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Thunder Had to Roll Fast With President (Obama uses Rolling Thunder for photo-op)
The Washington Times ^ | Sunday, May 27, 2012 | Jennifer Harper

Posted on 05/27/2012 8:03:21 PM PDT by kristinn

Rolling Thunder made it to the White House this year, but the experience for the motorcycle-riding patriots was more pro forma photo oppportunity than heartfelt meeting with President Obama, the group says.

“Well, we had a good meeting with his staff and a defense official. But we were supposed to have time with the president,” founder and executive national director Artie Muller told The Washington Times in an interview after the meeting Friday.

“When we were there in the past, the president himself talked to us about the issues that concern us - veterans health care, the fate of prisoners of war, and those missing in action. This was more or less a handshake and a photo op for the White House. And that’s all it was,” Mr. Muller said.

During his time in office, former President George W. Bush met with Mr. Muller, Rolling Thunder officers and Nancy Sinatra, the singer who has long supported the group’s causes. In 2004, for example, Mr. Bush brought the group to the Oval Office for a cordial visit, and he accepted and wore a leather vest emblazoned with the Rolling Thunder logo.

“We went to the White House with all good intentions. We tried. But you know what? This is our country, and we’re tired of veterans getting overlooked and treated badly,” Mr. Muller said.

The 25th annual “Ride for Freedom” on Sunday drew some 500,000 bikers to the nation’s capital this year.

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: obama; rollingthunder

P052512PS-0254 President Barack Obama greets members of the Rolling Thunder in the Diplomatic Reception Room of the White House, May 25, 2012. (Official White House Photo by Pete Souza)
1 posted on 05/27/2012 8:03:25 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn

They were bumping up against his tee time.


2 posted on 05/27/2012 8:05:51 PM PDT by AU72
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To: kristinn

FUBO!


3 posted on 05/27/2012 8:09:00 PM PDT by Texas Fossil (Government, even in its best state is but a necessary evil; in its worst state an intolerable one)
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To: kristinn

In my next life, I want to be a biker!


4 posted on 05/27/2012 8:11:51 PM PDT by basil (It's time to rid the country of "gun free zones" aka "Killing Fields")
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To: kristinn

Look at the pic. He grabs her wrists as if it’s bondage.....NOT the hands with affection.

Real, little ‘dominatrix’, there in the WH.


5 posted on 05/27/2012 8:13:07 PM PDT by RushIsMyTeddyBear (A MUST WATCH: http://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=KeOLurcQaqI)
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To: basil

There’s still time!


6 posted on 05/27/2012 8:13:55 PM PDT by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: kristinn
Two years ago he wanted nothing to do with them.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2522234/posts

7 posted on 05/27/2012 8:17:07 PM PDT by BigSkyFreeper (You have entered an invalid birthday)
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Good memory.


8 posted on 05/27/2012 8:19:34 PM PDT by kristinn (Dump the Chump in 2012)
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To: kristinn

Why would these people let FUBO make a photo-op with them ? Most veterans I know ... including most fellow ALR members can’t stand him


9 posted on 05/27/2012 8:22:30 PM PDT by clamper1797 (Hoping to have some change left)
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To: kristinn

Someone feel free to do a photo shop..Obama in his mom jeans on his bicycle, riding with Rolling Thunder.


10 posted on 05/27/2012 8:22:37 PM PDT by sockmonkey
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To: kristinn
Remember last year?


11 posted on 05/27/2012 8:24:29 PM PDT by Bratch
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To: kristinn

2008 (UPI Photo/Dennis Brack/Pool)

12 posted on 05/27/2012 8:28:03 PM PDT by FoxInSocks ("Hope is not a course of action." -- M. O'Neal, USMC)
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To: Bratch; basil

I my next life, I want to be the cow that makes the leather jacket that Sarah wears.


13 posted on 05/27/2012 8:31:37 PM PDT by digger48
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To: kristinn

Bammy would ride a Vespa, but someone told him that it means WASP is Italian,


14 posted on 05/27/2012 8:39:18 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: digger48

If she wears Leather Pants, I’m in...


15 posted on 05/27/2012 8:42:53 PM PDT by Kickass Conservative (Confucius say, short note better than long memory....)
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To: Kickass Conservative
“If she wears Leather Pants, I’m in...”

I used to crew for an EBC endurance motorcycle team. There
was this stunning Italian girl who rode for one of the Ducati
sponsors. A reverent hush would come over the crew members
when she would don or remove her racing leathers.

16 posted on 05/27/2012 8:50:56 PM PDT by CrazyIvan (Obama's birth certificate was found stapled to Soros's receipt.)
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To: kristinn

It’s never a good idea to insult 500,000 bikers....


17 posted on 05/27/2012 9:20:11 PM PDT by Gator113 (***YOU GAVE it to Obama. I would have voted for NEWT.~Just livin' life, my way~)
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To: kristinn

"Hey...(ring, ring)....wait for me, guys".

18 posted on 05/27/2012 9:24:17 PM PDT by BookmanTheJanitor
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To: kristinn

Why do they look so happy to be there?


19 posted on 05/27/2012 10:26:21 PM PDT by philetus (Keep doing what you always do and you'll eventually get what you deserve)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

LOL! That’s Obama on his way to “Rolling Drizzle!”


20 posted on 05/27/2012 10:50:48 PM PDT by JaguarXKE (If my Fluffy had a puppy, it would look like the puppy Obama ate!)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

No seat-belt?


21 posted on 05/28/2012 2:44:22 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: BigSkyFreeper

Yes, I remember. This picture and the smiling, almost fawning faces kinda makes me lose interest in “Thunder”.


22 posted on 05/28/2012 2:45:04 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: BookmanTheJanitor
No air-bags?
23 posted on 05/28/2012 2:48:50 AM PDT by tdscpa
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To: kristinn

HA! Wait till I tell the wife. We saw Rolling Thunder yesterday and I told my wife I bet Obama will meet with them this year because of the election. This guy is so predictable.


24 posted on 05/28/2012 2:49:58 AM PDT by HarleyD
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To: kristinn

25 posted on 05/28/2012 2:53:36 AM PDT by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

OMG. LOL...”ring ring.”


26 posted on 05/28/2012 2:56:57 AM PDT by Miss Behave (All ways, always.)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

I love to see people riding bicycles with flat tires. They get so much more exercise.

I would love to see another bike coming in from his left.


27 posted on 05/28/2012 3:07:23 AM PDT by Right Wing Assault (Dick Obama is more inexperienced now than he was before he was elected.)
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To: kristinn

These vets were fools to think they meant anything to the marxist punk other than a photo opp./
GOD I hate this smug ass clown


28 posted on 05/28/2012 3:31:20 AM PDT by Joe Boucher ((FUBO) Hey Mitt, F-you too pal)
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To: BookmanTheJanitor

LOL!!!! Mr. COOL in his mom jeans.


29 posted on 05/28/2012 3:45:58 AM PDT by Ann Archy ( ABORTION...the HUMAN Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: kristinn

Fawning over the Usurper. Disgraceful.


30 posted on 05/28/2012 3:51:11 AM PDT by Godebert (NO PERSON EXCEPT A NATURAL BORN CITIZEN!)
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To: Gaffer

Don’t let this photo affect your opinion of or interest in Rolling Thunder. Instead look at all the riders and to the three Marines who stood saluting the riders during their 3+ hour ride. It was a humbling site to see.

http://photos.nj.com/star-ledger/2012/05/a_marine_salutes_as_motorcycli.html


31 posted on 05/28/2012 6:39:54 AM PDT by EHC Southern Pride (No shoes, no shirt, no problems)
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To: EHC Southern Pride

I agree. The Marine photos are touching. In afterthought, they make me more confused when compared against the fawning photos of Thunder representatives with Obama. There is no excuse in my book.


32 posted on 05/28/2012 6:42:57 AM PDT by Gaffer
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To: kristinn

My respect for Rolling Thunder has done a 180.


33 posted on 05/28/2012 8:18:20 AM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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To: kristinn
Artie Muller had this to say about the meeting:

Rolling Thunder made it to the White House this year, but the experience for the motorcycle-riding patriots was more pro forma photo oppportunity than heartfelt meeting with President Obama, the group says.

“Well, we had a good meeting with his staff and a defense official. But we were supposed to have time with the president,” founder and executive national director Artie Muller told The Washington Times in an interview after the meeting Friday.

“When we were there in the past, the president himself talked to us about the issues that concern us - veterans health care, the fate of prisoners of war, and those missing in action. This was more or less a handshake and a photo op for the White House. And that’s all it was,” Mr. Muller said.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2012/may/27/thunder-had-to-roll-fast-with-president/

34 posted on 05/28/2012 9:28:19 AM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

“This administration is committed to the POW/MIA mission as well as to our veterans and their families.”

So much so that he wants them declared a threat to national security upon returning.

I do not understand why they even gave the won the time of day.

Must be “politics”.


35 posted on 05/26/2013 11:23:30 AM PDT by Salamander (The only things that last forever are memories and sorrow.)
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To: Gaffer

Mine either.


36 posted on 05/26/2013 11:24:06 AM PDT by Salamander (The only things that last forever are memories and sorrow.)
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To: Gaffer
the fawning photos of Thunder representatives with Obama. There is no excuse in my book.

Well, they could be unionRATs.

37 posted on 05/26/2013 11:29:42 AM PDT by ROCKLOBSTER (Hey RATs! Control your murdering freaks.)
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To: Salamander

I didn’t see him there. Did see a lot of video equipment mounted high up on poles in the Pentagon parking lot while we were staging and hurry-up-and-waiting. Did you ride this year?


38 posted on 05/26/2013 1:58:30 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: kristinn; basil
There’s still time!

Indeed there is. I'm 51, and there was a couple who were new riders on a Harley Davidson behind me when were were in staging at the Pentagon parking lot today. They were maybe a decade my senior. Delightful folks.

39 posted on 05/26/2013 2:02:10 PM PDT by Riley (The Fourth Estate is the Fifth Column.)
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To: Riley

No.

I haven’t gone since it got into the ‘hundreds of thousands’ of riders.

The last time we went, we sat in the Pentagon parking lot until almost 4pm and still hadn’t moved so we went home.

We do the local VA hospital run instead.


40 posted on 05/26/2013 3:18:02 PM PDT by Salamander (The only things that last forever are memories and sorrow.)
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