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Obama Visit Costs 1,500 Workers a Payday

President Obama arrived in Chandler, Arizona Wednesday to talk jobs, but his appearance cost hundreds of laborers a paid day of work.

More than 1,500 workers building the Intel manufacturing facility where Obama appeared were ordered to stay home for security reasons and told they would not be paid for the day, according to KTAR in Phoenix.

An Intel spokesman said the days will be made up since the work still must be done, but some workers disagreed and expressed frustration that they were losing overtime pay.

From the KTAR piece:

“[The president] is here to talk about jobs and the economy and yet he’s forcing middle-class people right out of work for a day,” said a worker who contacted KTAR.

The Intel spokesman said the workers should be “proud” they are part of a project that attracts the president of the United States.

Intel President and CEO Paul Otellini is a member of Obama’s Council on Jobs and Competitiveness.

26 Responses to Obama Visit Costs 1,500 Workers a Payday

  1. So much for the little guy. They’re supposed to be happy that their company was used as an ego boost to the president? I’m sorry, happiness just doesn’t pay for groceries. I hope they all remember this in November.

  2. proud of what? that you were made to stay home and lose a days pay so the prez. can have a photo op. Explain that to your mortgage co. and the grocer. Gov. Brewer keep after these numbnuts. So much for the economy huh? How much $$ was raised? Free advertising for Intel. and gee Intel CEO is part of the inner circle.

  3. FIRTS HE DOES NOT (IN THIS SAME DAY) SHOW UP IN COURT IN ATLANTA PURSEANT TO JUDGES ORDER REGARDING COURT ORDER TO SUBMIT PROOF OF HIS BIRTH IN USA. THIS ARROGANCE IS BEYOND ACCEPTANCE OF ANYONE ESPECIALLY A PRESIDENT. THE COURT IS RESPONDING TO A CITIZEN REQUEST AND SHOULD BE HONED. PRESIDENT OBAMA IN MY OPION DOES NOT HAVE ANY SPECIAL SPECIAL TREATMENT RIGHTS.

    FURTHER, IT IS REPORTED IN THE AZ NEWS PAPER THAT HIS VISIT TO AZ COST 1500 A DAYS PAY……AS THEY WERE TOLD TO STAY HOME AS HE WAS COMING TO THEIR JOB SITE. THE CEO OF THE CO IS ON A COUNCIL FOR OBAMA…HE TO DID WRONG AND THE GOVT PULLS THIS SH** ALL THE TIME ON CITIZENS AND WORKERS WHERE EVER A PRESIDENT GOES…..JUST NOT RIGHT…HE SHOULD STAY HOME AND DO HIS JOB THERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  4. This strangely was not in our biased newspaper–Gannett…Arizona Republic. They did say people waited 3 hrs and some keeled. Also that “thousands” could not wait to see him.

    One councilman from Chandler–Jeff Weininger–we know him slightly and eat in his eatery every Sat–said the president might take credit for the new Intel plant and the thousand jobs it will provide–but that the president had nothing to do with it. Some people on his FB page were SHOCKED at this–I posted in favor.

    Did you hear about the smackdown between Obama and our governor Jan Brewer? At the airport–she tried to hand him a letter inviting him back to go to the border and he apparently lit into her for depicting a meeting with him in Washington as not cordial–this is being spun with her pointing her finger at him, but he started it and also stalked off while she was talking. Pointy Finger meets Pinchy Finger.

  5. Well how ungrateful I mean how can they begrudge him a day of glory? I
    mean on the off chance they miss a days pay? So what if his kids miss a meal or he can’t make a house payment? These ‘folks’ should be thrilled to have
    been in the presence of the Messiah.

  6. I do believe if The Communist were going to show up at my job, I would call in sick that day…#1 in order to avoid having to meet him and possibly having to shake his hand and #2 to avoid saying something that might land me in jail.

  7. Could you imagine if GW Bush did this in an election year with our economy the way it is? I could see the MSM headlines now…it would be the top story on all the nightly news shows, there would be an avalanche of Op-Ed pieces in all the liberal newspapers, and it would be discussed ad nauseam on all the Sunday morning shows. They would make him out as Satan.

    With Barry? Nothing but crickets.

  8. Again proving that Oblamer is only about himself and his re-election. He talks the talk (reads the teleprompter and points the finger) but doesn’t walk the walk. I hope the voters in AZ remember his disregard for them.

  9. Why is this comment by BigUpsForWelfare allowed to remain on the forum? Does this site condone the hurling of racial epithets as a matter of course?

    Shame on your inattention to proper comment moderation Mr. Koffler!!

  10. What hypocrisy to talk about jobs while putting 1500 people out of work for the day. With people living paycheck to paycheck, it created serious hardships for some. Also, much wasn’t mentioned in our local news about the tea party groups protesting across the street from Intel.

    A side note – we took our grandsons to see Air Force One at Gateway Airport yesterday while Obama talked at Intel. It was worthwhile for the historical aspect, but not to see Obama. Anyway, when he returned to the airport the motorcade drove behind all the buildings/hangars to get back to AF1, which greatly disappointed the crowd waiting in the parking lot. He really has no interest in people, other than using them as props or photo ops.

    It sounded like the cargo jet idled the entire time it was on the ground, more than 3 hours, as Obama returned and left later than stated schedule. AF1 and the other 2 or 3 planes were too far away to tell but I assume they also idled. (meaning more taxpayer expense than just the trip itself!) There were helicopters and fighter jets around the cargo plane. Obama doesn’t travel lightly. I wonder if the feds will reimburse the Mesa, Gilbert and Chandler police departments plus the AZ DPS for all their expenses?

  11. Intel was started in California and because of our democrat/socialist legislature and their urge to destroy the ecomony with regulations piled on top of more regulations: Intel chose to build their new plant in Arizona.
    So enjoy the jobs and remember there are still people in California working to take our State back!!!!

  12. Obama will be reelected based on the clowns of the Republican party. But not just based on that, he will be elected due to the number of minorities the Democrats claim to help by continually making them dependant upon the government for: housing, food, medical, free checks. The rich get richer and the poor get paid, us middle class are here to foot the bill. We are taxed 24-7, nothing is really ever paid off, so why do we continue to believe the lies these two parties and that of the tea party too. If you stand up, you are labeled as an extremeist or worse. If you act, you get detained. If you vote, you are wasting time. This country was patriotic for about 2 weeks due to 911, and now its all about what everyone can get for themselves. I served my country in combat, but did not serve this fucked up governement.