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Obama Preps for Debate in Splendor

by Keith Koffler on October 15, 2012, 11:02 am

President Obama’s distaste for debate preparation may be mitigated by the location his current tutorial, the fabulous Kingsmill Resort in Williamsburg Virginia, featuring stunning scenery, deluxe accommodations, and three championship golf courses.

A portion of the tab for this luxury is of course being picked up by taxpayers, who largely footed the bill to fly Obama down there aboard Air Force One and house his White House retinue in Williamsburg for three nights. Presumably many of his aides, including a large security detail, are at the hotel itself.

Exactly why Obama needed to be training for his debate at the Kingsmill Resort instead of the White House or Camp David is unclear.

The best explanation is probably that this is largely a political trip. Virginia is a key swing state and Williamsburg is perfectly situated between two of the major media markets, Richmond and the coastal area of Norfolk and Newport News.

Obama, who has avoided taking a vacation this year in order to focus on the campaign and avoid charges that he is luxuriating while the nation suffers, certainly has an opportunity now to make up for lost vacationing when he’s not rehearsing his debate lines.

From the Hotel’s description of itself:

Home to three championship golf courses, a world-class spa, a bustling tennis center and acres of lush, meticulously cared-for grounds, Kingsmill Resort is a magical place where cherished memories are created, history is discovered and fun is invented.

The press pool reports have been rhapsodic:

Good morning from the lovely Kingsmill Resort . . . Potus is studying for the debate, but your pooler didn’t see evidence of him or his senior staff this morning while walking from our room to the pool hold, though a lovely walk it was.

One pooler noted the hotel is hosting “some kind of Ferrari convention,” with a contingent of the cars buzzing the hotel grounds.

Frommer’s gives it three out of three stars:

Nestled on beautifully landscaped grounds beside the James River, this luxurious, country club-like resort is the centerpiece of a 2,900-acre residential development. It’s one of Virginia’s most complete resorts.

Have a look-see for yourself.

And the food!

Ironically, the resort may also be torturing Obama just a bit. So far, he hasn’t hit any of the golf courses, and he may just have to avoid them or otherwise be accused of slacking again during his debate preparation.

Obama arrived at Kingsmill Saturday and leaves Tuesday for Hempstead, New York, where the debate will be held.

Photos of Kingsmill Resort are courtesy of TripAdvisor

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Girly1 October 15, 2012 at 11:15 am

Hope he remembers to shred his copy of the debate questions before he departs this luxurious resort.


Susan October 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

A hard left newsreader as moderator, “undecided voters” selected by Gallup doing the asking, and all their questions screened and known in advance. What could go wrong for the anointed one with that setup?

cindy lou October 15, 2012 at 11:52 am

I wouldn’t be surprised if mr teleprompter ended up there at this rate.

RickW October 15, 2012 at 11:55 am

LMAO can’t you just see it? TOTUS dressed in a raincoat and hat, seated in the first row,opening the coat when Barack the Merciful needs to speak?

Susan October 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

Wonder if the Pee-wee Herman outfit would stand out in the crowd? Tee hee hee….

RickW October 15, 2012 at 12:23 pm

Susan, please look out your window……see the black stripped Ford sedan with the two men inside with dark glasses and ear pieces? They will be knocking on your door shortly! LMAO

Boo October 15, 2012 at 1:05 pm

Rick – if I suggest that The Won is wearing an earpiece or that Mooch and ValJar are in the front row giving hand signals, will they come after me also?

RickW October 15, 2012 at 1:16 pm

Sadly, yes. All critics will be rounded up prior to the debate and forced to watch Candy Crowley’s Greatest Stories while the debate is underway. I am changing locations every half hour in the hope that I can avoid such a punishment, Boo.

Sadie October 15, 2012 at 12:38 pm

Rather see Gallagher smashing watermelons in the direction of Crowley.

cindylu October 15, 2012 at 4:17 pm

LOL a TOTUS flasher!

Langley Spook October 15, 2012 at 4:20 pm

I have questions/issues I want to ask the “media” and local-national politicians… but no one ever answers my e-mail questions… (?)
How do I get my voice heard?

Sadie October 15, 2012 at 6:24 pm

Langley, since you asked:

* wear a pink vagina jumpsuit
* change your name to Langley Fluke
* find a muppet costume and join the million muppet march

Are you looking for answers or the truth. After watching the hearings last week neither seem to be available.

Langley Spook October 15, 2012 at 8:19 pm

Sadie, LMAO!

gracepmc October 15, 2012 at 11:52 pm

Sadie — spot on. Excellent.

RickW October 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

This is another example of Obama and his campaign having zero perception of how they are perceived. Putting aside the need for a Debate Camp, holding it in a posh resort is basically thumbing their noses at the middle or lower economic classes. I will say this for them, they ARE consistent in their disregard. Its been going on since he took office.

Just2old October 15, 2012 at 11:41 am

I guess it’s good to be the King…

cindy lou October 15, 2012 at 11:49 am

That food looks extremely unappetizing (aka gross)


Just2old October 15, 2012 at 1:21 pm

Is that an ear sitting on top of the pile?

Janna October 15, 2012 at 2:26 pm


cindylu October 15, 2012 at 4:26 pm

OMG it does look like an ear!

Janice/Granny Jan October 15, 2012 at 11:59 am

Maybe he’s doing this to suck up even more to the press. The pressies like to see how the other half lives and enjoy the high life. Do they get swag bags?

Girly1 October 15, 2012 at 12:37 pm

Seriously….I read early on in the first campaign that Obama was seducing the press with expensive hotel accomodations/food even including their spouses/partners. After 8 years of camping out in Crawford, the they were eager to get Obama elected because of the fabulous perks. And they know Romney is not going to bribe them with the lifestyle of the rich and famous.

Sadie October 15, 2012 at 6:27 pm

Not even a case of Channel No. 5 would rid them of the stench they carry.

GWShrub October 15, 2012 at 12:30 pm

“Exactly why Obama needed to be training for his debate at the Kingsmill Resort instead of the White House or Camp David is unclear.”

Because the hubristic “Narcissist-In-Chief” is a muslim GRIFTER and cares absolutely nothing about the U.S.A. or the American people.

And why is it that the NRC lets the left get away with providing the moderators for these debates. It was 2-1 against Mr. Ryan. Why can’t we have Hannity or O’Rielly as a moderator?

Julie Brueckheimer October 15, 2012 at 12:44 pm

Or Chris Wallace or Charles Krauthammer?

WNY_ROC October 15, 2012 at 12:54 pm

Or Brit Hume.

Mr. T. October 15, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Or Bret Baier.

Darkangel October 15, 2012 at 3:12 pm

Because the RNC knows that Obama would flat-out refuse to approve any moderator who’s even in the center, and never mind on the right. They’re making the best with what they know they can get. There are more than enough liberal journalists out there, and all Obama would have had to do was keep offering up lefty journalist after lefty journalist until the RNC gave in–and looked bad as a result of having turned down so many moderators.

A sad state of affairs, to be sure; sleazy on the Democrats’ part, absolutely. But the RNC has to struggle according to reality, not against it.

Langley Spook October 15, 2012 at 4:24 pm

Why will NO ONE in Team Romney bring up the fact that “Pres.” Obama needs to hold “debate prep” at luxury resorts (Nevada? Virginia?)
Team Romney should ask Obama what is wrong with “debate prep” at the White House or Camp David

william mcdonald October 16, 2012 at 12:28 pm

Well. The strategy as has so far backfired on the left. The 1st mod didn’t take the marching orders from the lib machine and the 2nd came off looking almost as bad as Bite-me!.. Even my 83 y/o mother was shocked at the proceedings during the VP debate and I’ll bet this was the 1st debate she’s watched in over 40 years!

Star October 15, 2012 at 12:42 pm

Has he complained that the beds are too soft or don’t have magic fingers so he can be rested to memorize what he has done or not done for 4 yrs?

veritaseequitas October 15, 2012 at 12:55 pm

And what will MooChow have to say about those ribs smothered in BBQ sauce with fried onion rings, french fries, and who knows what other culinary delights The Comrade is shoving down his throat?
Seeing as how the moderator and the questions and the undecided voters are already stacked in his favor, when he does another piss poor job what will he blame it on this time?

Connie October 15, 2012 at 12:57 pm

Kingsmill has been an exclusive development in Williamsburg for more than 30 years. If the prez wants to see the rank and file and poor he’ll have to go to Green Springs and Five Forks over in town.

regina October 15, 2012 at 1:15 pm

If this is how he acts prior to Nov. We are screwed the next 4 years if he wins.

Sadie October 15, 2012 at 1:19 pm

I can’t link it, so I’ll post this in two parts:
Mark Halperin (Time-The Page) reports:

According to the town-hall format language in the agreement, after each audience question and both two-minute responses from the candidates, Obama and Romney are expected to have an additional discussion facilitated by Crowley. Yet her participation is meant to be otherwise limited. As stated in the document: “In managing the two-minute comment periods, the moderator will not rephrase the question or open a new topic … The moderator will not ask follow-up questions or comment on either the questions asked by the audience or the answers of the candidates during the debate or otherwise intervene in the debate except to acknowledge the questioners from the audience or enforce the time limits, and invite candidate comments during the two-minute response period.

Sadie October 15, 2012 at 1:20 pm

Part II

The memorandum, which has been obtained by TIME, was signed by lawyers for the two campaigns on Oct. 3, the day of the first presidential debate in Denver.”

However, Ms. Crowley apparently didn’t like that and has decided to unilaterally (or with advice from the Obama syndicate’s?) decided to change that petty legal agreement to fit hers and Obama’s own agenda. Crowley has decided to disregard the “rules of engagement” and has announced that she will control both the candidate responses and will then follow up with her own penetrating questions of the candidates…make that “penetrating questions of the upstart candidate Governor Mitt Romney who is doing way too well in the polls for either the media or Team Obama to continue to allow.”

In order to appear not to be the obvious cause of this additional departure from sanity–if not the law–the Obama syndicate has yawningly announced in a rather feckless manner that it disagrees with Crowley on this…but ’what can one do’? ABC doesn’t appear to care about any lawsuits that may result from this breach because if Crowley is successful in brow-beating and berating Governor Romney and if she is single-handedly able to resurrect the Obama campaign from its downward slide…they believe that Crowley‘s planned illegal and unethical behaviors–coupled with rampant voter fraud–just might win them and their fellow Marxists another 4 years! If not, the media will simply continue to threaten Republicans with the ACLU–who will do anything for Marxists and a few big $$bucks.

Deceit and lies are the tactics of the Obama Game and the media has been in his camp since he first announced his candidacy. They still are. Mitt Romney will have to have his A+++ game at Debate 2, as Crowley will talk over anything he has to say and begin her confrontation towards him early on. Who knows? Obama may develop a Bidenesque toothy manic smile, smirk and call Romney a liar (despite all documented evidence to the contrary) while he is trying to field another pointed Crowley false charge. Then, of course, Crowley will turn and ask Obama “Would you like a pillow, Mr. President?”

william October 16, 2012 at 12:40 pm

Sadie. as stated above those tactics have backfired so far. It’s become obvious to all that the media is trying to shape the debates and there is strong kick-back by the public on this blatant advocacy by the lame-stream-media. The public recognizes what’s going on and are disgusted by the attempt to lead them by the nose to vote for obummer. The more obvious Candy is tonight, the bigger the negatives for the left.

srdem65 October 15, 2012 at 1:23 pm

If he truly is cramming the facts to prepare for the debate, he should be ashamed and astonished at the state of the union that comes from his mis-management.
The questions from the audience at the debate are not going to be concerned about the foreign trade agreements, the fate of WallStreet or even what happened in Bengazi; they’re going to be about jobs, the economy, and jobs.

RickW October 15, 2012 at 1:31 pm

I disagree, my friend. Candy is the cherry picker of questions. “In the interest of fairness”, the questions will be skewed like most polls, in favor of subjects BO can speak to.

Robin H October 15, 2012 at 1:39 pm

Like Beyonce and Jay-Z?

Girly1 October 15, 2012 at 2:04 pm

My first question is why did the RNC consent to the Liberal All-Star moderators? This is unprecedented! That said, Mitt’s victory tomorrow nite against all odds will be his ticket to the WH! The headlines on Wednesday morning will feature Mitt, the Gladiator, standing tall amongst the bruised and battered bodies of Obama, Candy Crowley, and the lamestream media. This is their last hurrah!

Dan teh Okie October 15, 2012 at 2:35 pm

Please, Mr Next POTUS Romney… When OblameO starts on his Bain Cap. rant tomorrow night…

“Mr President, I take full responsibility for the time I spent at Bain up until late 1999 – we did some great things there that helped a lot of people, turned some companies around – many still around today and doing well. I left Bain, proud of what I’d started and what it had become, to do my part to salvage the Olympics we hosted in Salt Lake City. The Olympics were in real trouble. I wanted America to put her best face forward on the world stage, and I think my record there speaks for itself. Again, I take responsibility for what happened during those periods when the buck stopped with me – I just ask you to do the same for your 4 years as President.”

Langley Spook October 15, 2012 at 2:43 pm

WOW!!! Keith…maybe WTF “someone” in the “WH press corps” should have the Balls to ask ‘why is Obama at a Luxury Resort in Virginia for “debate prep” ‘???

Susan October 15, 2012 at 3:42 pm

Well, they do get to partake in the same luxuries as Obama. Probably just more tit for tat. Free Obamaphones is the price of votes from the takers. Splendorous resort stays may be the price for the stenographers.

DontDrinkTheCoolAid October 15, 2012 at 3:25 pm

Undecided voters? Yeah sure. DEMs that haven’t decided where they’re going to vote or not. The entrie debate process has been tainted by LIB poison and intelligent people know this. It’s only a matter of time, Obama will be gone soon.

Gert Fernandez October 16, 2012 at 4:42 am

Does this Pres. know anything about economy? I remember both Bush’s going to Camp David for weekends. I don’t think Obama knows where Campa David is located. So let’s see….he’s going to prepare for the debate for 3 days, the huge White House is note good enough, and Camp David (which would not cost the taxpayers a lot ) is a no go…Michelle doesn’t like CD. So as usually, they pick a top luxury resort in the area. Naturally, Airforce 1 flew him and his group with him, Go Forward Obama and Michelle spare no expense, you never do, the taxpayers are paying for this mini-retreat! They have no shame!

movedtothefarm October 16, 2012 at 2:26 pm


George October 21, 2012 at 1:37 pm

Somebody should fix his teleprompter to speak the truth instead of all that bs…

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