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Obama Welcomes Tourists to the Lincoln Memorial

President Obama had a little fun today claiming some credit for preventing a government shutdown, materializing at the Lincoln Memorial to highlight that the monuments are open for business.

Note Eric Whitaker, his Chicago pal, was along for the ride. I assume Whitaker is in town because he was going to head to WIlliamsburg with the Obamas.

Updated with better video 8:33 pm – thanks Janice.

From the pool reports:

The motorcade left the White House at 2:27 pm . . .

POTUS bounded up the Lincoln Memorial steps before a cheering crowd, shaking hands with tourists atop the monument . . . He descended slowly, shaking hands along the way, ignoring questions from the pool about the budget deal. POTUS was casually dressed in gray chinos and a black zip-up looking jacket.

The motorcade arrived back at the White House before 3:00 p.m. Riding with POTUS was Eric Whitaker, a longtime Chicago friend and golf companion of POTUS, and Marvin Nicholson, White House trip director and fellow golfer.

Ryan Grim
Huffington Post

32 thoughts on “Obama Welcomes Tourists to the Lincoln Memorial”

    1. The Prez’s security looked scared.
      All in all, what he said was good by giving the credit for the budget deal to “Congress”.
      Thanks for the video, GJ.

        1. The grandstanding wasn’t so grand, huh?

          Over on NPR, they are crowing about how the Repubicans social agenda bombed–so sad, too bad…didn’t happen to mention that cutting them was part of it…Does anyone else get the creeps off that Mara Liaisson?

  1. Well he was planning on giving a little face time in Williamsburg, so he had to go somewhere to perform. Just doing a little glad-handing with the little people.

    His secret service crew does look harried. He must be wearing them out, with his flits all over the country several times a week. It must be a tough job keeping up with a narcissist like him. He thinks everybody loves him…

  2. The crowd was not wanded but told to keep their hands out of their pockets. (from a You Tube video) That’s why the Secret Service looked so nervous.
    I’m sure they were thrilled.

    I bet that with Eric Whittaker there, tommorrow is number 63.
    Another avatar redo?

    1. Absolutely. It is supposed to be a beautiful day in DC tomorrow, so you know golf will be on the schedule. Bet you already have #63 waiting in the wings :)

      1. Did you know–apropos of nothing but my nonlinear brain–that descedents of GW are “allowed” to put their ashes around Mt Vernon? Under bushes or something. As long as they don’t make a big deal of it..

    1. You’re probably right. That’s why he didn’t look as thin as usual. He was wearing a loose jacket, too. There’s a photo of him bounding up the stairs a la Rocky.

      We will be seeing these scenes in a campaign commercial. This is the opening salvo.

    2. Holy,

      He did have a vest on. You can see the outline of it towards the beginning of the vid (look at the area along his right shoulder when he is glad handing) and at the end of the vid when he is leaving (you can see the top of the vest’s outline as he shakes hands with the uniform).

      I spent the better part of my adult life (15+ years) working in L/E and I was privileged(?) to work the protection detail (uniformed and plain clothes) for several mayors, a governor, and countless visiting dignitaries. It was always hell when your principal decided to go off the farm and wade into a crowd that was not screened.

      Even in the friendliest of crowds there is always the potential for a threat, and without being able to do a prior threat assessment, it makes your job horrid.

      I was glad to see that most of the S/S personnel were wearing vests. Since the Reagan attempted assassination I think most of them do now. I know I always did.

  3. “They love me, they really, really, love me.”

    (And just how much did THIS motorcade photo op cost the US taxpayer??? Using Nancy Pelosi Economics…how many meals for seniors and/or mammograms were ‘wasted’ by this little sojourn?)

    1. They kicked people out of the memorial and closed it for the photo-op so he could announce that it was open. I’ve read remarks from people who were there. No one was wanded. Obviously, they did let some Obamabots stay to cheer him on.

  4. Exactly how would the NPS close the Lincoln Memorial ? It is open 24/7. Would they put up a tacky orange construction fence? The President picked the wrong NPS site.

    1. Isn’t Camp David just the secluded spot BO is looking for? Miles of trails…no pesky photographers. It must of slipped his mind.

      Speaking of photographers, I was shocked to see Obama’s personal photographer, Pete Souza, try to push a secret service agent out of the way in the video of the Lincoln Memorial because he was blocking his view. He put his hand on him and tried to push. Really

    1. There seems to be something pathetic about that visit to the Memorial. It seems he went there for some adulation.
      Second thought; he definitely went there for some adulation and photo facetime. Sad and creepy.

    2. Great work on the video Granny Jan. The Rocky theme music was so appropriate. What is so ironic is that he is taking credit for fixing the budget crisis that he instigated.

      The article you linked to was so saccharin. Please, we want you to be anonymous again too. Not to worry, once we pry you out of office you can go back to the good old days of squeezing fruit with your girls on a Saturday morning run to the grocery store.

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