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Obama Misses His Entrance

by Keith Koffler on May 24, 2012, 7:54 am

President Obama failed to appear on cue last night at the Fox Theater in Redwood City, California, a weird lapse for a president who may have been exhausted at the end of a marathon day of speechifying and campaigning.

Pool reporter Peter Baker of the New York Times offers a descriptive take on the scene at the late night fundraiser:

Your pool was brought into the Fox Theater, where the audience was being shown the campaign’s 17-minute promotional film. The movie ended with stirring tones, the lights came up and then … nothing. The stage stood empty for long minutes and no one came out, much less Potus. The crowd grew antsy and began chanting, “Obama, Obama!” Finally a woman took it upon herself to keep the audience busy, shouting, “Fired up,” followed by the crowd responding, “Ready to go.” After a few minutes, that died down. Then a man started chanting, “Four more years,” until that died down too. More minutes drained away with no one on the stage, no one addressing the crowd.

Finally when Potus was announced and entered the stage at 9:45 p.m. local (12:45 a.m. DC time), the crowd jumped to its feet enthusiastically. Potus responded to its energy. “It is good to be back in California,” he said. He then launched into roughly the same speech as in Denver.

At a fundraiser earlier in the day in Denver, Baker reported that “the room at times felt a little flat and Potus seemed a little tired.” What’s more, the crowd at the Denver event was smaller than the Obama campaign planned on, totaling only 550 compared to the 700 who were expected to attend.

Obama’s slog began at around 7:00 am when he departed the White House for Colorado Springs, Colorado, where he gave the commencement address at the United States Air Force Academy. He then staged three fundraisers, culminating in the final one in Redwood city, which ended for him at 10:17 PM  local time, but 1:17 am Obama Time – that is, Eastern Daylight Time.

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jerry May 24, 2012 at 8:04 am

Why do I have the feeling he will soon be taking ANOTHER vacation?

Guess people have had enough of hope and change and are hoping to change people in the white house.

YES WE CON! May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

Another 5 letter word for Fraud… OBAMA!

whodat1 May 24, 2012 at 10:32 am

Hope & Change – A Liberals way of modifying life.
Work – A Conservative way of modifying life.

Tom Tucker May 24, 2012 at 12:33 pm

Yes, Jerry, soon Obama will be taking a LONG vacation…starting this November when we vote him OUT.

Kendrick1 May 24, 2012 at 12:51 pm

Take a cue from Kentucky:

The president didn’t even have an opponent in Kentucky, but with 99 percent of the vote counted, Obama took just 57.9 percent of the vote, with the remaining more than 42 percent of ballots cast for “uncommitted.”

Read more:

Rick May 24, 2012 at 8:07 am

Many of us have worked split shifts, multiple jobs, 24+ hours in a row without the assistance of staffers, Secret Service, limos, Air Force One and the like. My heart bleeds for this lazy…..person

mrsharfer May 24, 2012 at 10:40 am

Excellent point! We are exhausted too, attempting to survive in an obamination economy with our values and freedoms thwarted at every turn!

barbara May 24, 2012 at 12:50 pm


conchrepublican May 24, 2012 at 3:22 pm

our soldiers, sailors, airman, and marines work tougher hours, with lower pay, more danger, lousy food, and a lot less support than this phoney who has coasted through life on a combination of affirmative action and politically correct bs.

Car in May 24, 2012 at 8:12 am

Poor dear. My husband has been putting in 80 hour weeks, and working through the weekend on another pressing problem. Except we/he have no vacation looming this weekend, etc. Or on the foreseeable future.

Myron Monk May 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

Doing drugs again! Wow! And Saturday Night Live won’t even touch this guy! Leftists are so damn ridiculous.

Kate May 24, 2012 at 8:14 am

He’s “exhausted.” Bush would have been called “dumb.” Poor Obama. Making so many campaign stops it’s just making him so tired. How about getting back to the white house and being president for a change?

Suzy May 24, 2012 at 9:40 am

Oh, good grief, no! We are so much better off with him out of Washington and on the campaign trail. I can only imagine where we would be had he actually put some effort into being the preezy.

Teiner Liebling May 24, 2012 at 10:54 am

Agreed!!!!! The longer he stays away from Washington (I’ll throw in Harry Reid and Nancy Pelosi), the better of the nation is. I shudder to think of the damage he might do if he were there more than he is now. Please, Barack – stay away from Washington or at least play golf everyday.

redneek24 May 24, 2012 at 9:52 am

I agree with you. If this was Bush or Quayle, the New York Times and Washington Post would have been printing how dumb they are and all the late night comics would make it the first joke of the night.

Lizzy May 24, 2012 at 11:24 am

Bush I doubt would ever have been that late. He was a very healthy man and older than BO perhaps MO is giving him a lot of grief you better get me 4 more years my wardrobe is only half finished!

candicen May 24, 2012 at 1:36 pm

Valerie has everything under control at the white house, she doesn’t need him getting in the way.

Cranios May 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

Well after all, he’s still adjusting to having a full-time job!

Janna May 24, 2012 at 9:17 am

Sorry…I thought campaigning was his full time job, when he isnt focused like a laser on jobsjobsjobs.
He is so full of ….well, he is full of it.

jerry May 24, 2012 at 10:36 am

now that is funny

sodakhic May 24, 2012 at 10:47 am

That is funny, twice.

Lizzy May 24, 2012 at 11:25 am

And thrice:)

dankbubba May 24, 2012 at 12:25 pm

indeed. campaigning is his only real job other than directing trillions of dollars to his buddy’s who kick it back to him so he can campaign. Perpetual corruption fueled with tax dollars. Can’t imagine how we got into debt.

sodakhic May 24, 2012 at 10:50 am

That engineer’s wife that sent Obama her husband’s resume, Obama’s laser still hasn’t found him a job.

Zip May 24, 2012 at 11:14 am

He is “laser focused”, he’s just a very low wattage laser (not real bright).

FLDemFem October 10, 2012 at 5:43 pm

Low wattage? More like a lava lamp!

lotta May 24, 2012 at 8:15 am

You know, I could care less about this POS, I mean this POTUS.

He’ll be able to rest very soon.

re-lotta May 24, 2012 at 10:30 am

I’m not a typo Nazi, but I’d like to point out that you probably mean to say that you could NOT care less about the POS. What you said means that there is some amount of care still left in your heart for the POS — that you actually COULD care less than you do. It doesn’t sound like that is the case.

Whole Lotta May 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

The idiom is starting to change, as idioms do. The original phrase was meant to be taken literally: I could not possibly care any less about this topic. The new version is more snarky, more Jon Stewart: I COULD care less about this, I suppose, but not by much. I suppose it would be technically possible for me to care slightly less about this topic.

It’s similar to the phrase, What else is new? As in, Hey, Biden said something goofy. — Oh yeah? What else is new? It is not actually something new, the person is just being ironic/sarcastic.

Norbert G. Ginsel May 24, 2012 at 10:51 am

Don’t sweat it. This is an example of English in which two opposing sentences seem to mean the same thing semantically. You’re not the first to discover it. I suspect this common usage is one reason foreigners find English so difficult.

Actual meaning: “I couldn’t care less (even if I tried)” vs. “I could care less (but I’m not going to bother trying”.

I suspect this common usage is one reason foreigners find English so difficult.

A similar example is “Are you up on tomorrow’s plan of action?” vs. “Are you down on tomorrow’s plan of action?” First implies awareness and understanding; second implies acknowledgement and agreement.

Ali3nation May 24, 2012 at 11:23 am

What manner of idiocy is this, who cares, you are quibbling over nothing. Try to stay on the topic which is the POTUS was portrayed as exhausted and he really was probably stoned or something else. I could care less.

geleven May 24, 2012 at 11:54 am

Nicely stated …

kvn May 24, 2012 at 8:17 am

Other chants included “18 more holes”, “Holiday Tree in H-I”, “another vacation for FLOTUS”….

JPW May 24, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Nice one.

David R. May 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

Poor Obama, he is not used to working so hard. Its been like two weeks since he has had time to play golf and how long has it been since he had a vacation, 2 months?!?!?

He should take some time off and go to Hawaii or something. He could leave now and just go ahead and stay til say, . . 2020, that should work.

A.Men May 24, 2012 at 8:18 am

Ovomit is a boring, padded shirt!

Jeff May 24, 2012 at 8:19 am

Wow, the POTUS is tired after a long day. He should be well rested since that is the first long day he has put in since taking office. Long days are the norm for most of us working Americans under the Obama Regime. This guy is a joke and so are the reporters that dribble on about how tired he must be.

Clearhead May 24, 2012 at 5:08 pm

You’re right, Jeff. One thing you didn’t mention though, and that’s that the reporters don’t seem to be able to spell ‘TIRING’ correctly.

Gary Morris May 24, 2012 at 8:20 am

I guess that confirms it: Obama is ‘cueless.’

Someone call the MSM! They’ve had 4+ years and they still suffer the same malady…

Justavet May 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

Like there isn’t a bedroom on Air Force One. Now, if he exhausted himself on doing the people’s business, maybe I would have some empathy.

Mary Berg May 24, 2012 at 8:21 am

Oh poor dear—all the campaigning is catching up to him. BO just needs
another vacation—I’m sure Moochelle is ready for another, as well.

Too bad BO doesn’t feel the need to spend as much time being PRESIDENT, as he does CAMPAIGNING. He really is a vacuous soul—has no idea who he is or what it’s all about–was hoisted into job of prez without having a clue.

Time to put an end to the OBAMA ERROR.

Jay Nenninger May 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

Poor guy, I have a solution: Retire to Kenya.

JoanG May 24, 2012 at 12:36 pm

It’s always nice to go home.

Nancy May 24, 2012 at 12:53 pm

Very funny

Bogie May 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

Obama is on drugs

JoanG May 24, 2012 at 12:38 pm

He is high on himself. Everything is me me me.

ol gator May 24, 2012 at 8:22 am

Probably sloshed his way into a ritzy room at 3 am EST smelling like an ash tray full of winstons, urine, cheap whiskey,beer, sour lobster & butter… He’ll awake no earlier than 11 am lighting up a cig and feeling like the historical bum that he is!

Kathryn May 24, 2012 at 8:23 am

Must have needed some time off for cigarette, and had to go quite a ways to find a smoking zone!

dd May 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

It’s hard to believe that with this grueling campaign schedule, Obama is actually able to function in his elected capacity as President of the United States.

Oh, wait a minute ……………

Tom May 24, 2012 at 8:24 am

Raising all that re-election cash is hard, gol darn work! All that while he has done so much to get the economy back on track, create jobs and make sure the needs of every American are being met. Poor guy needs a break. He, Michelle and the girls need to fly to Spain, frolic in the sea, do a little shopping, relax with some fine Spanish food and drink under a beautiful Mediterranean evening sky.

dankbubba May 24, 2012 at 12:32 pm

Greece would be better. Seems like they could use some expert economic help. Who better to send over. Obama has been overworked trying to spin everything and con the media into continued obedience. Might be why Obama’s ideas seem to dizzy to the rest of us all that spinning has caught up to him and he couldn’t find his way to the stage.

Miles Monroe May 24, 2012 at 8:25 am

After so many vacations and campaign jaunts on the taxpayer dime it’s time we allow Barry to get back to his real job, community organizing. We’ll give you a glass of Tea and a long rest in November.

GMScott May 24, 2012 at 11:20 am

YEAH!! Community organizing in Gitmo!!

3 hots & a cot, exercise yard, prayer rug and 24 hour islamic tv news!!

lizzie warren May 24, 2012 at 8:28 am

And wasn’t he clever to have the taxpayers pay for part of this campaign trip by squeezing in a speech at the Air Force Academy. A speech, btw, that he used to bash George Bush.

gurgi May 24, 2012 at 8:30 am

The POTUS was probably taking time out to snort a couple of lines of blow. A little pick me up.

Mark May 24, 2012 at 8:31 am

Obozo is a skinny, lazy little child who has never had to work hard in his life. I think what you are going to see is Obozo literally collapsing physically and mentally by mid September. He will NEVER be able to keep up with Gov. Romney, who is 65, and who does not have the luxury and pampered schedule of Obozo using the people’s aircraft AF-1, the White House and hundreds of staff paid for by the taxpayers. Mitt has worked hard in his business career, has had to multi task in business like I have, and has a natural level of energy required to compete in the private sector. Obozo does not. He has been spoiled his whole life. Now the real game is on!!

Socialist Pig May 24, 2012 at 8:33 am

Give the man a break. Peddling hopium is hard work and he has not had a vacation in three months.

NYGiantsFab May 24, 2012 at 8:34 am

It wasn’t his fault. TOTUS was not yet queued up for him.

TXTRUTH May 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hey, three years of non stop campaigning is enough to wear out anybody but he figures if he wins one more it’s 4 years of golf and Martha’s Vineyard.
Note: he was really outside having a smoke.

Lizzy May 24, 2012 at 11:28 am

No more Vineyard they sold it Karma.

JohnS May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

Watch, he will have EPA condemn the property and confiscate it..Then they will turn it into a ‘Presidential Retreat’.

Susan Zimmerman May 24, 2012 at 8:35 am

Hey, he and I had similiar schedules. Headed to
work at 6:30, dealt with thirds graders all day. Then
picked up my own kids whom I took to appointments and
school meetings. Went grocery shopping cooked dinner
cleaned up house and finally sat down to watch the 10:00
news. I didn’t miss a thing the whole day you wimp.

Joe May 24, 2012 at 9:11 am

yeah, but he’s president 24/7 and only gets a week long vacation in exotic places being waited on hand and foot. It’s not like being a mom is that hard!

btw, I heard that when little Barry was in Chicago for the NATO event, he stayed at a posh hotel rather than going to his own home. What a douche.

ol gator May 24, 2012 at 10:18 am

Anywhere little barry hussein can stay for free, he’ll call home !!

Political Hostage May 24, 2012 at 10:33 am

Please don’t give douches a bad name.

jen May 24, 2012 at 2:09 pm


RickyP May 24, 2012 at 8:36 am

Ahh….Colorado….home to “medicinal THC”! Perhaps the President took a toke of the wrong “cigarette” while steadying his nerves and clarifying his vision for America, and, more importantly, the Teleprompter. Please, Mr, President, get off the camaign trail and get some work done with Congress!

JuanV May 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

Obama was waiting for his cue to cut the deficit in 1/2. In 3….2….1…

Freemon Sandlewould May 24, 2012 at 8:38 am

He’s a bit tired alright. A tired wornout useless product.

Clearhead May 24, 2012 at 5:18 pm

TIRED?? Isn’t that what one gets when thrown under the bus? Bring it on !!!

Teg Daken May 24, 2012 at 8:39 am

Probably was doing “a little blow”

betsp May 24, 2012 at 8:39 am

He’s depressed. No cheering crowds, no fainting women, no adoring colleagues, and Michelle’s always nagging him about vacations. The guy is such a chump. Kick the bums out and can we please have someone qualified to fix what dumbo broke?

doug May 24, 2012 at 8:41 am

Or was he doing drugs?
He’ll get plenty of rest come January. He doesn’t work. Riding in a plane giving the same tired class warfare speeches is not “work”.

GrassMudHorsey May 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

Halitosis Nero is apparently finding out after 3 plus years that bein’ preezy is hard work.

Boo frickin’ hoo.

But not to worry- he only has to keep pretending to do his job until January of next year.

Helen?Maddie May 24, 2012 at 10:55 am

Good heavens, GMH, first on Hot Air, and then on Weasel Zippers! I can’t get away from you! :-)

Just2old May 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

This administration is always late for everything….without apology to the people they keep waiting. F four more years!

Geno May 24, 2012 at 8:42 am

If he’d like to know what REAL exhaustion is – tell him to teach for a while in a public high school – k?

Art May 24, 2012 at 11:29 am

Or maybe actually you should both find real jobs…teacher whining about someone else not working…thats funny

Trish May 24, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Oh snap. The delivery was a little harsh, but I kind of agree with you. Teachers think they work so hard. But get more days off a year than I get in probably 5 years. Cry me a river.

Alex Scipio May 24, 2012 at 8:43 am

Hard to believe the bastard’s tired. He never works. Probably getting his ashes hauled in the Tenderloin.

gram May 24, 2012 at 8:44 am

Thats right blame Fox again…

bitterone May 24, 2012 at 8:46 am

It is sad to see a President so exhausted.
Poor man needs a vacation from all that speaking, fundraising, and schmoozing with the folks who can bring big bucks to his coffers.

Vacation time. Hey, I hear Cartagena, Colombia really rocks!

JDH May 24, 2012 at 11:36 am

It does — lived in Cartagena for a couple years then in Bogota for a couple more — yes!

Terika May 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

“Being POtuS is haaaarrrrrrdddd !!!”

3918 john May 24, 2012 at 8:47 am

Before this trip Obama had more campaign trips than last 5 presidents combined from Nixon to himself so of course he is tired and I say get someone that stays in Washington and works with Congressional leaders too fix 6 trillion debt and 39 straight months of Unemployment higher than 8% as this president in 8 months has had two (2) one hour meeting with congressional leaders while setting above record campaigning

AZRyan May 24, 2012 at 11:55 am

I’m sorry but the deficit is nearly 6 trillion; the debt is many times that.

fbo48 May 24, 2012 at 8:48 am

too much BB and golf.

Mark ross May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

Poor guy, not enough perks I guess when busy campaigning on our dime. You never which failed policy he’s touting next. I can say this however, when Obama screws up the media says he’s tired, when a republican makes a mistake they are incompetent. Enough cheer leading aleeady media.

Dutra May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

Poor baby. If he only worked as hard at being the president.

CapnJack May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

I hope he feels better…NOT.

Barry May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

The audience was probably full of recent college graduates that now are protesting they have to pay for their liberal arts degrees.

RightStuff May 24, 2012 at 8:49 am

So sad. I wonder when he holds his cabinet meetings. The man is propelled by things that build his ego. He has no following in Washington DC or in the rest of the nation. He thinks that if he just keeps moving everything is cool. He will soon conk out. Truth is, he is scared to death that people are beginning to catch on to his herky-jerky style and we will soon have an adult living in the White House.

Joanne May 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

“Exhaustion”? lol He’s either preggers or snorting again

Ken May 24, 2012 at 8:50 am

What stupid the chanters were. Or they were party apparatchiks.
As they say in other part of the world: hope is a mother of the stupid.