Obama on the great outdoors
March 2nd, 2012
11:42 AM ET

Obama on the great outdoors

When President Obama usually goes to the Interior Department it’s to play basketball with his daughters. (Yes, for some reason Interior has a basketball court) But today he is heading that direction for business, to speak to the White House Conference on Conservation.

According to a White House official the president “will highlight the administration’s impressive record of taking steps to invest in our public lands, create jobs, and support local economies. “

The conference is aimed at spotlighting community-driven conservation efforts and how to continue their growth. It will bring together a mix of outdoorsmen, local governments, conservationists, recreationalist and small business owners to talk about conservation projects and how they can help local economies.

The effort is part of President Obama’s America’s Great Outdoor Initiative which he launched in April 2011. It supports locally led conservation projects across the country and according to the group’s website, the “opening up recreational access to lands and waters, supporting the creation of urban parks and trails, increasing youth employment in conservation jobs.”

Other participants in today’s conference include:

Ken Salazar, Secretary of the Interior

Tom Vilsack, Secretary of Agriculture

Jim Faulstich, a rancher from South Dakota

Juan Quezada, a Park Guide at Santa Monica Mountains National Recreation Area in California

Frances G. Charles, Tribal Chairwoman from the Lower Elwha Klallam Tribe in Washington

Marjorie Jackson, Executive Director of the Elizabeth River Project in Virginia

Topics: Environment

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  1. Howard

    NEWS FLASH ... Obama decrees that all Americans must bring the great outdoors, indoors !!!
    Those who refuse, will be subject to a severe fine, which will go directly into the Obama reelection fund.

    March 2, 2012 at 12:24 pm |
    • Risky

      Do you troll for a living?

      March 2, 2012 at 12:49 pm |
      • John

        The Internet doesn't have ancient slimey stone bridges, but trolls lurk around in quiet corners of the internet; while they can pop up almost anywhere, they thrive in distant relatively uninhabited corners.
        Howard is here all of the time. You, on the other hand, pop up here and there...

        March 2, 2012 at 1:11 pm |
      • Risky

        That is a fairy tale definition of a troll. An internet troll is completely different. I suggest you keep up with the internet if you want to be involved in it.

        March 2, 2012 at 1:16 pm |
      • Howard

        Risky ... in answer to your question ... Do I troll for a living ???
        Actually, when it comes to standing up for our country, and exposing
        charlatans, like barack obama, who is picking our pockets, and
        revoking our rights and freedoms ... I am more than happy to set
        the record straight on these blogs, for free ... even at the expense
        of enduring insults from Obama stooges, like you !!!

        March 2, 2012 at 1:23 pm |
      • Risky

        "Setting the record straight" does not mean fact twisting and wannabe "NEWS FLASHING" every single thing done and said by the President. To take yourself so seriously really makes me LMAO.

        March 2, 2012 at 1:29 pm |
      • Risky

        BTW you are not standing up for the country; you're standing up for stupidity...
        If you want me to prove that, I can do so easily.

        Lastly you might want to sign on your alternate identity known as John to defend yourself and make it look like you have friends.

        March 2, 2012 at 1:34 pm |
      • John

        An "Internet troll" or "Forum Troll" or "Message Board Troll" is a person who posts outrageous message to bait people to answer. Forum Troll delights in sowing discord on the forums. A troll is someone who inspires flaming rhetoric, someone who is purposely provoking and pulling people into flaming discussion. Flaming discussions usually end with name calling and a flame war.
        Risky, that would be you...
        My initial post was a cut and pasted from wiseGEEK so take it up with their website..

        March 2, 2012 at 3:20 pm |
      • John

        Risky. You need to give examples of what you are saying. We laugh every time you libs throw something out there with nothing to back it up. I post them as I see them, both good and bad.

        March 2, 2012 at 3:23 pm |
    • Attila, The Hun

      Forgot you meds?

      March 2, 2012 at 5:59 pm |
      • Howard

        CHARACTER = When a man, like Mitt Romney, donates his inheritance to charity.

        CORRUPTION = When a man, like obama, uses the power of the state, to confiscate other people's hard earned money, squanders it, and finances loser companies, in exchange for political contributions, in an effort to get himself reelected.

        March 3, 2012 at 12:32 pm |
  2. Lefty

    CNN will make a story from anything that's said, no matter how trivial. If Obama says he likes mustard on a hot dog, that will be a major headline here.

    March 2, 2012 at 1:42 pm |
    • Attila, The Hun

      Breaking news...Obama picked a booger.

      March 2, 2012 at 6:00 pm |
  3. Howard

    Obama is a lying thief, who will tell Americans whatever he thinks they want to hear, in order to get elected. And, once elected, this traitor betrays every promise he makes. How many times will gullible
    Americans fall for this charlatan's lies ??? If obama wins a second term, without the concern of winning another election, we will all be at the mercy of his destructive policies for FOUR more years ... enough time to TOTALLY destroy this once great country, beyond repair. Save America ... dump Obama, ASAP !

    March 2, 2012 at 1:46 pm |
  4. jerry

    Drudge reports: The Chief of police...Cheif Joe's team investingated obama's birth cert and it is official it is a fake as is his selective service card...and there is much more to come. So Barry...Barack or whom ever you are I don't really care what you have to say...I dont know who you are because you have sealed records and faked your back ground to deceive me...so just shut your evil mouth and wait... the covers are comming off.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:27 pm |
    • Joey

      I was born the same year as Obama and my BC looks nothing like his. Mine has either typing or real handwriting on it yet his is computer generated?

      March 2, 2012 at 5:17 pm |
    • Attila, The Hun

      Get over it loser – just as Bush stole the election in 2000, Obama is president and nothing you can do or say will change that! What's even better he will win in November. Ha Ha

      March 2, 2012 at 5:58 pm |
      • jerry

        shame on you...we DO have the right to question this....and you had better thank God we still do. If obama broke the law we need to know it. If you had lived in a country where you can't ask questions like this then you would understand what this right means to us...and you would understand what the BILL OF RIGHTS is all about.

        March 2, 2012 at 6:51 pm |
  5. joep199

    Even the Supreme Court has unaminously held that the claims about the President's birth certificate are not supported by any evidence, and had refused to hear any arguments on the issue. This is the Supreme Court with justices Roberts, Alioto, and Thomas on it, so it can hardly be called liberal.

    March 2, 2012 at 2:50 pm |
    • JS

      If the supreme court didn't take up a case on the issue you don't honestly know what the members of the court think. There are many, many cases the supreme court doesn't take up every day, for many different reasons. You can guess at their reason, but that is what it is, a guess.

      March 2, 2012 at 4:25 pm |
      • Attila, The Hun

        SCOTUS declined meaning nothing is going to happen.

        March 2, 2012 at 6:02 pm |
    • jerry

      the birth issue is far from over...far. His mother was surely American so in that way so what, but what are they hiding... why fake the cert and the selective service card...and why seal all those records... ??????? Where there is smoke there is fire.

      March 2, 2012 at 6:48 pm |
  6. Church

    Why can't you all refrain from sparring with the trolls?
    Cheney/Bush sold us out. They arranged for terrorist to attack the Twin Trade Towers.
    Only an idiot would claim that Obama is selling us out.
    Don't pay any attention to rabid Repugnants.

    March 2, 2012 at 3:59 pm |
    • Steveo

      "Cheney/Bush sold us out. They arranged for terrorist to attack the Twin Trade Towers."
      That is trolling material right there! You forget to add:

      1. "I 'll be here all week"
      2. "Tip your waitress"
      3. "Try the veal"
      4. The rim shot

      March 2, 2012 at 4:04 pm |
    • JS

      More left "valuing diversity". We already know if you libs disagree with something you try to kill the messenger. Similar to BO when he says "i tried to work with the other side". BTW, libs, this loser Church is one of yours. LOL

      March 2, 2012 at 4:22 pm |
    • Howard

      Church ... you're right ... we should
      not waste our time sparring with these
      obama stooges !!!

      March 2, 2012 at 9:20 pm |
  7. Attila, The Hun

    Sounds like official business masquerading as an re-election event.

    March 2, 2012 at 5:53 pm |
  8. george of the jungle

    good diverse group to talk about our open spaces and public lands. Glad to see native americans included. The trolls to nice a word) that keep opening their big mouths are the same idiots who don't believe in global warming or evolution. You can't argue with morons like that just vote Obama?Biden 2012

    March 2, 2012 at 7:23 pm |
  9. Church

    Steveo, It's only trolling if it is not true.
    Go to Lies of Bush .com for the whole story, and then repost your drivel.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:08 pm |
    • Steveo

      Lies of Bush .com? Really? NOTHING BIASED about that site, right? that is like telling me how the National Enquirer is your primary source for news!

      "If you disagree with a liberal, he will ask why". Really? NO one has asked me why. All I get is a bunch of names tossed my way. You may want to recheck that statement Church, more holes in it than Swiss Cheese!

      March 2, 2012 at 10:22 pm |
  10. Church

    By the way, JS, Church is an Independent.
    Talk about trying to kill the messenger.
    Educate yourselves, or you can go to Rush for your opinions.
    Rush is just like all the other Repugnants.
    Hate is their game and lifestyle.
    If you disagree with a liberal, he will ask why.
    If you disagree with a Repugnant, he will threaten to kill you.

    March 2, 2012 at 8:12 pm |
  11. Howard

    Another photo op of the obama family, on another
    vacation ... grazing on public lands ...

    March 2, 2012 at 9:22 pm |
  12. wastelandpast

    Yeah, odummy likes the great outdoors as much as any mushlemm, that's why he's spending 750K to build a soccer field for his butt-buddies at Gitmore from odummy...

    March 2, 2012 at 11:19 pm |
  13. English Only

    Barry has never been in the real outdoors in his entire like, if he spent a night alone in the wilderness it would be in the bottom of his sleeping bag crying....

    March 3, 2012 at 11:46 pm |
  14. English Only

    Barry has never been in the real outdoors in his entire life, if he spent a night alone in the wilderness it would be in the bottom of his sleeping bag crying....

    March 3, 2012 at 11:47 pm |
  15. Backpacking

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    June 2, 2012 at 8:53 pm |