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Gibbs: Obama a 'Restless Soul'

By Anne E. Kornblut
Is President Obama already feeling cooped up in the White House?

Signs are beginning to emerge that point in that direction.

After telling a group of local school children that he was glad to get out of the house last week, Obama has now scheduled two back-to-back town hall meetings next week -- in Indiana and Florida.

"I think the president looks forward to getting out of town for a few hours," White House press secretary Robert Gibbs told reporters this afternoon. Obama plans to hear directly from people affected by the economic crisis on those two trips, scheduled for Monday and Tuesday.

But first, this weekend, Obama is taking his family to Camp David for the first time, for a one-night stay on Saturday, Gibbs said. And on Thursday, he is supposed to travel to Springfield, Ill. -- returning to Washington only to head off to Chicago for Valentine's Day.

Less than three weeks into his presidency, Obama has proven to be more active in and around Washington than his predecessor, going out to restaurants and tonight taking Michelle Obama to the Kennedy Center for the first time. Asked whether the additional travel is a sign that Obama is already feeling hemmed in, Gibbs did not deny it, saying his boss is a "restless soul."

Posted at 3:08 PM ET on Feb 6, 2009  | Category:  Washington Life
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Posted by: JakeD | February 9, 2009 12:14 PM

See also "Alvin Ailey" thread (below).

Posted by: JakeD | February 8, 2009 7:46 AM

You don't "believe" me that I think she's a die-hard liberal? Fine. Ask one of the Obama press people then. Also, I am registered INDEPENDENT, not Republican. So, you are 0 for 2.

Finally, Bush was never on "vacation" as in away from work. But, I couldn't care less what the former President did or didn't do. Obama was going to CHANGE everything, and since the economy is sooooo bad, shouldn't he be concentrating on that rather than wasting the taxpayers' hard-earned money going out every other night? That's an honest question.

Posted by: JakeD | February 7, 2009 11:01 PM

JakeD said: "She is a dyed-wool liberal, who was actually trying to elevate Obama. I'm glad she brought this up, though, because he should be working on official business rather than wasting taxpayer money."

1. I don't believe you.

2. Wasting taxpayer money on what exactly?

3. If I were you, I would hold my tongue re Obama, considering the idiot who just left office barely ahead of a criminal prosecution, was elected to office by you and your ilk. The man took a surplus, turned it in to an 11 trillion debt, broke the law, destroyed a country, got 4,000+ members of our armed forces killed for nothing, mangled the constitution, and spent THREE WHOLE YEARS of his 8 in office on VACATION.

Have you people/republicans NO SHAME whatsoever??

Finally, if Kornblut is indeed a liberal, she needs to go back to school and learn about relevance, and about how to write a real news story. If someone is going to write a feature piece on a person whom they actually are happy to see in office, they damn sure better learn not to trivialize them.

Anything else to say, Jakey? Bring it. I am freaking fed up with Republicans.

Oh, and Ms. Kornblut, you might wish to read the comments about your "story" on Huff Post.

Posted by: Nicole9 | February 7, 2009 8:22 PM

She is a dyed-wool liberal, who was actually trying to elevate Obama. I'm glad she brought this up, though, because he should be working on official business rather than wasting taxpayer money.

Posted by: JakeD | February 7, 2009 7:29 PM

JakeD said: "Kormblut is a "right winger"?! LOL"
___________________________

I have no idea what she is, although after reading her article, I formed an opinion that it was clearly an attempt to trivialize Obama. Do you think a liberal would do that?

Regardless of her political affiliations, she is not reporting the news objectively. In point of fact, she is not reporting the news at all with this article. The article is a non-story, published to snark at the president. Period.

Posted by: Nicole9 | February 7, 2009 5:14 PM

Kormblut is a "right winger"?! LOL

Posted by: JakeD | February 7, 2009 4:43 PM

I posted to this thread earlier today, but I forgot to inform Ms. Kornblut what I personally intend to do about authors of articles such as this from here on in.

I blog, and I will write a piece every time I see an article like this.
If others commenting here are bloggers, you should consider doing the same.

We defeated Sarah Palin, we can defeat the right-wing media as well.

As Bob Cesca said, they have ZERO credibility.

This president deserves our full support.

Posted by: Nicole9 | February 7, 2009 4:06 PM

Why won't the media fall in step with our new ELECTED President of all the people the way they did for the previous one who relied more on the Supreme Court for his title than the voters?
I am about to cancel every subscription I have. Let's see if the massive layoffs in the media wake them up.

Posted by: pklaz96 | February 7, 2009 1:28 PM

Some media just don't get it. The American people elected President Obama. Republicans can be voted out of office just like Anne Kornblut who needs a life can be fired. Eight long years under Bush's administration is simply abuse and a lot of people abused for so long really believes that is the only way to live.

The media has been so unfair to President Obama and they will continue to be unfair to him. This President is so in tune with the American people and their needs,their fears, their wants, and the list goes on.Jobs are needed and needed now. Homes are lost, now.

We - the American people do not need the crap the Republicans and bias media are spewing. Thank God for a brillant, intelligent, caring President.

To the media and Ms. Kornblut stop seeing President Obama's race and using the old ways of "Jim Crow", he does not need your premission to get out for a bresh of fresh air. And, might I ask, do you know anyone who has lost her/his job? or maybe lost their home? Report on the rise of suicides because of this crisis we are in. That is real journalism.

Say what you will my dear, the American people are behind him 100%. We wanted change, so we voted.

Posted by: december30 | February 7, 2009 12:48 PM

Thank you to all the other posters who name this frothy, nonsensical writing for what it is. Many of us barely survived the regime of Mister with-us-or-agin-us, watch-this-drive, extraordinary-rendition, etc.

I like a feature story easily as well as anyone -- but this one features nothing. We now have a PRESIDENT, an evolved, forward-moving adult who can help us to become a better nation in a better world. Don't mythologize him, but don't trivialize him, either!

Posted by: leftcoast3 | February 7, 2009 12:31 PM

Thank you to all the other posters who name this frothy, nonsensical writing for what it is. Many of us barely survived the regime of Mister with-us-or-agin-us, watch-this-drive, extraordinary-rendition, etc.

I like a feature story easily as well as anyone -- but this one features nothing. We now have a PRESIDENT, an evolved, forward-moving adult who can help us to become a better nation in a better world. Don't mythologize him, but don't trivialize him, either!

Posted by: leftcoast3 | February 7, 2009 12:18 PM

After eight years of government run by two sociopaths, it's amusing to read criticism of a "restless" President. Some intellectual "restlessness" would have prevented the disasters we are now living through.

Posted by: kurtandstephen | February 7, 2009 11:56 AM

It appears to me that President Obama's restless state comes from the fact that thousands of people lost their jobs in January, many businesses are closing, etc., etc., and his efforts for trying to do something to help them is being bantered about for purely politically reasons. This, I am sure, is quite annoying. Of course, helpful and issue directed debate and discussion is necessary and appropriate for the Legislative process. I pray that the reasonable minded DEM's and GOP'ers will find a way to work together and find managable solutions for some of America's problems. As President Obama has often said, "no plan will be perfect." The time for single-mindedness and partisan bickering for the sake of scoring points, or to make the opposition look bad in order to win elections is over. If that behavior continues to happen, the American people and the saftey of this country will be left swinging in the wind, or hanging in the balance.
So, let our restless and caring POTUS take a walk to clear his head and think about what can be done to resolve the mess he has inherited.

I will make one positive observation: The Senate worked Friday night, are working on this Saturday, and I think the Senators may work on Sunday. I cannot remember when this much work has taken place on behalf of the American people. Now that is a good thing and "change I can believe in," and hope for the future.

Posted by: mslauria1 | February 7, 2009 11:52 AM

There is a certain level of discomfort even displeasure that I find common in articles written about President Obama by the traditional media. They seem to think he's too smart for his own britches and by questioning and doubting his every move they hope to convince the public of their mistake in voting for him.

President Obama has also changed the rules of engagement between the media and the President,and that has not made happy campers of the entitled media types. How dare he attempt to lead without their permssion. I am not sure how many of that million and half who found themselves unemployed in the last several weeks were media types, but if they insist on continuing to write tripe like this, many more will follow, because I won't buy a paper and magazines are on my kill list. Why waste the money for such biased reporting?

The media reports on the Stimulus Bill as if the Republicans weren't B-slapped by the voters in the last election and are not still feeling the sting. Somehow news doesn't include reporting on how rotten their behavior has been. Little speculation about why McCain has turned from the pariah to the messiah of the Republican party. Did his Republican colleagues suggest a party honoring his service to the country? What's that old saying, "Why is that guy mad at me, I never did anything to help him?" The media rather chooses to rant about whether President Obama was wrong to attempt bipartisanship and he should hurry up and make it work. The media wouldn't recognize CHANGE if it bit them in their pocketbooks. Oops it is and they still don't get it. They did the same soft ball lobbing around George Bush for eight years that they are now offering up to the Republicans. It is stunning, and oddly enough, it seems as though they think the public are unable to see this bias and call it for what it is.

I suspect any restlessness President Obama may be feeling is out of the utter confusion that the Republican doofuses (sp?) have been allowed to obstruct the Stimulus Bill without much of a whuppin from the media. The Republicans were for de-regulation, torture, Iraq and a menu of bad decisions that lead us to this moment, but the media is baiting the public with the question, can Obama pull off bipartisanship bargaining?...however offer no perspective on the Republican strategy to use he Stimulus Bill sorely for political purposes.For the most part,news media deserve having your shops' door closed with a for sale sign unfortunately it would also put out of work the men and women whose ideas we do not see on the front page. I do not have any respect for American media and Arianna be careful, if the tradtional media dies, you will then become the traditional media...life is short, so just tell the damned truth!

Posted by: anghiari | February 7, 2009 11:13 AM

I welcome this "restless soul" that desires to be in contact with the American people to take the temperature of the country first hand. One of the downfall in previous presidency is that the others were to willing to stay coup up and in a bubble that they did not have a clue what was happening on ground zero where the real Americans live. I am so proud of this president and pray for his success. For those who are cynical and seek to look for fault with a magnifying glass...you sound like you could use some psychological help for you have an uncanny desire to feel "big" at the expense of others. Your desire to subtract from someone never adds to your own persona.

Posted by: dupree7799 | February 7, 2009 11:09 AM

and i'm happy that most of the posts i have read this morning are in support of President Obama.

i campaigned for this man and i believe he truly wants to make change happen in america; change that is good for ordinary citizens...and OMG! what a concept that is; a president who actually cares about ordinary citizens and middle-class america.

that's where the repugs don't get it. the repugs are there for their big business friends and that's why they keep crying the mantra of "tax breaks..tax breaks". tax breaks don't stimulate the economy. bushie got his tax breaks and look where it's gotten the country...we are in this mess because of the repugs. the repugs don't want a middle-class; case in point-they voted for the wall street bailout with no strings attached yet when the big 3 wanted money, oh, strings had to be attached and the unions had to renegotiate their contracts for LOWER wages.
they've been trying to eradicate the middle-class since the inception of the new deal.

i pray President Obama can do for this country what needs to get done. and if he needs to talk a walk or two to think so be it.

the little neo-con repugs must be running out of things to criticize if that's all they can come up with. i say they need to start taking a long, hard look at their neo-con repug congresspeople.

Posted by: pammygamherst | February 7, 2009 10:14 AM

hey waterfront property and jaked...you both are obviously right-wing neo-cons jerks.
first, waterfront property...what you live on waterfront property probably bought some ill-gotten gains thanks to your repug friends.
let me tell you something tuts...i have ADHD and it has nothing to do with wanting to be in front of adoring crowds or any of that crap. why don't you do some research and find out exactly what ADHD is before posting some non-sensical blather about a person you obviously know absolutely nothing about.

oh, and i'm bipolar too and i would love to share what i like to call a "bipolar moment" with you and let you see up close and personal what adhd and bipolar disorder is like.

and jaked...you are a repug moron. both of you need serious re-education. there is nothing wrong with obama wanting to get out of the house. i would feel hemmed in as well if i couldn't go out for a walk to clear my head and do some serious thinking.

and no waterfront..he ain't quitting. it's a shame that worthless excuse of the former "president" (and i use the term president in the broadest context possible) didn't quit when he realized he wasn't up for the job.

get over it little neo-con repugs president obama is here for eight years.

Posted by: pammygamherst | February 7, 2009 10:04 AM

To Anne E. Kornblut, the 'journalist'.

The bias in your story is unmistakable, and pathetic. It is more than clear that you are attempting to make Obama appear to be ADHD, or something else that might meet with disapproval.

The idea that this president deserves censure for a desire to take walks, reach out to his community, and the American people, bodes ill for the GOP, and that is what worries you.

Stop it now. We will not allow you right-wingers to destroy this president, this man who is clearly a man above most men.

Leave him alone unless you have something valid to report.

Sickening.


Posted by: Nicole9 | February 7, 2009 9:50 AM

To Anne E. Kornblut, the 'journalist'.

The bias in your story is unmistakable, and pathetic. It is more than clear that you are attempting to make Obama appear to be ADHD, or something else that might meet with disapproval.

The idea that this president deserves censure for a desire to take walks, reach out to his community, and the American people, bodes ill for the GOP, and that is what worries you.

Stop it now. We will not allow you right-wingers to destroy this president, this man who is clearly a man above most men.

Leave him alone unless you have something valid to report.

Sickening.


Posted by: Nicole9 | February 7, 2009 9:48 AM

sherlou wrote::
We are so lucky as a country to have this 'restless soul" at our helm. He is engaged and on the job 24/7 have no doubt.
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Hmm, he retires to the mansion in the early evening and gets to work @ 0900. Does that sound like some on the job 24/7?? No.

Posted by: leeh11281 | February 7, 2009 7:54 AM

We are so lucky as a country to have this 'restless soul" at our helm. He is engaged and on the job 24/7 have no doubt. What a breath of fresh air from the last 8 years. The Republicans should be ashamed of themselves for continuing the partisan politics as usual. They don't have the backbone to do anything to help us. They have deserted the country and we should throw the rest of the bums out in 2010. Thank you to Susan Collins, Arlene Spector and Olympia Snow. They clearly get it. We all need to pull together in this dark hour if we are going to survive this crisis. Why is this so hard for republicans to do?? It is pathetic and sad to read the rantings of some against this president. Well sadly he learned that even reaching out rarely works with these guys. Thank God the American people seem wiser than the republicans and double thank God we didn't get, the economy is in fine shape, McCain.

Posted by: sherlou | February 7, 2009 7:50 AM

I'm simply quoting FDR (and SNL ; )

Posted by: JakeD | February 7, 2009 7:40 AM

Are there any 'restful souls' today?

Posted by: pianoforjoy | February 7, 2009 2:53 AM

This journalist is trying to put a negative spin on 44 wanting to go for a walk, visit a school, go out for the evening. Pathetic much? That desperate for a topic for an article? Get a life.

Posted by: shieldsbrown | February 7, 2009 12:41 AM

What Gibbs said is that he thinks Obama is a "restless soul" who likes to go for walks. Obama has always taken walks to clear his mind and think things over. Now, all of a sudden a he can't take a walk outside at all. Any vigorous, physically active person would feel constrained by the lack of exercise in the fresh air. Why does the article try to make it out to be something other than it is?

Posted by: karela | February 7, 2009 12:12 AM

JakeD displays his abject hypocrisy in stating: "what ever happened to "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" -- read about it sometime."

After supporting a president who for eight years offered the message that we have nothing to fear except *EVERYTHING*

And arguing against a president who is offering the same solutions as the president you quote,

I am utterly stunned that you have been able to drop my already quite low opinion of you even further. You're a real piece of work, you are. Utterly shameless.

Posted by: nodebris | February 6, 2009 10:22 PM

Or, if he is removed.

Posted by: JakeD | February 6, 2009 7:12 PM

Sounds like PBO is suffering from a lack of maturity or ADHD. Bring back the big coliseum and the adoring crowds. Right, PBO? Bring back the adoring masses.

He wanted it; he got it!

This is his life for the next four years - unless, of course, he quits.

Posted by: waterfrontproperty | February 6, 2009 7:04 PM

During the cmapaign season, President Obama showed a clear need and desire to hear directly from the American people. it does not surprise me that he wants to get out of DC and the bubble that is the White House and get back to the people he governs. He will be a better president for it and we will all benefit from a president who takes the time to know us and the struggles we face every day.

Maybe he will even come to New Jersey one day!!

Posted by: kashabear | February 6, 2009 6:14 PM

RE:

RE: POST BELOW...

IS THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE BEAM PATH OF EMF...
...GIVING POTUS HEADACHES AND MOOD CHANGES?

(to fix corrupted link for related story:)

http://www.nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 6, 2009 5:36 PM

1776, 1863, and 1941 were actually (and "veritably") darker times in American history -- what ever happened to "We have nothing to fear but fear itself" -- read about it sometime.

Posted by: JakeD | February 6, 2009 4:15 PM

President Obama is faced with the veritably darkest time in American history when, in any other era, Bush, Rove, Cheney and other propagandists would be locked up for treasonous behavior against the republic. I imagine Obama is facing the darkness and ignorance of epic proportions. Our country is sinking, Republicans are conveniently psychotic and probably every enemy of our country is on the side of the Republicans. We are in a depression, people, and every person should be on the phone to his or her representative to help the Obama team put America together again.

Posted by: dlo1 | February 6, 2009 4:00 PM

Give me a "restless soul" as president, any day.

See, our new president isn't just sitting around waiting for things to happen. How refreshing.

Lord knows, he's got plenty to do after eight years of mismanagement by a "soul-less pest."

Posted by: deberry10 | February 6, 2009 3:53 PM

IS THE WHITE HOUSE IN THE BEAM PATH OF EMF...

...GIVING POTUS HEADACHES AND MOOD CHANGES?


It is a known scientific fact that radiation emanating from electromagnetic fields (or electromagnetic-emitting devices) can cause headaches, mood and behavioral changes, even adverse physical effects such as the induction of illness or injury.

Is it possible that such of the high-tech communications (or security protection) devices or weaponry in the vicinity of POTUS are causing physiological effects that could be affecting his sense of well-being -- or perhaps even endangering his health?

Given the advanced state of White House telecommunications and security technology, President Obama and his key staff should give this issue their serious and immediate attention.

Radiation-emitting devices and weaponry have been linked to adverse physical effects. Here is some source material:

http://www..nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

Posted by: scrivener50 | February 6, 2009 3:33 PM

So the GOP will turn this into "Obama isn't happy with his taxpayer-financed 170 room mansion!"

http://www.political-buzz.com/

Posted by: parkerfl1 | February 6, 2009 3:15 PM

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