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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. BHO has to do something to look presidential. His four-year record is abysmal and he knows he’s losing the election. The American public is also waking up to the fact that he and his admin. completely botched the Benghazi tragedy and have lied for more than a month to cover it up. God bless the four brave Americans who died there. Next Tuesday cannot get here soon enough.

    1. no hawaii. watch dreams from my real father to see who his real father was. frank marshall davis a member of the socialist party in the 50’s a radical before there was even a term for it. the kenyan guy was brought so his granfather would not lose his security clearence with the cia and given a work visa. back then if you had contact with any one in that party you lost your clearence. wierd i know but proven with facts.

  2. So Obama spent millions of taxpayer dollars to fly to FL and then back? Did he JUST realize the hurricane was coming? It’s only been the headline news for a WEEK! Obama is clueless. Nothing he does is proactive. He’s behind the curve every single step of the way.

    1. Actually it wouldn’t have been that much.

      For instance that time he sent one of his planes on a juncket over Manhattan the price tag was supposedly $300,000.

      Of course those were produced on his orders so you might be right!

  3. He just wanted to fly on the “Big Jet” one more time before the storm. He can spend his time at the White House cleaning up the cobwebs in the Oval Office.

  4. He was already there. He knew the storm was coming the day he went to Florida. I guess some in the WH made him come back to look good. TOO LATE OBAMA. REMEMBER BENGHAZI.

  5. Apparently Messiah Obamaham’s weather forecasting machine was not quite a good as when he was changing venues at the Democrat National Convention ….”because of the chance of thunderstorms” ruining his outdoor re-coronoation ceremony to be prescenced by a Nuremburg Rally-style adoration by the multitudes.
    After the convention they had to change another venue because of the forecasted inclimancy. Both changes had nothing to do with weather and more to do with sparse crowds.
    Miserable, posturing coward.
    Did AlGore measure this 200,000 gallons of kerosent carbon footprint?

  6. Note that he didn’t cancel campaign events when Americans were being slaughtered in Banghazi. But he hasn’t found a way for Libyan al Qaeda to vote yet or he might have. Every move by this loser is a political calculation. He must have done a focus group on how much bump he gets by leaving early vs staying.

  7. I think he planned this on purpose – to make big news of putting the situation in front of campaign concerns.

    For real, people–he didn’t know this was coming when the plane left?

  8. small potatoes. what you really need to check is there cost to the tax payers for their lavish parties for campign money and vacations. its over 1.6 billion dollars in less than 4 years. now if that does not merit firing we are a dead duck!

  9. I have been through several hurricanes here in Florida. You do not want to go through one. If the Gov’t tells you to leave, leave. It’s many hours of hell. Our homes are built to handle high winds with Shutters & it’s still hell.

  10. I’m guessing he wants to be in the Situation Room when reports of the storm start to come in…. That way he can part the waters, calm the seas and all those other platitudinous promises made in 2008. If the storm does relatively little damage, he can find a way to take credit, if it does great destruction, he can blame it on Mitt Romney’s flip-flopping for elevating the level of discord.

  11. Looks like Bill Clinton is once again participating in a “Co Presidency” just like he did when he was elected and Hillary ran everything with Bill as her Co President.

  12. More than one politician has been defeated by failing to assert leadership (however symbolic it might be) during a natural disaster. In a way, Sandy is a gift to the Obama campaign. He desperately needed something to take people’s minds of the Benghazi lies and coverup. A hurricane gives him a chance to look Presidential without much risk of failure.

  13. Obama’s sequestration cuts $800 mil from FEMA. Romney never said he would eliminate FEMA. My wife has a cousin Fima, but that’s different.

  14. Could this President manage to waste anymore money? Not only is he the worst President in our history, He is also the most arrogant, wasteful, bigoted, selfish and ignorant President we have ever had the displeasure of not serving us. I cannot wait until he is out of office and I no longer have to listen to his lies and hear his aggravating voice.

    Demand the media cover Benghazi and stop humping Obama’s leg.
    Email CBS, NBC and ABC News at:
    CBS –

    NBC –

    ABC –

    It is disgraceful how Obama handled the non-rescue and cover-up of the Benghazi issue.
    If the media covers Benghazi, Obama will never get elected. Demand they do their jobs now.
    Please help rid the nation of the Obamas.

  16. As a student at Harvard Law School, then-bachelor Barack Obama’s practice of wearing a gold band on his wedding-ring finger puzzled his colleagues.

    Now, newly published photographs of Obama from the 1980s show that the ring Obama wore on his wedding-ring finger as an unmarried student is the same ring Michelle Robinson put on his finger at the couple’s wedding ceremony in 1992.

    Moreover, according to Arabic-language and Islamic experts, the ring Obama has been wearing for more than 30 years is adorned with the first part of the Islamic declaration of faith, the Shahada: “There is no god except Allah.”

    Inscription on Obama’s ring
    The Shahada is the first of the Five Pillars of Islam, expressing the two fundamental beliefs that make a person a Muslim: There is no god but Allah, and Muhammad is Allah’s prophet.

  17. I wish Obysmal was as diligent in his response to Benghazi. Maybe he’ll be a little more on the ball for Sandy. Too bad it took four dead Americans to wake him up to the fact that he has responsibilities that go along with the house, car, plane, and expense account. BTW since he was the one to heal the planet and lower the sea levels can’t he just go out on Montauk and command Sandy to cease. Surely they have an all-weather tele-prompter they could set up for him. I don’t know though. There may not be time. CNN pointed out that Obysmal is a slow talker.

  18. Lets make it clear. FEMA would be a fine program if the person put in charge of it is competent. Bush appointed Mike Brown who was the head of an Arabian Horce racing association before FEMA. It was no surprise that it took five days to get water to the Dome. He had no idea what he was doing which is why he left. Notice FEMA is already deployed and working in areas that will be effected soon. This is called preparation and research. Something the previous administration knew nothing about as it showed with a war in Iraq and the logistical disaster that was Katrina.

    1. FEMA does NOT do that Snotty!

      That was the job of the locals!

      The problem was that the Media, Queen Nan I, Barrack HUSSEIN Obama and Dingy Harry lied to the American People and said that FEMA did things it is specifically FORBIDDEN TO DO!

      It can’t gon in and take over! IT HAS TO GET PERMISSION FROM THE GOVERNOR and mayor to move in!

      Fact: Mayor Nagin failed to stop thousands of emergency personnel fro abandoning their posts! There were some that stayed but most left!

      That in itself caused MOST of the problems!

      Fact: Mayor Nagin failed to implement his disaster plans!

      Fact: Thousands of buses that according to the plan Nagin failed to implement sat at their garages until they were flooded out!

      Fact: Bush did have people standing by but again THE DEMOCRATS LIED!

      Fact: The Democrats exploited the tragedy to the full!

  19. More phony crap, like going to the caskets, so he can say he did the ceremonial caskety thing, even tho the parents said he didn’t look at them or sound sincere, nor did Hillary…so now he can say he did something for the benefit of the people by returning, not for himself by campaigning. And just what is he doing? Monitoring. Whew!

    Sandy, you came a week too early.

  20. Not exactly what happened. Obama went to a fundraiser and someone in his campaign had to rein him in telling him how bad that looked. Therefore, after the fundraiser he flew back to DC.

    Nice chunk of money spent on security, Air Force One, etc. not to mention that carbon footprint he wants others to lessen but not himself.

  21. he should stay in DC, at his desk in the Oval Office (someone can show him how to find it) and do the damn job he was elected to do. enough with the flying about on our dime making phony speeches….oh, and tell us the truth about libya in his spare time

    1. Um. It’s called campaigning. Everyone does it. Your tax dollars might pay for it, but I’m sure there are plenty who didn’t like their taxes spent on Bushs campaign.

  22. Ya think the 231 Homeland Youths, trained by DHS is gonna help FEMA in diasters? Hey isn’t that what volunteers supposed to do? Without the cost! Kids,age 18-24 and recruited from the President’s AmeriCorp volunteers, represent the first wave of DHS’s youth corps, designed specifically to create a full time, paid, standing army of FEMA Youth across the country.

  23. For those who did not study history or think that government is mother and father.. We disaster recovery better without government getting in our way. Government merely wipes around old grease to make the mess bigger. Remember it the federal government days to reach the superdome. They STOPPED aid trucks that would have been there in hours.

  24. The National Business Aviation Association is having their annual convention in Orlando this week. This is the trade association for all the industries involved in corporate aviation ( you know, the private jets for all them “millionaires & billionaires”. Flight restrictions for the President’s aircraft threw a real monkey wrench into all the business jet aircraft arriving in Orlando for the convention. Did the President just come down here to mess things up? Seeing as the weather forecast has not changed since the weekend, I have no choice but to think he went to “Chicago” on them…

    1. Because he’s the president of the United States and isn’t blackmailed by hicks and an egotistical billionaire. I’d like to see Sarah Palins high school diploma and her grades in geography and history between the grades of 4 and 9. But I don’t expect to.

      1. 1. The Smiley face on Obama’s alleged BC destroys it as an acceptable document! Look in the Registrar’s Name “Alvin T. Onaka”

        The letter A is a face! Blow the image up a couple of times and it’s even clearer! Source!

        2. Sarah Palin isn’t president or running anymore BUT OBAMA IS!

        3. Your obvious attempt to ridicule a statement SHE NEVER ACTUALLY MADE makes you look just plain MEAN!

        She never said she could see Russia from her backyard! It came from a vicious SNL Skit

        And in point of fact you can see Russia from parts of Alaska! At one point only two miles separate our two countries!

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