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  • The Obamas Write a $15,000 Check for Haiti Recovery (But Spent $40,000 on Christmas Vacation)

    01/20/2010 5:32:54 PM PST · by kristinn · 56 replies · 2,229+ views
    ABC News ^ | Wednesday, January 20, 2010 | Sunlen Miller
    President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama donated $15,000 today to the Haiti relief efforts, the White House confirms. The donation came from their personal bank account, a check written to the Clinton-Bush Haiti fund. “The President and First Lady have been inspired by the way that millions of Americans have responded with tremendous generosity to the Haiti crisis – even in these tough economic times,” White House spokesman Josh Earnest says, “So, today, they sent their own check for $15,000 to the Clinton-Bush Haiti Fund to support the ongoing relief efforts in that country.” The Clinton-Bush Haiti fund was...
  • CIA, Counterterrorism Execs Managed Bomb Crisis from Afar

    01/07/2010 8:03:37 PM PST · by Bigtigermike · 76 replies · 2,575+ views
    CBS ^ | Thursday January 7, 2010 | Daniel Farber
    It could be said that the U.S. government can run by remote control. On the day that Umar Farouk Abdulmutallab attempted to blow up a Northwest airline flight headed for Detroit, several key government players were on holiday and didn't immediately return to their posts in Washington, D.C. President Obama was on vacation in Hawaii, golfing and enjoying time with his family. He returned to the White House on Jan. 4. A source told CBS News that Leon Panetta, director of the CIA, was on holiday in Monterey, Calif. when Abdulmutallab was apprehended, and didn't return to CIA headquarters in...
  • White House defends NCTC head: We said he could go on vacation after attack

    01/07/2010 1:35:36 PM PST · by Behind Liberal Lines · 11 replies · 733+ views
    NY Daily News ^ | 01/07/10 | BY Kenneth R. Bazinet AND James Gordon Meek
    WASHINGTON - The Obama White House rushed Thursday to defend a top counterterror official who went on a ski vacation for six days after an alleged Al Qaeda bomber attempted to blow up a plane over Detroit on Christmas Day....Leiter "took six days of annual leave after the event," and did so "only after explicit consultations with both the White House and the Director of National Intelligence"
  • Intel chief must go: Fire counterterror boss for staying on vacation after plane attack

    01/07/2010 5:11:56 AM PST · by Zakeet · 21 replies · 803+ views
    New York Daily News ^ | January 7, 2010
    It is reported in today's Daily News that the chief of the National Counterterrorism Center was skiing on Christmas and stayed on the slopes for several days after the attempted bombing of Northwest Flight 253. It must soon be reported, certainly by tomorrow's editions, that President Obama has given Michael Leiter all the free time he likes to schuss and slalom the slopes to his heart's delight. Where Leiter belonged the moment he was notified that a terrorist had nearly executed an attack upon the United States was on his way back to Washington. Staying in touch by phone or...
  • I thought they made fun of Bush for vacationing?

    01/07/2010 6:49:44 PM PST · by DecoyJames · 4 replies · 467+ views
    While President Obama dealt with the near miss of a terrorist attempt to blow up an airliner on Christmas Day from the beaches and golf courses of Hawaii’s Big Island, the director of the National Counterterrorism Center took a page from the vacationer-in-chief’s book. NCTC’s Michael Leiter decided to remain on the ski slopes rather than return to the nation’s capitol, just as Obama decided to remain in America’s Pacific Paradise.
  • After Another Church-Less Christmas, Coalition Asks: Is Obama a Christian Fraud?

    01/07/2010 4:18:59 PM PST · by opentalk · 36 replies · 1,398+ views
    lifesitenews ^ | Jan 6, 2010 | Kathleen Gilbert
    WASHINGTON, D.C., January 6, 2009 ( - The increasingly notorious lack of church involvement or public religious observance by the United State's First Family has led one Christian organization to question the level of dedication President Obama truly feels to the religious identity that once lent such appeal to his campaign image. After attending church regularly during the 2008 Presidential campaign, Obama has not attended church on a regular basis since being elected President and has yet to find a church home. Obama, while vacationing in Hawaii over Christmastime, failed to attend any religious services with his family; neither did...
  • Out-to-lunch O living out a disaster film

    01/06/2010 6:50:43 PM PST · by La Enchiladita · 23 replies · 1,038+ views
    New York Post ^ | Jan. 6, 2009 | Michael Goodwin
    Someday, somebody not from Hollywood will make a movie about President Obama's disastrous vacation. About how his aides waited for nearly three hours after the Christmas airliner attack to wake him. About how he waited three more days to appear publicly. About how even then, he didn't grasp the seriousness of the situation, racing through a bloodless speech so he could play golf. Until that film is made, reality is frightening enough. Even the true believers in the White House now realize they blew the response to a potentially catastrophic attack by an al Qaeda-trained terrorist. When the alarm first...
  • Time for Accountability at the White House (Sally Quinn: Weak and Vacillating Obama Not to Blame)

    01/05/2010 10:16:26 AM PST · by kristinn · 12 replies · 829+ views
    The Washington Post ^ | Tuesday, December 5, 2010 | Sally Quinn
    Now it turns out that there was a third uninvited guest at the White House state dinner for Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, this one a member of the Indian delegation. It was enough of a shock that the would-be stars Tareq and Michaele Salahi had crashed. But a third? The Salahi story may have been delicious, but the implications of the appalling breach of security are immense. The president could have been assassinated. And had that happened, the Office of the White House Social Secretary would have been as culpable as the Secret Service. One of the first lessons...
  • Obama Inaugural Terror Threat by 'Somalis' Old News; Media Con to Garner Sympathy for O-bumbler

    01/04/2010 8:56:01 PM PST · by kristinn · 35 replies · 2,282+ views
    Monday, January 4, 2010 | Kristinn
    The New York Times pushed up the publication of a Sunday Magazine article from January 17 to today (online) that leads with a dramatic telling of the incoming and outgoing administrations of Barack Obama and George W. Bush dealing with a reported threat that Somali terrorists would try to attack Obama's inauguration on January 20, 2009.The Times told Politico:(that) following the botched Christmas Day terrorist plot, Deputy Magazine Editor Megan Liberman said that “the urgency set in" to publish sooner. “We just thought we should push the Web-first mantra as much as we could,” Liberman said.While the Times report reads...
  • President Obama's Last Day in Hawaii

    01/04/2010 12:33:23 AM PST · by Red Steel · 13 replies · 1,176+ views
    khon ^ | January 3, 2010, 8:14pm | Brianne Randle
    President Obama and the First Family spent 11 days, 10 nights on Oahu. Now they're packing up for their return flight home to the winter weather of Washington, D.C. The president is spending his final hours on Oahu soaking up the sun outdoors. And ever since he's arrived, he's managed to fit in trips to the beach, a movie, even a stop for shave ice. Scott Miscovich has seen it all, living on the same street as what has been coined the First Family's Winter White House. "Been interesting, we've had protestors, a lot of people coming just to observe,"...
  • Obama ends Hawaiian holiday, returns to Washington (AP-"hardly the holiday most Americans seek")

    01/04/2010 2:40:50 AM PST · by maggief · 81 replies · 2,724+ views
    Washington Post (AP) ^ | January 4, 2010 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    HONOLULU -- President Barack Obama ended a Hawaiian vacation to return Monday to the Washington he never really escaped. Obama and his family boarded Air Force One on Sunday evening for an overnight flight, capping off an 11-day trip that would be remembered more for an al-Qaida affiliate's botched attempt to bring down a Christmas Day flight about to land in Detroit from Amsterdam rather than the hours spent on golf courses or at luaus. The failed terror attack refocused the president's trip from R&R on the island of Oahu to a river of memos from homeland security aides.
  • Obama's Busy Last Day of Vacation (MO: "Let's stay!" ... I'm trying to mount a coup here!"

    01/04/2010 4:25:31 AM PST · by maggief · 39 replies · 1,906+ views
    ABCNews ^ | January 4, 2010 | Jon Garcia
    As his emissary, Deputy National Security Advisor John Brennan, hit the Sunday morning talk shows to discuss White House anti-terror efforts, Obama, still on island time, had his usual workout the nearby Marine Base and then went for a 6+ hour round of golf at the course on the base. His afternoon included a family visit to Punchbowl, the Department of Veterans Affairs-run National Memorial Cemetery of the Pacific. Obama's maternal grandfather is entombed there. And then a swing by the Honolulu Zoo, where Obama made his first appearance of the day. There the First Family--First Lady Michelle and daughters...
  • Credit Where Credit Is Due: Vice President Biden Spent Christmas With Wounded at Walter Reed

    01/04/2010 4:43:07 PM PST · by kristinn · 57 replies · 2,779+ views
    Monday, January 4, 2010 | Kristinn
    News of Vice President Biden's low-key visit to Walter Reed Army Medical Center on Christmas Day was buried in the wake of the terror attack on Northwest Airlines Flight 253 and the subsequent bungled response by his already vacationing boss, Barack Obama.But for all the grief Obama rightly took for his exhorbitant, self-indulgent extended stay in Hawaii over Christmas and New Year's, Biden should be credited with spending much of his Christmas with our wounded warriors and their families.As Free Republic's Walter Reed regulars know, Christmas at Walter Reed can be quite lonesome as the hospital and service groups work...
  • Obama ends Hawaiian holiday, returns to Washington

    01/04/2010 7:14:25 AM PST · by Paul46360 · 53 replies · 1,840+ views
    AP News ^ | 1-4-2010 | PHILIP ELLIOTT
    HONOLULU – President Barack Obama ended a Hawaiian vacation to return Monday to the Washington he never really escaped.
  • Crises to greet Obama's return to Washington (HE'S BACK)

    01/04/2010 9:56:56 AM PST · by IbJensen · 6 replies · 600+ views
    Breitbart ^ | 1/4/2010 | Staff
    US President Barack Obama wrapped up his Hawaiian vacation and headed back Monday to Washington, where he will have to grapple with resurgent fears of a terror attack and Iran's nuclear defiance. Air Force One left the islands with the US first family at about 0810 GMT. Challenges facing the White House in 2009 -- including the worst economic meltdown in 70 years -- look likely to be trumped by the building crises threatening to rage through 2010. Hyper-partisan politics will get even more nasty, with Republicans targeting gains in mid-term elections in November -- which normally wound first-term presidents...
  • When Rahm Came Calling / Chilli Peppers in Delhi's Khari Baoli(Rahm Emanuel in India)

    01/03/2010 5:58:34 PM PST · by kristinn · 16 replies · 1,070+ views
    DNA India ^ | Sunday, January 3, 2010 | Arati R Jerath
    Two articles presented here:India Express article: US President Barack Obama’s key aide and White House Chief of Staff Rahm Emanuel’s vacation in India had its official overtones. Not only did he have some important meetings, the Prime Minister’s media advisor, Harish Khare, is said to have worn the diplomat’s hat and hosted him for a trip to Old Delhi, showing him around the “spice streets”. Incidentally, the first leg of his trip, in the third week of December, clashed with the King of Bhutan’s state visit, and the two happened to be staying in the same hotel. The hotel staff...
  • Obama Ends Trip Early to Address Security Concerns

    01/03/2010 5:36:17 PM PST · by kristinn · 73 replies · 3,007+ views
    WJLA-TV 7 ^ | Sunday, January 3, 2010
    President Obama returns to the White House Sunday night amid new questions about the effectiveness of our fight against terrorism. The failed terror attempt on a flight to Detroit raised new concerns about the response to the threat. When the President leaves the island paradise of Hawaii, he'll come back to questions about who is to blame for the terrorist near miss on an airliner in Detriot and even more questions about what's being done now to keep the nation safe. The Christmas Day terror attempt is bringing flashbacks to post 9/11 frustration: warning signs existed, but weren't pieced together....
  • The Obamas Go for Shave Ice in Hawaii

    01/03/2010 4:02:07 PM PST · by billorites · 60 replies · 2,239+ views
    ABC News ^ | 1/2/2010 | Jon Garcia
    President Obama and his Hawaiian vacation party, fresh from watching Ohio State defeat Oregon in the Rose Bowl, took a late afternoon New Year's Day trip to Island Snow shave ice and clothing store--one of the Obama's favorite haunts in Kailua. The large Obama tribe -- which included Malia, Sasha, family friends Marty Nesbitt and his family, Eric Whitaker and his family, island golfing buddies Greg Orme and Mike Ramos and others--ordered 19 shave ice cones in all the various flavors and colors of the rainbow, seven of them with ice cream on the bottom. There were so many orders,...
  • Caption This Photo of Obama and Biden

    01/03/2010 9:26:30 AM PST · by PJ-Comix · 73 replies · 2,772+ views
    White House Flickr Page ^ | January 3, 2009 | PJ-Comix
    Caption this photo of Barack Obama sort of listening to Joe Biden. The most bizarre thing about this is that it is from the White House Flickr page which means they WANT us to see this photo of Obama's reaction to Biden!!!
  • Obama golfs on last day in Hawaii

    01/03/2010 1:16:40 PM PST · by maggief · 32 replies · 1,670+ views
    AP ^ | January 3, 2010
    KANEOHE BAY, Hawaii — President Barack Obama is golfing with friends during the last day of his holiday vacation in Hawaii. Obama returned to the golf course at Marine Corps Base Hawaii with three longtime friends Sunday, the last day of the 11-day trip to the state where he was born and grew up.