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  • The Obamas Write a $15,000 Check for Haiti Recovery (But Spent $40,000 on Christmas Vacation)

    01/20/2010 5:32:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 56 replies · 2,229+ views
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | Sunlen Miller
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama donated $15,000 today to the Haiti relief efforts, the White House confirms. The donation came from their personal bank account, a check written to the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund. “The President and First Lady have been inspired by the way that millions of Americans have responded with tremendous generosity to the Haiti crisis – even in these tough economic times,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, “So, today, they sent their own check for $15,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to support the ongoing relief efforts in that country.” The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund was...
  • CIA, Counterterrorism Execs Managed Bomb Crisis from Afar

    01/07/2010 8:03:37 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 76 replies · 2,575+ views
    CBS ^ | Thursday January 7, 2010 | Daniel Farber
    It could be said that the U.S. government can run by remote control. On the day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up a Northwest airline flight headed for Detroit, several key government players were on holiday and didn't immediately return to their posts in Washington, D.C. President Obama was on vacation in Hawaii, golfing and enjoying time with his family. He returned to the White House on Jan. 4. A source told CBS News that Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, was on holiday in Monterey, Calif. when Abdulmutallab was apprehended, and didn't return to CIA headquarters in...
  • White House defends NCTC head: We said he could go on vacation after attack

    01/07/2010 1:35:36 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies · 733+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 01/07/10 | BY Kenneth R. Bazinet AND James Gordon Meek
    WASHINGTON - The Obama White House rushed Thursday to defend a top counterterror official who went on a ski vacation for six days after an alleged Al Qaeda bomber attempted to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day....Leiter "took six days of annual leave after the event," and did so "only after explicit consultations with both the White House and the Director of National Intelligence"
  • Intel chief must go: Fire counterterror boss for staying on vacation after plane attack

    01/07/2010 5:11:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 803+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | January 7, 2010
    It is reported in today's Daily News that the chief of the National Counterterrorism Center was skiing on Christmas and stayed on the slopes for several days after the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253. It must soon be reported, certainly by tomorrow's editions, that President Obama has given Michael Leiter all the free time he likes to schuss and slalom the slopes to his heart's delight. Where Leiter belonged the moment he was notified that a terrorist had nearly executed an attack upon the United States was on his way back to Washington. Staying in touch by phone or...
  • I thought they made fun of Bush for vacationing?

    01/07/2010 6:49:44 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 4 replies · 467+ views
    While President Obama dealt with the near miss of a terrorist attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day from the beaches and golf courses of Hawaii’s Big Island, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center took a page from the vacationer-in-chief’s book. NCTC’s Michael Leiter decided to remain on the ski slopes rather than return to the nation’s capitol, just as Obama decided to remain in America’s Pacific Paradise.
  • After Another Church-Less Christmas, Coalition Asks: Is Obama a Christian Fraud?

    01/07/2010 4:18:59 PM PST · by opentalk · 36 replies · 1,398+ views
    lifesitenews ^ | Jan 6, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 6, 2009 (LifeSiteNews.com) - The increasingly notorious lack of church involvement or public religious observance by the United State's First Family has led one Christian organization to question the level of dedication President Obama truly feels to the religious identity that once lent such appeal to his campaign image. After attending church regularly during the 2008 Presidential campaign, Obama has not attended church on a regular basis since being elected President and has yet to find a church home. Obama, while vacationing in Hawaii over Christmastime, failed to attend any religious services with his family; neither did...
  • Out-to-lunch O living out a disaster film

    01/06/2010 6:50:43 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 23 replies · 1,038+ views
    New York Post ^ | Jan. 6, 2009 | Michael Goodwin
    Someday, somebody not from Hollywood will make a movie about President Obama's disastrous vacation. About how his aides waited for nearly three hours after the Christmas airliner attack to wake him. About how he waited three more days to appear publicly. About how even then, he didn't grasp the seriousness of the situation, racing through a bloodless speech so he could play golf. Until that film is made, reality is frightening enough. Even the true believers in the White House now realize they blew the response to a potentially catastrophic attack by an al Qaeda-trained terrorist. When the alarm first...
  • Time for Accountability at the White House (Sally Quinn: Weak and Vacillating Obama Not to Blame)

    01/05/2010 10:16:26 AM PST · by kristinn · 12 replies · 829+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, December 5, 2010 | Sally Quinn
    Now it turns out that there was a third uninvited guest at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, this one a member of the Indian delegation. It was enough of a shock that the would-be stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi had crashed. But a third? The Salahi story may have been delicious, but the implications of the appalling breach of security are immense. The president could have been assassinated. And had that happened, the Office of the White House Social Secretary would have been as culpable as the Secret Service. One of the first lessons...
  • Obama Inaugural Terror Threat by 'Somalis' Old News; Media Con to Garner Sympathy for O-bumbler

    01/04/2010 8:56:01 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies · 2,282+ views
    Monday, January 4, 2010 | Kristinn
    The New York Times pushed up the publication of a Sunday Magazine article from January 17 to today (online) that leads with a dramatic telling of the incoming and outgoing administrations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush dealing with a reported threat that Somali terrorists would try to attack Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009.The Times told Politico:(that) following the botched Christmas Day terrorist plot, Deputy Magazine Editor Megan Liberman said that “the urgency set in" to publish sooner. “We just thought we should push the Web-first mantra as much as we could,” Liberman said.While the Times report reads...
  • President Obama's Last Day in Hawaii

    01/04/2010 12:33:23 AM PST · by Red Steel · 13 replies · 1,176+ views
    khon ^ | January 3, 2010, 8:14pm | Brianne Randle
    President Obama and the First Family spent 11 days, 10 nights on Oahu. Now they're packing up for their return flight home to the winter weather of Washington, D.C. The president is spending his final hours on Oahu soaking up the sun outdoors. And ever since he's arrived, he's managed to fit in trips to the beach, a movie, even a stop for shave ice. Scott Miscovich has seen it all, living on the same street as what has been coined the First Family's Winter White House. "Been interesting, we've had protestors, a lot of people coming just to observe,"...
  • Obama ends Hawaiian holiday, returns to Washington (AP-"hardly the holiday most Americans seek")

    01/04/2010 2:40:50 AM PST · by maggief · 81 replies · 2,724+ views
    Washington Post (AP) ^ | January 4, 2010 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama ended a Hawaiian vacation to return Monday to the Washington he never really escaped. Obama and his family boarded Air Force One on Sunday evening for an overnight flight, capping off an 11-day trip that would be remembered more for an al-Qaida affiliate's botched attempt to bring down a Christmas Day flight about to land in Detroit from Amsterdam rather than the hours spent on golf courses or at luaus. The failed terror attack refocused the president's trip from R&R on the island of Oahu to a river of memos from homeland security aides.
  • Obama's Busy Last Day of Vacation (MO: "Let's stay!" ... I'm trying to mount a coup here!"

    01/04/2010 4:25:31 AM PST · by maggief · 39 replies · 1,906+ views
    ABCNews ^ | January 4, 2010 | Jon Garcia
    As his emissary, Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan, hit the Sunday morning talk shows to discuss White House anti-terror efforts, Obama, still on island time, had his usual workout the nearby Marine Base and then went for a 6+ hour round of golf at the course on the base. His afternoon included a family visit to Punchbowl, the Department of Veterans Affairs-run National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Obama's maternal grandfather is entombed there. And then a swing by the Honolulu Zoo, where Obama made his first appearance of the day. There the First Family--First Lady Michelle and daughters...
  • Credit Where Credit Is Due: Vice President Biden Spent Christmas With Wounded at Walter Reed

    01/04/2010 4:43:07 PM PST · by kristinn · 57 replies · 2,779+ views
    Monday, January 4, 2010 | Kristinn
    News of Vice President Biden's low-key visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Christmas Day was buried in the wake of the terror attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and the subsequent bungled response by his already vacationing boss, Barack Obama.But for all the grief Obama rightly took for his exhorbitant, self-indulgent extended stay in Hawaii over Christmas and New Year's, Biden should be credited with spending much of his Christmas with our wounded warriors and their families.As Free Republic's Walter Reed regulars know, Christmas at Walter Reed can be quite lonesome as the hospital and service groups work...
  • Obama ends Hawaiian holiday, returns to Washington

    01/04/2010 7:14:25 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 53 replies · 1,840+ views
    AP News ^ | 1-4-2010 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    HONOLULU – President Barack Obama ended a Hawaiian vacation to return Monday to the Washington he never really escaped.
  • Crises to greet Obama's return to Washington (HE'S BACK)

    01/04/2010 9:56:56 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies · 600+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 1/4/2010 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama wrapped up his Hawaiian vacation and headed back Monday to Washington, where he will have to grapple with resurgent fears of a terror attack and Iran's nuclear defiance. Air Force One left the islands with the US first family at about 0810 GMT. Challenges facing the White House in 2009 -- including the worst economic meltdown in 70 years -- look likely to be trumped by the building crises threatening to rage through 2010. Hyper-partisan politics will get even more nasty, with Republicans targeting gains in mid-term elections in November -- which normally wound first-term presidents...
  • When Rahm Came Calling / Chilli Peppers in Delhi's Khari Baoli(Rahm Emanuel in India)

    01/03/2010 5:58:34 PM PST · by kristinn · 16 replies · 1,070+ views
    DNA India ^ | Sunday, January 3, 2010 | Arati R Jerath
    Two articles presented here:India Express article: US President Barack Obama’s key aide and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s vacation in India had its official overtones. Not only did he have some important meetings, the Prime Minister’s media advisor, Harish Khare, is said to have worn the diplomat’s hat and hosted him for a trip to Old Delhi, showing him around the “spice streets”. Incidentally, the first leg of his trip, in the third week of December, clashed with the King of Bhutan’s state visit, and the two happened to be staying in the same hotel. The hotel staff...
  • Obama Ends Trip Early to Address Security Concerns

    01/03/2010 5:36:17 PM PST · by kristinn · 73 replies · 3,007+ views
    WJLA-TV 7 ^ | Sunday, January 3, 2010
    President Obama returns to the White House Sunday night amid new questions about the effectiveness of our fight against terrorism. The failed terror attempt on a flight to Detroit raised new concerns about the response to the threat. When the President leaves the island paradise of Hawaii, he'll come back to questions about who is to blame for the terrorist near miss on an airliner in Detriot and even more questions about what's being done now to keep the nation safe. The Christmas Day terror attempt is bringing flashbacks to post 9/11 frustration: warning signs existed, but weren't pieced together....
  • The Obamas Go for Shave Ice in Hawaii

    01/03/2010 4:02:07 PM PST · by billorites · 60 replies · 2,239+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1/2/2010 | Jon Garcia
    President Obama and his Hawaiian vacation party, fresh from watching Ohio State defeat Oregon in the Rose Bowl, took a late afternoon New Year's Day trip to Island Snow shave ice and clothing store--one of the Obama's favorite haunts in Kailua. The large Obama tribe -- which included Malia, Sasha, family friends Marty Nesbitt and his family, Eric Whitaker and his family, island golfing buddies Greg Orme and Mike Ramos and others--ordered 19 shave ice cones in all the various flavors and colors of the rainbow, seven of them with ice cream on the bottom. There were so many orders,...
  • Caption This Photo of Obama and Biden

    01/03/2010 9:26:30 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 73 replies · 2,772+ views
    White House Flickr Page ^ | January 3, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    Caption this photo of Barack Obama sort of listening to Joe Biden. The most bizarre thing about this is that it is from the White House Flickr page which means they WANT us to see this photo of Obama's reaction to Biden!!!
  • Obama golfs on last day in Hawaii

    01/03/2010 1:16:40 PM PST · by maggief · 32 replies · 1,670+ views
    AP ^ | January 3, 2010
    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — President Barack Obama is golfing with friends during the last day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii. Obama returned to the golf course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii with three longtime friends Sunday, the last day of the 11-day trip to the state where he was born and grew up.
  • Obama Adviser: No Smoking Gun in Airline Bomb Plot (Just a smoking bomb in seat 19A over Detroit)

    01/03/2010 6:23:59 AM PST · by kristinn · 116 replies · 5,085+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Sunday, January 3, 2009 | Anne Gearan
    U.S. intelligence agencies did not miss a "smoking gun" that could have prevented an alleged attempt to blow up a U.S. airliner on Christmas Day, President Barack Obama's top counterterrorism adviser said Sunday. White House aide John Brennan cited "lapses" and errors in the sharing of intelligence and clues about the Nigerian man accused in the foiled attempt. "There is no smoking gun," Brennan said. "There was no single piece of intelligence that said, 'this guy is going to get on a plane.'" Brennan is leading a White House review of the incident. Obama has said there was a systemic...
  • Barack Obama: Pretending to Be Presidential

    01/02/2010 8:38:08 PM PST · by bogusname · 27 replies · 1,587+ views
    CFP ^ | January 2, 2010 | John Lillpop
    Former Vice President Dick Cheney ruffled a good many elitist feathers recently when he accused the president of pretending that America is not at war. Cheney’s words were immediately challenged by the same fellow who took three days to make a public statement about the terrorist incident on Flight 253 this Christmas Day. So which one is right? Is Cheney overstating the situation, or is President Obama in denial? It may be the latter, considering other similar positions taken by President Obama. Namely: * Islam is a religion of peace: 9.11, the Fort Hood slaughters, and Flight 253 are but...
  • Obama Approval Index Month-by-Month (Now at -18)

    01/02/2010 9:11:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 23 replies · 1,994+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | January 02nd 2010
    Obama Approval Index Month-by-Month Saturday, January 02, 2010 When tracking President Obama’s job approval on a daily basis, people sometimes get so caught up in the day-to-day fluctuations that they miss the bigger picture. To look at the longer-term trends, Rasmussen Reports compiles the numbers on a full-month basis, and the results can be seen in the graphics below. The president’s Approval Index ratings fell three points in December following two-point declines in both October and November. Looking back, the president’s honeymoon ended quickly before his ratings stabilized from March through May. They tumbled in June and July as the...
  • Soft on terror? Not this president (WP goes to bat for the Shave-Ice eating wimp of a President)

    01/02/2010 8:21:53 PM PST · by tobyhill · 40 replies · 1,870+ views
    Washington Post ^ | 1/3/2010 | WP
    THERE IS, it seems evident, more than enough blame to go around in the botched handling of the botched Christmas bombing. Not for some Republicans. With former vice president Richard B. Cheney in the lead, they have embarked on an ugly course to use the incident to inflict maximum political damage on President Obama. That's bad enough, but their scurrilous line of attack is even worse. The claim that the incident shows the president's fecklessness in the war on terror is unfounded -- no matter how often it is repeated. These critics have set up a straw Obama, a weak...
  • Hawaii Hopes for Economic Revival in Wake of Obama Visit (Shave-Ice business booming)

    01/02/2010 2:39:37 PM PST · by tobyhill · 54 replies · 1,502+ views
    Fox News ^ | 1/2/2010 | Steve Centanni
    As President Obama gets a much-needed rest in Hawaii, state officials are hoping that his vacation brings the islands, once a popular vacation spot, much-needed revenue. "We depend mostly on tourism for our state economy, and when tourism went down, it affects everyone from the state budget to the person that does the dry cleaning," said Marsha Weinert, a state tourism liaison. Weinert said tourism, which accounts for 25 percent of Hawaii's overall economy, has declined in the last two years by nearly $3 billion. Now with an unemployment rate of 7 percent and a budget shortfall expected to reach...
  • Obama visits Sea Life Park on last full day of vacation - sees some (non-terrorist threat) dolphins

    01/02/2010 2:23:34 PM PST · by maggief · 34 replies · 1,407+ views
    Star Bulletin ^ | January 2, 2010
    President Barack Obama began his last day in Hawaii with his typical morning workout and a trip to Sea Life Park. Obama spent about an hour at Waimanalo marine park, where aides said he was visiting with his daughters and other family and friends. Spotted with the president's party were his sister, Maya Soetoro-Ng, and her husband.
  • Without an Audience Obama Speaks with Little Passion- As a Service to My Country I Try to Fix It

    01/02/2010 1:35:10 PM PST · by vrwc54 · 9 replies · 1,058+ views
    You Tube ^ | 1/02/10 | RobtKraft / Granny Jan
    They don't call him the Narcissist-in-Chief for nothing. The song Only the Lonely is by Roy Orbison.
  • Did Obama Miss a Great Opportunity by NOT Visiting Rush Limbaugh in Hawaiian Hospital?

    01/02/2010 6:49:18 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 97 replies · 4,071+ views
    Self | January 2, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    Barack Obama once again proved he has a tin ear for politics when he did NOT visit Rush Limbaugh in the hospital. With his low approval ratings, Obama could have done himself a lot of good by visiting Rush who was nearby in the Hawaiian hospital. Too late now. Obama missed a great opportunity to help himself. This just demonstrates his poor ability at politics at even a personal level.
  • President Obama Orders a "Snowbama" for Himself in Hawaii - Raw Video 1/2/10

    01/02/2010 12:21:06 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 22 replies · 973+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | January 2, 2010 | Brian
    Here is video of President Obama ordering a "Snowbama" and other treats for his entourage in Hawaii at a local shop. Obama took his daughters and about 20 people for a Hawaiian treat -- shaved ice. He ordered the combo named for himself -- the "Snowbama." It's flavored with lemon-lime, cherry and passion-guava syrups. Oama is continuing his two-week Hawaiian vacation where he is staying at a $9 million estate which is costing him $4,000 a night. . . . (RAW VIDEO)
  • Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address January 2, 2010

    01/02/2010 12:17:21 PM PST · by onyx · 34 replies · 1,089+ views
    The White House ^ | January 2, 2010 | Office of the Press Secretary
    Remarks of President Barack Obama Weekly Address January 2, 2010 It has now been more than a week since the attempted act of terrorism aboard that flight to Detroit on Christmas Day. On Thursday, I received the preliminary findings of the reviews that I ordered into our terrorist watchlist system and air travel screening. I've directed my counterterrorism and homeland security advisor at the White House, John Brennan, to lead these reviews going forward and to present the final results and recommendations to me in the days to come. As I said this week, I will do everything in my...
  • CNN: Obama promises justice for Christmas terror plotters

    01/02/2010 8:01:36 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 51 replies · 1,400+ views
    CNN.com ^ | January 2, 2010
    (CNN) -- President Obama pledged Saturday that the United States will hold accountable all of the individuals involved in the failed Christmas Day terrorist attack aboard a U.S.-bound jetliner. "All those involved in the attempted act of terrorism on Christmas must know you, too, will be held to account," Obama said in his weekly address. Obama also recently spoke with Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to receive an update on a federal review of "detection capabilities and ... enhanced security measures" put in place since the attempted bombing. A new Transportation Security Administration directive requires airlines to physically pat down...
  • 'Snowbama' time in Hawaii (Obama shows terrorist how to eat shaved ice)

    01/02/2010 5:33:19 AM PST · by tobyhill · 93 replies · 3,072+ views
    AFP ^ | 1/2/2010 | AFP
    US President Barack Obama took a respite from the pile of grim news clouding his vacation, taking a group of friends and their kids for a chill Hawaii delicacy -- shave ice. At a shave-ice store near his vacation rental, Obama on Friday picked one of the concotions, made of ice and fruit syrup and known as the "Snowbama" in his honor -- flavored with lemon-lime, cherry, and passion guava. "That is the Snowbama," the president said, when reporters questioned his choice of treat, after he ordered the group 19 shave ice cones of various flavors. Onlookers cheered Obama, who...
  • Calling it ‘war’, Obama pegs Christmas Day attack to Al Qaeda ( calls for national unity )

    01/02/2010 10:15:21 AM PST · by Ernest_at_the_Beach · 65 replies · 1,869+ views
    Christian Science Monitor ^ | January 2, 2010 | Patrik Jonsson Staff writer
    Responding to critics of what is seen as his measured approach, Obama says the “nation is at war against a far-reaching network of violence and hatred." He calls for national unity.Atlanta In his first Saturday morning address of the New Year, President Obama acknowledged an international terror syndicate – Al Qaeda – has struck the US on his watch. Coming after days of political acrimony that stood in sharp contrast to the national solidarity shown after 9/11, Mr. Obama said Saturday that a Yemeni affiliate of Al Qaeda trained the suspect and “equipped him with … explosives and directed him...
  • Obama’s Vacation Optics – Axelrod and Co. Fail to Protect President’s Image

    01/02/2010 6:08:15 AM PST · by kristinn · 116 replies · 5,305+ views
    Big Government ^ | Friday, January 1, 2010 | Kristinn Taylor
    Richard Nixon had advertising executive H.R. Haldeman; Ronald Reagan had image master Mike Deaver; Barack Obama has public relations guru David Axelrod.All three men understood the power of visuals in communicating the strengths of the presidents they served on the campaign trail and in the office of the presidency. I don’t know where David Axelrod has been since President Obama began his ten-day Christmas vacation in Hawaii, but it is safe to say he is goofing off as much as his boss.(The Oval Office, December 29, 2009. Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)(AP Photo by Chris Carlson, December 31,...
  • EXCLUSIVE: Obama Got Pre-Christmas Intelligence Briefing About Terror Threats to "Homeland"

    01/01/2010 6:44:00 PM PST · by Saije · 188 replies · 9,243+ views
    Newsweek ^ | 1/1/2010 | Mark Hosenball
    President Barack Obama received a high-level briefing only three days before Christmas about possible holiday-period terrorist threats against the US, Newsweek has learned. The briefing was centered on a written report, produced by US intelligence agencies, entitled "Key Homeland Threats", a senior US official said. The senior Administration official, who asked for anonymity when discussing sensitive information, said that nowhere in this document was there any mention of Yemen, whose Al-Qaeda affiliate is now believed to have been behind the unsuccessful Christmas Day attempt by Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab to bring down a transatlantic airliner with a bomb hidden in his...
  • Obama, daughters take trip for New Year's Day treat of shave ice named in his honor: Snowbama

    01/01/2010 7:06:28 PM PST · by maggief · 35 replies · 1,707+ views
    AP ^ | January 2, 2010
    KAILUA, Hawaii (AP) — President Barack Obama has taken his daughters for a Hawaiian treat of shave ice and ordered a flavor combination that is named for himself. Obama and a posse of about 20 people took a motorcade Friday to the same shave ice stand he has visited during other trips. As in past trips, he asked for a pile of ice shavings flavored with lemon-lime, cherry and passion-guava syrups. The store calls the combo the "Snowbama." Obama wore a white T-shirt, khaki shorts and sandals.
  • Politically charged atmosphere makes it harder for presidents on vacation (DO NOT DISTURB!)

    01/01/2010 6:13:40 PM PST · by maggief · 41 replies · 1,444+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 2, 2010 | Anne Kornblut
    KAILUA, HAWAII -- Before heading to a luau on Wednesday, President Obama did something much more somber, his aides said: He called CIA Director Leon Panetta to discuss the deaths of seven agency officers in a suicide attack in Afghanistan.
  • Obamas Lei Low on Hawaiian Trip ("child of the land," has gone underground)

    01/01/2010 5:33:55 PM PST · by maggief · 51 replies · 2,517+ views
    Wall Street Journal ^ | January 2, 2010 | ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
    HONOLULU -- On his first trip home as commander in chief, President Barack Obama, whom Hawaiians call a favorite "child of the land," has gone underground.
  • Barack Obama ends Hawaii holiday looking tired [boo hoo.........]

    01/01/2010 1:35:21 PM PST · by Sub-Driver · 99 replies · 3,421+ views
    Barack Obama ends Hawaii holiday looking tired President Barack Obama appeared far from refreshed towards the end of his winter break in Hawaii but his daughters enjoyed trying out a surf board. Published: 8:18PM GMT 01 Jan 2010 His care-free children Sasha and Malia were spotted smiling and playing with friends as they took to the water. But in sharp contrast, Mr Obama looked weary, as if the repeated interruptions to his family holiday had taken their toll. He has had to address criticism over national security after it appeared that a lack of communication between government agencies allowed the...
  • CBS Frets Obama Must Work and So Can’t ‘Recharge His Batteries’ During Hawaii Vacation

    01/01/2010 11:38:44 AM PST · by maggief · 76 replies · 2,412+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | January 1, 2010 | Brent Baker
    The failures that allowed the unsuccessful Christmas Day terrorist attack have marred President Barack Obama’s relaxation schedule in Hawaii, CBS’s Jeff Glor and Chip Reid regretted Thursday night as Reid fretted Obama had “hoped to spend this vacation recharging his batteries, but now he appears to be spending most of it working” and assured viewers Obama is moving fast to protect Americans: “The President has immersed himself in the details of the review and that individuals will be held accountable, but the top priority now is to make sure it doesn't happen again.”
  • President Barack Obama's Daughters Surfed Through The End Of 2009, Showing Off Their Skills..

    01/01/2010 11:06:45 AM PST · by Steelfish · 38 replies · 6,641+ views
    Daily Mail (UK) ^ | January 01st 2010
    President Barack Obama's Daughters Surfed Through The End Of 2009, Showing Off Their Skills On The Waves To Their Mother While On Holiday In Hawaii. [Pics in URL] Michelle Obama clapped as Malia and even her younger sister Sasha both managed to stand up on their boards to ride the waves in.
  • For Obama, no ordinary vacation

    01/01/2010 9:09:27 AM PST · by Oldeconomybuyer · 34 replies · 1,601+ views
    Washington Post ^ | January 1, 2010 | By Anne E. Kornbut
    KAILUA, Hawaii -- Before heading to a Wednesday luau, President Barack Obama did something much more somber, his aides said: he called CIA director Leon Panetta to discuss the deaths of seven agency officers in a suicide attack in Afghanistan. On Thursday morning, before taking his family to a private viewing of the movie "Avatar 3-D," Obama called his counterterrorism and homeland security advisers for updates on an attempted airline attack a week earlier. And on New Year's Eve, after more than five hours of golf, the president "cleared the decks" for work, aides said -- sequestering himself for several...
  • Surfin' USA: Obama's daughters hit the waves in Hawaii as their dad hits the links

    01/01/2010 5:17:13 AM PST · by maggief · 99 replies · 3,437+ views
    Daily Mail ^ | January 1, 2010
    President Barack Obama's daughters surfed through the end of 2009, showing off their skills on the waves to their mother while on holiday in Hawaii. Michelle Obama clapped as Malia and even her younger sister Sasha both managed to stand up on their boards to ride the waves in.
  • Obama hits gym, watches movie, golfs in Hawaii

    12/31/2009 6:58:40 PM PST · by Free ThinkerNY · 48 replies · 1,835+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Dec.31, 2009
    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii (AP) - President Barack Obama went golfing on New Year's Eve. The president hit the links at Mid-Pacific Country Club in the same Honolulu suburb of Kailua where he's renting a beachfront home for the holidays. Obama earlier went to Windward Mall in Kaneohe to see a 3-D version of the movie "Avatar" with his daughters and family friends. They enjoyed a special screening of the movie and had a theater to themselves before regular showings began for the day.
  • CAPTION OBAMA

    12/31/2009 6:37:32 PM PST · by TornadoAlley3 · 33 replies · 1,937+ views
    daylife.com ^ | 12=31-09 | daylife.com
  • Obama Family Goes to the Movies to See 'Avatar' (had the theater to themselves)

    12/31/2009 11:46:01 AM PST · by maggief · 52 replies · 2,224+ views
    ABCNews (AP) ^ | December 31, 2009
    <p>The Obamas visited a movie theater near their rented vacation home in Hawaii on Thursday morning for a screening of the sci-fi spectacular. Officials say the first family had the theater to themselves to watch director James Cameron's tech-heavy film.</p>
  • Caption Barry on his Hawaiian vacation

    12/30/2009 1:42:13 PM PST · by Overtaxed Patriot · 56 replies · 2,962+ views
  • Obama, family spend time on North Shore ("will not rest" until air terror plotters caught)

    12/31/2009 5:08:02 AM PST · by maggief · 41 replies · 1,341+ views
    Star Bulletin ^ | Dec 31, 2009 | B.J. Reyes
    President Barack Obama continued his low-key holiday vacation, spending several hours at the secluded North Shore home of a high school friend. The day-long outing yesterday to the Mokuleia beachfront home of Punahou School classmate Bobby Titcomb came on a dark day, as eight Americans and five Canadians were killed in a suicide bombing in Afghanistan. World events are likely to interrupt Obama's holiday vacation again today.
  • Obama's Hawaii Vacation Not Much of a Vacation (Actual LA Times Headline and Article)

    12/30/2009 5:53:13 PM PST · by kristinn · 58 replies · 1,832+ views
    Los Angeles Times ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | Alana Semuels
    ...a sign when President Obama delayed his Hawaiian vacation until the Senate passed the healthcare bill: There wasn’t going to be a whole lot of relaxing going on this Christmas. Sure, there’s been the requisite Hawaiian vacation activities -- golf, basketball, tennis, picnics and snorkeling, but for every minute of fun, the president has had hours and hours of briefings and secure conference calls. SNIP Even without politics, Obama’s days are frenzied. He works out at the Marine Corps Base before dawn every morning, including Christmas Day. On Sunday, a day many people might watch football and sleep in, Obama...
  • An Important Message From the President of the United States

    12/30/2009 3:52:39 PM PST · by kristinn · 132 replies · 6,962+ views
    The White House ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | Barack Obama
    The Oval Office, December 29, 2009. (Official White House Photo by Chuck Kennedy)