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Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

By DOUG THOMPSON
June 1, 2010

Thunderstorm sends Obama packing on Memorial Day (AP)

President Barack Obama, already under fire for skipping the traditional Memorial Day wreath-laying at Arlington National Cemetery, fled from a thunderstorm at Lincoln National Cemetery south of Chicago and hid in a administration building, leaving those who came to hear his remarks scrambling from the rain.

So the White House propaganda machine went into overdrive and hastily arranged a small crowd of hand-picked attendees at Andrews Air Force Base so he could fly back to Washington to try and salvage a Memorial Day that had turned into a public relations disaster.

“This may not be safe,” he said in Illinois as he cut his appearance short and ran for cover.

White House aides put together a small group of veterans to meet with Obama and he made a brief stop at the Hines Fisher rehab house outside of Chicago before hightailing it back to Washington.

Meanwhile, Vice President Joe Biden stood in for the missing Obama at Arlington. This didn’t sit well with Paul Rieckhoff, founder and executive director of Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America.

“Arlington is hallowed ground and the center of our nation’s attention on Memorial Day,” Rieckhoff noted, adding that Obama “should have been there.”

Other vets wondered why the President chose to ignore Arlington at a time when the nation is embroiled in two wars but some they have come to expect less from a President who never served in the military.

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9 Responses to Obama flees thunderstorm on Memorial Day

  1. Ted V

    June 1, 2010 at 8:31 am

    Weak. I was there in Elmwood, and that storm was insane. It was like a hurricane.

    If the President is honoring veterans, what difference does it make where he is? The whole “he hates the troops” crap is nonsense.

  2. griff

    June 1, 2010 at 10:27 am

    Teleprompters apparently don’t work well in the rain, nor does our demander-in-chief.

  3. Carl Nemo

    June 1, 2010 at 10:45 am

    Yeah an example of true grit from a president…!?

    He wouldn’t make a pimple on President James Madison’s butt who watched the Brits burn Washington to the ground. Sodden while on horseback he watched a mighty rainstorm quench the fires. He didn’t have a contingent of highly paid suckups with umbrellas or overly armed secret service types running about, but simply a lone man and also one of our founding Presidents.

    With his leadership we went on to expel the Brits for the second time in a quarter century and then on to build the nation that is now being squandered by these modern era professional crimpol sissies in high places. : |

    Carl Nemo **==

  4. neondog

    June 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm

    Face it! If Obama had shown up at Arlington on Monday, Doug would have written that Obama dropped by for a photo op.
    This is just another of Doug’s “bitter” and stale opinion pieces. Seeking solutions to 2009 complexities by framing the issues using yesterday’s pardigms.

    • Carl Nemo

      June 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm

      Yo “glowdog”…

      Re: Doug Thompson…”This is just another of Doug’s “bitter” and stale opinion pieces.” … extract from post

      Your post is pure b.s. and you know it. I’ve noticed over time you only do drivebys to attack posters, the site host etc.; ie., the modus operandi of a troll.

      How about using your sparkling intellect and writing skills to “frame the issues using today’s paradigm” so we can all become enlightened and set free from the alleged “stale” opinions of our site host. : |

      Carl Nemo **==

    • paulb6

      June 7, 2010 at 7:14 am

      Perhaps you are saying that because your potus got a message from a higher placed person while on that hallowed ground. You and your ILLEGAL loving potus, did he blame the storm on Bush also?

  5. neondog

    June 2, 2010 at 12:05 pm

    Carl: You have mistaken your posts for dialogue. Move away from the computer Carl and find some real interaction.

    • Carl Nemo

      June 2, 2010 at 2:49 pm

      Hey, that’s what old folks do; ie., talk to the themselves. When it digresses into dialogue you should become concerned. :D

      Carl Nemo **==

      • Carl Nemo

        June 2, 2010 at 4:06 pm

        I’m even stuttering now via my keyboard. The end is near. : ))

        Nemo **==