Monday, November 28, 2011

Thanksgiving with the family

The Obama Thanksgiving week was mostly dedicated to family, friends, and recreation. After hosting the country music festival last Monday, the President made a quick campaign stop in New Hampshire on Tuesday.  The public agenda for remainder of the week was not published.

However, the President did present a brief Thanksgiving morning address to the nation and telephoned soldiers in various parts of the world before digging into a Thanksgiving dinner in the White House.

On Saturday, he treated the family to watch his brother-in-law coach Oregon State to victory over Towson University.

Today, President Obama is helping the European Commission and Council address their economic recovery as well as reiterating his commitment to transatlantic law enforcement. He is also assisting in supporting democracy and prosperity in the Middle East and North Africa since these are two of the highest concerns of the American taxpayer public.

Monday, November 21, 2011

Let the country music begin, or, how to avoid responsibility

During the past week, Obama traveled to Australia and Indonesia, distancing himself from the Solyndra, Occupy Wall Street, Operation Fast and Furious, and the Super Committee. Now that he is back in the White House, his first priority is to host a country music performance tonight.

Even though the Super Committee appears doomed to failure, and a new round of Egyptian protests is growing, the President is devoting this holiday week to his own personal entertainment. Here's the week in recap:

Mon Nov 21 - Obama and wife host performing artists in a celebration of country music.

Sun Nov 20 - As the President arrived back at the White House, Michelle & Jill served as grand marshals and helped to start the NASCAR finale in Florida.

Sat Nov 19 - Before departing Indonesia, Mr. Obama held a closed door meeting with Chinese Premier Wen Jaibao.

Fri Nov 18 - Obama had lunch and dinner in Indonesia.

Thu Nov 17 - The President arrived in Darwin Australia, laid a wreath, and then give few remarks. Afterward, he boarded Air Force One and flew Bali, Indonesia.

Wed Nov 16 - President arrived in Australia and signed the official guest book. Next he held meetings with Prime Minister Gillard. The day was capped with a parliamentary dinner.

Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Lazy Americans lead to high unemployment, welfare entitlements, and a bankrupt nation

The U.S. is still the largest recipient of foreign investment in the world, 
Obama said,
"but we've been a little bit lazy, I think, over the last couple of decades."

It's wonderful to hear that our President has such little faith in our society, even though it is we, the American people, who fund this man's welfare, safety, travel and entertainment extravaganzas.

But, at least, no one can accuse Barack Obama for being lazy. During the past week, he has met with foreign leaders trying to bolster certain parts of the world economy. Meanwhile, his Vice President is focused on fundraising.

Obama as flown across both oceans and is having a grand old time.  Below is a brief summary of our elected officials travels since we last updated our blog on November 1st.

Tue Nov 15 - Today, the Obamas are leaving Honolulu Hawaii and flying to Canberra Australia. The VP, Joe Biden, is traveling to Euclid Ohio to deliver a labor speech and then attend a Cresskill NJ fundraiser.

Mon Nov 14 - Obama attended a campaign event in Kapolei Hawaii, then he treated friend, who pleaded guilty (no contest) to soliciting a prostitute, to a round of golf on our buck.

Sun Nov 13 - Michelle and the President hosted APEC leaders at a dinner and reception. Biden went to Detroit MI for a campaign event for Sen Debbie Stabenow. Next he delivers remarks at Yeshiva Beth Yehudah Dinner in Detroit in order to try to make ammends with the Jewish Comminity.

Sat Nov 12 - Obama & wife arrive in Honolulu HI. He met with Trans-Pacific Partnership leaders and later had individual meetings with PM Noda of Japan, President Medvedev of Russia, President Hu of China. Lastly, the First Couple welcomed APEC leaders and their spouses at an arrival ceremony.

Fri Nov 11 - Veterans Day - The President and First Lady have breakfast with veterans. They laid a wreath and talked at Arlington National Cemetery. That afternoon, the couple flew to San Diego CA and attended a basketball game on USS Carl Vinson. He was interviewed by Westwood One and ESPN. Then he hopped on Air Force One to Hawaii. VP Joe Binen attended events in Media PA and NYC.

Thu Nov 10 - Mrs Obama speaks at US Chamber of Commmerce event. Biden flies to Manchester NH to speak at an American Legion, then a campaign event in Concord NH.

Wed Nov 9 - President meets with President Silva of Portugal and then speaks at National Women's Law Center annual awards dinner.

Tue Nov 8 - Obama is still in Philadelphia and visits a Yeadon PA classroom. Michelle at Georgetown University. Biden meets with PM of the Kurdistan region.

Mon Nov 7 - Obama arrives in Philadelphia and talks about jobs again. After, he met with the NATO Secretary General and attended a campaign event.

Sun Nov 6 - Nothing on the public schedule.

Sat Nov 5 - Jill Biden at Home Cooking Event

Fri Nov 4 - Obama arrives at Espace Riviera in Cannes France and participates in various G10 events then flies back to DC. In the U.S., Biden visits the University of Pittsburgh in order to attend an afternoon campaign event. His wife, Jill, worked the crowd at a Lesbians & Gays National Convention.

Thu Nov 3 - President arrives in Nice France to work on G10. There, he and Sarkozy insult Netanyahu.

Wed Nov 2 - Michelle hosted Arts & Humanities Awards program. Both the President & VP met with Senate Democratic leaders. Obama flew off to France and the Bidens had dinner with the Cantors.

Saturday, November 12, 2011

The Vacation's Over

 Well, all good things must come to an end and so too does this wonderful vacation in the Florida Keys

Like the setting sun, we are closing this Fall getaway. Hopefully the dawn of a new vacation will be upon us soon and we will be returning to this beautiful paridise.

We are checking out of our hotel and driving back to Miami where we will board our flight back to the Northeast. Oh well.

Friday, November 11, 2011

Relaxing last day in the Florida Keys resort

This is the last full day we will spend in the Keys.  We decided that we will end our little vacation the same way as it began, by just hanging out at the resort. The pools are great and the service is fantastic. They have a educational dolphin center here, so we will watch them feed an train.

Then, we will take a stroll around the island later and just pass the day. This island is mostly residential, so we can't even shop. But, it is always fun just to look at the homes and see how the other side lives.

Tonight we are going to find a small outside bar and just hang out. Everyone had a great time and nobody wants to go home, especially after an enjoyable week of dining on sea food and laying in the sun!

Thursday, November 10, 2011

A 60th Birthday Party at Little Palm Island

One of the major reasons for visiting Florida this year is to celebrate the 60th birthday of one of our best friends. He retired 7 years ago and has been living in Port St Lucie. Unfortunately, that has been too far away and we only get to see each other once every 2 years.

But, hey. Now its time to party. This is a big birthday for him and we all deserve to splurge. So, at his request, we are treating him and his wife to dinner at Little Palm Island. The resort is very expensive and exclusive. No children is one of their rules.

So, this is the highlight of the day!

Wednesday, November 9, 2011

A Day in Key West

Today we are going traveling. We are driving to Key West and will spend the day there. First, we will walk around a little bit and look at some of the historic homes. Then, it will be lunch at Sloppy Joe's. Then, more walking and shopping. For dinner, we are going to Louie's Backyard.  It's been over 15 years since we hung out in this town, so we are sure a few things have changed.

But, some things have stayed the same. And, we are glad that our favorite dining spots are still there.

Of course, the trip will not be complete until we watch the street performers and the sunset on Mallory Square.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Life in the Middle Keys: Doing nothing!

We arrived in our resort yesterday afternoon. It is in the Middle Keys, just south of Islamorada. We do not plan to to anything today, except eat, drink, and swim in the pool. As the commercial says: "The hardest thing we will have to do is to move our chairs to watch the sun".

Tonight's dinner is something I've been waiting for a long time. We are going to a great little restaurant and dining on fresh stone crab claws!

Some folks like them steamed, but I prefer them chilled on ice. After a bowl of conch chowder, these will hit the spot.

Monday, November 7, 2011

Vacationing in Florida

With all the traveling to Florida by the President and Vice President, we decided that it was our turn to spend a little time in that state as well.

Unfortunately, since we are not elected officials, it was necessary for us to buy our own tickets, fly on a commercial jet, and rent a car.

So, along with another couple, we flew on American Airlines to Miami on Saturday afternoon. We rented a van and drove up to Port St Lucie to visit our retired friends.  Although baseball is over for the season, this is the Spring training home of the Mets.

After spending two enjoyable days, we are now going to drive down to the Keys and spend 5 more days doing absolutely nothing!

Tuesday, November 1, 2011

The Three Musketeers (Joe, Jill, & Michelle) attack Florida cash

Once the President arrived back in DC after his West Coast blitz, he has remained in Washington taking donors out to dinner and hosting a Halloween Party.

His presence there provides cover for the DNC traveling performed by his wife, the VP, and Mrs. Biden.

Freshly back from the Mid-west, Michelle boarded Air Force One and made her rounds in 3 Florida cities.  On Thursday, October 27th, Michelle landed in Jacksonville and delivered remarks at a DNC lunch. Then, she flew off to Tampa to attend another DNC reception there. It was back on the plane, and she flew to Ft. Lauderdale FL to attend another DNC event. Throughout this day long trip, she made no pretense for expensing the costs.

After the plane was back in DC, Joe & Jill Biden boarded the plane on Friday, October 28th, and flew to Orlando. First, they attended a Florida Education Association Delegate meeting. That night, the VP spoke at a Florida DNC convention in Disney.

Today, Tuesday, November 1st, Michelle took the family jet and is flying to New Orleans to attend a DNC lunch. After grabbing the cash, she will make a quick dash to a Child Development Center in order to write off the trip.

Interestingly enough, Mrs. O announced that she will postpone her Houston fundraising trip at the home of one of their bundlers who is trying to take away the public pensions of teachers, firefighters, cops and others.
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