Obama’s Memorial Day speech in Chicago rained out

posted at 4:32 pm on May 31, 2010 by Allahpundit

Alternate headline: “Terrible week for Obama somehow turns worse.” On any other occasion this would be amusing, but Memorial Day without an address from the C-in-C is a bummer through and through. Three clips for you, then, to make up the difference. The first is The One from this afternoon, caught in the middle of a downpour to rival Noah’s flood. The second is his weekend YouTube address on Memorial Day, which will have to do as a substitute for any remarks today. And the third is a brief clip of Biden pinch-hitting at Arlington. Looks like you missed some beautiful spring weather in Virginia, champ.


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That’s a cute umbrella.

BadgerHawk on May 31, 2010 at 4:33 PM

I hear the weather at Arlington is quite nice this time of year…

Oh, wait!

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2010 at 4:35 PM

God hates Obama. Which is weird, because that’s like two Gods hating one another, though the original God didn’t put me and my great-great-grandchildren in debt.

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

Obama bets on the wrong horse, again.

ThePrez on May 31, 2010 at 4:37 PM

I’ll bet Obama was happy about this. I’m sure he was thinking, “Whew! I sure didn’t want to thank American soldiers for anything. It leaves a bad taste in my mouth.”

Fuzzlenutter on May 31, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Looks like you missed some beautiful spring weather in Virginia, champ.

Also, you’re not the 2nd Lincoln, contrary to what floats in your head.

In addition, you’re not the god you believe to be. He’d have stopped the “thunder”.

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2010 at 4:39 PM

The MSM spin on this should be Comedy Gold.

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2010 at 4:39 PM

We remember what happened when President Harrison made a speech in the rain. Better safe than sorry.

Tommy_G on May 31, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Alternate headline

“Limp president somehow gets limper”

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2010 at 4:39 PM

“The first is The One from this afternoon, caught in the middle of a downpour to rival Noah’s flood.”

Why Obowma just didn’t part the clouds and hold the rain until after his speech…

… I don’t know?

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Umbrella picture photo caption contest

“Umbrella, Che and Me”

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Trying again -

God really does have one wicked sense of humor does he? :)

gophergirl on May 31, 2010 at 4:41 PM

Totus fitted with windshield wipers.

Tin Lizzy on May 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Obama being reduced to a public address announcer.

stormin1961 on May 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Two LOLs on this thread already, to wit:

God hates Obama. Which is weird, because that’s like two Gods hating one another, though the original God didn’t put me and my great-great-grandchildren in debt.

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

and

We remember what happened when President Harrison made a speech in the rain. Better safe than sorry.

Tommy_G on May 31, 2010 at 4:39 PM

Thanks for the laughs. I do appreciate them.

radioboyatl on May 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

does should be doesn’t

OY

gophergirl on May 31, 2010 at 4:42 PM

Biden, 1
Obama, 0

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2010 at 4:45 PM

I really don’t know much about this at all, but why wouldn’t they have an alternative location; that is, why not have an indoor location? The commander in chief of our fat gov’t can’t even get a Memorial Day speech right. What makes you think he’ll be able to stimulate the economy, create jobs, bring peace, and clean up the Gulf?

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Obama’s quick decision making and the leadership he showed by taking the podium and alerting the crowd certainly saved many lives today.

Mark1971 on May 31, 2010 at 4:47 PM

Obama’s quick decision making and the leadership he showed by taking the podium and alerting the crowd certainly created and/or saved many lives today.

Mark1971 on May 31, 2010 at 4:47 PM

FIFY

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 4:48 PM

I blame Bush.

John the Libertarian on May 31, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Are you sure you’re an atheist, AP? The years God has spent mocking Al Gore should at least get you to Gaia. But drowning out the Messiah…

Pablo on May 31, 2010 at 4:50 PM

Sounds like a typical high school principal.

klickink.wordpress.com on May 31, 2010 at 4:50 PM

I really don’t know much about this at all, but why wouldn’t they have an alternative location; that is, why not have an indoor location?

Because we don’t much bury people indoors.

Pablo on May 31, 2010 at 4:51 PM

I don’t watch Obama clips, but these I will.

It seems a biblical axiom that God opposes the proud, especially when they come to rule an influential nation. Barry does presently seemed opposed by unforseen circumstances, unforseen by us anyway.

Will the proud man find humility, a.k.a. triangulation?

exdeadhead on May 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM

Brittish Army conquers, then burns Washington DC during the War of 1812. After, the same troops are hit by a hurricane and then a tornado causing more casualties than the battle did. And now this. Coincidence? I think not.

oddjob1138 on May 31, 2010 at 4:54 PM

BHO says: “. . . especially the children.”

STFU

exdeadhead on May 31, 2010 at 4:55 PM

From Ed’s Memorial Day thread of today, I particularly loved the words this HA commenter chose:

That is my memorial day,,a glass raised to those gentlemen and ladies that gave all their tomorrows so we could have our todays.

retiredeagle on May 31, 2010 at 3:20 PM

Schadenfreude on May 31, 2010 at 4:55 PM

Why did this image immediately pop into my head when I saw the first clip…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Real God: 1
Fake God: 0

faraway on May 31, 2010 at 4:57 PM

This reminds me of a song Rita Moreno sang years ago on “The Electric Company” — It Only Rains Where I Am.

Nichevo on May 31, 2010 at 4:57 PM

I really don’t know much about this at all, but why wouldn’t they have an alternative location; that is, why not have an indoor location? The commander in chief of our fat gov’t can’t even get a Memorial Day speech right. What makes you think he’ll be able to stimulate the economy, create jobs, bring peace, and clean up the Gulf?

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 4:47 PM

That’s what I was thinking. Surely the POTUS can get a last-minute indoor location to make the speech. In fact, I can’t believe that wasn’t planned for in advance and there wasn’t an “in the event of adverse weather” addendum to any invitation to the speech. Doesn’t anyone pay attention to weather forecasts?

EarthToZoey on May 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM

Don’t worry all, Obama will give Memorial Day address upon His arrival at Andrew’s AFB.

Ian on May 31, 2010 at 5:02 PM

….And to be fair, Sheriff Joe gave an excellent speech at Arlington and conducted himself in the manner I expect of the PRESIDENT.

Joe means well, he’s just verbally challenged.

GoldenEagle4444 on May 31, 2010 at 5:03 PM

How can they be heroes when Obama has apologized for everything they’ve died for?

As to the rain and running to their cars… what would the heroes guarding the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier do?

I can’t bear to actually watch the videos and hear his voice on this of all days. So my comments are based on the titles of the videos.

Joy on May 31, 2010 at 5:04 PM

Watched first clip, couldn’t/wouldn’t listen. All I saw was a man doing a lot of finger-pointing…and I thought that was all passe, according to him.

betsyz on May 31, 2010 at 5:05 PM

So Obowma has seen the errors of his ways and has rescinded his ‘Rules of Engagement’ so our soldiers can actually fight, kill the enemy, win, and come home victorious…

… I didn’t think so.

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2010 at 5:09 PM

Obama’s quick decision making and the leadership he showed by taking the podium and alerting the crowd certainly saved many lives today.

Mark1971 on May 31, 2010 at 4:47 PM

crr7?

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM

If it was Woodstock the show would have went on….

Caper29 on May 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Weren’t many of those in attendance brought in on buses?

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2010 at 5:14 PM

Cemeteries are outdoors. Most of them don’t HAVE any place indoors!

I live about 35, 40 miles north of where the cemetery is and we got hit by the same storm perhaps an hour earlier. Impressive thunder, lightning and rain indeed.

I also heard Obama went to one of the VA hospitals, too — not an Obama fan, but I did think that was nice. Would be nicer if he had his wife and kids with him — I don’t know if he did or not. Come on, they can give up a bit of their holiday, too, in grateful thanks for the lifestyle we provide for them.

lizzieillinois on May 31, 2010 at 5:15 PM

The weather acted stupidly.

Kenosha Kid on May 31, 2010 at 5:16 PM

Imagine if a lightning strike caused a power outage and his teleprompter didn’t work. What would he do then?

takeamericabackin10 on May 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

I wonder if he secretly prayed: “Dear Me. Why did I make it rain on Me, today of all days? Me, make it stop for Me. Thank you, Me”.

Amen to Me.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2010 at 5:21 PM

P.S. I really am starting to feel sorry for this guy….

Key West Reader on May 31, 2010 at 5:22 PM

That rain was “unexpected”

Corsair on May 31, 2010 at 5:23 PM

Is this normal weather for this time of the year, in that city ?

macncheez on May 31, 2010 at 5:24 PM

That’s what I was thinking. Surely the POTUS can get a last-minute indoor location to make the speech. In fact, I can’t believe that wasn’t planned for in advance and there wasn’t an “in the event of adverse weather” addendum to any invitation to the speech. Doesn’t anyone pay attention to weather forecasts?

EarthToZoey on May 31, 2010 at 5:00 PM

And to think that the gov’t that claims the science is settled on Global Warming can’t even turn on the weather channel.

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 5:25 PM

bet he ordered Air Force 1 to seed the clouds so that he could get out of the event.

stormin1961 on May 31, 2010 at 5:25 PM

and He said unto the wind and waves, “peace! be still!”

tai-pan on May 31, 2010 at 5:26 PM

Even evil knows the difference between gentle drops of baptismal water and the fury a raging storm has…

“Especially, the children my ass”

**running for cover**

ericdijon on May 31, 2010 at 5:27 PM

crr7?

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Thanks, Del.

Lanceman on May 31, 2010 at 5:28 PM

When God saw Hussain getting all wee-wee’d up for his photo-op today,
HE said
” I ‘m not letting him insult my children , not on this day”
and then HE chased him out

macncheez on May 31, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Rain short-circuits TelePrompter. Obama photo-op canceled.

News at ten.

viking01 on May 31, 2010 at 5:36 PM

If it was Woodstock the show would have went on….

Caper29 on May 31, 2010 at 5:13 PM

Didn’t have to be Woodstock…it goes on EVERYDAY. Take a look….

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=rMk8i-K8Vcc

tencole on May 31, 2010 at 5:37 PM

though the original God didn’t put me and my great-great-grandchildren in debt.

Apologetic California on May 31, 2010 at 4:36 PM

The oft-repeated “forgive us of our debts” prayer notwithstanding. :)

David Shane on May 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

When did people become such p*ssies about rain? Even football games get delayed or cancelled because of it. Yeah, i know, there’s lightning, but there was lightning thirty years ago too and people didn’t wet themselves out of fear and stop everything they were doing because of some rain. I’ve seen old clips of rock bands playing out in the rain, you’re telling me a bunch of old hippies are braver than people today? Sheesh.

clearbluesky on May 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

It’s a good thing he can walk on water.

hoosiermama on May 31, 2010 at 5:40 PM

” I ‘m not letting him insult my children , not on this day”
and then HE chased him out

macncheez on May 31, 2010 at 5:33 PM

Heh

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 5:43 PM

clearbluesky on May 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Actually, it probably has more to do with the litigious society we’ve become now that i think about it.

clearbluesky on May 31, 2010 at 5:44 PM

This is our Pu$$y in Chief.

No American President should act this way. He’s supposed to be a leader, not a traffic cop.

God help us through the next few years.

Cody1991 on May 31, 2010 at 5:44 PM

rain rain

Wind Rider on May 31, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Imagine if a lightning strike caused a power outage and his teleprompter didn’t work. What would he do then?

takeamericabackin10 on May 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

Blame Bush?

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2010 at 5:45 PM

Mr. Obama certainly looked decisive and presidential, taking charge of the situation and making the call for everyone’s safety today. I applaud his cool, confident demeanor.

Hopefully this one won’t disappear.

Wind Rider on May 31, 2010 at 5:50 PM

If people don’t want to get struck by lightening, than people should stay 100 feet away from Obama.

portlandon on May 31, 2010 at 5:50 PM

Wind Rider on May 31, 2010 at 5:50 PM

And yes, that was sarcasm. My actual comments were deemed too politically incorrect, apparently.

Wind Rider on May 31, 2010 at 5:51 PM

It would just have been lip service, anyway.

kingsjester on May 31, 2010 at 5:51 PM

It would just have been lip service, anyway.

kingsjester on May 31, 2010 at 5:51 PM

I have to agree with macncheese. God, in his infinite love, spared us from an Obama lecture on American evil.

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 5:53 PM

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Yessir, kiddo. God is good. All the time.

kingsjester on May 31, 2010 at 5:53 PM

clearbluesky on May 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Yes.

chemman on May 31, 2010 at 5:54 PM

I’ve seen old clips of rock bands playing out in the rain, you’re telling me a bunch of old hippies are braver than people today? Sheesh.

clearbluesky on May 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

The original Woodstock festival had some thunderstorms but it’s inconclusive from the film how long they lasted. Some years later Santana played a show in Puerto Rico that had to be ended early due to a ferocious thunderstorm; it can be seen on the Santana video “Viva Santana”.

Some friends and I were seeing classic SF hippie band The Sons of Champlin in Boston in 1976-it was at City Hall Plaza and they had to shut it down after about 20 minutes after lightning started hitting all the nearby buildings.

Last year the B-52s were playing an outdoor show on Governors Island in NY harbor, and only got 7 songs into the set before a huge thunderstorm shut things down. The video is on youtube someplace.

Del Dolemonte on May 31, 2010 at 5:55 PM

Yessir, kiddo. God is good. All the time.

kingsjester on May 31, 2010 at 5:53 PM

Amen… I just murmured a little prayer of deliverance…

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 5:55 PM

clearbluesky on May 31, 2010 at 5:44 PM

But just think if we weren’t so litigious we would have such luminaries as Proud Rino and crr6 posting about their knowledge of the law.

chemman on May 31, 2010 at 5:57 PM

clearbluesky on May 31, 2010 at 5:39 PM

Maybe not necessarily braver, just unable to tell the weather from the acid trip. . .

Wind Rider on May 31, 2010 at 5:57 PM

Go, go, go greased lightnin

faraway on May 31, 2010 at 5:58 PM

So does that mean that Washington, D.C. is still the capital and seat of government of the US? Thank God.
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RalphyBoy on May 31, 2010 at 5:58 PM

Utterly amazing. They can forecast the results of global warming 50-60 years from now, but NO ONE at the White House can get a forecast 2-3 days in advance of an event.

Bestest administration evah!

GarandFan on May 31, 2010 at 5:59 PM

That first clip really makes me angry. I can only imagine how long those people waited in the rain for Obama to get onstage. In the time it took him to tell people to go to their cars, be could have said a few words and then told people he was cutting his remarks short. But no. How long did they wait in their cars before the event was cancelled? Unbelievable.

By the way, I really doubt the Secret Service would let the POTUS stand in front of a mic, holding an umbrella, if the threat of lightening was that high. At least I hope the hell not.

Jaynie59 on May 31, 2010 at 6:00 PM

P.S. I really am starting to feel sorry for this guy….

Key West Reader on May 31, 2010 at 5:22 PM

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Not even if a house falls on him, and some girl with a dog steals his oily work boots…

RalphyBoy on May 31, 2010 at 6:01 PM

Oil and water don’t mix.

faraway on May 31, 2010 at 6:02 PM

Obama and his drones getting rained on in Chicago and beautiful weather in DC. Hummm…
Another reason to thank our fallen vets.

RobCon on May 31, 2010 at 6:02 PM

I have to agree with macncheese. God, in his infinite love, spared us from an Obama lecture on American evil.

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 5:53 PM

You’re right… I checked all sorts of weather resources for Elwood, Ill… Clear and sunny all day… Except then, well we know the rest. It’s kind of sad, really. On a lighter note, Biden did quite well.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2010 at 6:03 PM

It is so nice to see O’dumbo getting pissed on his parade….hehehe :)

hawkman on May 31, 2010 at 6:03 PM

Tar Balls Friday, basketball and barbeque Saturday, the Obamas stayed inside the compound all day yesterday and now his chance to pontificate today gets overruled by a Higher Court. Not a very amazing vaca there, Scooter.

kingsjester on May 31, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Seriously guys? This place is starting to sound like Daily Kos circa 2006. Are we really going to blame Obama for the rain in Illinios?

ramrants on May 31, 2010 at 6:05 PM

Oil and water don’t mix.

faraway on May 31, 2010 at 6:02 PM

They did today! Oilbama!

I bet he had 18 butlers scrubbing his thin skin to a smoothe sheen and then gave him a head to toe massage before he donned his smoking cloak, lit the finest cigar, tested tonight’s caviar, sipped some champagne and took a manly bubble bath before setting the alarm for 10am tomorrow. For the golf.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2010 at 6:06 PM

Umm, they do have a think called a canopy, aka a tent. I hear the military often use them and can set one up outdoors pretty quick.

Dave_d on May 31, 2010 at 6:08 PM

err, I mean a thing called a canopy

Dave_d on May 31, 2010 at 6:08 PM

Seriously guys? This place is starting to sound like Daily Kos circa 2006. Are we really going to blame Obama for the rain in Illinios?

ramrants on May 31, 2010 at 6:05 PM

No. We’re not blaming Obama for the rain, silly. It’s just odd that it happened when sunny skies were called for. And to be honest I think there are many folks who are just getting tired of hearing about how bad America is, how we are constantly failing the globe, we’re sorry, we’re garbage, we’re arrogant, we’re stupid, we’re bowing.. etc ad nauseum. Today, God rained on his parade, so maybe he’ll shaddup and be proud of our country for the first time in his life.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2010 at 6:09 PM

Fondling

Tar Balls Friday, basketball and barbeque Saturday, the Obamas stayed inside the compound all day yesterday and now his chance to pontificate today gets overruled by a Higher Court. Not a very amazing vaca there, Scooter.

kingsjester on May 31, 2010 at 6:04 PM

/Sorry, couldn’t resist. I’ve never seen anyone fondle a tar ball before last Thursday. Twas interesting.

Key West Reader on May 31, 2010 at 6:11 PM

Tar Balls Friday, basketball and barbeque Saturday, the Obamas stayed inside the compound all day yesterday and now his chance to pontificate today gets overruled by a Higher Court. Not a very amazing vaca there, Scooter.

kingsjester on May 31, 2010 at 6:04 PM

Can you imagine being locked-up confined with Michelle My Belle Obama for a whole day?

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM

I’m guessing he played b-ball instead — way too dangerous to go golfing.

EconomicNeocon on May 31, 2010 at 6:17 PM

MeatHeadinCA on May 31, 2010 at 6:16 PM

Yes, I can. Every time I remember my ex’s.

kingsjester on May 31, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Is that all it takes to shut this guy up? I guess that thin skin doesn’t hold up well against raindrops, eh?

sgtstogie on May 31, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Seriously guys? This place is starting to sound like Daily Kos circa 2006. Are we really going to blame Obama for the rain in Illinios?

ramrants on May 31, 2010 at 6:05 PM

ITs a little think called mocking. Its OK to do thisto our political leaders.

Obama is a big man he can take it cant he ?

William Amos on May 31, 2010 at 6:21 PM

Imagine if a lightning strike caused a power outage and his teleprompter didn’t work. What would he do then?

takeamericabackin10 on May 31, 2010 at 5:18 PM

It’s happened before

DrAllecon on May 31, 2010 at 6:26 PM

Will the proud man find humility, a.k.a. triangulation?

exdeadhead on May 31, 2010 at 4:52 PM

wtf?

bernzright777 on May 31, 2010 at 6:30 PM

I’m guessing he played b-ball instead — way too dangerous to go golfing.

EconomicNeocon on May 31, 2010 at 6:17 PM

Too bad, we could have seen a replay of this.

DrAllecon on May 31, 2010 at 6:31 PM

Karma, dude.

Last week was awful for him and this week is starting off on the wrong foot….

….nice to have a chance to revel in his misery.

tru2tx on May 31, 2010 at 6:33 PM

Why did this image immediately pop into my head when I saw the first clip…?

Seven Percent Solution on May 31, 2010 at 4:56 PM

Because you weren’t quick enough to think of Mary Poppins?

BHO says: “. . . especially the children.”

Standard operating boilerplate for Dems.

Did ObaMao distribute bottles of water for the faint of heart?

onlineanalyst on May 31, 2010 at 6:33 PM

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