As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

42 Responses to Open Thread || Monday, May 24, 2015

  1. On Monday morning, the President will host a breakfast in honor of Memorial Day. Veteran and Military Family Service Organizations and senior military leadership will be in attendance, as well as organizations that support the families of the fallen, including the Tragedy Assistance Program for Survivors; Gold Star Mothers; Gold Star Wives, Sons and Daughters in Touch. This breakfast in the State Dining Room is closed press.

    Later in the morning, the President will travel to Arlington National Cemetery where he will lay a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and deliver remarks. The wreath-laying as well as the President’s remarks are open to pre-credentialed media.

    Monday, May 25, 2015

    EDT
    9:15AM THE PRESIDENT hosts a breakfast in honor of Memorial Day
    State Dining Room

    Closed Press

    11:00AM THE PRESIDENT lays a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier
    Arlington National Cemetery

    Open to Pre-Credentialed Media (In-Town Travel Pool Final Gather 10:20AM – North Doors of the Palm Room)

    11:20AM THE PRESIDENT delivers remarks
    Arlington National Cemetery

    Open to Pre-Credentialed Media

    • If the event at Arlington is “open to pre-credentialed media” does that mean that NO MEMBERS OF THE GENERAL PUBLIC are allowed? If so, then the “invisibility” of this Resident is continuing normally. He never is seen by the general public. Every place he goes is populated by hired shills.
      Please advise. Thanks.

  2. As usual, he’s scheduled an official event this week just so he can bill DNC travel expenses to the taxpayers. He’s doing DNC events in the Miami area on Wednesday, and then staying overnight, (with his huge entourage of staffers and Secret Service), and then going to a National Hurricane Center briefing on Thursday. What a joke. First of all, that could be done via telephone or video conference call. Or, at least just fly down to Florida that day and fly back. No, Barry wants to stay in a nice hotel after his DNC events, so they schedule a BS meeting for him the next day. Same old crap. Nineteen long months of this garbage to go:

    Schedule for the Week of May 26, 2015

    On Tuesday, the President will hold a bilateral meeting with NATO Secretary-General Stoltenberg at the White House; the Vice President will also attend. The leaders will discuss the impact of Russia’s actions on the European security environment, NATO’s evolving effort to meet challenges from the south, and the alliance’s ongoing Resolute Support Mission to train, advise and assist the Afghan National Security Forces. They will also assess allied progress on the defense investment targets agreed at Wales, and share their priorities for the next NATO Summit in 2016.

    On Wednesday, the President will travel to the Miami, Florida area for DNC events. The President will remain overnight in Florida.

    On Thursday, the President will visit the National Hurricane Center to receive the annual hurricane season outlook and preparedness briefing. Further details about the President’s travel to Florida will be made available in the coming days.

    On Friday, the President will attend meetings at the White House.

    • Interesting that he’s finally meeting with the new NATO Secretary this week. Recall that in March, Barry snubbed Stoltenberg when he was in DC:

      http://spectator.org/blog/62178/obama-snubs-new-nato-secretary-general

      http://www.bloombergview.com/articles/2015-03-24/obama-snubs-nato-chief-as-crisis-rages

      Mar 24, 2015 7:20 PM EDT
      By Josh Rogin

      President Barack Obama has yet to meet with the new head of the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, and won’t see Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg this week, even though he is in Washington for three days. Stoltenberg’s office requested a meeting with Obama well in advance of the visit, but never heard anything from the White House, two sources close to the NATO chief told me.

      The leaders of almost all the other 28 NATO member countries have made time for Stoltenberg since he took over the world’s largest military alliance in October. Stoltenberg, twice the prime minister of Norway, met Monday with Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper in Ottawa to discuss the threat of the Islamic State and the crisis in Ukraine, two issues near the top of Obama’s agenda.

      Kurt Volker, who served as the U.S. permanent representative to NATO under both President George W. Bush and Obama, said the president broke a long tradition. “The Bush administration held a firm line that if the NATO secretary general came to town, he would be seen by the president … so as not to diminish his stature or authority,” he told me.

      • Well, I don´t have any high regards for Stoltenberg either but then again, he was made “boss” of NATO, an organisation I consider owned by Washington and used for Washingtons purposes. Stoltenberg was probably considered “flexible” enough.
        Maybe Barry wants to hear a little about what´s going on right now over here because today The Arctic Challenge Exercise begins in the north of Sweden. It is formally lead by Sweden and Finland ( not NATO-members ) and Norway. But the big thing is that many NATO-members participate, USA, Great Britain, France and Germany. 115 planes ( American F-16 ) and 3 600 men. Well, I guess that they want to give Putin something to think about. And the guys will probably have a good time up there, young crowd, cool machines.

    • All perfectly said. My Granddaughter tells me I need more friends because I am always talking to myself and the ****** TV idiots.
      Keep talking SE…We are Listening.:))

      • Thanks, Marcus. I’m looking forward to 2017 when we can compare the daily schedule of a real POTUS to this one. Last time I looked, I was unable to find GWB’s daily schedules online, but I have checked out Reagan’s on his presidential library’s website a few times. His schedule was so jam packed all day long, every day that it made me tired just reading it. He did more in one day than Barry does in a week…maybe a month!

        • Speaking of Reagan’s schedule—I once read that he stayed up quite late at night, reading newspapers, books, reports. He would often circle something he’s read and would send it to someone in his Administration and write questions on the side–“Is this true?” “What do you think of this?” “What’s the background on this?”. Later the next day he would telephone or meet with those he had sent the clips to and expect that they would have the answers for him. If they didn’t, it would be the last time they let him down. He had high expectations and they knew it!

          • That’s why you always see that I mention never seeing him behind the desk. That is with a pile of papers, computer, newspapers, on the phone with (someone important). I think he enjoys not letting us see what he is doing.

  3. Good morning for Memorial Day. Yesterday, got to see the Blue Angles, P-51, F4U Coursair, B-25, and crawl around in a C-47.

    The highlight, however, was sitting with a WWII C47 pilot. At 92 years old he didn’t miss much. Of course there were questions as different people passed by. I would have loved a quiet setting and a few hours to record. When asked what he did after the war. He said having never graduated high school he went to college when he got back.

    He flew C47’s in the South Pacific theatre. At one airfield, they would land over the allied lines and take off over the Japanese lines. In a brief lull in the action, I was able to thank him for his service. He turned to me with a big smile and said “you’re welcome”.

    Hat tip to the staff at the ROC air show for the exemplary support and attention to this veteran. Now sitting and drinking my coffee this morning, I don’t remember his name. I remember the man.

  4. Came across this article in WaPo on Dutch families that adopt the graves of our dead in the Margraten cemetery.
    It’s a little long but deserving of the time. Especially considering the men it’s written about:

    http://www.washingtonpost.com/local/americans-gave-their-lives-to-defeat-the-nazis-the-dutch-have-never-forgotten/2015/05/24/92dddab4-fa79-11e4-9ef4-1bb7ce3b3fb7_story.html

    And below my response to Lee’s comment over on the Corner article where he so aptly noted that each one we remember today had a heart and a soul and how terrified some must have been:

    Yes they did and it disgusts me to no end to see the Republican and Democrat parties hawking political propaganda on this, the most solemn of all weekends.
    Maybe they’ve been doing it for years and I just discovered it but it doesn’t make it any less unseemly.

    I can’t say have a “happy” Memorial Day because I just have never found anything “happy” about it at all. Have a safe day yes, a grateful day yes, but “happy”? Never.

  5. Thinking of my father today. I went to visit his grave yesterday and lay flowers by his grave. He rests in the Maine Veterans Cemetery in Augusta. There’s a sea of red, white and blue flags there on this weekend. So many flags blowing in the gentle wind that you can barely see the gravestones. Family members are everywhere, old and young. There is a great silence hanging over the cemetery this weekend, an odd silence because there are so many people there. Hushed tones, gentle wind blowing, flags waving gently.

    Dad was drafted in early 1944 (I was three years old at the time) and was in the 504th regiment of the 82d Airborne, a tough outfit for tough paratroopers. He joined the Airborne because they got $50 more a month, as he told me. After fighting in the Battle of the Bulge, he was stationed with the 82d in Berlin as part of the Occupation–May-December 1945 . Even after the war, there were German snipers hidden for several months all over Berlin shooting at Allied soldiers in the city., and the 82d (and other units) hunted them down.

    Dad was a little guy at 5’6″ but he was one tough character. He didn’t talk that much about the war, but it always seemed to me that in his quiet, moody times, he was still thinking about what he had seen and done in the war.

    God bless all these veterans and their families. These men and women who answered the call are in a better place now, and we will never forget them.

      • Thank you for sharing Marcus. I had mentioned before my grandfather was shot while in Japan. Came home raised 6 wonderful children, all successful.
        He was quiet and moody as well. I was the oldest grandchild, I never let the moods bother me.
        He would never speak of the war as well.
        While in his early eighties he had a heart attack. He recovered and lost weight, and looked and acted like he was a young man once again. Always smiling. My son was very close to him. He put a tattoo with the cross, and my grandfather’s name on his arm to show his love and respect.

        • Your grandfather sounds like one of the Greatest Generation, as well. They went to fight a war, won it, and then came home. They learned a skill, went to school, married, had their kids, and made their contribution to the community, state and country. They minded their business, worked hard and didn’t expect more than the honor of living in this great country. They were as proud of that as anything else they had accomplished. I miss all the ones who are now gone.

          • I was blessed to have all 4 of my grandparents thoughout my life. My mom’s mom passed 4 years ago. All of my great aunts, uncles gone as well. Yes a fine generation. I learned so much from them.

      • Thank you for sharing the picture as well.
        It is a shame that this day does not fall within the school year.
        Children could be brought on a serious field trip to show respect. At least would make a difference.

        • Yes, it would. In our current culture, far too much is made of the anti-hero types, rock stars, movie actors and professional sports figures. We need to recalibrate all of that and teach the kids who the real heroes are–great teachers, physicians, inventors, writers, carpenters, bricklayers, parents who do their job of parenting well, engineers, mechanics, plumbers, policemen and women, speech therapists, truck drivers, etc. They are the glue holding the country together. Not these idiot Hollywood types.

        • The photo says a lot, doesn’t it? Your comment above about having met a WW2 C-47 pilot reminds me of an encounter I had about 5 years ago.

          I was walking out of a Burger King in town and ahead of me was a man wearing a jacket with “Iwo Jima” sewn on the back. I caught up with him and I saw he was quite old–80’s or 90’s for sure, slightly stooped and had a bit of trouble walking. I asked him if he had been at Iwo Jima and he said yes, he had been a Marine who fought there.

          So I asked him what he remembered about it–first hand history, if you will. He remembered the experience well–the fear, the noise, losing his combat buddies as they worked their way to the beach. He said something then that has stuck with me since he said it: “We just didn’t know what would happen to us, who would win, who would be killed and when the war would end.” We have the advantage now of knowing what happened in those battles, the dates of the beginning and end of the fight. They did not. I’ll always remember that.