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  • LA Times: With approval rating at new low, Obama launches three-day bus blitz

    08/15/2011 5:36:48 AM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 30 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 15, 2011 | By James Oliphant and Peter Nicholas
    Minneapolis — Burdened by sagging poll numbers, hamstrung by poor economic news, and trapped in Washington for much of the summer because of the debt ceiling fight, President Obama will seek to reverse his recent fortunes by hitting the open road. Obama Monday will embark on a three-state, five-town bus tour deep in the heart of the American Midwest. The campaign-style swing comes at a time when a new Gallup Poll shows the president sliding below a 40 % approval rating for the first time. The White House maintains the president will confine his remarks to the economy and will...
  • Obama traveling Midwest on new $1.1 million bus

    08/15/2011 3:19:17 PM PDT · by Hunton Peck · 53 replies · 1+ views
    Associated Press ^ | Monday, August 15, 2011 5:01 PM EDT
    WASHINGTON (AP) — President Barack Obama is traveling the Midwest on a new $1.1 million bus purchased by the Secret Service, an impenetrable-looking conveyance the size of a cross-country Greyhound, painted all in black, with dark tinted windows and flashing red and blue lights. Secret Service spokesman Ed Donovan emphasized that the bus wasn't purchased solely for the president and would be used for other dignitaries in the future.
  • Naming Obama's bus tour.

    08/08/2011 8:33:24 PM PDT · by Mountain Mary · 167 replies
    Dana Perino
    Did anyone catch Dana's list on The Five today? She has a contest going on Twitter for the most clever names for Bam's useless upcoming bus tour. She had to rush through the segment but the ones she mentionned were hilarious.
  • New Buses for Obama's 'Tour' Cost Taxpayers Millions

    08/15/2011 9:42:51 AM PDT · by maggief · 115 replies
    FoxNews ^ | August 15, 2011
    By Josh Gerstein, Politico The Secret Service has revealed to Talking Points Memo that the government has purchased two armored buses for use by President Barack Obama and Republican candidates in the 2012 presidential campaign and beyond.
  • Greyhound One

    08/15/2011 9:30:58 AM PDT · by lakeprincess · 48 replies
    The washington Times ^ | Aug. 15, 2011 | Jennifer Harper
    President Obama’s three-day bus tour of the Midwestern heartland already has earned a nickname. It’s “Greyhound One” according to observant wags at Lucianne.com and elsewhere in the conservative blogosphere. Most are irked that Mr. Obama and his strategists have borrowed a page from the tea party playbook. What’s better than a campaign-style bus tour to impart a message of frugality and kitchen-table economics? But wait. Though the excursion is packaged with humble appeal, it looks like nobody’s sleeping on the bus. The White House has reserved the entire historic Hotel Winneshiek in Decorah, Iowa, and 60 rooms at nearby Luther...
  • Rebranding Obama's buscapade

    08/15/2011 12:12:15 PM PDT · by ColdOne · 46 replies
    Politico44 ^ | 08/15/11 | JULIE MASON
    Obama arrived in Minnesota earlier today. "I am very pleased to be out of Washington," he said. White House press secretary Jay Carney bridled at the notion that the three-day bus tour, which traverses three battleground states Obama won in 2008, had anything to do with the fact that he’s struggling to maintain support in those states ahead of the 2012 contest. Carney said it was ridiculous to suggest that “anytime the president leaves Washington, it’s campaigning,” and that Obama was “doing what presidents do, going out into the country.”
  • President Obama Begins Bus Tour in Minnesota (fueled by Big Oil - flies in on his private jet)

    08/15/2011 10:36:15 AM PDT · by Libloather · 33 replies
    KTVN ^ | 8/15/11
    President Obama Begins Bus Tour in MinnesotaUpdated: Aug 15, 2011 12:47 PM EDT President Barack Obama has set out from St. Paul, Minn., on a three-day bus tour that will give him a chance to hear directly from a public frustrated with Washington even as Republican presidential hopefuls ramp up their campaigning. Air Force One landed midmorning at Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport, and Obama disembarked under sunny skies and greeted a small crowd at a rope line. He then boarded an unmarked black bus for a 40-minute drive south to Cannon Falls, Minn., for a town hall event. Obama's first...
  • U.S. Secret Services gets 2 new buses ahead of Obama tour (Operation Rolling Blunder Alert)

    08/15/2011 9:28:21 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 21 replies
    CBS News ^ | August 15, 2011 | Mark Knoller
    The U.S. Secret Service has two new buses in its fleet for President Obama to use on his 3-day Midwest bus trip starting today. An official tells CBS News the buses were purchased in recent months and will serve as part of the fleet of vehicles the Secret Service uses for all of its protectees. In the past, the Secret Service would lease buses as needed and outfit them with the security and communications equipment as needed. "We have not been satisfied with the level of protection offered by leased buses," said a Secret Service official. Another official said...
  • RNC mocks Obama's 'Debt-End Bus Tour'

    08/15/2011 8:32:22 AM PDT · by Sub-Driver · 21 replies
    RNC mocks Obama's 'Debt-End Bus Tour' By: CNN's Rebecca Stewart (CNN) - The Republican National Committee offered up its take on President Obama's Midwest bus tour Monday with a three-pronged press offensive including a "Press Corps Briefing Book," a web ad, and radio spots that detail what they've termed "Obama's Debt-End Bus Tour." The RNC describes the president's effort to dialogue with the public about job growth and the economy at town halls and economic forums as "a totally non-political taxpayer-funded administration event that just happens to criss-cross several battleground states critical to the president's re-election" in the Obama critique,...
  • DUmmie FUnnies 08-14-11 ("Magical Misery Tour": DUmmies throw Obama's bus tour under the bus)

    08/14/2011 5:35:48 PM PDT · by Charles Henrickson · 60 replies
    DUmmie FUnnies ^ | August 14, 2011 | DUmmies and Charles Henrickson
    Hiya, cousin. . . . You say you're down because the economy is in the crapper? You say you're unemployed and you can't find a job? And you're worried about next year's elections, because President Obama's approval rating has dipped under 40% for the first time? Is that what's bothering you, bunkie? WELL, LIFT UP YOUR HEAD AND TAKE A LOOK AT WHAT'S ROLLING DOWN THE ROAD TO A BREAD LINE NEAR YOU! WHY, IT'S PRESIDENT OBAMA ON A BUS! WHOOPEEEE!!! Yes, starting tomorrow, everything will be right with the world once again, as President Barack Obama embarks on...
  • Obama expects to get earful on Midwest bus tour (will only take complaints about Congress)

    08/13/2011 1:07:38 PM PDT · by Libloather · 14 replies
    8/12/11
    Link only - Obama expects to get earful on Midwest bus tour
  • Judge rules bus line wrong to deny atheist ads

    08/12/2011 5:05:50 PM PDT · by LonelyCon · 21 replies
    Reuters ^ | September 12, 2011 | Suzi Parker
    A federal judge ruled on Thursday that the free speech of a coalition of atheists had been violated when Little Rock's public bus line denied them the right to place $5,000 worth of ads on city buses. Judge Susan Webber Wright ruled that the Central Arkansas Transit Authority and its advertising agency should not have denied the group the right to place the ads on 18 publicly-funded city buses during Memorial Day weekend. Washington-based United Coalition of Reason filed a lawsuit on behalf of the Arkansas group in June after the transit authority and its advertising agency rejected The transit...
  • White House claims Obama’s bus tour is presidential, so taxpayers will fund it

    08/05/2011 10:02:55 AM PDT · by Zakeet · 42 replies
    Los Angeles Times ^ | August 2, 2011 | Andrew Malcom
    Somehow, from somewhere, a bright political strategist on the president's reelection team has come up with the idea of sending Obama out in a bus on Midwestern roads in two weeks, just like real Americans, or real Americans who can still afford a short summer road trip. The spectacle of a passing politician's bus and waving citizens provides grand visuals for TV during the usually slow summer news days. ... Not so good visuals of the trailing motorcade of press buses, Secret Service SUVs, SWAT team vans and communications cars. Nor the angry motorists stalled nearby because the highway...
  • Video Shows Dramatic Septa Bus Shooting

    08/04/2011 8:21:48 PM PDT · by ConservativeStatement · 29 replies
    MyFoxPhilly ^ | August 4, 2011
    First on Fox: Dramatic video shows gunmen shooting right into a Septa bus in Philadelphia and threatening passengers during an incident in July. Slideshow: Dramatic Bus Shooting Images The case is heading to trial later this month but a preliminary hearing was held Thursday. Four people will head to trial after Penny Chapman, allegedly upset that another passenger criticized her for spanking her child, called and asked for acquaintances to shoot at the passenger when the bus got to her stop. Chapman was on the Route 47 Septa bus heading north on 7th Street.
  • Saginaw Buses: Fewer Riders, More Overtime

    08/04/2011 6:19:48 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 10 replies
    Michigan Capitol Confidential ^ | 8/3/2011 | Tom Gantert
    In Saginaw, the bus authority had fewer passengers in 2010 than a year previous, but it still translated into buses on the road longer and a 20 percent jump in overtime. The Saginaw Transit Authority Regional Services (STARS) had its ridership drop from 1,016,387 in 2009 to 982,424 in 2010 but saw its overtime costs climb from $164,377 in 2009 to $200,320 in 2010. The main line transportation employees, including unionized bus drivers, accounted for 80 percent of the overtime in 2010, according to payroll documents received in a Freedom of Information Act request. Four Saginaw transit employees were paid...
  • Taxpayers Will Pay for Obama Bus Tour of Battleground States, Says White House

    08/03/2011 5:42:15 PM PDT · by Virginia Ridgerunner · 27 replies
    CNS News ^ | August 3, 2011 | Fred Lucas
    President Barack Obama’s upcoming bus tour through the Midwest states typically viewed as swing states during presidential election years will be paid for by the taxpayers, the White House says. Obama will start the tour on Aug. 15 and will talk about strengthening jobs and the economy, the White House announced on Tuesday. “He is very happily getting out into the country again after a very sustained period here in Washington and he looks forward to talking to folks about growing the economy, creating jobs," said White House Press Secretary Jay Carney. "We will have more details, as I said,...
  • Board Member Resigns Amid School Bus Fee Flap (Indiana - only $475-per-child)

    08/02/2011 6:40:49 AM PDT · by Libloather · 36 replies
    Board Member Resigns Amid School Bus Fee FlapAaron Sullivan: ‘I Will Pray For You’ UPDATED: 11:20 am EDT July 28, 2011 INDIANAPOLIS -- A Franklin Township school board member has resigned amid controversy over school bus fees. Aaron Sullivan, the only school board member to attend a town hall meeting on the topic Tuesday night, stepped down in an email to fellow board members and Superintendent Walter Bourke, 6News' Kara Kenney reported. **SNIP** Hundreds of people came to the meeting, many of whom directed their anger toward Sullivan over a $475-per-child bus fee charged by a third party, the nonprofit...
  • Surprise! TSA Is Searching Your Subway, Truck, Ferry, Bus, AND Plane

    06/21/2011 10:52:05 AM PDT · by Sprite518 · 47 replies
    Mother Jones ^ | 6/20/2011 | Jen Phillips
    Think you could avoid the TSA's body scanners and pat-downs by taking Amtrak? Think again.
  • Flint Loses Out On $1.1 Million ‘Green Energy’ Buses — Now Wants $2.5 Million Version

    06/21/2011 8:53:36 AM PDT · by MichCapCon · 4 replies
    Capitol Confidential ^ | 6/21/2011 | Tom Gantert
    Flint, a city where more than half the children live below the poverty level, lost out on a pair of $1.1 million electric buses that the federal stimulus program would have paid for when the “green technology” company making them went out of business. So now, the head of the Flint bus authority says they are trying to get a new hydrogen-powered bus that comes with a $2.5 million sticker price, more than eight times the cost of a traditional diesel bus. Ed Benning, general manager of Flint’s Mass Transportation Authority, said in an email that MTA has been discussing...
  • Mom says school bus bullies torment young girl

    06/08/2011 1:56:35 PM PDT · by Morgana · 31 replies
    MILWAUKEE – Chaos on the school bus and the I-Team catches it all. Our story starts with a fed up mom. She says her little girl who is only 4 years old is hit, tormented, has her glasses broken by other kids and that it happens all the time. She says MPS hasn't done anything about it so I-Team reporter Rob Koebel takes the case and wait till you see what your tax dollars are paying for now. A school bus ride that is out of control, little children in danger ride after ride. We follow the girl’s entire bus...