Tuesday, April 24, 2012

Alabama, Air Force, Fallon, and Warriors consume Obama's weekly schedule

 Somewhere along the way, someone taught President Obama the saying:

All work and no play
makes Jack a dull boy!

Not wanting to be dull, Mr. Obama has taken this to heart and avoids much work.

A week has 7 days each containing 24 hours; and a common laborer must work about 40 hours a week.

By comparison, the President works about half of this. Using his last week's schedule as an indicator of his working effort, we find the President spends:
  • 7 hours in meetings
  • 3 hours greeting sports teams and other guests
  • 5 hours touring and speaking
  • 3 hours at campaign events, and
  • 2 hours taping television events and a weekly speech.
However, travel is often required, and last week, he was in a plane, helicopter, or limousine around 10 additional hours.

During the week, he met with his senior advisers 3 times, had 3 daily briefings, and met with Mrs. Clinton.

He welcomed 2 sports teams, wounded warriors, and teacher finalists to the White House. Obama visited the Holocaust Museum, and 2 community colleges. In between all this, he managed to sign a Proclamation naming Fort Ord a National Monument, and taped an interview with Jimmy Fallon.

 And, Mr. Obama attended 3 campaign events.  By comparison, VP Biden also attended 3 campaign events, and Michell Obama attended 2.

The following summarizes the public schedule of the President, Mrs. Obama, and Vice President Biden in the week from Wednesday April 18 through Tuesday April 24, 2012.

Today, Tuesday, April 24, 2012
  • President Obama honors the 2012 National Teacher of Year finalists at White House. Then, he travels to Chapel Hill NC to speak at UNC about student loans. At the same location, he tapes an interview with "Late Night with Jimmy Fallon". Afterwards, he flies to Boulder Colorado to speaks at the University of Colorado about student loans.
  • Michelle Obama traveled to Omaha Nebraska where she delivers a luncheon address to Girls Inc, and then attends fundraising event. Next, she flies to Des Moines Iowa to meet with campaign volunteers.
  • Mr. Biden meets with Hillary Clinton and Janet Napolitano.
Monday, April 23, 2012
  • Mr Obama toured and spoke at the Holocaust Memorial Museum. Later, he presented the President's Trophy to the Air Force Acadamy football team.
Friday, April 20, 2012
  • Mr Obama signed a proclamation and and then welcomed the Wounded Warrior Project's Soldier Ride to the White House.
  • Joe Biden attended a campaign event in Santa Barbara CA
Thursday, April 19, 2012
  • Barack Obama welcomed the Alabama Crimson Tide to honor there 14th championship. He announced that he was saddened to hear that Dick Clark has died. He ended the day with a campaign at the W Hotel.
  • Mr.Biden attended one campaign event in Phoenix Arizona, and a second one in Los Angeles CA.
Wednesday, April 18, 2012
  • Obama flew to Ohio and held a roundtable at Lorain County Community College. He later delivered remarks on economy; and then he flew to Michigan where he attended 2 campaign events, 1 at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, and the 2nd at a private residence in Dearborn.
  • Biden hosted an event highlighting need to reauthorize the Violence Against Women Act (hopefully without any newly added spending attachments).

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Cartagena Columbia excursion introduces new U.S. morality behavior

The week of Wednesday April 11 through Tuesday April 17 found the Air Force One planes traveling across the Americas. Here we have VP Biden hitting campaign events in Minneapolis MN, Exeter NH, and Scarsdale NY. Mrs. Obama flew to New York City to appear on The Colbert Report and is now fundraising in Nashville TN and Pittsburgh PA. The President stayed local for 4 days, interviewing on television, and attending only 1 fundraiser.

But, he did enjoy a 3 day junket in Cartagena Columbia attending a CEO Summit (hmm, I thought he was a President, not a CEO). As he had mentioned in one of his meetings, the real purpose of this enjoyable trip was to find a new location for a family vacation. But, all kidding aside, this international exposure highlighted the moral collapse in our government team. First, several Secret Service members were found to be arranging prostitute visits, and then Hillary Clinton was pictured drinking and dancing the night away.

Neither of these should be a surprise to the American public, particularly since the President has authorized free distribution of birth control and condoms.

As for Presidential work, Mr. Obama held two daily briefings, met with Senior Advisers twice, and met with Geithner and Panetta.

The Obama / Biden team together attended 9 campaign events, and today, the President is honoring race car driver Tony Stewart.

Today, Tuesday, April 17, 2012

  • The President honors Tony Stewart.
  • Michelle Obama delivers remarks at a Democratic National Committee event in Nashville and then flies to Pittsburgh, PA to attend two more DNC campaign events. To cover the travel costs, she is attend a a service member photo-op when she gets off the plane.
  • VP Biden is attending a campaign event in DC.
Monday, April 16, 2012
  • President Obama had no public events.
  • Mrs Obama attended a campaign event at The Jefferson Hotel
Sunday, April 15, 2012
  • Mr. Obama participated in a variety of events in Columbia.
Saturday, April 14, 2012
  • Obama attended a CEO Summit, a ceremony, and a dinner in Columbia.
Friday, April 13, 2012
  • President Obama flew to Tampa Florida to speak. Afterwards, he boarded the plane and flew to Cartagena, Colombia for 3 days.
Thursday, April 12, 2012
  • Mr. Obama interviewed with regional TV anchors.
  • VP Biden attended a campaign event at noon in Exeter NH, then he flew to Scarsdale NY to attend another campaign event.
Wednesday, April 11, 2012
  • President Obama delivered a statement, and later attended a campaign event at The W Hotel.
  • Mrs. Obama was a guest on the "Colbert Report" in New York City.
  • Joe Biden traveled to Minneapolis, MN and attended a campaign event for Senator Amy Klobuchar.

For fun, we leave you with the President's schedule for the past two days which have been extracted from Politico.

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Basketball for Easter, a private movie screening, and a day of fundraising in Florida

During the second week of April 2012, Mr. Obama was the designated fundraiser. He attended 2 separate events in Washington DC, and 3 in Florida.

By comparison, he attended 3 daily briefings, and met with Hillary Clinton, Tim Geithner and Senior Advisers once.

The President's weekly entertainment included a private viewing of "To Kill a Mockingbird", hosting the yearly Easter Egg Roll, and playing basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters.

The international front was covered by both the President and Vice President Biden. Mr. Obama met with the President of Brazil, while Mr. Biden met with the VP of Nigeria, and the Kurdistan Regional President.

The following is a summary of the activities of President Obama, Mrs. Obama, and VP Biden during the week of Wednesday April 4 through Tuesday April 10, 2012.

Tuesday, April 10, 2012
  • President Obama spent the day in Florida. He flew to West Palm Beach, FL and attended campaign event private residence in Palm Beach Gardens. Next, he spoke at Florida Atlantic University, before scooting off to 2 more campaign events (one at private residence in Golden Beach and the other at the Westin Diplomat Hotel in Hollywood).
  • Vice President Biden met with VP Mohammed Namadi Sambo of Nigeria, the Prime Minister of Kosovo.

Monday, April 9, 2012
  • The First Family hosted the annual Easter Egg Roll at the White House, where Mr. Obama gave remarks and played basketball with the Harlem Globetrotters. Afterward, he held a meeting with President Dilma Rousseff of Brazil.

Friday, April 6, 2012
  • The President delivered remarks at White House Forum on Women and the Economy. In the evening, he and his family hosted a Seder.

Thursday, April 5, 2012
  • President Obama signed the JOBS Act. Later, he sandwiched a private screening of "To Kill a Mockingbird" in between 2 campaign events, one at The Jefferson Hotel and the second at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel
  • VP Biden met with Prime Minister Hashim Tha├ži of Kosovo

Wednesday, April 4, 2012
  • Mr. Obama hosted an Easter Prayer Breakfast before signing the  STOCK Act
  • Michelle Obama held a conference call with reporters, then visited Fisher House
  • Mr. Biden attended both a working lunch and a meeting with Kurdistan Regional Government President Massoud Barzani

Tuesday, April 3, 2012

Let's Move! and Get Some Ice Cream, Kids!

Realizing that "Parents and caregivers play a key role in not only making healthy choices for children and teaching children to make healthy choices for themselves", (Let's Move! Eat Healthy), Michelle Obama took the lead and treated her children to ice cream and other treats.

Lynn Sweet's article: Michelle Obama, Malia, Sasha on vacation: Visited Mount Rushmore quotes 'the Rapid City Journal: After visiting Mount Rushmore, "Then they showed a bit of a sweet tooth by stopping at the Turtle Town old-fashioned fudge and ice-cream shop in Keystone, where manager Deb Splinter served them ice cream and other treats." '

Yes, on her way to a San Francisco fundraiser, the First Lady stopped to visit Mount Rushmore before spending the night in Las Vegas. (Nice work if you can get it).

Meanwhile, her jet-lagged husband relaxed most of the week. Although he took some time to bash the Supreme Court and oil companies, he managed to hold 6 U.S. related meetings during the last week. Three were daily briefings, one with senior advisers, Mr. Panetta, and Mrs. Clinton.

Mr. Obama actually spent more time meeting with foreign dignitaries yesterday than he did performing his U.S. Presidential duties.

However, he spent all day last Friday on the campaign trail attending 4 fundraisers. The VP, Mr. Biden, beat Obama this week by attending 5 campaign events on his own. While Mrs. Obama only attended 1 campaign event, her priority was entertaining herself and attending the Kids Choice Awards in Los Angeles.

Below is a summary of the Obama and Biden work efforts during Wednesday March 28, 2012 and today, Tuesday, April 3, 2012.

Today, Tuesday - April 3, 2012
  • Mr. Obama delivers remarks & answers questions at Associate Press luncheon. At the end of the afternoon, he and Mr. Biden meet with Mr. Panetta.
  • VP Biden speaks at Maury High School in Norfolk, VA. In early afternoon, he tweets on Twitter.

Monday - April 2, 2012
  • Remaining in Washington DC, Mr. Obama met with PM Stephen Harper of Canada and President Felipe Calderon of Mexico.
  • Mr. Biden hosted an evening reception honoring firefighters and law enforcement officials
Saturday - March 31, 2012
  • Mrs. Obama attended the Kids Choice Awards with her 2 children in Los Angeles, CA.
Friday - March 30, 2012
  • President Obama flew to Burlington, VT and delivers remarks at two campaign events. Afterwards, he flew o Portland Main and attended 2 more campaign events.
  • Michelle Obama headlined a campaign event in San Francisco, CA
  • Mr Biden had no public schedule
Thursday - March 29, 2012
  • Mr. Obama delivered remarks in the Rose Garden
  • The First Lady and her 2 girls visited Mount Rushmore National Memorial in South Dakota; then they went to Las Vegas for the night. Of course, they ate ice cream and other treats.
  • Vice President Biden was in Chicago were he first taped Face the Nation. before attending 3 different campaign events.
Wednesday - March 28, 2012
  • Mr. Biden began a 3 state fundraising swing, attending two campaign events in Milwaukee WI and Davenport Iowa
  • Mrs. Jill Biden traveled to NJ to attend event at Mercer County Community College.

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