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

soundoff (94 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    The US Secret Service manages risks at levels most of us can never understand. They rarely get the credit they deserve but always get critical comments in the rare event that something goes wrong. It takes special patriots to leap in the path of a bullet or throw themselves toward potential danger. We should be proud of them.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:26 pm |
    • DENNA

      Well said and we are proud of them. They keep not only the Commander in Chief safe, but the rest of us too.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
    • hannah01

      Couldn't agree more.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:42 pm |
  2. Em Jay

    It's a conspiracy!!!!

    September 2, 2011 at 8:28 pm |
    • DENNA

      LOL. Probably. Maybe a Tea Bagger wanted a word with him and could not be trusted.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:31 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Whoever you man be or wherever you are, don't touch a hair on President Obama's head, because we, the people, are watching. Be smart, think once and not twice.

    September 2, 2011 at 8:52 pm |
    • DENNA

      You got that right Claudia.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:33 pm |
  4. skarphace

    See, I knew it. There are two of them. Twin Baracks.

    The strong one that handles foreign policy and the weak one that handles domestic policy. I knew there had to be an explanation.

    September 2, 2011 at 10:05 pm |
    • pam

      You crazy person you!

      September 3, 2011 at 4:54 pm |
  5. Aaron

    OK, Fox News nutcases, this is your chance to shine with looney conspiracy theories and how horrific Obama is for arriving safely....without taxes paid by the rich or corporations.

    September 2, 2011 at 11:27 pm |
    • Herman81

      You are retarded...

      September 3, 2011 at 11:08 am |
    • DENNA

      Love your answer. I am sure Lush Limbaugh, RNC Chairman Rancid Peaches and all the rest will have SOMETHING to say about this on or to Fox Noise. Silence is Golden GOP, try it.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:34 pm |
      • Russ

        'lush' limbaugh. Oh, you are so witty. wow. that's awesome. very impressive. all I can say is, wow.

        September 4, 2011 at 8:13 am |
      • IK

        LOL @ Fox "Noise"

        September 7, 2011 at 10:20 pm |
  6. drogo, the stallion that mounts the world

    Where did the rest of the tribe go for the weekend?

    September 3, 2011 at 1:25 am |
    • Lynn

      Go back to your tent in Libya and kiss a camel.

      September 3, 2011 at 12:09 pm |
    • hannah01

      You are a racist moron.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:45 pm |
    • bob12378

      you are not funny, and I dont think you mount much! I also think you should go up stairs (from you parents basement) and tell you mom what you did and have her wash outt your mouth!

      September 3, 2011 at 8:27 pm |
    • trex

      drogo,.............. you ARE what the horse drops at night.

      September 5, 2011 at 9:44 am |
  7. 66Biker

    Uh ohhh... CNN is getting desperate for stories again.

    September 3, 2011 at 4:10 am |
    • Emmy Skaddittle

      you don't think its a story that the President of United States, helicopter was deverted?

      September 3, 2011 at 2:35 pm |
  8. John W

    Narcissistic liars lie even when there is no reason to lie.

    September 3, 2011 at 4:43 am |
  9. Steve

    Reporters need to learn a few things about real life.

    September 3, 2011 at 5:48 am |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      @ Steve,

      Why did they turn down your application to become a reporter? Certainly no reporter has lived a life. You should have been selected the job "hands down". I smell trickery and foul play afoot LOL

      September 5, 2011 at 12:22 pm |
  10. Jay in NC

    Vacation, again?

    September 3, 2011 at 8:44 am |
    • DENNA

      Yes Jay, vacation again. He's got to catch up with our beloved W.

      September 3, 2011 at 1:41 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        So far he has taken over 260 days vacation. At this rate it will not take long to catch up.

        September 3, 2011 at 3:18 pm |
      • Mikey

        @ Jay – correction – that's about 60 days compared to about 180 up to this point in W's presidency and about 120 up to this point for Reagan – but I'm sure you were outraged at those two, right?

        September 4, 2011 at 2:16 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        @ Mikey, are you saying that you count weekends for President Bush but not for this president?

        September 4, 2011 at 2:26 pm |
      • Mikey

        Nope. But do count all the time spent at the ranch in Crawford.

        September 4, 2011 at 3:08 pm |
      • trex

        What a bunch of STUPID MORONIC TEA BAGGERS that believe (NOT THINK) a POTUS takes a true vacation. What is in their heads is that Obama sits under an umbrella on the beach for 6 hours, then goes back to the condo and cooks up dogs on the outside grill....................... SMTB's

        September 5, 2011 at 9:48 am |
    • hannah01

      What's the matter...you didn't get a 3-day holiday weekend?

      September 3, 2011 at 1:49 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        No as a matter of fact I did not. My job also requires that I be on call 24X7 365 days a year, I get 4 week of vacation (theroetically) and usually loose 3 of those weeks..... I have not been of vacation since 1994... And You Hannah?

        September 4, 2011 at 1:03 pm |
      • Mikey

        @ Bill – Should I feel sorry for you or should you get a new gig? The President deserves time off – or more accurately deserves to work some from other locations, which is closer to the truth.

        September 4, 2011 at 2:18 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Youknow what Mikey, you are right.... he is ever so much more important than we are.......

        September 5, 2011 at 2:43 am |
      • Molly Pitcher

        @trex-"What a bunch of STUPID MORONIC TEA BAGGERS that believe (NOT THINK) a POTUS takes a true vacation."
        I am not an Obama supporter, but NO PRESIDENT is ever really on vacation, not at Camp David, not at a Broadway play in New York and not at Crawford, Texas.
        The SS has the final say in whether they arrive at the final destination by car or helicopter. They have the responsibility of protecting the POTUS and his family. Just like the Secret Service had the final say on 9/11 when they would not allow the POTUS to return immediately to DC and all the libs made fun and called Bush a coward. All I can say is "grow up" and get a clue about the real world.

        September 28, 2011 at 9:31 pm |
    • pam

      And so what if he's going on vaction you idiot!

      September 3, 2011 at 4:55 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      @ Jay in NC

      We all realize you got the waterdown tea, but go back and research how many vacation days Dubya (#43) took. Then get back to us with shocking news.

      Seriously though, most of us realize you haven't a clue, as to that which you speak / post.

      September 5, 2011 at 12:25 pm |
  11. Justin

    Uhhhh...anyone else in the media even bother to check the weather? Light cloud coverage, winds less than 5mph and no precipitation between DC and Camp David, including the Catoctin Mountain approach. Call it for what it was – an easy way to get out of DC during the Labor Day rush. A rush-hour motorcade would have been another political disaster.

    September 3, 2011 at 9:45 am |
  12. cbr

    This is the most ridiculous news story because there is no news. The Secret Service has the responsibility for protecting the President and other government officials. They have the final say on certain issues such as transportation. They made a decision now let it stand unless you have a beef with them.

    These men and women deserve our praise and they do not need their work to be politicized for second-guessed. CNN continues to post non-stories in the hopes of getting the BIG STORY. Give it up.

    September 3, 2011 at 10:32 am |
    • Jay in NC

      Its the little things that bring the big guys down....

      Shortly after 1 am on June 17, 1972, Frank Wills, a security guard at the Watergate Complex, noticed tape covering the latch on locks on several doors in the complex (allowing the doors to close but remain unlocked). He removed the tape, and thought nothing of it. An hour later, when he discovered that someone had re-taped the locks, Wills called the police.

      September 3, 2011 at 11:33 am |
      • pam

        The only thing I can say is Idiot!

        September 3, 2011 at 4:56 pm |
  13. Dreamer96

    Libyan army depots were raided, who knows what the Secret Service is up to, just be glad they are.. Maybe Obama wanted to drive by some flowers or trees with his daughter, taking the scenic route.

    September 3, 2011 at 11:59 am |
  14. Republicans Are The American Taliban

    CNN is now in the business of creating news. Several Ticker Headline stories are about nothing.

    September 3, 2011 at 12:44 pm |
  15. DENNA

    Maybe the man is sick of the press and wanted a few private moments with his daughter. It can't be easy to have a reported up your tookus every minute of the day. Whatever, this is a non-story.

    September 3, 2011 at 1:30 pm |
  16. shell

    i will forever be grateful to the men and women who protect our president and this country. they are what it means to be a "patriot".

    as for this story, it is just another waste of space that could be devoted to some important event going on domestically or nationally. cnn, you know better!

    September 3, 2011 at 4:49 pm |
  17. Ken in NC

    This is a non-news story. The Secret Service is responsible for the safety of many government officials and while the officials may have some input, the final decision rest with the Secret Service. They put their lives on the line to protect the official to which they are assigned so cut them some slack. If they decided to divert Marine One, it was their final call and that is doing their job.

    September 3, 2011 at 5:04 pm |
  18. maikl

    We got change that Obama promise to us . He change his bla bla bla from sept.7 to sept. 8. What a change. Thanks Obama. Finally we got change. When we change Obama ,country start recovery. The man don't have any idea how govern. No vision, no experience, just amt y promises.

    September 3, 2011 at 7:11 pm |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart


      Were you always the student that was always one step behind in class? It certainly shows with every one of your posts

      September 5, 2011 at 12:32 pm |
      • Pete

        The danger to America is not Barack Obama, but a citizenry capable of entrusting an inexperienced man like him with the Presidency. It will be far easier to limit and undo the follies of an Obama presidency than to restore the necessary common sense and good judgment to a depraved electorate willing to have such a man for their president. The problem is much deeper and far more serious than Mr. Obama, who is a mere symptom of what ails America . Blaming the prince of the fools should not blind anyone to the vast confederacy of fools that made him their prince. The Republic can survive a Barack Obama. It is less likely to survive a multitude of fools, such as those who made him their president."

        September 7, 2011 at 8:43 am |
  19. Liz Carter in Georgia


    September 3, 2011 at 9:56 pm |
    • Jay in NC

      Don't touch a hair on his head or you will what.... riot in the streets, burn buildings, hit truck drivers in the head with bricks, take TVs from stores? Or maybe bomb a country into chaos, kill their kids, take away their land? Or maybe build another GITMO, no wait the old one is still open for business, lock them away forever, no trial?

      We had this kind of cowboy talk before. Nothing has changed, there is no hope.

      September 4, 2011 at 7:40 am |
      • Mikey

        @ Jay – "hit truck drivers in the head with bricks"??? Any reason in particular you picked that visual. Perhaps you should use references like "fly a small plane into an IRS office", "bomb a Federal Building", or "bomb a health clinic" or "murder a doctor"? Don't you think that better represents the face of domestic terrorism and presents a bigger threat to the POTUS. Those are the kind of unpatriotic enemies we should probably focus attention on – don't you think?

        September 4, 2011 at 2:42 pm |
      • Jay in NC

        @ Micky, look up Reginald Denny


        It is a shame that you would forget the 1992 Los Angeles riots.

        September 4, 2011 at 2:57 pm |
      • Mikey

        I don't need to look it up. I knew exactly what the reference was. I was just wondering if race had anything to do with the image you picked. That's why I asked why you picked it. Was you comment about race?

        September 4, 2011 at 3:12 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        Mikey, you and Liz would make a great team. You both are so preoccupied with race that you miss the big pciture,

        September 5, 2011 at 2:45 am |
  20. Simon Jester

    Avoiding the press? Why? Tired of getting a chapped ass?

    September 4, 2011 at 12:15 am |
  21. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Jay, play dumb if you want to. Claudia was dead on; and NO! That kind of, your described 'cowboy talk' had NOT been done before! That's exactly why past Presidents Abraham Lincoln, John F Kennedy and one or two other Presidents were taken from us. That's why even Atty General Robert Kennedy and many civil rights workers and ICONS were taken from us! Americans have learned that lesson, if nothing else. A word to the wise is sufficient. You can spin it however you like, but YES, we ARE watching this time!

    September 4, 2011 at 10:38 am |
    • Bill in STL

      And you still did not answer the question Liz, Either you don't know what ... or you are as ignorant as you appear to be;

      September 4, 2011 at 1:05 pm |
      • Mikey

        Did someone ask Liz a question. Or did you just take an opportunity to call someone you don't know ignorant? Don't you think that says a lot more about YOU than about LIZ?

        September 4, 2011 at 2:36 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        It seems that Jay did .... something to the effect of or you will what ... Buit with Liz .... she does not understand the meaning of the word reply and she is so self centered she will answer you many many posts later.... that way you have to track down and decide ..... is this about me or not.... The ego of this person is astonishing .... and yet she does not have the courage to reply directly to me ... for the last oh so many months ......

        September 5, 2011 at 2:49 am |
      • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

        @Bill in STL,

        Looks as though you go through great strains to call someone ignorant. Try more fiber in your diet, that should help

        September 5, 2011 at 12:40 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        @Republicans attract and elect the not so smart

        Fiber? I doubt it.... I get plenty of that all day long from people like you! Now to ask the Liz question... Who are you??? now to answer it ...... I really don't care, you don't count.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:21 pm |
  22. pizzapizza

    i'm getting information that he was actually in el paso, texas on Sept. 2 (alone in a car with so secret service)..

    September 4, 2011 at 1:32 pm |
  23. James

    Yeah and I believe that !!

    September 4, 2011 at 2:17 pm |
  24. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Bill in STL; WHAT QUESTION? I wasn't aware that a question was personally directed to me; but If you're talking about the tirade Jay just gave, I think I answered him or her, whether he or she were black, white, other, rich or poor! Now what do you want to ask me?...Oh, and I'm not as IGNORANT as you and Jay wish me to be! I'm not the bowing down, shoe-shuffling NEGRO you seem to want me to be, OK? I DIDN'T COME FROM THAT! Until my dying day..I'll say what I mean and I mean what I say! You better recognize!

    September 4, 2011 at 2:27 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Is it about race becayse you said so again????

      September 5, 2011 at 2:49 am |
  25. Liz Carter in Georgia

    It would take GOD to shut me up; because this class-conscious, racist, supremast 'system', set as it's always been, established and accepted by a LARGE portion of the masses of it's 'SUPERIOR race', and even a SMALL portion of the masses of the 'MINORITY races'; and I mean the ones who 'THEY've ALLOWED to slip through the ranks, I SCREAM TO YOU! YOUR TIME IS RUNNING OUT! Your arms are too short to box with GOD! I'm like 'John The Baptist', crying in the Wilderness! They called him IGNORANT and crazy too.

    September 4, 2011 at 3:11 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      No not evn God could shut you up Liz...

      September 5, 2011 at 2:46 am |
  26. jean2009

    Hey! I'm back. I've spent the last few days with my right leg elevated...it is going to be fine.

    I can see the right-wing nuts are still calling a 24/7 – 365 work schedule a vacation when it is only the same work in a different setting. The President deserves time off but it rarely happens.

    I imagine the President leaves the oversight for safety to the Secret Service that is what they are paid to do. So we have clowns on here trying to second guess the Secret Service...which shows the level of stupidity on the right.

    September 4, 2011 at 4:59 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Oh great .... Liz's wingwoma has returned .... Plug you r ears

      September 5, 2011 at 2:50 am |
  27. Equal Justice

    Great job Secret Service. The public doesn't need to know what goes on in the details. Wether it was something significan or not, the Secret Service is doing a great job...Hats off to them always. When there is so much hatered going, I hope the Sevret Service men and women read some of the great comments people have about them.

    September 4, 2011 at 6:27 pm |
  28. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Thanks Mikey.

    September 5, 2011 at 1:55 am |
  29. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Welcome back Jean!

    September 5, 2011 at 1:59 am |
  30. Bill in STL

    Dear God in Heaven... thing 1 and thing 2 have returned!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 5, 2011 at 2:52 am |
    • Republicans elect and attract the not so smart

      @Bill in STL,

      Do you always substitute intriguing points of discussion with childish name calling or is that simply the best you can do?

      September 5, 2011 at 12:34 pm |
      • Bill in STL

        You are hiding behind your tag line, What am I supposed to assume? That this is not what you accuse me of? You have no idea of the history between Liz and I and in true liberalfashionyou butinuninformed and start trashing. What should I expect,Liz does not even remember me.

        September 6, 2011 at 6:14 pm |
  31. William

    Anyone ever suffer from air sickness. I would sit that bird down in a heartbeat if it started to affect me. Could be that simple.

    September 5, 2011 at 6:47 am |
  32. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Bill in STL; what do you mean I don't have the courage to respond to YOU? In the first place, WHO ARE YOU? Where in the 'last oh so many months' have you talked to me and was waiting a response? You don't scare me! We have gone back and forth often in the past! When I see a fool is joined with his idols, unless 'IT' address me personally, I leave 'IT' alone. 'No not even GOD could...' shut me up you claimed..Yet..I'm suppose to be scared of you?!? LOL! You've got the gall to breathe the word, EGO at me?!?

    September 6, 2011 at 11:10 am |
    • Bill in STL

      Liz, that is what the blue REPLY is for on each of my posts.... YOU choose to reply farther and farther down... It makes it hard for people tosee what you are really replyin to.....Hence my statement. Its so simple .... but you don't seem to be able to grsp it.

      Who am I, I am an American citizenliving inside the boarders of the United States of America.... I was there on many posts.... all you send to be able to do was talk about stung dogs, and racism because you said it was....

      I have never intended to scare you, or for you to be scaredof me. I simply stated that your lack of ability to use the reply button might ean that you do not have the courage to keep the thread going. Right now you and jean bore me. Plain and simple ... So I ampoking a little fun at you... You both rant, rave and scream so much about how unfair it all is.... you are truly laughable.

      As for name calling, what about your predielection for using terms such as rethuglicans, neo-cons, even to using a handle such as republicans elect and attract the not so smart. And even he/she/it is hiding .....

      All of these are merely a collection of observations.... It is odd, but it seems to be a liberal thing.

      Have funbeing miserable and looking for personal insults all around you... It must be a miserable life finding enemies all around you ... real or imagined!

      September 6, 2011 at 6:12 pm |
  33. Liz Carter in Georgia

    @Republicans elect and attract the not so smart; Yep! That IS all Bill has...name calling, 'blog' character assassinating, and Devils' advocacy! Nothing of real substantial value for even a fool to consider towards the betterment of the state of the nation! No inclination or acknowledgement of at least some of the 'cause and effects' of whats really going on in America! Thing 1 and Thing 2, huh Bill? Well 'THING 3'? You win hands down! LOL! BTW, I see the BIG picture..problem is, I know why it's sooo BIG!

    September 6, 2011 at 11:35 am |
    • Bill in STL

      If you have several weeks you can go back through these threads and previous ones. You will find a much different Liz than she is portraying now.

      Oh and Liz the problem is the BIG PICTURE is far different than the one the DNC has painted for you... I have alredy figured that out about the RNC and the DNC..... I post and I post to try to find some common place where we can start .... Now, I just don't care anymore... so you will be the subject of ridicule for me ... just like other stupid party influenced people .... from either side.

      September 6, 2011 at 6:18 pm |
  34. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I am the exact same person I have been since I started posting on this blog. According to you and many others on this blog, you've accused me of in fact being 'stuck on stupid' because of my many times referred to as 'outdated' personal opinions! Even as you tried to impose or impress upon me your thoughts and ideas on the issues as they relate to AMERICA and the President. So what do you mean, I'm different from the Liz of old? I was sure I replied to anything you asked me. We argued back and forth! WHAT?

    September 6, 2011 at 9:00 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Dear Liz, do ou see the little Blue word that says REPLY at the end of the POST... When you put your mouse pointer over that and left click it will put your reply right under mine. that way I don't have to go searching for your posts... you notice that I do that very thing.

      I have never used those words to describe you Liz, those are your choice. I have, however become more sure that there is no hope for any meeting in the middle with you, and since you won't there is no point in continuing. Only when I see you especially hard line in your comments will I step in and poke at you... rest assured it is that. I find no qualities of compromise or any willingness to look beyond the endof your next opinion (read that same as the last opinion) and that you condem any and all people who do not think the same as you. You yell that diversity is key, but you refuse to embrace your own position ..... So what are people supposed to think.... this is a liberall failing that I have noticed of late, and also a conservative failing as well. People that think this way will be the downfall of this great naton, and to me it seems that you are right in there leading the pack.

      September 6, 2011 at 11:14 pm |
  35. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Bill, I haven't used a personal computer in about two years. My lap-top died back then and I have not had it replaced nor repaired. Since I also have internet on my cell phone, I have been doing all of my postings through it. It takes a little longer and takes quite a bit of effort/work, but it's worth it to me! So no mouse, OK? BTW, Bill anytime you add the conservatives to your statements, trying to show you get on both sides, it's not real! It's just an after thought for appearance; you don't fool me.

    September 7, 2011 at 5:13 am |
    • Bill in STL

      I do about half of these on my droid, and I have no problem.... just a few more steps is all.... and BTW LIZ I do not just include the conservative candidates as an after thought.... I have never tried tofool you on that score. I comment about liberals on the liberal blogs and I comment about conservatives ont the conservative blogs. Why should I give either radical pack of dogs any support? The point is th shake them up and try to get them to think... Not to allow them to sit back and agree with anobservation ..... If people like you, on both sides, don't change, there will be nothing left.... I have made this statement for as long asI have been posting with you..... and you statement proves that it is only your way of the highway.... try to remember the times that you criticized my spelling... that was because I was on my droid phone ....

      September 7, 2011 at 12:00 pm |
  36. Pete

    Obama is the shepherd I did not want.
    He leadeth me beside the still factories.
    He restoreth my faith in the Republican party.
    He guideth me in the path of unemployment for his

    party's sake.
    Yea, though I walk through the valley of the bread

    line, I shall fear no hunger, for his bailouts are with

    me. He has anointed my income with taxes,

    My expenses runneth over.
    Surely, poverty and hard living will follow me all

    the days of my life, And I will live in a mortgaged

    home forever.

    September 7, 2011 at 7:54 am |
  37. Liz Carter in Georgia

    I resent being called part of a pack of dogs. I'm a liberal Democrat who stands for what I believe has some 'cause and effect' of what's hindering progression in AMERICA. I even resent your calling conservative Republicans a pack of dogs, who stand up for their views and what they believe about AMERICAS' problems! We aren't dogs! We are as GOP/TEAPARTYER Howard the 'DUMP OBAMA'! man is! He's one who even calls us LIBS 'CHEERLEADERS'! However, it stands to reason we'd ALL cheer for our OWN teams! GET IT?

    September 7, 2011 at 6:49 pm |
    • Bill in STL

      Oh I am so sorry you resent that, porbably no more than your comparisont of me to a stung dog, or thetimes you called me racist, or the times you refused tp look up a common slang term in favor of holding your outrage over common sense. How is it that you and your feeling are far more important than anyone elses? Why do you feel that you can hurl insults at people but you can be resentful if insulted. Frankly the analogy is accurate.... Each and every party line toadie is just that ..... a pack of dogs chasing down the quarry......

      September 7, 2011 at 11:40 pm |
  38. Liz Carter in Georgia

    Bill, judging by your perpetually obvious denial, narrow and biased views of descriptive examples, I can imagine you would see my most logical assessments of what 'IS'; (BTW, that should be 'hit dogs holler'), and my ability to detect, discern, observe and identify the 'most likely' oldest, biggest elephant in the room, as the same. That figures...it's ok! Changes nothing...I stand by my last comment to you. Insults? I'm insulted often, but I can take them! Sadly, there ARE times I have ditched them.

    September 9, 2011 at 6:11 pm |
  39. Frank

    This picture at first stirs emotions of a close and loving relationship between a loving daughter and father. Further inspection shows a strikingly cold, managed and emotionless environment for children to grow up in.

    September 16, 2011 at 12:20 pm |
  40. Dani3l

    Putting 2 & 2 together... If weather wasn't a concern, but the President's safety (and that of his daughter) was, then naturally the Secret Service would not want to telegraph this. It is unfortunate that the press was excluded, but this may have been a last minute change and security concerns may have prevented the customary practice being omitted.

    In any case, the custom is a courtesy extended to the press, not an obligation nor a guaranteed point of access. It does not look very good for the press to be too insistent on such a point. If nothing else, the President's daughters ought to have an assurance of privacy.

    September 21, 2011 at 10:32 pm |
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