White House diverts Marine One – and raises questions
The president departed on Marine One Friday with his daughter Sasha. It was later revealed the hellicopter was diverted.
September 2nd, 2011
07:20 PM ET

White House diverts Marine One – and raises questions

President Barack Obama left for Camp David on Marine One Friday but, in a twist that has left some White House reporters scratching their heads, he apparently arrived at the presidential retreat by car.

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained the decision not to land at Camp David was made in advance because of the weather. Marine One landed at an alternate site near Frederick, Maryland and the president and his daughter, Sasha, rode in a motorcade the rest of way to the compound.

Because it is customary practice that the traveling press pool is included whenever the president uses a motorcade, reporters naturally wondered why the pool was not part of the trip or even informed that the president would use a motorcade ahead of time.

Meanwhile, CNN's weather team found no signs of stormy weather in the area at the time Marine One departed the White House.

The White House said there were no mechanical issues with the presidential helicopter.

"It was a bit of a surprise because he (Obama) usually does not land here. They usually go all the way to Camp David," said Kristy Rossignuolo, a customer service representative at the Frederick Municipal Airport.

Also Friday, a fighter under the direction of North American Aerospace Defense Command (NORAD) intercepted an aircraft in the vicinity of Camp David. The civilian aircraft left the restricted area and landed at the Martinsburg Airport in West Virginia, NORAD said.

No other details were immediately available on the incident, which was separate from the decision to divert Marine One.

CNN's Jessica Yellin and John Branch contributed to this report

Topics: Marine One • President Obama • The News
Naughty Nixon
September 2nd, 2011
04:47 PM ET

Friday fun: Catching a ride on Marine One

We can all remember a time when driving around in our family's wheels was considered social suicide. And depending on what generation you grew up in, it could have been a dusty old pick-up truck, a velour-seated station wagon or, dare we say it, a mini-van (gasp!) If only we had been members of the first family. Pampered pups, Hawaiian vacations and college move-ins are only some of the perks for the presidential peeps while aboard the well-known Marine One chopper. So Mr. President, when is it our turn to take a ride?

Topics: Marine One • The Family • The Visuals
Marine One stops short of Camp David
September 2nd, 2011
04:21 PM ET

Marine One stops short of Camp David

White House Deputy Press Secretary Josh Earnest update on the President's helicopter ride to Camp David: “Due to a last-minute bad weather call made prior to the his departure, Marine One diverted to an alternate landing area and the President motorcaded the rest of the way to Camp David.”

Topics: Camp David • President Obama • The Buzz
September 2nd, 2011
02:42 PM ET

Obama backs off tough clean air regulation

CNNMoney has the latest on President Obama's surprising move Friday to back off tightening clean-air standards. The EPA proposal was heavily criticized by Republicans, who argued stricter regulations would slow down job growth:

From CNNMONEY's Steve Hargreaves

NEW YORK (CNNMoney) - After weeks of Republican attacks on the Obama administration's tightening of environmental regulations, the president said Friday he would halt a planned increase in clean air standards.

In a statement released just hours after the U.S. Labor Department said the economy created no new jobs in August, Obama said he told Environmental Protection Agency head Lisa Jackson to withdraw the draft Ozone National Ambient Air Quality Standards.

While stressing his environmental record, Obama said he has "continued to underscore the importance of reducing regulatory burdens and regulatory uncertainty, particularly as our economy continues to recover."

Needless to say, environmentalists, who had considered the president an ally, expressed their anger with the move:

"The White House is siding with corporate polluters over the American people," Frances Beinecke, president of the Natural Resources Defense Council, said in a statement. "Our public officials, including in the White House, serve to protect us from harm. They need to get on with doing their jobs."

Topics: President Obama • The News
POTUS schedule for Friday September 2, 2011
September 2nd, 2011
07:47 AM ET

POTUS schedule for Friday September 2, 2011

Friday morning President Obama will depart the White House for Camp David.  The President will stay there until he departs for New Jersey on Sunday to tour damage caused by hurricane Irene.

8:30am      Pool Call Time

10:00am   THE PRESIDENT departs the White House en route Camp David.    South Lawn

Topics: Daily Schedule