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Obama Nixes Campaign Stop, Returning to Washington

Updated 10:01 am ET

President Obama cancelled a campaign rally this morning in Orlando and is returning instead to the White House.

Obama had been scheduled to be back at the White House by 2:45 pm ET but will instead return by 11:30 am.

From a statement by White House Press Secretary Jay Carney:

Due to deteriorating weather conditions in the Washington, DC area, the President will not attend today’s campaign event in Orlando, Florida.  The President will return to the White House to monitor the preparations for and early response to Hurricane Sandy.

Notice Carney says the return is due to “deteriorating weather conditions.” That is, Obama is probably returning early less to “monitor the preparations” than out of concern by officials that they might not have been able to get him back into Washington if they waited until the afternoon.

Or perhaps the political team finally calculated they would on balance be worse for his reelection prospects if he were seen campaigning while the New Jersey shore was becoming part of the Atlantic Ocean.

Chief surrogate campaigner Bill Clinton will attend the Orlando event in Obama’s place.

UPDATE: Obama has also cancelled a campaign appearance scheduled for Tuesday in Green Bay, the White House announced.

493 thoughts on “Obama Nixes Campaign Stop, Returning to Washington”

  1. Romney has looked more Presidential in the last 4 weeks than Obama has in the last 4 years.

    Obama should just go back to Chicago and take notes on what Leadership looks like.


  2. What would be ideal would be to see BO doing a fundraiser in San Francisco at about this time. While there he could also attend the Giants parade and save them a trip to the White House. This would endear him even more to the San Francisco electorate which is so “in love” with him and Nancy Pelosi. If the storm keeps his plane grounded out there the two of them could use the time to attend a few hours of remedial reading classes at San Francisco’s city college which could serve to greatly enhance the quality of their services to the public. A little extra arithmetic schooling could also help BO get over on helping his daughters 7th grade homework assignments.

  3. At long last, at least the appearance of leadership. Perhaps He can take some time now to honestly answer America’s questions on Benghazi??!

    Perhaps ABC, NBC, CBS and most news outlets could stop covering for Him?!!

    1. “To be, or not to be, that is the question . . .”

      William Shakespeare

      October 18, 2012

      Dear Mr. Obama,

      May I ask you a stupid question . . . :) . . . Did you ever start a business? Did you ever try to convince someone to buy a product, other than malarky? Did you ever go online and do those forms with regard to opening a business? Have to answer that really dumb question “Does this business manufacture or distribute, alcohol, tobacco, or firearms?

      I wonder if Eric “Fast and Furious” Holder ever read that last part?

      I know this line of questioning is stupid. Because Americans know the answers. The answer is no. You’ve done none of this, and it shows, other than gun running and to do that you had to become President! I have no such ambition. Guys like me, at this point in the “Obama Depression” just want to keep food on the table stay out of the clink and avoid people like you because all you do is make people broke or dead. That is a skill set I happily lack. So does Mr. Romney who the American people desperately want to elect to lead the “Romney Recovery!”

      You see, the American people have a very refined dipstick for malarky. These debates have demonstrated that you, and the liberal media are full of it, Ms. Crowley should have just hopped up on the table with a set of cue cards and given you a gold star at the end of that debate at Hofstra. Further, that Mr. Romney possess the character, competence, and the raw capability to sit in a chair that had we left empty these last four years we all would have been better off.

      While at times we have let our guard down and allowed citizens who share your perverted views on liberty, and the free market, to inhabit that office “We The People” are wide awake and raring to go now, just like we were in 2010. Why you ask are we so agitated? Because we innately sense that this is a point in history that will be looked back on as a “to be or not to be” moment in American history.

      “We The People” have the rarest of opportunities to get the right citizen, into the most important job, at the right time.

      We will.


      Joe Doakes

  4. this is what happens when “attorneys” run the country. Each action by this President is scrutinized with an eye on “liability”…lives were lost in Libya and lives are put in danger by a President who can’t decided whether he should “lead” or campaign.

  5. Andy-For the record, I and probably a lot of other Rep turned Indies, were disappointed with Bushes move in Iraq. It is my feeling that he MAY have been manipulated by Cheney, Army, Lott, etc. He MAY have carried a grudge over his fathers experience with Iraq’s assassination effort. He MAY have received convoluted intelligence. Water under the bridge. Lot of water. But Bush is not running, nor is he in play AT ALL! Your beloved pathological, lying, narcissistic (and I mean, on steroids) pretender in chief, doesn’t care about you or anybody else! He’s degraded the presidency and the Nation. And is desperate to continue. His family and friends will never have these toys again, Hollywood will make him a movie star, which his what he is really suited for. Acting. I know there are intelligent actors out there, but not a plethora. He will win an academy award for something he didn’t earn. And Hilary just might be politically destroyed. He really, really, really does not care about you or anyone else. Wake up.

  6. This was not only stupid, it was dangerous. The entire entourage was placed in possible jeopardy but someone, an adult, should have made the decision to keep AF-1 on the ground at Andrews. I thought he said yesterday at another photo-op that the the storm was big and serious or dangerous or something like that. Why did he launch when he had the forecast about the deteriorating weather at hand? This is more of the SOS. Good political strategy? Only if you are a total moron and can’t tell the difference between common sense and dumb/devious.

  7. Keep Calm and Carry On . . .

    August 29, 2011

    Dear President Obama,

    In the interest of history let’s do a little sum up thus far. You “wrote” a book. Confessed your transgressions. Promised your fellow citizens that nebulous concepts such as “hope” and “change” would enable them to find fulfillment in their life via the federal government. You left out that the finances of the federal government are built on various cons and scams that would not even pass the most rudimentary of financial reviews. You started a war on Libya. Admittedly, I’m for this, though not in the manner upon which you are doing it. You sacrificed Egypt to tomorrows enemy. You signed the most unpopular piece of legislation since Prohibition in the form of “Obamacare.” Without one Republican vote. You blew various moments of core principles, like siding with Nancy Pelosi as she attacked the CIA, and calling a cop a racist albeit in a veiled manner. Let’s not leave out the massive spending on some of the most insane things I can conceive of while not providing money for those things that the federal government has a vital role in doing, because if you did, you would lose more of your liberal support. Soon you are going to be advancing a “jobs plan,” do I need to mention what happens to businesses that you appear at?

    As I drove through “Irene” the saying “Keep Calm and Carry On” came to my mind. It is high time that the citizens of this nation realize that there own safety and security in no small way rests on the personal choices that they decide to make, and no longer allow themselves to be conned and scammed by people like Al Gore telling them that the world is coming to an end if they do not plug their rectums with a mercury filled light bulb. Or that one thing or another is going to kill them. Something is going to kill all of us. I don’t much see the point in making society a basket case trying to stop it while not enjoying our lives and pursuing our American dreams, of course within some semblance of reason, but in the end, no matter which one of us buys the farm. The show must go on. Real Americans know this. There has to come a moment when the tones of liberal politicians singing the tune of victimization, fear, and race baiting fall on deaf ears. Considering what liberals tend to do to those people while promising to do something far different is criminal. How could you steal a mans dignity and then ask him to vote for you?

    In the midst of this I have at times shouted into the wind in an effort to persuade other free citizens to stick together, and not permit you and those of your ilk, to divide us in your usual manner via race and economic class. You see Mr. Obama your way is the easy way. Your way requires little thought and only marginal effort. I, “We The People,” have a much tougher job. We must persuade our fellow citizens that being free is our most important goal, and that your philosophy is it’s greatest threat. That is why I keep calm and carry on in a relentless fashion as I steer my life through a nation that is being so poorly led, I know of no other way to preserve this nation from tyranny.

    On November 6, 2012 we will make one great stride in attaining that goal.


    Joe Doakes

  8. So, he’ll campaign in Las Vegas after an American ambassador is slaughtered, our missions burn, our embassies are attacked all over the Middle East, AQ raises their flag at American institutions, but he needs to be in the White House to monitor a storm.

    My God, November 6 can not come soon enough.

  9. Hey just like 9/11 didn’t they know that there was a storm coming till they landed in FLA? How much did this cost us for him to fly out and back on Air-force1? Hey who cares it like him and his wife are going to the same place, but take different planes. Yep we have global warming an only the little people need to sacrifice.

  10. what’s new, the guy doesn’t have to worry about the gas, we stupid tax payers foot the bill of hundrets of thousands of dollars every time he flies the bog bird..It will painful for Obummer too, he knows that he does not belong in the White House and does not like it there.

  11. “Or perhaps the political team finally calculated they would on balance be worse for his reelection prospects if he were seen campaigning while the New Jersey shore was becoming part of the Atlantic Ocean.”
    He wouldn’t think that way, would he?

  12. To bad he couldn’t stop campaigning long enough to give the attention a president should have to Bengahzi, maybe things would have turned out differently. If he gave eveh half the attention to Bengahzi as he and his campaign ilk are giving to spining the hurricane and fudging the jobs report at least some of those Americans might be alive today.

  13. Don’t give the Prez a hard time. You all will see… He went back to DC to fulfill one of his campaign promises. Come on Obama use your presidential *powers* to accomplish “the moment when the rise of the oceans began to receed”. save the east coast!

  14. My daughter attends UCF and takes classes away from the main campus. She wishes Obama would quit flip flopping since his arrival/departure/ non arrival/non departure has really messed up her commute.

  15. What Carney meant to say was: “Due to deteriorating campaign conditions in the Florida area, the President will return to the White House to begin packing”.

  16. Does anyone read weather reports in the WH? Did they need to fly to Orlando to discover that severe weather was on the brink of landfall near/at DC?

  17. so please tell me what obozo’s qualifications are to monitor and make assessments of the hurricane? Are they similar to his ability to protect our people in Benghazi?

    Because if they are the same, then are we going to need brave troops, disobeying orders to protect and defend us from this natural disaster???

  18. He needs the excuse to show him flying back because he cares about the people in danger… hoping we won’t notice he was already there and did not need to leave DC in the first place.

  19. As usual, nothing 0bama does makes sense.
    He probably didn’t want to see another small crowd. It has been so depressing for him. Last time he filled every venue, and this time he just doesn’t have the support. Early voting in Colorado shows Republicans first, Libertarians/unaffiliated second, Democrats third

  20. He flew back to try and act presidential. He told people to evacuate. (Did Bush forget to tell people to follow instructions?) Nice distraction from real news. Barry’s interesting coincidental comment was to tell people he doesn’t want any fatalities that can be avoided.

  21. On Jan 21, at 12:01 p.m., when Mitt says “So help me God,” lookout for “Birther Bombs.” Those will be the revelations from those involved in the big conspiracy will no longer be on that gravy train and will begin to sing like birds. Also those from Occidental and Harvard, and the State of Hawaii. And this charade will be fodder for a great screenplay by Thomas Wolfe and a cinema boon for Ridley Scott or Tim Burton. Hollywood won’t care … they’ll just take the $ and run too.

    1. He is “toast” in more ways than one when he fails in this reelection bid. Libs, by nature, are lazier and sloppier than conservatives (IMHO). Just look at the Benghazi cover up debacle. The hidden spider web of his college records sealed and unavailable, and delayed birth document – will unravel in time. Funny … what we all know he is against will GET him – Free Enterprise. His paid off lackies will accept $ to come forward and tell their stories. Once he is officially out of the oval office, Libs and others who protected the big lie(s) will sell him out in accepting some reporter’s, researcher’s, author’s, Trump’s, DOJ talk-to-me money – so they can pay next month’s light or grocery bill. The sell outs always take the money in the end. Cash is king. Obama aint …

  22. The brilliant CIC lands in Orlando, flies out to DC to MONITOR. But, there were no campaign stops. Yet he still went. Yikes. Clinton pinch hit. He could not monitor Benghazi errrr but some say he did and did not give our people a chance to be rescued.

  23. Folks, it all gets down to this….Obama has failed us as president, and he had 4 years to get our economy moving again. Our GDP is worse this year than even the previous 4 years and everything is down hill. He simply doesn’t know how to get jobs and growth and he had his first 2 years of controlling both the Senate and House. It is understandable if you are black, for gay marriage or live off welfare for many years….but other than that, if one votes for Obama they’re just plain not very smart.

  24. Alvinia has it. They will be coming out of the woodwork when MSNBC and the MSM thugs are no longer on Barry’s payroll. Trump is a genius.

  25. It’s going to be Sandy 24/7 for the next week. The media needs to use this as the cover for the Benghazi debacle. Reminds me when “cap and trade” was passed behind the death of Michael Jackson. We really need to address the propaganda issue of the media today….they need replacing period…they are traitors to the Constitution.

  26. Positive behavior interventions and supports (PBIS) is a multi-tiered school-wide approach to establishing the social culture that is helpful for schools to achieve social and academic gains while minimizing problem behavior for all children. Over 17,000 schools across the country are implementing PBIS, which provides a framework for decision-making that guides the implementation of evidence-based academic and behavioral practices throughout the entire school, frequently resulting in significant reductions in the behaviors that lead to office disciplinary referrals, suspensions, and expulsions.

  27. Obama is setting up the Oct surprise. Who knows, it might be a wag the dog…. Any good guesses out there as to what stunt Obama will pull?

  28. Why does anybody today want to have nine children or more when they cannot afford even one child. The fathers refuse to pay child support, they don’t live at the home with his children.

    Why does anybody today want to have 12 or more children when the father is not even around to teach them about all the opportunities that await them through education and not selling drugs.


    ‘They’re standing on the corner and they can’t speak English.

    I can’t even talk the way these people talk:

    Why you ain’t,
    Where you is,
    What he drive,
    Where he stay,
    Where he work,
    Who you be…

    And I blamed the kid until I heard the mother talk.

    And then I heard the father talk.

    Everybody knows it’s important to speak English except these knuckleheads. You can’t be a doctor with that kind of crap coming out of your mouth.
    In fact you will never get any kind of job making a decent living.

    People marched and were hit in the face with rocks to get an Education, and now we’ve got these knuckleheads walking around.

    The lower economic people are not holding up their end in this deal.

    These people are not parenting. They are buying things for kids.

    $500 sneakers for what?

    And they won’t spend $200 for Hooked on Phonics.

    I am talking about these people who cry when their son is standing there in an orange suit.

    Where were you when he was 2?

    Where were you when he was 12?

    Where were you when he was 18 and how come you didn’t know that he had a pistol?

    And where is the father? Or who is his father?

    People putting their clothes on backward:
    Isn’t that a sign of something gone wrong?

    People with their hats on backward, pants down around the crack, isn’t that a sign of something?

    Isn’t it a sign of something when she has her dress all the way up and got all type of needles [piercing] going through her body?

    What part of Africa did this come from?

    We are not Africans. Those people are not Africans; they don’t know a thing about Africa…..

    I say this all of the time. It would be like white people saying they are European-American. That is totally stupid.

    I was born here, and so were my parents and grand parents and, very likely my great grandparents. I don’t have any connection to Africa, no more than white Americans have to Germany , Scotland , England , Ireland , or the Netherlands. The same applies to 99 percent of all the black Americans as regards to Africa. So stop, already!

    With names like Shaniqua, Taliqua,… Mohammed, and all of that crap……..
    And all of them are in jail.

    Brown or black versus the Board of Education is no longer the white person’s problem.

    We have got to take the neighborhood back.

    People used to be ashamed. Today a woman has eight children with eight different ‘husbands’ — or men or whatever you call them now.

    We have millionaire football players who cannot read.

    We have million-dollar basketball players who can’t write two paragraphs. We, as black folks have to do a better job.

    Someone working at Wal-Mart with seven kids, you are hurting us.

    We have to start holding each other to a higher standard..

    1. Several years ago, the young man two doors down from my house was shot and killed on his front porch. I knew he from the time he was about 9 or 10 until he was killed, he was 25. Over the years I watched as he went from being a sweet little kid with a puppy, to a thug that raised and trained pits to fight. He dealt drugs out of his momma’s house, and fathered at least 4 kids with four different women.

      A few days after the shooting, the media was out covering a prayer vigil for the young man. The local reporter interviewed the mom, and I heard her telling the reporter that her son was turning his life around, and going to church, etc. Two days before he was shot, there were 15 to 20 cars in and out of the driveway at the house, all the time mom was at work. Yeah, he was turning his life around. More like she was still turning a blind eye to what was going on.

      The upside is, the younger brother has now taken over the dead brother’s “business” so I guess mom will have the extra income to cover his funeral.

  29. My guess is that maybe 100 losers bothered to show up in Orlando and he “canceled” because “he has such important business back in DC” (as if 0BowMao EVER actually DOES important business — other than campaign for 3.5 years). Same for Wisconsin. It would hardly look like he is “WINNING” with small crowds while Romney is getting tens of thousands!

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