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Obama "fantasizes" about bursting the bubble

By Scott Wilson
FREMONT, Calif., May 25--President Obama usually begins his outside-the-Beltway appearances with a shtick about how good it is to get away from Washington.

He likes the monuments, he says, and he loves the fact he has no commute (something that resonated with his California audience.) And, of course, the people are nice. But it's always good to get away, he says, adding Wednesday that "it's good to be back in Northern California."

At an event in this East Bay city, Obama gave a little more detail about why and, in doing so, gave a glimpse of the yearning he sometimes feels to burst his thick security bubble.

Obama told an audience of employees at solar-panel manufacturing plant here that, 17 years ago, he and Michelle spent their honeymoon up the road in Napa Valley. "We drove down Pacific Coast Highway," he said, wistfully. "This morning I was fantasizing about going out and renting a car."

"But," he deadpanned, "I was told that would cause a stir."

Instead, Obama bordered Marine One in San Francisco and flew east over the San Francisco Bay amid low storm clouds.

Not a convertible on PCH with his wife by his side. But his aides described an awesome aerial view of Alcatraz, the Bay Bridge, and city's skyline as they flew in.

By Scott Wilson  |  May 26, 2010; 4:42 PM ET
Categories:  44 The Obama Presidency  
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The only legit comment here comes from Concerned 28 - all of the other commentators listed here...they can take a hike off the tallest nearby building. He has had TWO - yes Count them - TWO state dinners in his 16 months in office. Someone calls him names, another says he is cheating on Michelle, another says he is touring California and not visiting the gulf oil spill (WHICH HE DID,TOO)...And of course heaven forbid he take any time off by going home to Chicago this weekend! This person so quickly forgets that W. spent most of his elected (and NON elected) time anywhere but in D.C. doing business! On and On - the posts are all either out and out lies - or total useless dribble!!!

Posted by: rbarry13 | May 29, 2010 1:02 AM | Report abuse

The only legit comment here comes from Concerned 28 - all of the other commentators listed here...they can take a hike off the tallest nearby building. He has had TWO - yes Count them - TWO state dinners in his 16 months in office. Someone calls him names, another says he is cheating on Michelle, another says he is touring California and not visiting the gulf oil spill (WHICH HE DID,TOO)...And of course heaven forbid he take any time off by going home to Chicago this weekend! This person so quickly forgets that W. spent most of his elected (and NON elected) time anywhere but in D.C. doing business! On and On - the posts are all either out and out lies - or total useless dribble!!!

Posted by: rbarry13 | May 29, 2010 1:01 AM | Report abuse

Oh, how I am sheltered, whoa is me because I am the lowly POTUS and can not stop myself letting my mouth overload a certain portion of my body.

It is so bad that he had to get up today and alibi that the government is in control of the OIL SPILL.

Must like listening to himself talk..

He is in control, 250000 plus illegals are crossing the borders into Az annually and he DOES NOTHING.

Iran is getting Nukes... he does nothing buy sit on his hands.

Keeps running over Israel with a tank instead of a bus.

Lets NORTH KOREA sink a South Korean Boat.

Supports EVERY Muslim country in the Middle East st taxpayer expense.

Needs to get away back to Chicago, and does not attend the Memorial Day Ceremonies in Arlington National Cemetery.

The list keeps getting longer and longer..

He can not even FIDDLE as Washington comes down around his and the Democrats ears.

Remember you voted for him.. because he is a slick, silver tongued politician..

Tells want you want to hear.. and can not deliver a decision at a baseball game... because he is INEXPERIENCED.

Posted by: miller515501 | May 27, 2010 4:02 PM | Report abuse

What I find astounding is that other presidents in the past have all done these types of things whether in "peace" time or when we were at war or facing a national disaster/crisis.

Yet the comments placed about this column strike me as a thinly veiled indictments that are racially biased. Even if President Obama solves a problem he can never be right because too much racially motivated perspectives cloud poeple's judgment.

We are becmoing a laughing stock nation because we can not seem to grow beyond petty comments and racial anxieties.

Posted by: Concerned28 | May 27, 2010 1:17 PM | Report abuse

This POTUS is totally out of touch with reality, and is definately living in his own "bubble". Just coming off a State dinner for Mexico, and a $35,0000 a couple fund raiser while the oil spills onto Louisiana.
Has to go down as the worst President in history.
How come no newsconferences since July?
The oil spill is a tragedy, but do you know how much harm it is going to do our ecomomy to stop Shell from drilling in Alaska, which is much safer?

Posted by: joanz3 | May 27, 2010 12:27 PM | Report abuse

Hey Obama...did any of the Environmental warriors in San Francisco say anything about your carbon footprint???How much did you spend "touring" the Bay Area in Marine One? Nice to be enjoying a joy ride in the heart of liberal America while you should have been touring the Louisiana coast, but then you would have to actually be doing something constructive. You have definitely secured your place as the worst President in our history. Dumber than a hammer, and as worthless as a rock.

Posted by: brooklynborn1 | May 27, 2010 12:09 PM | Report abuse

What a disgrace to the American people. He talks of budget restraints to Congress and companies, and the crony is doing nothing but out playing in California to the tune of about 5 mil a day! He should use his own money the rest of his four years on unnecesary travel; which I dont see any 'national' reason of any of his travels!!!

Posted by: REL1 | May 27, 2010 11:54 AM | Report abuse

WH staff: Help POTUS burst the bubble -- show him THIS...

Who wants it to be "Obama's Katrina?"

OBAMA MUST ACT LIKE A WAR PRESIDENT -- WITHOUT DECLARING A NATIONAL EMERGENCY.

BECAUSE IF HE DOES, HE MAY BE ARMING POLITICAL ENEMIES WITHIN WITH ABSOLUTE POWER.

***

ENDLESS GULF OIL SPILL: PURPOSEFUL 'END OF DAYS' POWER PLAY?

http://nowpublic.com/world/endless-gulf-oil-spill-purposeful-end-days-power-play

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Oil spill diverts attention from domestic atrocities...

HOMELAND HIT LIST TARGETS 'DISSIDENTS,' 'UNDESIRABLES' FOR SILENT MICROWAVE TORTURE, FINANCIAL SABOTAGE, VIGILANTE COMMUNITY STALKING HARASSMENT: VETERAN JOURNALIST

Has POTUS been a target of cell tower- based microwave radio frequency weapon system -- deployed nationwide?

http://nowpublic.com/world/u-s-silently-tortures-americans-cell-tower-microwaves

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america OR NowPublic.com/scrivener OR Vic Livingston's Facebook page ("Notes").

Posted by: scrivener50 | May 27, 2010 7:34 AM | Report abuse

That is not all he fantasizes about! Hear he has a girlfriend under wraps.

Posted by: imaginemore | May 26, 2010 8:50 PM | Report abuse


"O to live like the little people"

Barry the incompetent boob Obama

Posted by: screwjob15 | May 26, 2010 7:45 PM | Report abuse

He should have done us and himself a favor, and stayed in the Senate; he knew the job was dangerous and demanding when he campaigned for it. Just shows, he's in above his head.

Posted by: hared | May 26, 2010 6:47 PM | Report abuse

Obama boarded Marine One - ?

Posted by: duhneese | May 26, 2010 6:32 PM | Report abuse

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