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Extra! Extra! Michelle’s Angry Vineyard Exit!

As you are probably aware, President Obama had cut his vacation a day short, returning to Washington Friday. After initially saying Mrs. Obama would stay until Saturday as scheduled, the White House changed it’s mind and said the first lady would indeed be traveling with the president.

This got White House Dossier thinking that MAYBE MRS. OBAMA TOOK SOME CONVINCING to end her vacation early. And so WHD began to do some agressive reporting on the matter. Late last night we were able to obtain a transcript from a listening device that had once been placed in the Obama compound  by the late comedian Soupy Sales, who had stayed there many years ago.

What follows is a portion of the transcript, in which White House political adviser David Plouffe begins the effort to convince Mrs. Obama she has to depart early.

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Plouffe: Mrs. Obama, I need to speak with you for a minute.

(Silence)

Plouffe: Mrs. Obama?

Michelle: Can’t you see I’m trying to get the meat out of the claw? It’s very tricky. I need to concentrate.

Plouffe: Mrs. Obama, I’m afraid I have some bad news for you . . .

Michelle: Oh no, another masseuse quit?

Plouffe: No, I’m afraid you’re going to have to cut the vacation short and leave a day earlier than planned.

Michelle: Oh, well I have some bad news for you: I’m staying. Now scram.

Plouffe: Mrs. Obama, the president has to leave a day early to deal with the hurricane, and we’d like you to come with him.

Michelle: You think I’m taking orders from a little worm like you? You look skinny. Why don’t you go get something to eat, worm? If he wants to go, rev up his jet and get him out of here. Now let me finish my lobster.

Plouffe: Mrs. Obama, I’m really sorry, but we’re worried about the symbolism of the first lady remaining on a luxurious vacation while the East Coast is getting destroyed by a hurricane.

Michelle: Symbolism? How about the symbolism of me smacking you over the head with seashell?

Plouffe: Now Mrs. Obama, I don’t think that’s necessary.

Michelle: I’ll show you what’s necessary.

(She throws a lobster tail at him)

Plouffe: This isn’t working. (Calling out) Mr. President? Mr. President? You need to speak with Mrs. Obama.

Obama: (from far away): I’m busy.

Plouffe: Busy with what?

(Silence)

Obama: I’m on the phone.

Plouffe: Who are you on the phone with?

(Silence)

Obama: I’m in the bathroom.

Plouffe: Mr. President, can you come over here?

Obama: I’m . . . I’m on the phone in the bathroom.

Plouffe: Mr. President!

Obama: Okay, I’m coming.

(Obama enters the room)

Michelle: Your lackey here is risking his life by telling me I’m going home with you one day early. Set him straight.

Obama: Michelle, I’ve got to get back to Washington to deal with the hurricane, and you –

Michelle: What are you going to do about the hurricane, fix people’s houses? You don’t know which end of a hammer of to hold.

Obama: Now Michelle, that’s not fair.

Michelle: Last time you tried to hang a picture you busted open your finger and spent a whole week looking at it to see if it was infected. You can’t use a teleprompter to fix a house, Barack.

Plouffe: (under his breath): And people think it’s the job that’s giving him gray hairs.

Michelle: What’s that, lackey? You’re like Ed McMahon, always laughing at everything Johnny Carson over here says. Well I do what I want. And I’ve decided I’m staying until Tuesday.

Plouffe: Oh God.

Obama: Darling . . .

Michelle: Don’t you darling me. I’m sure Ed McMahon will fix everything for you. Now if the hurricane comes through here Sunday when will the stores be open?

Reggie Love: By Monday if the damage isn’t too bad.

Obama: Reggie cut it out! She’s not staying.

Michelle: What did you say?

Obama: I mean, sweet flower, please come home with your Barry.

Michelle: Screw you, Herbert Hoover.

Obama: Okay, send them in.

Michelle: Send who in? Hey, what’s going on? What’s your Secret Service detail doing in here? Hey! Get your hands off me! Barack, tell these goons to let me go. Ahhhhhhhhhhh!

Obama: I’m sorry, it’s the only way.

Michelle: You’ll pay for this Barack! I’m going to release your college transcript! People will know you flunked art history!

Obama: Go easy on her guys, I have deal with this back at the White House.

Obama Strikes the Right Notes on Irene

President Obama appears to be exercising leadership on Hurricane Irene, making sure the proper authorities have their butts in gear and cutting his vacation short, a decision that allows him both to oversee the response and appear presidential.

According to White House spokesman Josh Earnest, Obama conducted conference calls today and yesterday with White House Chief of Staff Bill Daley, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, and FEMA Administrator Craig Fugate.

Such calls are more than symbolic. They let senior agency officials know that the president is watching and they will be held accountable for their actions. Presidential involvement in any exercise gets agencies in gear, from the top all the way down.

Obama also conducted a call with governors and mayors from areas that will be affected by Irene. This gets lines of communication open to help coordinate a federal and local response, and it sets expectations on all sides about what is going to be done.

While presidential aides – no matter who is president – like to pretend to reporters that the boss can do everything on the road he can do at the White House, nothing beats the Situation Room for coordinating a crisis response. Obama is doing the right thing by leaving his vacation a day early. And he will save himself some nasty political fallout and feverish criticism from people like me.

By returning with him, Mrs. Obama also avoided the disgraceful sight of her continuing to vacation while the storm raged and taking a separate, costly flight home at taxpayers’ expense.

She had initially decided to stay. I pity whoever had to tell her she couldn’t.

If either the president or Reggie Love has a black eye or appears woozy next time they appear in public, you’ll know why.

Obama Returning Early to DC; Michelle Opts to Join Him

updated at 2:40 pm ET

President Obama is leaving Martha’s Vineyard today instead of Saturday, undoubtedly hoping to avoid reports that he is lounging on vacation while Hurricane Irene barrels into North Carolina.

Mrs. Obama appears to have initially decided to finish out the vacation, according to reports, staying with the couple’s daughters until Saturday at a cost of thousands to taxpayers.

But after saying today the first lady would return Saturday, White House spokesman Josh Earnest later said she and the family would join the president. I can only think the president’s political advisers intervened directly to avoid a public relations nightmare.

The first lady also traveled to Martha’s Vineyard a few hours ahead of the president a week ago Thursday, a separate trip that added to the taxpayers’ tab for the trip.

Bringing Mrs. Obama home a day later would have forced the Secret Service to continue to provide security on Martha’s Vineyard even though the president would be back in Washington. And Mrs. Obama would have again billed the Air Force for a separate, specially equipped jet to take her home.

The Obamas will get most of today to play – they are not scheduled to return to Washington until Midnight.

Obama’s decision to get home early has both political and practical elements to it.

The hurricane is already causing rain in North Carolina and is expected to begin having its worst effects on the state Friday night. So the president would have been relaxing at one of the country’s most exclusive vacation destinations while thousands of Americans were beginning to suffer and possibly die.

Obama’s presence in Washington will also allow him to oversee the response in a more effective manner than were he at Martha’s Vineyard, given the enhanced communications tools available to him at the White House.

It must also have occurred to Obama’s political advisers that North Carolina is a key presidential swing state, so crucial to Obama’s reelection chances that the Democratic Party has decided to hold it’s convention in Charlotte.

Fresh in the minds of White House and campaign officials is also Hurricane Katrina, which almost exactly six years ago caused the tragic disaster in New Orleans while George W. Bush was on vacation at his ranch in Crawford, Texas.

Bush’s failure to respond speedily proved a political disaster from which he was never able to fully recover.

Obama to Speak on Hurricane Irene

He’ll appear at 11:30 am Obama Standard Time, which is anywhere from five minutes to an hour later than the actual time zone where President Obama is at the moment.

We’ll live stream it here.

UPDATE:  Apologies, but I was unable to get video on the website of Obama’s statement, which actually started on time. Obama made a short statement, emphasizing the seriousness of the storm and the need to prepare.

All’s Quiet on the Obama Front

UPDATE at 4:45 pm: The president just went golfing. For those of you playing along at home, it’s the 22nd time this year and the 80th of his presidency.

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They’re just hanging out at the house today. No reports of any movements.

They’ve hit most of the bases already – trip to the bookstore, biking, the beach, and the golf course. So they’re taking it easy.

And of course Obama is getting briefed on Libya, the hurricane, the earthquake, the economy, and blah blah blah.

Why pretend he’s working? Enjoy the time away! I don’t think Martha’s Vineyard was a good choice, but I do think the president has the right to a vacation.

Incredibly, God also thinks it was a bad idea. He’s already sent Obama an earthquake – though it was barely felt on Martha’s Vineyard – and Hurricane Irene is currently headed directly for the island.

Here’s a photo the White House released today of Obama taking an economic briefing. Silly.

The Obamas Go Biking

Updated 11:32 am ET

Oh no. This could be bad news. The last time Obama was photographed on a bike in Martha’s Vineyard it looked like this:

Look at him. Our enemies are going to attack us. He’s just got to look a little more macho this time.

From the White House pool report:

The First Family took a leisurely ride Tuesday morning through Manuel F. Correllus State Forest.

After about a half-hour wait, shortly after 11 a.m., the pool got a glimpse of the president, decked out in a helmet, sunglasses, a black polo shirt and dark jeans.

But first up: First Lady Michelle Obama and daughter Sasha took the lead, passing first by the pool, which was assembled in knee-deep grass off a concrete bike path. Neither said anything to the reporters, photographers and TV cameras recording them.

Several minutes later, the president and daughter Malia rode by.

“Hello, everybody,” Obama said to the pool and about two dozen or so less-famous bikers who greeted him.

“Any word on Qadhafi’s whereabouts?” yelled the Associated Press’s Mark Smith.

The president didn’t take the question, choosing instead to keep his focus on the small group of cheering spectators as he moved further down the path.

The full procession through the park offered a stark contrast that underscored the strange existence of a president.

Shortly before Michelle and Sasha Obama arrived, two trucks carrying Secret Service agents rode along the same narrow concrete path usually reserved for bikers and walkers. A rolling caravan of agents and staff followed on bikes ahead of the president and Malia, who were then followed by several more SUVs full of agents.

Top Ten Things Obama Plans to do on Martha’s Vineyard

The president is very well organized when it comes to his vacations. White House Dossier has obtained his private list of “fun things” he intends to do over the next week while on Martha’s Vineyard. We share the top ten of these with you below.

1. Participate in Caribbean vs. Maine lobster races.

2, Get high with John Kerry while listening to Crosby, Stills, Nash & Young.

3. Meet with both of Martha’s Vineyard’s middle class residents.

4. Sell my entire portfolio of stocks.

5. Go to quaint full-price bookstore and buy books that could be had on Amazon for half the price.

6. Sit around with other rich people lamenting that our taxes are too low

7. Pretend to be interested in whether or not Martha’s Vineyard has a Costco.

8. Reassure markets by going clamming with Bernanke.

9. Show commander in chief qualities by participating in war game between Martha’s Vineyard and Nantucket.

10. Croquet death matches.

Got any of your own??

Obama Reading List: “Brave New World” Not On It

There’s a lot of talk about the president of the United States purchasing Aldous Huxley’s “Brave New World” to read while on vacation, but apparently it was bought for his daughter. The Los Angeles Times reports: It was unclear which books Obama ultimately purchased at Bunch of Grapes, but “Brave New World” was most likely… Continue Reading

Obamas Share Sacrifice at Pricey Vineyard Restaurant

President and Mrs. Obama are sharing in the sacrifice tonight at the Beach Plum Restaurant on Martha’s Vineyard, which features an array of overpriced selections for the first couple to choose from that could easily bring the bill within range of $200. They might, for example, choose to start the meal with a $15 chunk… Continue Reading