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President Barack Obama cancels Palo Alto visit

Original post made on May 23, 2012

President Barack Obama was expected to attend a fundraiser and roundtable discussion with the Asian American and Pacific Islander community in Palo Alto Thursday, but Obama will not be in Palo Alto after all, Palo Alto police Sgt. Brian Philip said this morning.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, May 23, 2012, 9:48 AM

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Posted by We-Won't-Miss-Him
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 23, 2012 at 10:07 am

> Tickets for that event also cost $35,800 per person.

Wonder if the cancellation has something to do with a lack of interest in dropping that kind of bread for some overcooked chicken and a lot of Washington double-talk?

And is this guy flying Airforce-1 out here to pick the pockets of "the faithful"?


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 10:48 am

Mitt Romney's been saving a lot too. No one has seen him since Friday. 5 days off the trail, until he answered questions today at a CoC event. Odd, someone asked him about Bain, the reason for his political existence, and he answered by pivoting off Bain. Very odd.

If Romney runs from Bain, that only leaves his failed single term as governor to talk about, and his fleecing taxpayers to fund the utah Olympics.

I'd turn on Fox and find out, but Fox Makes People DumberŪ, according to science.

"According to a new study by Farleigh Dickinson University, Fox viewers are the least knowledgeable audience of any outlet, and they know even less about politics and current events than people who watch no news at all.

... "The largest effect is that of Fox News: all else being equal, someone who watched only Fox News would be expected to answer just 1.04 domestic questions correctly—a figure which is significantly worse than if they had reported watching no media at all."


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Posted by Barbara
a resident of Downtown North
on May 23, 2012 at 11:04 am

I was mistaken thinking the Palo Alto liberals would be doubling up their megabucks donations. Phew! What a relief!!


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Posted by Bob
a resident of Community Center
on May 23, 2012 at 11:10 am

And who paid for the hundreds;of no-parking signs 6:00 a.m. to noon plastered all over downtown-University Avenue and the side streets and the 'labor' to put them up? Did Palo Alto pick up the tab for that? And was police 'overtime' scheduled? Who would pay ? And if he comes in the future to chat with "Mark" maybe "Mark" can foot the bill. Last time POTUS planned to fly in by helicopter to an area on the north side of the Stanford Shopping Center to travel by car to the Stanford Industrial Park on the far south side...all to have a play day at Facebook.


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 23, 2012 at 11:11 am

Maybe the 'most powerful man on earth' could exercise a bit of that power and STOP FLYING IN AT RUSH HOUR. You can get a pretty good day's work done back east and still get into California say, between noon and 3pm so that people tired from their long, exhaustive underpaid overworked days can get HOME. I'm sick of this...this guy has a pattern of flying in at rush hour. Someone yesterday said we should be thrilled POTUS is coming and that Bush and Romney caused problems when they came in. Not true. No President ever has traveled with the fuss that this guy has. After the oil spill, Obama went to a small town on the coast of Florida where my friend is the chief. The number of vehicles associated with his entourage was ridiculous. He said that when Bush came, it was three vehicles. Bush often slipped in and out of places without inconveniencing the locals. Now, even though saying 'Bush' is like waving a cape in the face of a bull, take away your hissing visceral reaction and think about this in terms of non partisan reality.


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 11:25 am

"He said that when Bush came, it was three vehicles."

Absurd.

Calling you on it. Prove it. Name the town and date, and let's look it up. I won't even take into account this President has had more threats than any other. The advance detail has more than three cars (insert SS jokes here)

oh, the haters are out (that's for you, Gary/Jerry.) Look at the number of posts removed.

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"According to a new study by Farleigh Dickinson University, Fox viewers are the least knowledgeable audience of any outlet, and they know even less about politics and current events than people who watch no news at all."


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 23, 2012 at 11:33 am

Enough! have you thought through the reasons that the POTUS has the security that he does? Is that your fault, mine, his? No. It's the fault of the nasty, evil, racist haters who wish him harm.


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Posted by Smart Enough
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 23, 2012 at 11:38 am

Harriet, Elizabeth, you're right. I am feeling a little "mean-spirited" about this hollow man with the creased slacks. Him, and all the Palo Alto intellectuals who tickle themselves pink by calling those with whom they disagree "dumb". Or "mean spirited", come to think of it. Of course, no one who wishes to remain among the local elite will admit it, but Americans in other parts of the country are beginning to realize the high cost and epic failure of the Obama presidency.


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Posted by Hmmm
a resident of East Palo Alto
on May 23, 2012 at 11:41 am

Smart Enough - if the people who didn't care for him & his policies demonstrated their intelligence & a more balanced pov, his haters wouldn't receive those monikers. I know people who don't care for him at all who're smart & kind. Guess what? They don't get made fun of.

The "local elite" to which you refer aren't all liberal or remotely progressive. You remember Meg Whitman & Condoleeza Rice, right? You've heard of Hoover Institution?


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 23, 2012 at 12:02 pm

I said SHE said "here" , meaning FLORIDA. As to racism, and risk, would it then not make even MORE sense to arrive when the traffic is lighter and anomalies would stand out? And gawd, I'M so tired of hearing about FOX news. Why don't you whine about the other biased stations that lean more to the left? Every time someone says "FOX News" in a political argument, I yawn and tune out. I don't watch it, I don't watch any of them anymore, I choose to read my news, but this constant insulting of the intelligence of others who choose to pursue a different belief than your own is boring, trite and petty.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 23, 2012 at 12:06 pm

Look, I lived for years in Sunnyvale and Pres. Clinton used to fly into Moffett Field with absolutely minimum inconvenience to local citizens and businesses. I never heard of freeway exit closures.

I have no idea what Bush did because I never heard of or noticed any impact.

Obama's methods and security appear costly, requiring a lot of man/woman-power and extensive closures. We were trapped in our neighborhood when he came for a luxury dinner at Sandberg's home. I was astonished at the security along Embarcadero and police hustling children (who were responsible-acting, merely came to view the motorcade)way back from the edge of the street.

Obama chooses to use SFO and this has huge impacts, from freeway closures and more. It is a choice indicating: not looking at past presidential practices, not considering impact on local region.

Just one little story as a personal example, but indicative of all this: I had a major situation whereby I had to deliver a very elderly relative to SFO (for a major flight) and the AM of Obama's departure, the radio news starts warning that all freeway exits into SFO would be closed as Obama approached - and until he was in the air. Huh -what to do.
The entire airport was shut down AND access into the parking garage.
Planes had to circle (not land on schedule) and those scheduled for departure were held.

Well,if I DIDN'T head up on 101 towards SFO I could make my relative late (needs wheelchair, etc.) and I was in a dilemma, listening to the radio as we drove up there - minute by minute updates from local news stations. You see, I considered I might have to go past SFO and find a place to exit and stop/wait until they decided to reopen access to SFO. It was CRAZY. As it happened, just as we came to the SFO exit, it was opened and we were able to get off there.
I don't fully know how this impacts SFO's schedules - I assume everything is thrown off by 1/2 hour or so - but if they won't even permit people to go into the parking garages, this creates a HUGE HASSLE and makes it difficult to predict when to depart from here to go to the airport. For those who don't care about the elderly or other critical situations, go ahead and shrug your shoulders. Timing is important in such situations. My relative was COUNTING ON ME to make it happen correctly (not be late). For those of us who deal with such situations, this creates a huge dilemma. Merely one story here, I can only imagine many more.

About security: I took photos of Reagan within close distance (and this was after the shooting)


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 23, 2012 at 12:09 pm

The Fox news comment directed at St Francis and Fox newswhiners in general. Not to Hmmmm. And Smart Enough is correct, there are a lot of nice, kind, smart people who don't agree with Obama who are definitely treated differently if they say so publicly. I remember years ago a Paly function where parents were helping out and one parent asked another what her son did after graduation, and the woman replied that he joined the armed forces. The other woman reared back then spat (loosely paraphrased here) 'Why did you allow him to do that? We don't do that kind of thing in Palo Alto, don't you know better?.' Other parents shook their head disapprovingly, not at the nasty woman who attacked the parent, but at the parent of a soldier. After that experience, I watched closely throughout the years and noticed that yes, more conservative people in this area ARE excoriated for having a thought that is anywhere outside the common group think. So much for enlightenment and tolerance.


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 23, 2012 at 12:11 pm

He's flying into Moffett field today.


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Posted by Resident
a resident of Another Palo Alto neighborhood
on May 23, 2012 at 12:13 pm

Anon

I seem to remember Clinton flying into/out of SFO and deciding to have a haircut on the plane which delayed all flights into and out of SFO until the presidential haircut was completed.


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 12:27 pm

Enough & Anon: "Obama chooses to use SFO"

Are you serious?!? You think HE chooses?? You folks are crazy. The President listens to the Secret Service (go ahead, insert joke) about travel details.

"About security: I took photos of Reagan within close distance" What the heck does that mean??? implying you can't take a picture of the President? The you better call the Secret Service about these criminals...

Web Link

There's dozens, maybe hundreds in this one Web Link

Go find a rope line, bring a camera. You don't have a picture of Obama because you haven't traveled to somewhere where he shakes hands. Before you moan about ropelines, tell me the last ropeline Bush or Romney worked in the Bay Area...

The Fox News "swipe" is a study. No one whined, just posted facts: "According to a new study by Farleigh Dickinson University, Fox viewers are the least knowledgeable audience of any outlet, and they know even less about politics and current events than people who watch no news at all."

These dumb, fabricated anecdotes: "He said that when Bush came, it was three vehicles." Calling you on it. Prove it. Name the town and date, and let's look it up.

Waiting...

Resident. It was LAX. And it was overhyped.



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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 12:29 pm

Resident:

Newsday reported on June 30, 1993:

The story was that planes were kept circling as President Bill Clinton had his hair clipped on Air Force One at Los Angeles airport last month.

...

But the reports were wrong.

According to Federal Aviation Administration records obtained through the Freedom of Information Act, the May 18 haircut caused no significant delays of regularly scheduled passenger flights - no circling planes, no traffic jams on the runways.

Commuter airlines that fly routes reportedly affected by the president's haircut confirmed they have no record of delays that day.

The FAA records, generated by the regional Air Route Traffic Control Center, show that an unscheduled air taxi flight had the only delay attributed to the closure of two runways for an hour in anticipation of Air Force One's departure. The air taxi took off 17 minutes after leaving the gate -- two minutes late, by FAA accounting.

"If you understand the air traffic system, you'd find that statement [that planes were circling] ludicrous," said Fred O'Donnell, an FAA spokesman at the agency's Western-Pacific regional office, which responded to New York Newsday's May 21 request under the freedom of information law.

O'Donnell said that although two runways were closed, traffic was light that afternoon and arriving flights were simply diverted to the two other runways. "It did not cause any problems," he said.

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Typical fringe right wing bougs talking points (ie... lies.)

And they get repeated by Fox viewers.

Which is why Fox viewers test so low: "According to a new study by Farleigh Dickinson University, Fox viewers are the least knowledgeable audience of any outlet, and they know even less about politics and current events than people who watch no news at all."

Just sayin'....



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Posted by Hussain
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on May 23, 2012 at 12:34 pm

[Post removed due to same poster using multiple names]


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 23, 2012 at 1:26 pm

Reading comprehension again. I said he chooses to fly in at rush hour. I'm sure he is advised of his schedule. I said nothing about his choice of airports. Now, I think I'm gonna go turn on FOX news just to live down to your expectations.


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Posted by anonymous
a resident of Duveneck/St. Francis
on May 23, 2012 at 1:31 pm

Yes, radio news announcement just now that Obama will use Moffett this time - great!
This is the first time to my knowledge Obama has chosen to use Moffett Federal Airfield (the appropriate place)
Usually nowadays we just hear about Google's twin 767s and MiG fighter using that facility (other than helicopter rescue - Air National Guard?!)- but I certainly know Clinton flew into Moffett because I would SEE Air Force One from my home as it came in.
Yes I know the subchasers no longer have a mission tracking Russian subs out of Moffett, still I think that airfield should have appropriate Federal use.
I think it was famously John Edwards (during presidential run) who had the costly haircut years ago - there were many jokes then.


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 1:42 pm

Enough: "Reading comprehension again"

Yes, I comprehend. And I'm calling you on it as a lie. So step up and prove it - get the date, location, do a google search. "He said that when Bush came, it was three vehicles."

"I said SHE said "here" , meaning FLORIDA." yup. Go ahead. Or keep weaseling out of it.

Your unsubstantiated anecdotes like the spitting story or this one just waste space "He said that when Bush came, it was three vehicles."

Prove it.

Or we will take it as the fabrication it probably is.


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Posted by Enough!
a resident of Charleston Gardens
on May 23, 2012 at 2:08 pm

I'm not 'weaseling out'..typical hostile response blathered by people of your ilk. This was learned in a conversation with a FRIEND and his wife who were actually working both events. Did you know that people actually communicated and passed down historical information throughout the years when there was no internet? Sometimes, that still happens <gasp>, even more alarming, these people weren't fans of Bush! Guess it's just one of those things that make you go 'Hmmm'. Obama has flown into Moffett before, as recently as last year. I'm bored now. Guess I'll go make some cave drawings so that I can memorialize this exchange for future generalizations, just in case their Xfinity doesn't last until Infinity.


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Posted by St Francis
a resident of Greater Miranda
on May 23, 2012 at 2:15 pm

Yup. Make up an incredulous fairy tale that fits your narrative. Then attack when someone calls you on it the absurdity of your claim - "typical hostile response blathered by people of your ilk"

Not that "typical hostile response blathered by people of your ilk" isn't a hostile response or anything.

have a great day....


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