Tuesday, October 30, 2012

Obama leaves voters with a Hurricane Sandy Photo OP and message: I'll give you money but not protect you!

Responding to the Hurricane Sandy emergency, President Obama flew back to the White House and participated in phone calls with governors and meetings coordinating Federal emergency teams.

One week before the election, Obama is using this disaster as a photo opportunity to show his involvement. Unfortunately, he had no such meetings, participation, or press conferences when the 4 brave Americans were killed in Benghazi. 

Prior to taking advantage of this disaster, Mr. Obama was flying across the country, giving a speech here, voting there, taping interviews, etc.  He did attend two daily briefings but that was it. Comparatively, he attended 7 campaign events, and taped 4 interviews for TV and Radio appearances. 

Interestingly, the President flew to Orlando Florida on Sunday night and returned on Monday morning. But, nothing is documented as to why he was there.

Also during this time, Vice President Biden attended 5 campaign events. The First Lady, Michelle Obama, attended at least 5 campaign events. Although she wasn't listed on the White House or Political schedule, we can follow her schedule by reading her speeches posted on the White House website.

Yes, 17 fundraisers but only 2 daily briefings. (Thank god there was a hurricane!)

Note: The White House website changed their homepage and is asking visitors to "stay informed" by supplying their email address. If you press the "learn more button, you will be taken directly to the website. You can't go back to this page but can sign up for emails.

Below is a summary of President Obama's official schedule during the week of Wednesday October 24 through Tuesday October 30, 2012.

Tuesday, October 30, 2012
  • President Obama had a daily briefing at 10:05 AM. In the afternoon, he held a press conference saying that the government will provide help to the hurricane and flood victims particularly in New Jersey and New York.
  • Joe Biden was in Columbus OH in the morning. Then he traveled to Sarasota FL and will spend the night there.
Monday, October 29, 2012
  • President Obama left Orlando Florida at 8:30 AM and flew back to the White House where he was going to monitor "Hurricane Sandy".
  • Michelle Obama spoke at 2 campaign events in Iowa, the first in Iowa City and the second in Sioux City.
  • VP Biden delivered remarks at a campaign event in Youngstown OH with Bill Clinton.
  • Jill Biden delivered remarks at campaign events in Colorado Springs and Fort Collins CO.

Sunday, October 28, 2012
  • President Obama left the White House at 5:30 PM and flew to Orlando FL.

Saturday, October 27, 2012
  • President Obama spoke at a campaign event in Nashua NH.

Friday, October 26, 2012
  • President Obama began the day with an 11:30 AM presidential daily briefing. Then he taped an interview with “The Michael Smerconish Show.” When that was over, he visited the Democratic National Committee Headquarters for a few hours. At 5 PM, he was interviewed by Sway Calloway on MTV, and at 5:40 PM he was interviewed by April Ryan of the American Urban Radio Networks.
  • Michelle Obama spoke at a campaign event at a private residence in La Jolla CA. After, she flew to Las Vegas and spoke a a campaign event in the Orr Middle School.
  • VP Biden delivered remarks at a campaign event at University of Wisconsin in Oshkosh, and at a second event that was not documented.

Thursday, October 25, 2012
  • President Obama delivered remarks at a campaign event at 12:35 AM. Then, at 2:35 AM, he left Las Vegas and flew to Tampa FL. At 8:45AM, he spoke a Ybor State Museum Park in Tampa. He left at 9:50 AM and flew to Richmond VA where he spoke at a 1:15 PM campaign event.  He then flew to Chicago IL and voted early. in person. Then he flew to Cleveland OH and spoke at a 9:35 PM campaign event. After a long day, he flew back to Washington DC.
  • Michelle Obama spoke at a campaign event at a private residence in Calabasas CA.

Wednesday, October 24, 2012
  • President Obama left the White House at 8 AM and flew to Davenport Iowa where he attended a campaign event at the Mississippi Valley Fairgrounds.
  • In the afternoon, he flew to Denver CO and spoke at a campaign event. Then, he flew to Los Angles and taped an appearance on “The Tonight Show with Jay Leno.”. He then flew to Las Vegas.
  • Vice President Biden delivered remarks at an undocumented campaign event.

Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Horses, Bayonets, and Debates define Obama's Image

Charging at his debating opponent at a full gallop, President Obama thrust his bayonet into Romney's military remarks. At first, it appeared his presidential foe was critically injured, but as the dust from the horse's hoofs faded away, the mighty Romney arose unscathed.

While Mr. Obama's biting "horse and bayonet" remarks flooded the internet, many a soldier were quick to point out that the bayonet is standard issue for the fighting infantry soldier today. Although the comment sounded so great, it illustrated the President's lack of knowledge of a soldiers arms. Had our Commander in Chief spent more time with our brave fighting military soldiers, he would not have been so quick to say the the bayonet is a thing of the past.

In fact, a mounted bayonet is an integral part of a fallen warriors Battle Cross memorial. The inverted rifle with the bayonet attached "signals a time of prayer, a break in the action to pay tribute to our friend".

During this past week, President Obama dedicated his time to fundraising, campaigning, and preparing for the last of 3 debates. Only once did he receive a presidential briefing. Other than that, he performed no leadership function.

Together with his wife Michelle, and Vice President Biden, the trio attended 24 campaign events. Mr. Obama attended 7, Mr. Biden 9, and Mrs. Obama 8. They worked the battleground states of Florida, Ohio, Virginia, Wisconsin, Nevada, New York and Colorado. In addition, Mr. Obama found time to tape an appearance on the Jon Stewart Show, and to attend the Alfred E. Smith dinner.

Below is a summary of President Obama's official schedule during the week of Wednesday October 17 through Tuesday October 23 2012.

Today, Tuesday, October 23, 2012
  • Mr. Obama begins the day at 10:10 by attending a campaign event in Delray FL. Next, he flies to Dayton OH and joins Joe Biden at a 2nd campaign event at Triangle Park. His day is over when he boards Air Force One at 5:00 PM and flies back to Washington DC.
  • VP Biden speaks at a morning campaign event at the University of Toledo.  Later, he joins President Obama at another event in Dayton OH.

Monday, October 22, 2012
  • President Obama participated in the 3rd and final Presidential Debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton Florida.
  • Michelle Obama attended 2 fundraising campaign events at Broward College in Davie FL. She later attended the debate.
  • Mr. Biden attended 2 campaign events in Canton Ohio. The first was at J. Babe Stearn Community Center, and the second at Lorain High School.

Friday, October 19, 2012
  • President Obama attended a 10:15 AM daily briefing. Then, he traveled to Fairfax VA and spoke at a George Mason University campaign event at 11:45 AM.
  • Michelle Obama spoke at 4 campaign events in Wisconsin. The first two were held at the Racine Civic Center in Racine, and the last two were at the University of Wisconsin in Wausau.
  • VP Biden delivered campaign remarks at two events. One was at the Sun City Community Center, and the second at Lincoln Park High School.

Thursday, October 18, 2012
  • Mr. Obama left the White House at 9:35 AM and flew to Manchester NH where he attended an 11:55 AM campaign event. Next, he flew to New York City and taped an appearance on Jon Stewart's Daily Show. At 4:20 PM, he dashed over to The Waldorf-Astoria Hotel for a fundraising event. Lastly, he attended the Annual Alfred E. Smith Memorial Foundation Dinner before flying back to DC late that night.
  • VP Biden spoke at a campaign event in Las Vegas NV.

Wednesday, October 17, 2012
  • President Obama's day began at 9:25 AM when he left the White House and flew to Mt. Vernon, IA where he attended a campaign event at Cornell College. Afterward, he flew to Athens OH and attended another campaign event at Ohio University.  He then flew back to DC and arrived at the White House at 9:00 PM.
  • Michelle Obama attended two fundraising events in New York State. The first was at Crest Hollow Country Club in Woodbury, and the second at 583 Park Avenue in New York City.
  • Mr. Biden flew to Greeley CO and delivered remarks at a campaign event. When that was over, he traveled to Reno NV and spoke at an evening fundraising campaign event.

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Will Obama crack under the pressure at the debate tonight?

It has to be tough for President Obama. With the economy at a sluggish standstill, high unemployment, the national debt over $16 trillion, the Benghazi coverup, poor debate performances, and the presidential election only weeks away, President Obama must be under sever stress.

During the past few weeks, his primary focus has been solely on his re-election bid. But ignoring his elected duties as President of the United States places him in a precarious situation because he is wide open to dereliction of duty criticism.

For example, during the past week, he has received 3 daily briefings. Additionally, he met with Secretary of State Hillary Clinton. The remainder of the time he was either campaigning or preparing for tonight's debate.

While Mr. Obama only attended 2 campaign fundraising events and treated winners of his campaign recent campaign contest to dinner, he has been holed up since Saturday preparing for the debate. But instead of remaining focused on this, he managed to sneak away to visit a campaign office on Sunday. Unfortunately, this is the same type of behavior that he exhibited prior to the first debate when he visited the Hoover Dam.

So, the pressure is on President Obama to perform tonight. But the question is: Will the stress of the pointed criticism that he might receive cause him to forget his talking points and lose his composure?

He must perform tonight, and he knows it. Otherwise, he will most certainly lose the election and be forced to leave the White House, forgoing all the perks, travel, and parties that go with it. The social stakes are high!

Below is a summary of the President Obama's activities during the week of Wednesday October 10 through Tuesday October 16 2012.

Today, Tuesday, October 16, 2012
  • President Obama leaves Williamsburg VA and travels to New York where he will participate in the second presidential debate tonight at Hofstra University.
  • Michelle Obama speaks at a campaign event in Chapel Hill, NC. She will then fly to NY and attend the debate.
  • VP Biden attends the funeral service for Arlen Specter.

Monday, October 15, 2012
  • President Obama O received a daily briefing at 10:10AM. Then, he spent the rest of the day preparing for the debate.
  • Mrs. Obama attended 2 campaign events. The first was in Delaware OH, and the second in Cleveland OH.

Sunday, October 14, 2012
  • President Obama continued his campaign preparation in Williamsburg VA, but also visited a local campaign office (above picture)

Saturday, October 13, 2012
  • President Obama traveled to Williamsburg VA to begin debate preparation.

Friday, October 12, 2012
  • President Obama had dinner with winners of his campaign contest at 6:30PM.
  • VP Biden and his wife Jill traveled to La Crosse WI and where the VP spoke at a campaign event at the University of Wisconsin there.

Thursday, October 11, 2012
  • Mister Obama started the day with a 9:45 AM daily briefing. He then flew to Miami FL where he attended 2 campaign events. He returned to DC that night.
  • VP Biden participated in the only Vice Presidential Debate in Kentucky.

Wednesday, October 10, 2012
  • President Obama had a daily briefing at 10:45 AM. Later, he met with Secretary of State Clinton.
  • Michelle Obama attended a campaign event with grassroots supporters in Fountain CO.

Tuesday, October 9, 2012

1 Daily Briefing verses 10 Campaign Events: Which is more important?

President Obama's week began with his performance in the first Presidential Debate last Wednesday. Once that was over, he performed two official Presidential duties. First, he attended a daily briefing on Friday. Second, he dedicated a new Monument to Ceasar Chavez.

The rest of the week was devoted to fundraising and campaigning. During that time, he attended 10 campaign events in states across the country: Iowa, Colorado, Ohio, and California. Mrs. Obama attended 2 campaign events and VP Biden attended only one.

One difficulty with determining this week's schedule is that the White House website schedule differs that that which is published on Politico. Thus, the summary below is a compilation from both sites.

The following is a summary of President Obama's official schedule for the week of Wednesday October 3 through Tuesday October 9, 2012.

Today, Tuesday, October 9, 2012
  • President Obama, at 12:40PM, delivers remarks at campaign event in San Francisco, CA. Then he flies to Columbus OH and attends a 2nd campaign event at Ohio State University. He will then return to DC in the evening.
  • Michelle Obama speaks at at a campaign event in Loudon County VA, and then attends a fundraising event in McLean Va.

Monday, October 8, 2012
  • President Obama left Los Angeles CA and flew to Bakersfield CA where he announced the establishment of the César E. Chávez National Monument at the Villa La Paz, National Chávez Center in Keene, CA. When that was over, he flew to San Francisco and attended 2 campaign events.

Sunday, October 7, 2012
  • Mister Obama flew to Los Angeles CA and attended 2 campaign fundraising events.

Friday, October 5, 2012
  • President Obama received a daily briefing at 9:30 AM. After, he traveled to Fairfax VA and attended a campaign event ag George Mason University. Next, he flew to Cleveland OH and spoke at another campaign event at Cleveland State University. He flew back to Washington and was back at the White House before 6:30 PM.

Thursday, October 4, 2012
  • Mister Obama started the day at 10:30 AM when he attended a campaign event in Denver CO. He then flew to Madison WI for another campaign appearance. When that was over, he flew back to DC.
  • VP Biden flew to Council Bluffs Iowa and attended a campaign event.

Wednesday, October 3, 2012
  • President Obama departed Henderson NV at 2:25PM and flew to Denver CO where he participated in the first of three Presidential Debates.

Tuesday, October 2, 2012

16 More Fundraisers for the Obama Team

The past week was all about campaigning and fundraising for President Obama. During the week he attended 8 events in several different states. His wife, Michelle, was busy as well, attending 5 campaign events and appearing on a television show. Plus, Vice President Biden chipped in and attended 3 events.  All together, the three of them spoke and appeared in a total of 16 campaign events.

Through this busy time, Mr. Obama found 1/2 hour on 4 different days to receive a daily briefing. And, he also met with his Senior Advisers once.

The following is a summary to the Presidents official schedule during the week of Wednesday September 26 through Tuesday October 2, 2012.

Today, Tuesday, October 2, 2012
  • Mr. Obama received daily briefing at 12 PM.
  • Michelle Obama met with grassroots supporters in Cincinnati at 2 PM. Then she hoped on a plane and delivered remarks at a Seattle campaign event.
  • Joe Biden attended two campaign events in North Carolina. The first was in Charlotte, and the second at the University of North Carolina.

Monday, October 1, 2012
  • President Obama had a daily briefing at 11:40 AM.
  • VP Biden spoke  at the Mine Resistant Ambush Protected Program Transition Ceremony.

Sunday, September 30, 2012
  • Mr. Obama left the White House at 11:15 AM and flew to Las Vegas NV where he attended a campaign event at Desert Pines High School.

Saturday, September 29, 2012
  • Mr. Biden delivered remarks at a campaign event at the Wa-Ke Hatchee Park Recreation Center in Ft. Myers, Fla.

Friday, September 28, 2012
  • President Obama started the day at 9:45 AM with a daily briefing. Then he met with senior advisors. After, he attended 3 campaign events.
  • Michelle Obama attended campaign event in Cedar Falls.
  • VP Biden attended a campaign event at Century Village in Boca Raton, Fla.

Thursday, September 27, 2012
  • Mr. Obama received a daily briefing at 9:30 AM, then flew to Virginia Beach VA to attend a fundraiser. After, he returned to DC.
  • Mrs Obama appeared on the daytime show Steve Harvey. Plus, she delivered remarks at two campaign events in Chicago IL later that day.

Wednesday, September 26, 2012
  • President Obama attended a daily briefing at 9:30 AM. Next, he flew to Bowling Green OH and spoke at a campaign event at Bowling Green State University. When that was over, he traveled to Kent Ohio and attended another campaign fundraising event. He returned to DC an the end of he day.

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