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Obama Faces Keystone Protest at Basketball Game

by Keith Koffler on December 22, 2013, 11:17 pm

President Obama was having a nice afternoon watching his brother-in-law’s Oregon State Beavers lose to the University of Akron Sunday when, according to the pool report, this popped up:

A man dressed in a full polar bear costume and a woman with an anti Keystone Pipeline sign (“Beavers Hate Pipelines”) entered the arena, across the court from where the Obamas were sitting. The duo began dancing during a second half time-out, but it was unclear if the president noticed them.

The polar bear fellow and his date plan to be in Hawaii throughout Obama’s vacation to try to annoy him into rejecting the Keystone Pipeline. Knowing how Obama rolls, it’s more likely to have the opposite effect.

Anyway, Michelle’s brother Craig Robinson coaches Oregon state, which lost 83-71.

Here’s a little more color from the the pool reports:

The ride was uneventful; some people whose cars were stopped along the way for the motorcade got out of their vehicles to wave at the spectacle and flash the shaka sign at the president.

The First Family entered the arena, to cheers, shortly before game time. (They also made their first jumbotron appearance before tip-off). Obama, wearing a purple polo shirt, and his family are sitting courtside just behind the Oregon bench.

Obama, wearing a purple short-sleeved shirt and dark blue jeans, left the court during halftime, though he stopped to high-five some Oregon fans on the way out. He returned just before the second half began.

Also sitting with First Family at the game: (Obama friend) Bobby Titcomb, and the rest of the Robinson family — Marian Robinson (Michelle and Craig’s mother), Craig’s wife, and his children, according to a White House aide.

The teams were playing in the Hawaiian Airlines Diamond Head Classic at the University of Hawaii.

Obama spent the morning tooling around his vacation house, where he was updated on the situation in South Sudan. Obama notified Congress over the weekend that he may take “further action” there after three U.S. aircraft attempting to evacuate Americans were fired on, wounding four U.S. service members.

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Michael December 22, 2013 at 11:31 pm

I wonder if his briefings include anything on Obamacare, or maybe he’ll just find out when he gets back to DC.

Tomorrow and January 1 will put two more nails in this turkey’s coffin.

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Concerned_American December 23, 2013 at 11:52 am

Test. Why are my comments not showing up?

Is MH or whatever her name is at the moment a moderator?

Doesn’t change the fact that whoever she is, she’s a bigger liar than Obama and that’s saying something.

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gracepmc December 22, 2013 at 11:42 pm

Southern Sudan, future graveyard of American forces.

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Langley Spook December 23, 2013 at 7:25 am

…Sudan has also been a ‘training ground’ for Red China’s “military expedition forces” (but the the Chinese claim its nothing but some construction/security/training units)

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ol gator December 23, 2013 at 10:20 am

A very good friend (refugee from Sudan) told me how Egypt, Saudi Arabia, among other “kind and loving” muslim nations are sending jihadists & support to wipe out ALL black Africans (especially if they’re Christians) in the south of Sudan. And China is only there for the oil in the ground. This story gets no airplay..the media is too busy feeding us stories about celebrities, Phil Robertson ,etc…. And not a peep out of the “Reverends” jesse jackson or al sharpton..

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Star December 23, 2013 at 11:06 am

Not related–exactly–but I also read about some Univ of Wisc people who are trying to save albino children and adults who are hunted for their body parts in some parts of Africa. Little children cut up into Viagra equivalents. This is a nasty nasty world–even at Christmas. And yes, I think the Janjaweed in Darfur were Muslim, were they not?

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Grandma Di December 22, 2013 at 11:48 pm

Someone said at Obama’s briefings………..”At this point what does it matter”…?
A note from somebody’s attorneys…. This is not a real quote.

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Knothead the Knot Knabob December 23, 2013 at 12:03 am

Send in the troops to another area where the U.S.A. has no business being. My question is what American would want to live or work in an area where death by violence is rampant and a daily occurrence

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Langley Spook December 23, 2013 at 7:27 am

there is a joke about Chicago/Detroit/Camden, NJ in there -lol

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Island Girl December 23, 2013 at 12:12 am

He was chomping on his disgusting gum like there was no tomorrow and his wife had a sparkly head band on.
So proud Mr and Mrs O…way to represent.

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Owen_Kellogg December 23, 2013 at 8:21 am

Nicorette.

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Mandy Manners December 23, 2013 at 8:39 am

Nicorette gum is not chewed like regular gum. I suspect he was chewing the regular stuff.

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Geoff Caldwell December 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

Which does beg the question. Just how long ago did he supposedly quit?
I don’t deny anyone anything that they need to help them quit but as an ex-smoker now since 2001 I can’t believe he still needs the gum….unless…..he’s still smoking out of public view and so the nicotine stays in his system.

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ol gator December 23, 2013 at 10:24 am

Should check for the recent cigarette burns on the picnic table out back of the WH where barry & biden chug their beers and invent more ways to trash our Country !!!

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srdem65 December 23, 2013 at 12:36 am

“beavers” hate pipelines? sure they do. They’re now forming a PAC to petition Oregon’s US Senators to keep the pipeline from passing through their state. Oh. The proposed pipe line doesn’t pass through Oregon.
Oh, well.
However, polar bears probably love beavers and would munch on them if they had the chance. The bears have no comment on the pipeline since none of them live in the US.

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DeniseVB December 23, 2013 at 8:25 am

I think as GLAAD proved this past week, gotta keep their donors fired up about something, even if they don’t know what it is.

PACs are the new money laundering schemes it seems. :D

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Scottso December 23, 2013 at 12:45 pm

Liberals love to protest.
It’s the only Action or Job they perform well.

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AZ Granny December 23, 2013 at 1:09 am

The first family didn’t seem very happy at the game. Maybe they’ve got a bad case of jet lag…
http://www.theaustralian.com.au/in-depth/us-politics/obama-family-puts-duty-first-at-hawaii-basketball-game/story-fngeyb4x-1226789025419

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Lizzy December 23, 2013 at 3:56 am
AZ Granny December 23, 2013 at 7:32 am

Your pictures are better, Lizzy. Thanks for the link. I can’t believe how Michelle is sitting in that photo with her brother off to the side. It almost looks like she forgot to wear pants or a skirt. :(

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DeniseVB December 23, 2013 at 8:23 am

I think she did forget she’s in public! I noticed she seems to be the only woman in short-shorts. Not a good look for her, but I imagine it was pretty uncomfortable sitting in them.

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Langley Spook December 23, 2013 at 7:56 am

Once again, its the UK papers that give ‘real’ coverage of Obama/Obama “family”

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Lizzy December 23, 2013 at 8:00 am

We should give them an award for journalism we’ve got no
suitable ‘jurno’s’ over here!:-(

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Lizzy December 23, 2013 at 8:02 am

Excluding this site of great intelligence and our leader
Keith our very own Clark Kent!:-)

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Girly1 December 23, 2013 at 8:19 am

We can always rely on the DM and AP photos. Thanks Lizzy.
To put it bluntly – MO is a mess! Everything from the straggly hair to her un-ladylike posture to her inappropriate short-shorts. I don’t care how casual it is in Hawaii, she represents the US at all times in public. Think Laura Bush.
The photo with Obama in his lavender blue, dilly dilly shirt holding hands with Malia is um, well…creepy. Including the look on his face.

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DeniseVB December 23, 2013 at 8:20 am

Oh dear, what was girlfriend thinking? Did you see how short and tight her shorts were? (see the “entering” the gym shot where she’s way behind BO who’s holding Malia’s hand).

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Lizzy December 23, 2013 at 8:46 am

We were supposed to be looking at the toned big guns.
I really don’t think she gives a you know what. And I guess this was the only obligatory ‘family fun time pic’. Why not tell the girls to act appropriately even if it kills you we all heard that in
our youth. I’d prefer they skip it instead of further embarrassing America cost a lot to send them on a vacation
many would envy.

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AZ Granny December 23, 2013 at 8:57 am

Oh my, I was so focused on the creepy dad/daughter holding hands that I didn’t even notice MO was in the shot. What the hell was she thinking, going out to a game dressed that way?

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Lizzy December 23, 2013 at 9:45 am

Shes on vacation and frankly doesn’t care if she shames
the country. You know she’s the Queen. OT reading about
the young couple and baby Prince George are going to
Australia and against protocol will travel together Royal no
no 2&3 inline for the throne. They also said it was far too
costly for multiple planes how novel.

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AFVet December 23, 2013 at 10:35 am

The same thing she thinks when she feeds with her elbows on the table.

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Star December 23, 2013 at 11:12 am

She wears short shorts–remember that song? This is for the lyrics lovers.

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Star December 23, 2013 at 11:19 am

Version of it here–a two-fer with shots from American Graffiti.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UcvjXAtzaMU
This is for you, our beloved, dignified, well educated First Lady.

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Playrighter December 23, 2013 at 1:21 am

So Mr. Obama can’t slow the rise of the oceans, but he can arrange to have his brother-in-law’s basketball team in Hawaii during his vacation. That’s executive power.

BTW: as to Keystone opposition, the Left looks to have a billionaire answer to the Koch Brothers. John Podesta said that due to the efforts of Steyer, chances of success for Keystone have dropped from 90% to around 50/50.

http://www.latimes.com/nation/la-na-steyer-20131222,0,6539543.story#axzz2oASCeNum

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DeniseVB December 23, 2013 at 8:30 am

Have you seen any outrage from the enviro-nutters about Obama allowing his wind farm buddies “accidently” kill bald eagles without the 30k fine? Yeeesh, the hyposcrisy, it burns ;)

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Geoff Caldwell December 23, 2013 at 8:34 am

Couldn’t help but notice he was wearing the royal color of purple.
Yeh, I know it’s petty, but then again fitting for the pettiest President in history don’t ya think?

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Lizzy December 23, 2013 at 10:19 am

Tug your forelock when you say that:-)

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Mandy Manners December 23, 2013 at 8:36 am

“people whose cars were stopped along the way for the motorcade got out of their vehicles to wave at the spectacle and flash the shaka sign at the president”

I hope there were people flipping him the bird.

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srdem65 December 23, 2013 at 9:02 am

The reference to “shaka sign” was a new one that required a trip to the Urban dictionary. It seems to be specific to Hawaiian surfer culture* (whatever that is) and could mean..hello/goodbye/good job/ hey.

*We don’t do much surfing out in flyover country, especially not in Arizona.

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Mandy Manners December 23, 2013 at 10:09 am

I surf the Web.

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Star December 23, 2013 at 11:20 am

Till Daddy takes the laptop away…..

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Susan December 23, 2013 at 9:39 am

Is the press pool reporter sure it was the shaka sign being flashed at Preezy Revenge and not the one finger salute?

Sure hope Preezy isn’t planning on starting another war while he’s on vacation. What are our troops doing in South Sudan anyway? Have we learned nothing from Libya? Leaving a US embassy open in the midst of a civil war only invites mayhem.

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Girly1 December 23, 2013 at 9:42 am

Since when did he care about Christians being massacred?

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