President Obama, who has failed to make room in his schedule to meet with Israeli Prime Minister Netanyahu or any other world leader during this week’s opening of the UN General Assembly, will be campaigning today in Virginia Beach, Virginia.
The trip will take four hours out of his day, but Obama only has one campaign event scheduled. The president will leave the White House at around 10:00 am ET and return at about 2:00 pm. He has no other public events scheduled.
Netanyahu, whose country may soon be going to war with Iran, will meet with Secretary of State Clinton instead. Others who have found room in their schedule to meet with Netanyahu are Canadian Prime Minister Stephen Harper – who recently threw all of Iran’s diplomats out of his country – and New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.
The White House, which has been under fire for ducking Netanyahu, has not ruled out a meeting, and may in the end bow to pressure to schedule one. Netanyahu is in the United States until Saturday night.
Netanyahu could easily make the quick hop to Washington from New York. And Obama has demonstrated an ability to take a spontaneous trip to New York, having used Air Force One to escort his wife there for a date in 2009.