Tuesday, August 28, 2012

Obama's work week: One briefing and 2 days of campaigning! (No wonder he wants to be President again)

As August winds down and we approach the 70 day to election mark, the President of the United States, Barack Obama, has officially stopped working for the country! Yes, during the past seven days, Mr. Obama's official schedule was composed of only 1 daily briefing, and was bracketed by two days of campaign travel on Air Force One. During this period, Mr. Obama attended 6 campaign events in 4 different states.

By contrast, his wife, Michelle, attended 3 campaign events in 3 different states. Although they are not listed on the White House Schedule, the White House Speeches and Remarks page contains the text of her speeches.

And, even though everyone thinks that Joe Biden is out of the picture, the Vice President and his wife were the star speakers at 5 more campaign events.

Luckily for the Obama campaign, a hurricane is raging in the Gulf. As this storm of nature presents drama, the Obama campaign spokeswoman Jennifer Psaki used it to divert attention from Obama's lack of work to the importance of "campagning". As she stated:

The president is also out there laying out the stakes for what is a very important election for a generation, there’s almost no group with higher stakes for what happens in November. That’s also important.” (Team Obama on campaigning during Isaac: The Republicans are doing it, too)

So now it's official, there is no higher stakes than winning reelection for the Obama for America campaign.

To heck with the country! We're bashing Romney and blaming Bush and the rest of the Republicans. These are the real contributions of the Obama Administration.

Below is a summary of President Obama's official schedule during the week Wednesday August 22 through Tuesday August 28, 2012.

Today, Tuesday, August 28, 2012
  • Mr. Obama delivered a 2 minute statement about Tropical Storm Issac at 10 AM. Then he took Air Force One to Des Moines Iowa and delivered remarks at Iowa State University at 2:05 PM. At 4:40 PM, he will fly to Fort Collins Colorado and attend another campaign event at Colorado State University. (Note, this is part of a 2 day tour where he will speak at colleges in Iowa, Colorado, and Virginia).
Monday, August 27, 2012
  • President Obama's official schedule was blank.
Saturday, August 25, 2012
  • VP Biden and wife Jill attended 2 campaign events in Massachusetts. The first was in Chatham and the second in Provincetown.
Friday, August 24, 2012
  • Mr. Obama left the White House at 6 PM and went to Camp David.
Thursday, August 23, 2012
  • Mr. Obama - received a daily briefing at 12:05 PM. That was it.
  • Michelle Obama spoke at 2 campaign events. The first was at Bradley Tech High School in Milwaukee WI, and the second at the Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis Indiana.
Wednesday, August 22, 2012
  • First, Mr. Obama participated in a roundtable discussion with teachers at Canyon Springs High School in Las Vegas, Nev. That was at 12:05PM. Then 35 minutes later, he delivered remarks at a campaign event. He then left Las Vegas at 1:50 PM and flew to New York City where he attended 2 campaign events (one at Alice Tully Hall at Lincoln Center, and the second at Jazz in Lincoln Center). He flew back to Washington DC that night.
  • Michelle Obama spoke at a campaign event at the War Memorial Auditorium in Ft. Lauderdale FL.
  • VP Joe Biden attended a campaign event in Detroit MI. Next, he spoke at a second campaign event at the Renaissance High School. Lastly, he attended a 3rd campaign event at a non-disclosed location.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

Chains, Felons, Fundraisers, and Denials

Surprise, President Obama had a press conference yesterday! Yes, after being criticized for only meeting with celebrity news outlets, Mr. Obama finally held another press conference at the White House. Unfortunately, he did not seem to be prepared, especially when he said nobody had called Mitt Romney a "felon". Either he really does not stay up with current events, or he believes the country is so ignorant that we will believe anything he says. Either way, it did not seem to go very well for for the President.

Luckily, the day ended on an up note when he and Michelle hosted a "state dinner" for 54 winners of a children's "healthy eating" campaign contest.

As for the country's work, the President received 3 daily briefings, and met with his senior advisers, Mrs. Clinton, and Mr. Geithner once during the week.

He also attended 6 fundraising events, held in Iowa, New Hampshire, and Ohio. Vice President Biden delivered remarks at 3 campaign events as well.

Below is a summary if the President's leadership activities during the week of Wednesday August 15 through Tuesday August 21, 2012.

Today, Tuesday, August 21, 2012
  • President Obama left the White House at 9:15AM and flew to Columbus, Ohio. At 1PM, he spoke at a campaign event at Capital University. Then, he flies to Reno Nevada and delivers remarks at a campaign event at Truckee Meadows Community College. When he is done, he will fly to Las Vegas NV for the night.
  • First, VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event in Minneapolis MN. Later, he will speak at a second campaign event at the Olmstead County Fairgrounds in Rochester MN.

Monday, August 20, 2012
  • President Obama started the day with an 11:05 AM daily briefing. Next he had lunch with VP Biden, and then sat for interviews with regional television and print outlets. Then, he surprised everyone by holding a press conference. He ended the day by having dinner with winners of another campaign contest.

Saturday, August 18, 2012
  • Mr. Obama departed the White House at 10 AM and flew to Manchester, NH where he spoke at campaign event at the Windham High School. After, he attended a second campaign event at Rochester Commons in Rochester NH. He arrived back in DC before 8 PM.

Friday, August 17, 2012
  • President Obama had only two things scheduled. First was a daily briefing held at 11 AM and the second was a meeting with senior advisers at 11:30 AM.

Thursday, August 16, 2012
  • Mr. Obama began at 10:15 AM by attending a daily briefing. At 10:45 (one-half our later), he met with Mrs. Clinton. Then he had lunch with Biden. Following a 1:45 PM with Mr. Geithner, he was done for the day.

Wednesday, August 15, 2012
  • President Obama attended two campaign events in Iowa with his wife Michelle at his side. The first was at 12 noon in Dubuque and the second was in Davenport. Afterwards, they both flew back to Washington DC.
  • Mr. Biden delivered remarks at a campaign event at Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg, Va. (Note, this was only 1 day after his famous "chains" speech).

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Obama praises Islam after Daily Briefing and attends 13 Campaign Events

President Obama received 1 daily briefing and hosted an Iftar Dinner at the White House. Those were the only 2 official functions performed by Mr. Obama last week.

The rest of the time he was working on his re-election campaign. During these past 7 days, Obama attended 13 campaign fundraising events, in Iowa, Illinois, and Colorado. Additionally, he spend 3 hours in his Chicago campaign headquarters.

During the same period, Vice President Biden attended 2 fundraisers. And, Michelle Obama is credited with 5 campaign events, and appearing on Jay Leno's Tonight Show.

Mr. Obama's message of the week for all Americans was:

"... Islam ... is part of our national story."

This was said at the 2012 Iftar Dinner, where Mr. Obama referred to a Koran  possessed by Thomas Jefferson, and suggested that Jefferson held the first Iftar dinner. However, the importance of these were much different than what the President stated. At that time in 1786, the Barbary states of North Africa were waging a war of priacy and enslavement against shipping through the Strait of Gibraltar. A million Europeans and Americans were captured and sold into slavery. Jefferson and John Adams tried to buy off the pirates. But, this failed because they learned:

"that [the right] was founded on the Laws of the Prophet, that it was written in their Koran, that all nations who should not have answered their authority were sinners, that it was their right and duty to make war upon them wherever they could be found, and to make slaves of all they could take as prisoners, and that every Mussulman who should be slain in battle was sure to go to Paradise"

Responding with force, the USS Constitution captured Tunisian vessels. To avoid full war, an emissary was sent to to Washington to resolve the conflict. Thus a dinner was held for the delegation. This was the "Iftar Dinner" to which Mr. Obama referred. And, the Koran in Jefferson's possession was used as a reference to understand the nature and thinking of the North African pirates.

So yes, Islam has played a part in our early American history, but it was not through honorable circumstances as Mr. Obama would have us American citizens believe.

You can read our reference at: Obama's sanitized history for Iftar dinner
And, you may watch Obama's Iftar speech in the White House video below.

The following is a summary of the President's official schedule for the week of Wednesday August 8 through Tuesday August 14 2012.

Today, Tuesday, August 14, 2012
  • President Obama starts the day at 12:25 PM when he speaks at a campaign event in Oskaloosa Iowa. Next, he appears at a 5:00 PM campaign event in Marshalltown IA. He wraps up the day after speaking at 8:55 PM at a 3rd campaign event in Waterloo, IA.
  • VP Biden delivers remarks at a campaign event in Danville, VA in mid-morning. Then, he travels to Wytheville VA and speaks at another campaign event at an elementary school.

Monday, August 13, 2012
  • Mr. Obama left Chicago IL at 10:40 AM and flew to Nebraska. He landed in Omaha to begin a 3 day bus tour at a campaign event in Council Bluffs, IA. Six hours later, he spoke at a 2nd campaign event in Boone IA.
  • Michelle Obama attended at a campaign event in Los Angeles CA. And, she appeared (for the 3rd time) on The Jay Leno Tonight Show.

Sunday, August 12, 2012
  • Mr. Obama began the day by attending a 12:45 PM campaign event in Chicago IL. Afterward, he attended 3 more fundraising events.
  • Mrs. Obama spoke at 2 campaign events in Los Angeles.

Saturday, August 11, 2012
  • President Obama left the White House at 1:30 PM and flew to Chicago IL. He spent about 3 hours at his Chicago campaign headquarters and then had dinner with friends (Obama in Chicago: Dining at Piccolo Sogno Due in River North UPDATE)
  • Mrs. Obama first delivered remarks at a campaign event in Jackson Hole WY, then flew to Denver CO and attended another campaign event.

Friday, August 10, 2012
  • Mr. Obama received a daily briefing at 11:00 AM. Then, he hosted an Iftar dinner at the White House at 8:38 PM.

Thursday, August 9, 2012
  • Mr. Obama's day began at 12:45 PM by his delivering remarks at the Colorado State Fairgrounds. Then he flew to Colorado Springs CO and attended another fundraising event. He flew back to Washington DC that evening and was in the White House before 10 PM.

Wednesday, August 8, 2012
  • The day started for President Obama with his 10:35 AM departure from the White House and flight to Denver CO. There, he spoke at a campaign event. Afterward, he travelled to Grand Junction CO and attended a 2nd campaign event.

Tuesday, August 7, 2012

Obama's Two 15 minute meetings, 7 fundraisers, and a Photograph

Mr. Obama's official schedule during the past week comprised of 4 daily briefings, and a 15 minute meeting with Senior Advisers. He also met with Mr. Panetta once, attended another 15 meeting with the Rural Council, and signed an Act. Lastly, he participated in a conference call, and blamed Congress for not raising taxes. At most, he worked for the country about 6 hours.

The rest of the time, Mr. Obama was either traveling to or attending campaign fundraising events. In all he attended 7 of them in Connecticut, Washington DC, Florida, and Ohio.

The photograph below shows Mr. Obama attending the meeting on Monday. While he is seldom working, the White House Blog finds it necessary to post such photographs in order to "make it look like the President is working". Unfortunately, his official schedule says otherwise.

Meanwhile, his wife Michelle outpaced the President by attending 8 campaign events which were located in Massachusetts,  New Hampshire, and North Carolina.

Vice President Biden only attended 1 fundraising event which was in California. However, he did host another party at the  Naval Observatory.

Altogether, the group attended 16 different campaign events and traveled to 7 states on our dime.

Below is the detailed summary of their schedule for the week of Wednesday August 1 through Tuesday August 7, 2012.

Today, Tuesday August 7, 2012
  • President Obama begins day at 11:00 AM with a daily briefing. Then, at 4:15 PM, he meets with the White House Rural Council to discuss the response to the drought. Fifteen minutes later, he will meet with Mr. Panetta. By 5:20 PM, he will be at The W Hotel where he will attend 2 fundraisers.
Monday August 6, 2012
  • A daily briefing at 11:30 AM started Mr. Obama's day. Then at 1:50 PM, he signed the Honoring America’s Veterans and Caring for Camp Lejeune Families Act of 2012. Mr. Obama then left the White House and flew to Stamford CT, where he attended 2 campaign fundraising events.
Friday August 3, 2012
  • For Mr Obama, a daily briefing at 10:30 AM kicked off the day. This lasted 1/2 hour. Next, Mr. Obama held a 15 minute meeting with his senior advisers. His day was over after he spoke about the need for Congress to raise taxes. That was at 11:15 AM.
  • Michelle Obama delivered remarks at 3 campaign events in Massachusetts. They were in Springfield, Pittsfield, and Richmond.
  • VP Biden traveled to Los Angeles CA to attend a campaign event.
Thursday August 2, 2012
  • Mr. Obama started at 11:05 AM when he left the White House to fly to Florida, where he attended a campaign event at Rollins College in Winter Park at 2:40 PM. After, he participated in a conference call by delivering remarks to the Blog'Her Conference. He left Florida and flew to Leesburg VA where he attended a campaign event at a local high school. Afterwards, he returned to DC.
  • Mrs. Obama attended 3 campaign events in New Hampshire. The first was in Holderness, the second in Laconia, and the third in Manchester.
  • Mr. Biden met with Eric Holder at the White House.
Wednesday August 1, 2012
  • President Obama had an early start this day. The first thing scheduled was his departure from the White House at 9:50 AM when he flew to Mansfield Ohio. There, he attended a fundraiser. Next, he flew to Akron and attended a 2nd fundraising event. When that was over, he flew back to DC at 5:05 PM.
  • Michelle Obama spoke at a campaign event at the University of North Carolina in  Greensboro, NC. Next, she attended a 2rd fundraising event in Raleigh NC.
  • Mr. Biden hosted a reception for the Presidential Commission for the Study of Bioethical Issues at the Naval Observatory.

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