Yeah, especially you “Austrian” speaking “Corpse-men” in all “57 states” !!
via Nice Deb
Yeah, especially you “Austrian” speaking “Corpse-men” in all “57 states” !!
via Nice Deb
As the horrific details of the Fort Hood shootings were unfolding on t.v. yesterday, Shep Smith of Fox News throws it to the President’s live comments addressing the situation. Americans, looking for the reassurance we were not under attack, thinking this could be a successful Fort Dix Terror Plot? Nope. Obama begins with 2 minutes of oddball shout-outs to a few people in the audience of the gig he was attending. Feel the disconnect…
THE PRESIDENT: Please, everybody have a seat. Let me first of all just thank Ken and the entire Department of the Interior staff for organizing just an extraordinary conference. I want to thank my Cabinet members and senior administration officials who participated today. I hear that Dr. Joe Medicine Crow was around, and so I want to give a shout-out to that Congressional Medal of Honor* winner. It’s good to see you. (Applause.)
My understanding is, is that you had an extremely productive conference. I want to thank all of you for coming and for your efforts, and I want to give you my solemn guarantee that this is not the end of a process but a beginning of a process, and that we are going to follow up. (Applause.) We are going to follow up. Every single member of my team understands that this is a top priority for us. I want you to know that, as I said this morning, this is not something that we just give lip service to. And we are going to keep on working with you to make sure that the first Americans get the best possible chances in life in a way that’s consistent with your extraordinary traditions and culture and values.
Now, I have to say, though, that beyond that, I plan to make some broader remarks about the challenges that lay ahead for Native Americans, as well as collaboration with our administration, but as some of you might have heard, there has been a tragic shooting at the Fort Hood Army base in Texas.
There. Feel better? Reassured? While he eventually addressed Fort Hood, literally reading his “heartfelt compassion” from note cards as though he had no heart, we need to remind our President he is the glue that holds our country together and start behaving like it. Stop campaigning and start leading!
Also, best online coverage seems to be at Hot Air using many media sources with open discussions.
Update: Why was Nidal Malik Hasan still in the Army? And is Obama having problems addressing this situation because:
Fort Hood shooter was member of Homeland Security Panel advising Obama!
As the mom of 3 former kindergartners, and currently, grandma of twin kindergarteners, I’m going to try to keep my outrage in prospective. Though, I have to wonder why a WH Tour is on a kindergarten field trip calendar? Were they invited? Afterall, one of FLOTUS’s pet causes is her concern for military families, and Stafford County is pretty much a Quantico Marine Base suburb and the National Zoo would have been so much cooler for the kids. But, the damage is done, as are the damaging Obama headlines. American blood follows, not everything in DC can run on time, but it doesn’t have to be so freaking disappointing !
I like the UK’s Daily Mail headline better:
Stafford, Va to DC is normally a 30 minute shoot into the District, at least when I used to live there before I-95 and beltways, too many years ago. Now, even with high tech highways, I’m sure it’s much longer. One fender bender or a 200 yard lane repair closure could make it even longer. Sometimes days 🙂
The sketchy WH Said-Parents Said details are at the link, but I’ll choose sides with kindergarteners, it’s a no brainer because Steelers fans vote, right?
Not everybody in DC are assholes, like the buffoon staffers at the WH, and I think the staffer who made this “executive decision” should join his cube-rat-mate who made the AF1 Photo-Op decision on the unemployment line. But I digress.
A couple of years ago my husband set up a reunion and tour of The National Vietnam Memorial Wall for his Vietnam company, some who were physically and PTSD challenged. Unfortunately the tour bus company he hired went bankrupt….the day of the scheduled tour. Oh, and they found out when the buses didn’t show up! You can say they were stranded in Fredericksburg and up the river without a paddle. Long story short and thanks to the wonderful staff at the Country Inn buses were sent down from the DC area to pick them up and get them to The Wall. Which took another 2 hours because it put them in rush hour traffic. Okay, by this time they were about 6 hours late for their Official Tour with the National Parks volunteer who was to give them the VIP treatment they give all Vietnam veteran groups. She was there to greet them. Not only that, the “Rescue Tour Bus Company” (and I’m sorry I don’t remember the name) made an unscheduled stop at the Iwo Jima Memorial in Arlington on the way back to reunion hotel in Fredericksburg.
Hey kids, Welcome to the Obama Wonka White House Tour:
….if you’re lucky !
Stafford School System’s Response Statement regarding Conway Elementary School’s Visit to White House:
Stafford County Public Schools and Conway Elementary School appreciate the efforts of the White House staff on behalf of the kindergarten field trip to the White House yesterday (May 21). The kindergarten teachers and school staff planned the outing and knew ahead of time that if the group arrived late, they would not be able to tour the White House. The school’s White House contact and the White House staff made every effort to accommodate the visit and extended the arrival time as long as they possibly could.
The school principal, Roxie Cooper, and the kindergarten teachers made adjustments in the educational components of the trip and took the opportunity to teach the children about life’s disappointments. The classes discussed that sometimes in life things do not go as planned and we make adjustments. “Even though the schedule changed, the learning continued,” said School principal, Roxie Cooper.
“We commend our kindergarten students and the many chaperones that showed resilience and positive attitudes,” continued Ms. Cooper. The White House has been in contact with the school administration regarding the possibility of rescheduling the tour and has been extremely supportive of the Conway Cougars visit.
– Valerie Cottongim, Public Information Officer
Michelle Malkin has the same concerns I do…..
Caldera’s disappearance under the Obama bus does not and should not end questions about the origin of the p.r. photo-op mission’s request, who participated, how it went down, and where protocol failed. And remember: Someone was planning a second flyover photo-op in Washington, D.C.
Hmmm, think the WH is peeing down our backs and telling us it’s raining? You betcha’ !
h/t Conservative Cave for below image.
So if this was a GREAT photo shot was Louis Caldera going to get all the credit????? of course not..then why did he take all the heat from a transparent dictator?
Someone needs to advance Louis Caldera on a tell-all book deal to get the real truth since this “transparency” will never be reported.
Not Your Sweetie also uncovered Obama’s “WMD” moment from the New York Daily News:
“Sasha and Malia aren’t here tonight because they’re grounded,” Obama said. “You can’t just take Air Force One on a joy ride to Manhattan. I don’t care whose kids you are.”
Hey, Mr. Obama, ha-ha-not. I found that joke very unfunny because I think your daughters shouldn’t be used to cover your ass. A WH staffer “conveniently” lost his job, thousands of New Yorkers crapped their pants. Ha-Ha? My old pals and dysfunctional family on the looney left shudder at the thought Air Force One and WMD’s-under-the-desk could be compared, since no one’s died during the PBO schtick? Really!? Last I checked, Code Pink is still on your lawn, and I don’t think they’re picking up after BO, Jr ?
Real or a Photoshop?
NRO’s Mark Hemingway gives us the answer:
This reader writes, “I am a graphic designer in Southern California. I spent ten minutes throwing this together this morning, which at my rates equals about 15 dollars. However, I will settle for the thanks of a grateful nation.”
and this gem, a missed campaign opportunity?
Over at Hillary’s Village, a more “serious” turn:
The cost of this debacle, by the way? Just shy of $329,000. Think of it as a stimulus: The amount of booze, smokes, and anti-anxiety meds alone that New Yorkers must have consumed in the aftermath of this mass panic attack was probably worth $10-20 mil to the city.
Let’s start with Senator Chuck Schumer (Dumbass-NY) for blaming the FAA for flying the Air Force One backup plane with a fighter plane trailing it over NYC today at a very low altitude making many New Yorkers crap their pants.
The Federal Aviation Administration and the Air Force say the flight was a government photo opportunity and training mission involving a presidential plane.
The White House staffer who organized the photo session apologized, but not before locals and an influential senator raised their voices.
Worried workers from several office buildings poured out onto the streets before they learned that the flights were harmless.
John Leitner, a floor trader at the New York Mercantile Exchange Building, said about 1,000 people “went into a total panic” and ran out of the building around 10 a.m. after seeing the planes whiz by their building, near the World Trade Center site.
“Apparently, nobody in the building was informed that this was going to happen,” he said. “Everyone panicked, as you can certainly understand.”
Then Press Secretary Robert Gibbs fumbles the ball too, per ABC News:
At a White House press briefing Monday afternoon, White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs dodged questions about the flyover, even referring the media to the White House (that he represents).
Gibbs said he had no other information about the flyover other than news reports he had seen. “I was working on other things,” Gibbs said. “You might be surprised to know I don’t know every movement of Air Force One or what happens to it.”
Everything’s hunky-dory then? Not so fast….
A White House official told ABC News that President Obama was “furious” to hear about the plane incident. Caldera was called into a meeting with White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel and Deputy Chief of Staff Jim Messina.
“It didn’t sound like a fun meeting,” the White House official said.
Although the shoot was authorized, the normal system of public notification broke down, multiple officials said.
The DOD would not answer specific questions about the promotional flight.
Bloomberg said he was so furious he wasn’t told about the photo op, that before he talked further to his own staff and agencies about the lack of notice to him, he wants “to calm down.”
“Poor judgment would have been a nice way to put it,” Bloomberg said of the government flyover.
You don’t want to make Mayor Bloomberg mad. /shudder
A lowly staffer takes the fall 😦
(H/T Hot Air)
This video was posted to YouTube March 7, 2009. Long before “Shecky” Obama’s visit to the Tonight Show. As the mom of a former Special Olympian, I’m beyond mad, I’m deeply hurt that the President of the United States can gaffe off on one of the bravest segments of our society……special needs children and the families that love them.
“Let me win, but if I cannot win, let me be brave in the attempt.” ~ Special Olympics Motto