Thursday, December 27, 2012

Obama Vacations and Golfs while checking Hawaiian Cliffs

The week leading up to and including Christmas was rather quiet for President Obama. During that time, he received 2 daily briefings, attended 2 services for Daniel Inouye, hosted a Holiday Reception, visited Walter Reed Medical Center, observed a moment of silence, and pushed his agenda for both raising taxes and the debt ceiling. Even with the uncertainty of the fiscal cliff, Mr. Obama was not willing to negotiate a budget agreement that would confine spending or limit raising taxes.

So, last Friday, he departed Washington DC with his family and flew to Hawaii for the Christmas Holiday. During the first 2 days there, he golfed about 11 1/2 hours, which was much more than the few hours he worked performing his Presidential duties (How Obama Vacationed).

Below is a summary of the President Obama's schedule during the week of Wednesday December 19 through December 25 2012.

Christmas, Tuesday, December 25, 2012
  • Mr. Obama had no public activities

Christmas Eve, Monday, December 24, 2012
  • President Obama golfed from 9:33 AM until 3:15 PM.

Sunday, December 23, 2012
  • President Obama attended a memorial service for Senator Daniel Inouye at 3 PM.

Saturday, December 22, 2012
  • The Obama family arrived at Kailua Oahu at 12:54 AM. After a few hours of sleep, the President golfed from 11:34 AM until 5:35 PM.

Friday, December 21, 2012
  • President Obama observed a moment of silence at 9:30 AM in memory of the Newtown victims. Next, he attended a daily briefing at 9:35 AM. Mr. Obama then delivered remarks at the funeral service for Senator Inouye at 10:30 AM. He ended the day after making a personal announcement at 1:30 PM. Afterward, he and the family flew to Hawaii.

Thursday, December 20, 2012
  • Mr. Obama visited Walter Reed National Military Medical Center at 2:15 PM.

Wednesday, December 19, 2012
  • President Obama received a daily briefing at 9:30 AM. Then at 11:45, Mr. Obama delivered a statement in response to the Newtown massacare. He was free the rest of the afternoon, until he delivered remarks at the Diplomatic Corps Holiday Reception.

Tuesday, December 18, 2012

Sitting back as the economy heads towards the fiscal cliff

 For the first time in quite a while, President Obama started each weekday morning with a daily presidential briefing. The first 2 days were held at 9:45 AM, and the latter 3 days were at 10:15 AM or later. During this time, he met with Secretary of Defense Leon Panetta and Susan Rice.  His schedule did not include any meetings with senior advisers or with his cabinet members.

The President also found time to be interviewed with local television stations trying to push his tax and spending increases to the public. The only public entertaining performed was his annual Hanukkah Reception.

Unfortunately, last Friday was marred by the deadly massacre at an elementary school in Connecticut. This forced the President's quiet schedule to shift because he needed to make time to speak to the nation and attend a service in Newtown. Notably absent from the Vigil was his wife Michelle.

Below is a summary of President Obama's weekly schedule for the period Wednesday December 12 through Tuesday December 18 2012.

Today, Tuesday, December 18, 2012
  • President Obama receives a daily briefing at 10:15 AM. His day is free until 4:35 PM when he meets with Secretary of Defense Panetta.

Monday, December 17, 2012
  • President Obama had a daily briefing at 10:15 AM and then had lunch with VP Biden at 12:30 PM.

Sunday, December 16, 2012
  • President Obama left the White House at 3:10 PM and flew to Connecticut where he attended an interfaith service at Newtown High School and delivered remarks.

Friday, December 14, 2012
  • President Obama received a daily briefing at 10:30 AM. Next, he signed HR 6156 at 12:15. He then delivered a statement concerning the shootings in Newtown CT before meeting with Susan Rice at 3:30 PM.

Thursday, December 13, 2012
  • Mister Obama received a daily briefing at 9:45 AM. Then, he was interviewed by regional television stations at 3:30 PM. He ended the day by delivering remarks at the Hanukkah Reception.

Wednesday, December 12, 2012
  • President Obama began the day with a 9:45 AM daily briefing. At noon, he participated in a telephone conference call with a group of mayors and community leaders.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012

Entertaining Foreign Dissidents and Soliciting Inaugural Donations

Even though the election is over, President Obama spent the week campaigning. His public focus was to push the House and Senate into raising taxes on the upper 2% of the remaining wage earners. For this purpose, he met with a family, a few business leaders, and flew to Michigan. But, his private agenda was to raise private and corporate donations to fund his $47 million Inaugural Ceremonies. (Inauguration 2013)

So what does he want to do with the new income tax revenue that would be raised? Looking at the remainder of his week's activities helps to give us the answer. First and foremost, the money will pay for his entertainment and for the travel expenses incurred with his inaugural fundraising expenses.

For example, the President attended a "Christmas in Washington" concert on Sunday. One of his special guests was the South Korean rap star who has called for the death of our American soldiers and their families. Yes, we pay taxes so that Obama can spend the money socializing with the likes of Psy.

Obama has ordered his staff to push for raising taxes. Their campaign is to advertise: "What $2,000 means to different people".

But "What does $250,000 mean to President Obama"?
  • The income threshold of married taxpayers who will have their taxes raised.
  • The "Washington" Inaugural Top-Tier Donor package (tickets to the inauguration, 2 tickets to a benefactors reception, invitation to a finance committe meeting, 2 tickets to a children's concert, 2 tickets to the co-chairs reception, 4 tickets to the candle light celebration, 2 reserved bleacher seats for the Inaugural Parade, and 4 tickets to the inaugural ball". (source: Inauguration 2013: Team Obama unveils high-end donor packages)
The President needs to raise $47 million to cover the costs of his lavish inaugural affair. And who will give the money? Well, the Unions for one. That is why Mr. Obama flew to Michigan.

Below is a summary of President Obama's official schedule during the week of Wednesday December 5 through Tuesday December 11 2012.

 Note that during this time, he received 4 daily briefings and met with senior advisers once. His days began between 9 and 10 AM, and on 2 of the days he was done after lunch.

Tuesday, December 11, 2012
  • President Obama receives a daily briefing at 9:45 AM. Later, he has lunch with VP Biden at 12:30 PM. This concludes his day.

Monday, December 10, 2012
  • President Obama had a daily briefing at 9:45 AM. Then, he left the White House at 10:50 AM and flew Air Force One to Michigan where he toured the Daimler Detroit Diesel Plant in Redford, and delivered a pep rally speech. When done, Mr. Obama flew back to Washington and was back in the White House by 4:30 PM.
Sunday, December 9, 2012
  • President Obama and family attended a "Christmas in Washington" concert at 6:20 PM, and met with the South Korean musician Psy who has called for the murder of our U.S. Troops and their families.
Friday, December 7, 2012
  • Mister Obama met with his senior advisers at 11:45 AM and signed the Child Protection Act of 2012 at 12:20 PM.
Thursday, December 6, 2012
  • Mister Obama attended a daily briefing at 9:30 AM. Next, he visited a middle class family (at 1:35 PM) and discussed why he wants to raise taxes. At 5:50 PM, he attended the National Christmas Tree Lighting and delivered remarks.

Wednesday, December 5, 2012
  • President Obama received a daily briefing at 9:15 AM. Then, at 10:50 AM, he met with members of the Business Roundtable and answered questions. He ended the day after speaking at a 3:05 PM Tribal Nations Conference at the Department of Interior.

Tuesday, December 4, 2012

Stairway to Heaven helps Obama climb back up the Fiscal Cliff

President Obama spent the past 7 days working from approximately 10 AM to 4 PM.  During this time, he attended 3 daily briefings, met with Leon Panetta, Mitt Romney, senior advisers, middle class Americans, and some U.S. governors.

His weekend was devoted to pleasure and entertainment. He had no public events scheduled on Saturday. But, on Sunday, he golfed with Bill Clinton and two others. Later that day, he attended the Kennedy Center Honors.

The following is a summary of President Obama's official schedule during the week of Wednesday November 28 through Tuesday December 4th 2012.

Today, Tuesday, December 4, 2012
  • President Obama and VP Biden meet with governors at 10:10 AM in the White House to discuss the economy and deficit reduction. The two then have lunch at 12:30 PM. Lastly, they will meet with Defense Secretary Panetta at 4:35 PM.

Monday, December 3, 2012
  • Mr. Obama began the day at 10:15 AM with a daily briefing. At 2:55 PM, he then hosted a bilateral meeting with Prime Minister Boyko Borissov of Bulgaria. Lastly, he delivered remarks at the Nunn-Lugar Cooperative Threat Reduction symposium at 4 PM.

Sunday, December 2, 2012
  • President Obama golfed with Bill Clinton at Joint Base Andrews Air Force Base. Later, he spoke at the Kennedy Center Honors Reception, and then attended the ceremony at 7:30 PM with his wife.

Friday, November 30, 2012
  • Mr. Obama left the White House at 10:10 AM and flew to Philadelphia PA where he toured The Rodon Group manufacturing facility and spoke to a group there. He arrived back at the White House at 2:55 PM.
  • VP Biden met with President Juan Manuel Santos of Colombia. He later attended the inaugural speech of President Enrique Peña Nieto of Mexico at the National Palace in Mexico.

Thursday, November 29, 2012
  • Mr. Obama began the day by receiving a daily briefing at 10:25 AM which lasted less than 20 minutes. Next was a meeting he held with senior advisers at 10:45 AM.  The President then met with th3 2012 American Nobel Prize winners at 12:15 PM before having lunch with Mitt Romney at 12:30 PM.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012
  • President Obama received a daily briefing at 10 AM. Then, he delivered remarks at an event at the White House at 11:35 PM with "middle class" Americans. At 3 PM, he held a Cabinet Meeting. Lastly, he and Mr. Biden held a 4:45 PM meeting with business leaders.
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