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  • White House Takes on Cheney Over Criticism of Terror Response (Turn-About Is Fair Play! Cheney Wins)

    12/30/2009 3:07:50 PM PST · by tobyhill · 54 replies · 1,873+ views
    Fox News ^ | 12/30/2009 | Fox News
    The White House fired back Wednesday at Republican critics, particularly Dick Cheney, who have accused the administration in the aftermath of an attempted jet attack of taking a light approach to fighting terrorism. The former vice president had told Politico.com that Obama is "trying to pretend we are not at war" with terrorists and is endangering the country in the process. Cheney joined several other GOP officials in criticizing the administration's "low-key" response to the failed attempt to bomb a Northwest Airlines flight on Christmas Day. But White House Communications Director Dan Pfeiffer accused Republicans Wednesday of trying to exploit...
  • Top Ten reasons it took Obama 3 days to respond to terror attempt

    12/30/2009 2:52:24 PM PST · by Nachum · 24 replies · 1,474+ views
    American Thinker ^ | 12/30/09 | William Tate
    Barack Obama has received considerable criticism for waiting three days to address the attempted Christmas Day bombing of Northwest Flight 253. In the holiday spirit of giving, I would like to offer Obama ... the Top 10 excuses Obama can use for why it took him so long to speak up. 10. My teleprompter was on vacation last week. 9. Polishing a Nobel Prize takes longer than you think. 8. It was Bush's fault. (Hey, it worked last year.)
  • Obama Says 'Catastrophic Breach' Led to Bomb Plot

    12/29/2009 4:49:53 PM PST · by GOP_Lady · 72 replies · 1,973+ views
    The Wall Street Journal ^ | 12-29-09 | ELIZABETH WILLIAMSON
    <p>HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama on Tuesday said a "catastrophic breach" of security led to the Christmas Day attempted bombing on a Detroit-bound airplane.</p> <p>"A systemic failure has occurred and I consider that totally unacceptable. There was a mix of human and systemic failure that contributed to this catastrophic breach of security," he said.</p>
  • Byron York: Is There a 'Double Standard' for Obama in Terrorism Case?

    12/30/2009 11:23:58 AM PST · by kristinn · 21 replies · 1,748+ views
    Washington Examiner ^ | Wednesday, December 30, 2009 | Byron York
    Some Obama defenders are sending around new articles from the Huffington Post and the Politico arguing that President Obama is being subjected to a double standard of criticism for his handling of the Detroit terrorism incident.In "Obama takes the heat President Bush did not," the Politico's Josh Gerstein writes that when shoe-bomber Richard Reid struck on December 22, 2001, "it was six days before President George W. Bush, then on vacation, made any public remarks…and there were virtually no complaints from the press or any opposition Democrats that his response was sluggish or inadequate." Now, Gerstein continues, despite "striking" similarities...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (December 30, 2009: Dear Reader is at -16)

    12/30/2009 6:29:06 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 13 replies · 1,302+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | 12/30/09 | Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 25% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16
  • As the Nation’s Pulse Races, Obama Can’t Seem to Find His

    12/29/2009 9:11:57 PM PST · by Saije · 49 replies · 2,612+ views
    NY Times ^ | 12/29/2009 | Maureen Dowd
    I was walking through a deserted downtown on Christmas Eve with a friend, past the lonely, gray Treasury Building, past the snowy White House with no president inside. “I hope the terrorists don’t think this is a good time to attack,” I said, looking protectively at the White House, which always looks smaller and more vulnerable and beautiful than you expect, no matter how often you see it up close. I thought our guard might be down because of the holiday; now I realize our guard is down every day. One thrilling thing about moving from W. to Barack Obama...
  • Obama admits failures, goes snorkeling (No kidding...)

    12/29/2009 8:57:23 PM PST · by truthandlife · 62 replies · 2,622+ views
    Chicago Tribune ^ | 12-29-09 | Mark Silva
    Today, after a vacationing President Barack Obama conceded that both human and systemic failures of U.S. Intelligence had failed to bar a Nigerian man posing a reported security risk from boarding that Detroit-bound jetliner - a near-''catastrophic" breakdown in security - Obama left the reporters taking his words in Hawaii and went snorkeling. The president was wearing a navy blue suit and white striped shirt with no tie, and spoke only to reporters - unlike a televised appearance sans-tie that he had made the day before. Today, his words seemed sterner. Today, he was acknowledging a troubling breakdown in Intelligence...
  • Obama Is Told of Signs That Should Have Grounded Plot (NY Times: Obama admin blew it big time)

    12/29/2009 7:28:18 PM PST · by kristinn · 93 replies · 4,254+ views
    The New York Times ^ | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Peter Baker and Carl Huse
    HONOLULU — President Obama declared Tuesday that there had been a “systemic failure” of the nation’s security apparatus after being told about more missed signals and uncorrelated intelligence that should have prevented a would-be bomber from boarding a flight for the United States. The president was told during a private briefing on Tuesday morning while vacationing here in Hawaii that the government had a variety of information in its possession before the thwarted bombing that would have been a clear warning sign had it been shared among agencies, a senior official said. Two officials said the government had intelligence from...
  • Nation's aviation security system is flawed, experts say

    12/29/2009 5:12:12 PM PST · by Salena Zito · 18 replies · 825+ views
    PITTSBURGH TRIBUNE-REVIEW | Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Salena Zito
    A congressman who oversees American intelligence operations, a former CIA operative and an intelligence official agree that Christmas Day's aborted attack on a U.S. airliner proves that the nation's anti-terrorism efforts are flawed. Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano praised the nation's aviation-security system Sunday but backtracked Monday, admitting the system "did not work in this instance." "Clearly, the system did not work," Rep. Pete Hoekstra, R-Mich., told the Tribune-Review yesterday. Hoekstra is the ranking Republican on the House Intelligence Committee. "Success is not a person on a plane with an explosive," he said. "That is a failure. The system designed...
  • obama to make live statement on Christmas Day terrorist attack (approx 4 p.m. eastern)

    12/29/2009 12:57:39 PM PST · by GeorgiaDawg32 · 48 replies · 1,516+ views
    Me | 12/28/09 | Me
    Per Fox.. He's gotta spin some more. Apparently his pre-recorded statement didn't poll well...
  • Live Thread: Obama Speaking Again on Terror Attack

    12/29/2009 1:27:09 PM PST · by kristinn · 250 replies · 8,300+ views
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009
    On Fox, no video, just audio.
  • Drama For Obama as Child's Injury Delays Golf Game

    12/29/2009 11:27:56 AM PST · by reaganaut1 · 51 replies · 1,786+ views
    Reuters ^ | December 29, 2009 | Jeff Mason and Bill Trott
    KAILUA, Hawaii (Reuters) - Vacationing President Barack Obama interrupted a golf game on Monday and sped back to his holiday house after the child of friends was hurt in a beach accident. Obama, on vacation in the island state where he grew up, raced home in his motorcade in a bit of high drama shortly after arriving at a lush golf course for an afternoon game. The child, identified by the White House as the son of Obama's friends Eric and Cheryl Whitaker, is now well and did not require stitches as first suggested, an official said. "Eric and Cheryl...
  • Pelosi's very private Hawaii vacation

    12/29/2009 10:40:34 AM PST · by Sub-Driver · 38 replies · 2,324+ views
    December 29, 2009 Pelosi's very private Hawaii vacation Thomas Lifson In stark contrast to Sarah Palin, whose Hawaii vacation was photographed and touted in the press, Speaker Nancy Pelosi is enjoying a very private luxurious time at the Four Seasons Hualalai resort on the Big Island. Andrew Walden, editor of Hawaii Free Press, reports: Guarded by US Capitol Police bolstered by officers on loan from the Hawaii County PD, Pelosi is enjoying what Hollywood Reporter calls: "...a picture-perfect stretch of beach on the Big Island's chic Kona Coast....a private Jack Nicklaus-designed golf course and Pahu'ia, an award-winning oceanfront restaurant, $40...
  • Imagine if George W. Bush was Bodysurfing... (Laura Ingraham unleashed)

    12/29/2009 11:18:30 AM PST · by reaganrevolutionin2010 · 54 replies · 2,984+ views
    LauraIngraham.com ^ | 12/28/09 | Laura Ingraham
    Imagine if George W. Bush was Bodysurfing... ...when an airline terror plot almost succeeded in killing 300 inside the U.S. on Christmas Day. Imagine then if his Homeland Security Secretary, in a bizarrely self-congratulatory mode, said that "everything happened that should have" to thwart the attack. A man who never should have been allowed anywhere near the U.S. managed to hang on to a multiple entry visa and nearly carry out the worst attack in our nation since 9/11. This is a total outrage and isn't surprising given this Administrations rebranding the war on terror "overseas contingency operations." As I...
  • Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (December 29, 2009: Dear Reader at -15)

    12/29/2009 6:57:29 AM PST · by SoFloFreeper · 38 replies · 1,740+ views
    Rasmussen ^ | 12/29/09 | Ras
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll for Tuesday shows that 26% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-one percent (41%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -15
  • Obama Admin Debated Whether to Tell Public 'System Failed' in Christmas Terror Attack

    12/29/2009 9:02:40 AM PST · by kristinn · 76 replies · 2,981+ views
    Tuesday, December 29, 2009 | Kristinn
    File this under: Yes, they really think we're that dumb.The Obama administration spent Christmas weekend in an internal debate over whether to tell the American people the government failed to protect airline passengers in the wake of the terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253, according to the Wall Street Journal.That explains the stupifying message by Obama spokespeople on Sunday that the 'system worked'.The statement followed three days in which the White House had delegated public responses to subordinates. Officials debated over the weekend whether to state publicly that the security system had failed, according to a senior counterterrorism official....
  • Obama's 'Most Important Message'?

    12/29/2009 4:27:58 AM PST · by Kaslin · 20 replies · 1,254+ views
    Townhall.com ^ | December 29, 2009 | Chuck Norris
    As I wrote last week, I knew that President Barack Obama's Christian message in his Christmas address was going to be the weakest in presidential history. But never did I expect to hear him dodge children on the main message of Christmas and then teach them a revised version. Here's the actual transcript from the president's visit last week to the Boys & Girls Club in Washington, D.C. (with a little of my own parenthetical Christmas commentary, to boot -- identified by "CN" in parentheses): THE PRESIDENT: I think one thing that's important to remember is that, you know, even...
  • Obama Returns to Vacation Home as Ambulance Speeds to Compound; Friend Injured in Surfboard Accident

    12/28/2009 2:34:02 PM PST · by Federalist Patriot · 49 replies · 1,621+ views
    Freedom's Lighthouse ^ | December 28, 2009 | Brian
    BREAKING NEWS: Reports indicate President Obama suddenly left the golf course in Hawaii where he was playing a round of golf to return to his $9 million vacation estate where a "family friend" has reportedly been injured in a surfboard accident: President Barack Obama has abruptly ended a round of golf and sped toward his family's vacation home for what is being described as a "personal matter." An ambulance was seen speeding toward their compound. White House aides said the speedy departure and return to the president's home was not a matter of national security or because of a threat...
  • What Recession? Michelle Obama Wears $635 Shoes on $4000 Per Night Hawaii Vacation

    12/28/2009 7:16:00 PM PST · by kristinn · 171 replies · 17,241+ views
    Monday, December 28, 2009 | Kristinn
    Photo: Huffington Post.Photo: New York Magazine. Barack Obama enjoys living like a king, so why shouldn't Michelle Obama live like a queen?The First Lady was photographed last night in Hawaii wearing $635 per pair designer shoes by Maison Martin Margiela.The shoe style is called "Leather open toe flat pumps." It features a "thin nude leather strap across the top of the toe."A woman lucky enough to have a job in this economy and working for the federal minimum wage of $7.25 per hour would have to work 88 hours (without taxes taken out) to make enough to pay for Michelle...
  • Breaking News: Obama Leaves Golf For 'Personal Matter'; Ambulance Goes To His Family's Home

    12/28/2009 2:13:11 PM PST · by Steelfish · 88 replies · 5,186+ views
    CBS News.com | December 28, 2009
    Breaking News: Obama leaves golf for 'personal matter'; ambulance goes to his family's home
  • LIVE THREAD: Obama to speak publicly about terrorism attempt Christmas Day.

    12/28/2009 12:05:24 PM PST · by DCBryan1 · 99 replies · 4,757+ views
    28 DEC 09 | dcbryan1
    President speaking live now! Topics: 1) Steps feds taking;2) Investigating ongoing; 3) How awesome he is and how HE stopped the attack (just kidding); 4) Actions to protect Americans;5) Statement on the unrest in Iran
  • White House Denounces Israel Before President Speaks on Christmas Day Terror Attack

    12/28/2009 12:09:02 PM PST · by kristinn · 32 replies · 2,190+ views
    Monday, December 28, 2009 | Kristinn
    The Obama administration denounced Israel today in a statement posted to the White House Web site in the hours before Barack Obama made his first public statement denouncing the Christmas Day terror attack on America.After going dark for the long Christmas weekend, WhiteHouse.gov has had three statements posted in the Briefing Room section, as well as a feature posted to the homepage about the Marines who guard the White House.The text of the statement attacking Israel:Office of the Press Secretary For Immediate Release December 28, 2009 Statement by White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs on Construction in East Jerusalem "The...
  • Obama to Address Steps US Taking to Protect Skies (and Iran protests)

    12/28/2009 11:36:16 AM PST · by kristinn · 23 replies · 1,119+ views
    AP via Houston Chronicle ^ | Monday, December 28, 2009 | Philip Elliott
    The White House says President Barack Obama is preparing to make his first public statement on the Christmas Day terrorist attack and describe U.S. efforts to protect the nation's skies. Obama is scheduled to speak soon after 3 p.m. EST (SNIP) Obama also is expected to address the outbreak of violence in Iran in recent days.
  • Obama to Release Taped Statement About Christmas Terror Attack Later Today (Live Thread)

    12/28/2009 8:57:30 AM PST · by kristinn · 237 replies · 7,425+ views
    Monday, December 28, 2009 | Kristinn
    Four days late, Barack Obama will interrupt his Hawaii vacation and finally speak to the nation today about the Christmas Day terror attack on America. However, he will be hiding from the American people and a media that might (might) ask uncomfortable questions by releasing a taped statement rather than making a live address.Reports are that he will tape his remarks at the nearby Marine base he has been using for his gym workouts, golfing and beach outings. Obama is staying at a $8.9 million estate that rents for an estimated $4000 per night. The White House Web site still...
  • Day Outdoors for First Family (Marine Base beach closed to public for 0 picnic)

    12/27/2009 9:08:32 PM PST · by maggief · 121 replies · 4,089+ views
    KHON ^ | December 27, 2009 | Brianne Randle
    Like he has on prior trips to Oahu, President Barack Obama got in a morning game of basketball with "friends and staff", this time at Marine Corps Base Hawaii. But, Sunday's round of hoops wouldn't be the President's only outing of the day. Around 11:00 the entire first-family were escorted back onto Base. Despite having his own secured stretch of sand outside of his Kailua beach vacation rental, President Obama and the first family chose instead to spend the afternoon at a more private beach on Base to avoid the crowds.
  • Crisis on Vacation...how the media Treats Obama Vs Bush From Wash. Times

    12/27/2009 6:21:54 PM PST · by Shellybenoit · 8 replies · 1,086+ views
    Wash Times Water Cooler ^ | 12/27/09 | Kerry Picket
    The current strategy from the White House is especially odd considering the issues the president did make an effort to address. Remember the Cambridge Cop Mr. Obama excoriated for "acting stupidly" on national TV this summer? The Chicago Sun Times columnist Lynn Sweet points out (H/T TWT's Amanda Carpenter) that the White House blog has made no mention of the terror attack. Apparently hanging out in Hawaii is more important to reporters who hated Crawford, Texas trips with former President Bush than reporting the importance of a presidential response on a terror matter, so Mr. Obama's avoiding them is not...
  • Three Days After Christmas Terror Attack, White House Web Site Silent--As Is Vacationing Obama

    12/27/2009 6:32:35 PM PST · by kristinn · 17 replies · 1,255+ views
    Sunday, December 27, 2009 | Kristinn
    Friday: nothing. Saturday: nothing. Sunday: nothing.The White House Web site has not been updated since Thursday, Christmas Eve.Following the refusal of Barack Obama to personally address the Christmas Day terror attack on Northwest Airlines flight 253, the Obama administration has not posted one word about the attack at WhiteHouse.gov. Zip. Zilch. Nada.It's like Obama can't be bothered. And really, he can't. Today he went to the gym, played basketball and had a picnic at the beach as part of his $4000 per day Hawaii vacation.The White House leaked to reporters this evening that Obama will make some remarks on the...
  • Michelle Obama and Barack Obama Hawaii White House

    Michelle Obama and Barack Obama are staying in an 8 million dollar house that costs $4000 a night for the holidays. The Hawaii White House is located on kailua beach on the island of Oahu. This is a special place for President Barack Obama because this is where his grandfather would bring him as a child. The beach is also very popular with Hawaii royalty. Just so you know there are many more affordable places to stay in the area. The Presidential beach house is 7000 square feet and is owned by Dave Zimmel of Paradise Point Real estate. The...
  • White House Warns Foes on Terror Politics (Tough Talk for GOP, Candy Kisses for Terrorists)

    12/27/2009 12:44:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 101 replies · 2,495+ views
    AFP ^ | Sunday, December 27, 2009 | Stephen Collinson
    The White House warned political foes Sunday not to provoke a partisan tug of war over terrorism, with President Barack Obama yet to publicly address the thwarted attack on a US airliner. A political storm erupted over the attempt by a 23-year-old Nigerian to bring down a Northwest jet carrying 290 people, as senior Obama aides cranked up a sweeping national and homeland security operation. But the president, vacationing in Hawaii, conspicuously has not commented on television about the Christmas Day drama, apparently seeking to project calm and avoid the political trauma and panic unleashed by past terror incidents. "The...
  • News Interrupts Obama's Hawaii Vacation (Boo hoo alert!)

    12/27/2009 12:27:56 PM PST · by maggief · 61 replies · 1,817+ views
    CBS News ^ | December 27, 2009 | Robert Hendin
    HONOLULU, Hawaii -- Today marks day three of Barack Obama's first Hawaiian vacation as President of the United States. He came here last year as president-elect and it's been an Obama family tradition to come here for Christmas for some time, especially meaningful because he grew up here. But this is the first he's hit the beach as leader of the free world and it wasn't 24 hours on the island of Oahu that his vacation was interrupted by news. Not just any news, but news of the attempted terrorist attack on a flight landing in Detroit. The president sprung...
  • Obama plays basketball, works out at Marine base

    12/27/2009 12:11:48 PM PST · by maggief · 56 replies · 1,798+ views
    Star Bulletin ^ | 10:05 a.m. HST, Dec 27, 2009
    President Barack Obama is playing basketball and working out at the gym at the Marine Base near his rented vacation home. The president arrived at the gym at shortly before 7 a.m. Sunday. He's playing basketball with friends and staff. Some of people Obama played golf with Saturday are expected to shoot hoops with him
  • Obama, Family on Vacation in Hawaii (Free Republic mentioned)

    12/27/2009 11:11:28 AM PST · by kristinn · 71 replies · 2,440+ views
    UPI ^ | Sunday, December 27, 2009
    U.S. President Barack Obama and his family are taking a well-deserved holiday vacation in Hawaii, a White House spokesman says. The New York Times said Saturday that Obama's Hawaiian vacation was temporarily interrupted Friday by news of the attempted terrorist attack on a flight bound for Detroit. SNIP The Times said Obama's decision to visit Hawaii during the holiday season has not set well with everyone, as the conservative Web site Free Republic offered harsh words on the matter last week. A Free Republic posting said while other U.S. residents "are still caught in the grips of the recession, Obama...
  • President Obama checks out the waves in Kaneohe (Kawabonga Prez! Watch out for them terrorist)

    12/27/2009 8:46:20 AM PST · by tobyhill · 22 replies · 1,157+ views
    KHON2 ^ | 12/27/2009 | staff
    President Obama made two trips to Marine Corps Base Hawaii today -- just like he did yesterday.After playing a round of golf on base this afternoon, the president stopped at nearby Pyramid Rock beach to check out the waves.
  • President finishes round of golf and stops at the beach

    12/27/2009 6:07:37 AM PST · by maggief · 59 replies · 1,620+ views
    Star Bulletin ^ | Dec 26, 2009
    President Barack Obama got in a round of golf with friends today and then briefly stopped at the beach without going into the water. The president's motorcade left the rented Kailua vacation residence shortly after 10 a.m. this morning to the Marine Corps base where aides said he and friends played on the Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course. His playing group reportedly included Chicago friend Eric Whitaker and three friends from Hawaii: Greg Orme, Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb. A press pool following the president was not allowed to watch the golf game and there was no word on Obama's score....
  • Obamas visit troops at Hawaii base's Christmas feast (Hussein's racist slur at a holiday meal?)

    12/26/2009 11:13:24 PM PST · by Libloather · 27 replies · 3,387+ views
    12/26/09
    Link only - Obamas visit troops at Hawaii base's Christmas feast
  • 'Stylin' Obama Turns Camera Shy When Al Qaeda Attacks America on Christmas Day

    12/26/2009 5:58:24 PM PST · by kristinn · 135 replies · 5,956+ views
    Saturday, December 26, 2009 | Kristinn
    Barack Obama has kept his face in front of the American people nearly every day for two years from the Democratic primary, general election and first year of his presidency. Every event of note in America brings a statement from Obama and an appearances on TVs everywhere. Except for the brazen al Qaeda Christmas Day attack on America yesterday.It has been over thirty-six hours since the terrorist attack on Northwest flight 253, yet Obama has not appeared before the American people to voice his outrage, or to voice his praise of the passengers and crew who thwarted the attempt, or...
  • Nation Digest: First family's Christmas Day began with trip to the gym

    12/26/2009 4:31:15 PM PST · by NoRedTape · 76 replies · 3,139+ views
    Washington Post ^ | Dec. 26, 2009 | Anne E. Kornblut
    "President Obama and his family celebrated Christmas in Hawaii on Friday, but with their own twists. The president and his wife, Michelle, started their day at 6:40 a.m. by going to the gym -- a feat unimaginable to most parents of young children eager to open presents on Christmas morning -- and returned more than an hour later. The first couple did not swap presents, aides said. And the Obamas did not attend church services, instead spending the day at the oceanfront home they are renting in Kailua, on the island of Oahu......."
  • Taking Work Home (Even When Home Means Hawaii)- [FR mentioned]

    12/26/2009 3:27:23 PM PST · by maggief · 54 replies · 2,237+ views
    NYTimes ^ | December 26, 2009 | PETER BAKER
    The center, which is closely aligned with the Obama White House, voiced no complaint about the current president’s vacation. But the conservative Web site Free Republic did. While Americans “are still caught in the grips of the recession,” a posting on the site said last week, “Obama is living like a king with no criticism from the mainstream media.”
  • White House keeps Obama briefed on flight terror (between golf holes)

    12/26/2009 3:10:52 PM PST · by maggief · 38 replies · 1,324+ views
    AP via AJC ^ | December 26, 2009 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    (snip) White House officials began their Saturday at 4 a.m. in Hawaii — 9 a.m. on the clock in Washington — to prepare with counterparts across the government a briefing for Obama. National Security Council chief of staff Denis McDonough in Hawaii, homeland security and counterterrorism adviser John Brennan and others in Washington spoke with Obama at 6:20 a.m. by secure telephone conference call at the first family's rented vacation home. Thecall lasted less than 15 minutes. Obama left immediately afterward for a trip to the gym. Other traveling administration aides also were kept in a secure hotel room to...
  • Obama plays golf in Hawaii with friends

    12/26/2009 1:32:10 PM PST · by maggief · 90 replies · 4,102+ views
    AP via Chicago Trib ^ | December 26, 2009
    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii - President Barack Obama is playing golf with friends from Hawaii and Chicago on the second full day of his Hawaii vacation. The president's motorcade traveled a few minutes from his vacation home to the golf course at the Marine Corps base in Kaneohe Bay on Saturday morning. The Kaneohe Klipper golf course overlooks the Pacific Ocean, and is well-known among island golfers as a scenic course. Obama is playing with Greg Orme, Mike Ramos, and Bobby Titcomb -- all from Hawaii -- and Eric Whitaker, a friend from Chicago. Earlier in the day, Obama and his...
  • Obamas visit Marine base

    12/25/2009 10:01:48 PM PST · by Extremely Extreme Extremist · 105 replies · 3,544+ views
    POLITICO.COM ^ | 25 DECEMBER 2009 | CAROL E LEE
    HONOLULU – Amid a federal investigation into an attempted terrorist attack on Christmas Day, President Obama and first lady Michelle Obama visited with service men and women who were having dinner Friday afternoon at the Marine Corps Base Hawaii. The Obamas spent about half an hour in the mess hall shaking hands with Marines and their families as they ate traditional holiday fare of turkey, ham, stuffing, corn and broccoli. “Hi guys, Merry Christmas,” President Obama said as he entered the mess hall from a side door. The president and the first lady went from table to table, reaching roughly...
  • Rasmussen: Daily Presidential Tracking Poll (The Big Wee Wee is -16 today)

    12/26/2009 10:21:52 AM PST · by Zakeet · 49 replies · 2,390+ views
    Rasmussen Reports ^ | December 26, 2009 | Scott Rasmussen
    The Rasmussen Reports daily Presidential Tracking Poll, released Thursday, shows that 27% of the nation's voters Strongly Approve of the way that Barack Obama is performing his role as President. Forty-three percent (43%) Strongly Disapprove giving Obama a Presidential Approval Index rating of -16 (see trends). Check out our review of last week’s key polls to see “What They Told Us.” The Presidential Approval Index is calculated by subtracting the number who Strongly Disapprove from the number who Strongly Approve. It is updated daily at 9:30 a.m. Eastern (sign up for free daily e-mail update). Updates are also available...
  • White House: Failed plane attack an attempted act of terrorism(Obama told 3 HOURS AFTER PLANE LANDS)

    12/25/2009 6:01:47 PM PST · by Brytani · 640 replies · 18,876+ views
    Washington Post ^ | December 25, 2009 | Scott Butterworth and Spencer S. Hsu
    A White House official said the incident was an attempted act of terrorism. The FBI is investigating and President Obama, celebrating Christmas in Hawaii, was told of the incident about three hours after the plane landed, officials said. Obama has told White House officials that all appropriate measures be taken to increase security for air travel, a spokesman said. Nevertheless, officials said, they are not prepared to raise the terrorism alert level, currently at orange -- or the second-highest of five levels -- for domestic and international air travel.
  • Caption the Obamas leaving for and arriving in Hawaii to avoid Christmas in private

    12/25/2009 5:48:34 PM PST · by Dewey Revoltnow · 60 replies · 3,659+ views
  • Mao Transvestite Self-Love Obama X-Max Vs. Love Jesus & Country Reagan X-Mas

    12/25/2009 2:20:41 PM PST · by MaxCUA · 7 replies · 612+ views
    2 videos we have all seen but an interesting and sad change. The 1st video is a Fox News clip of what is acceptable in the Obama White House verse The Reagan White House Address To The Nation On Christmas
  • Obama monitoring Delta flight firecracker situation (but still catching those waves)

    12/25/2009 3:40:26 PM PST · by tobyhill · 65 replies · 2,939+ views
    Reuters ^ | 12/25/2009 | reuters
    A man reportedly set off firecrackers on Delta Flight 253 that was carrying 278 passengers to Detroit from Amsterdam. "The president was notified of the incident this morning between 9:00 and 9:30 Hawaii time by the president's military aide," White House spokesman Bill Burton said in a statement.
  • ABC Details Obama's $4,000/Day, Two-Week Christmas Vacation

    12/25/2009 9:17:28 AM PST · by Nachum · 70 replies · 3,508+ views
    Newsbusters ^ | 12/25/09 | Brad Wilmouth
    Imagine the outrage if any Republican President went on vacation during a recession and spent $4,000 a night on accommodations. On ABC’s Good Morning America Wednesday, correspondent Yunji de Nies seemed to suggest that President Obama’s family will be spending such an amount renting expensive living space at an estate house in Hawaii for a two-week Christmas vacation. De Nies: "Christmas trees here aren't cheap – neither is staying in this $8.9 million house, which runs $4,000 a night. The Obamas rented this one and the two next door for family and friends. When you spend that kind of money,...
  • President Obama and his family spend Christmas in sunny Hawaii

    12/25/2009 10:46:21 AM PST · by traumer · 59 replies · 1,680+ views
    President Barack Obama arrived in Hawaii yesterday for a holiday vacation in the state where he was born and lived as a child. The president, first lady and their daughters came to the island of Oahu for a week-long vacation away from Washington. The Obamas have no public schedule and are expected to celebrate the holidays in private at a rented compound in Kailua. A crowd of about 75 military servicemen and women and Hawaii politicians including Governor Linda Lingle greeted Air Force One when it landed at Hickam Air Force Base. Obama took several minutes to greet military personnel...
  • Time: No churchgoing Christmas for the first family

    12/25/2009 11:52:46 AM PST · by F15Eagle · 107 replies · 4,587+ views
    Time via CNN.Com ^ | Posted: December 25th, 2009 02:42 PM ET | From Time's Amy Sullivan
    The Senate vote on final passage of health reform almost scuttled their plans, but it looks like the First Family will still make it to Hawaii for Christmas. They've had a whirlwind holiday season so far, starting with the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, through hosting more than 50,000 people for 27 parties and open houses, and ending with a visit by the First Lady, Malia and Sasha, and the family's dog Bo, to deliver cookies to the Children's National Medical Center. The Obamas have also started their own holiday traditions in their new home, adding a Christmas wishing...
  • What Recession? A Look Inside Obama's $8.9 Million Dollar Hawaii Getaway (Video)

    12/25/2009 2:52:36 PM PST · by Talkradio03 · 13 replies · 1,079+ views
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