The One on TV now with Clinton and GW Bush.
Can’t see a Coakley for Senate button Clinton’s lapel at the moment.
Obama has no place in US politics. I predict his political demise as America sees beyond his wholly created romantic personna, specifically designed to hide his radical neo-fascist socialism.
Charisma, does not an American president make. In this case it destroys him, and none too soon.
Be assured, I am not alone in wishing he would just go away...I am soooooooooooooooooo tired of seeing his face on my TV screen its not even funny anymore.
Proof once again, GW is a ready tool.
Good, I hope obama and the White House throw themselves headlong into this.
This will illustrate the fact that he TRULY hates America.
Right now, we are facing a tragedy. If we do not reverse course, the next time a disaster like Haiti occurs, there won’t BE hundreds of US troops, millions of US dollars coming to the rescue.
The White House sees Haiti as an opportunity to stop obama’s popularity freefall, while I personally believe the opposite will occur.
While we are the most compassionate nation on earth, hussein sending millions in aid to Haiti will not put a paycheck on the table for the millions of American jobs he has PERSONALLY cost the people of this nation.
He’s trying to make his bones to legitimize himself as commander in chief after the disappearing act he pulled with the Christmas day bomber fiasco.
This rube is so predictably transparent.
I’m sure the Press will want to have him take his appointed place among America’s GREATEST Commanders of all time after he “Conquers Haiti”.
Rush oughta post a timeline for his response to the Christmas terrorist attack.
Anyone wondering if Obama is more concerned about the safety of foreigners than he his about the safety of Americans? It sure shows.
It’s pretty obvious where Obozo’s allegiances are directed, and it’s NOT the workaday American people.
I don’t think He’s gonna be happy until our country resembles Zimbabwe. And we’re headed there fast.
Good thing the earthquake waited until AFTER The One’s vacation in Hawaii, eh?
GWB sited in the press box with Jerry Jones at last weeks Dallas game....maybe be in Minneapolis this weekend? Look closely when they show Jerry...
In two weeks the Haiti story will be buried and mostly forgotten in America. There is no long-term political gain here for the dems (unlike hurricane Katrina), because 80% of Americans couldn't point out Haiti on a map. Actually, I believe all too soon Americans will wonder aloud why we're pouring more money down this rat hole.
I do think this (tracking Obama's every thought during the "dark skinned with serious negro/Caribbean dialect" crisis was unfolding) would make an interesting documentary for Michael Moore and/or Rob Reiner, but doubt either will be visiting this tropical paradise anytime soon.
“Who dares interrupt Emperor Zero’s meal?”
“I am sorry, master. Something important has happened”
“Spit it out before I cut your tongue myself”
“Yes sire. The nation of Haiti has been hit by a devastating earthquake”
“Who could tell?”
“No, its very much worse than that. It is a major crisis”
“Did you hear that Emmanuel? We should not waste this opportunity! But first, More Wagyu!!”
“Slave Gibbs, find and release bad things about the previous Emperor. Tell the squibs that I shall save Haiti!”
“Y..Yes, my master, Lord zero”
“Excellent. Where is my wagyu??!!”
Not sure what that means. Who is Jerry Jones and what does he have to do with this story?
Maybe he’ll just give them a ‘shout out’. /s
I found this on iReport
Apparently there are many reports of the US Embassy being of no use and even condescending to US citizens in Haiti. Although the source of this may be questionable, the replies to the post do add a little validity.
It is shameful to think that we have a corrupt and useless embassy in ANY country— even Haiti.
I find it offensive if the Obama administration equates a disaster in another country with one that damaged America.
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