Obama using secure White House bunker for meetings on ObamaCare for some reason

posted at 6:41 pm on September 6, 2013 by Allahpundit

Why not? Implementing ObamaCare has a lot in common with bombing Syria. Both are highly unpopular; both are fantastically logistically complex; both pit him against an enemy he despises; and in neither case does he think he’s bound by the law.

Plus, when push comes to shove, his “credibility” rests more on the former than on the latter.

That Aug. 21 meeting highlights how the Administration has been using a secure facility originally designed to manage the government response to natural disasters or terrorist attacks, or oversee military operations, for purposes unrelated to national security…

But during George W. Bush’s presidency, the White House used the Roosevelt Room, not the Situation Room, for video-conferences not related to national security issues (as well as more than a few that were). That ground-floor West Wing space had one screen, nestled in an oversized cabinet, though aides could also wheel in other video-conference devices as needed…

A White House aide told Yahoo News on Friday that the Situation Room now serves for a variety of meetings, sometimes because there are few other spaces available that have its breadth of communications capabilities. The ACA meeting pictured, for example, included more than a dozen people calling in from outside Washington to discuss setting up state-based marketplaces for insurance.

Be happy that he’s using the Situation Room for official business now and not for photo ops for his celebrity friends, okay?

While we’re on the subject of domestic priorities amid the Syria clusterfark, here’s a tantalizing comment from GOP Rep. Raul Labrador:

Congress’ window for passing immigration reform this year is narrowing and it is unclear when the House of Representatives will take it up, according to an influential Republican congressman…

“We don’t know exactly when we’re going to be able to have this debate,” Labrador (Idaho) told Univision news anchor Jorge Ramos, during a Spanish-language interview that will air on “Al Punto” this Sunday. “A lot of us thought that the debate was going to be in October, but now, with the problems that we’re having internationally and also here in this country, I don’t see how we’re going to be able to have this debate until November. And I really don’t know if it will be possible to do it in November.”…

“I think that if we don’t do it now, in 2013, it’s not going to be–it’s not going to happen in 2014,” he said. “And that means that we’re going to have to wait until 2015. So now, that time is — it’s becoming a lot shorter.”

There are just 39 calendar days left in the legislative session and most of that will be consumed by fighting over Syria, a continuing budget resolution, the debt ceiling, and whatever “defund ObamaCare” measures end up being tacked on. “Strategists” from both parties told Politico this week they were hoping to get back to immigration reform in 2015(!) but have now begun to think that 2017(!!) is more likely. I think that’s insane: Immigration may be done for this year but Democrats will need it as an identity-politics cudgel against the GOP in 2016, if not sooner. And it may not be done this year. Like Mickey Kaus says, pretty much everything is on the table in debt-ceiling negotiations; if Republicans can get something semi-meaningful from Obama on, say, ObamaCare (delaying the individual mandate for a year?), maybe they’ll toss him a limited DREAM amnesty for young illegals in return. That’s a fait accompli sooner or later anyway. Maybe they’d prefer to be done with it now, to buy a little goodwill with Latinos and get Democrats off their back for awhile, then to take it up again next year.


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one of his posse stole the microwave from the conference room … and besides, the bunker has better lighting for playing spades.

Lost in Jersey on September 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Imagine that he’s there in that same room sometime next year, with his few remaining flunkies, after the Secret Service has abandoned him, and The People are hacking away at the WH door.

Akzed on September 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Congress’ window for passing immigration reform this year is narrowing and it is unclear when the House of Representatives will take it up, according to an influential Republican congressman…

Why was immigration reform a must for this year? It wasn’t in 2009, when the democratics had a all-powerful supermajority. Not a must in 2010, 2011, 2012 either. Why now in 2013?

Who is the mysterious and powerful person that decides what goes on the front burner?

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

I’m sure the Journolisters like Eztra Klein, Dave Weigel & friends have spent many an hour there getting their stories to sync.

portlandon on September 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

“And that means that we’re going to have to wait until 2015.”

Wow, termites are patient li’l buggers.

Akzed on September 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Transparency, what else!

rjoco1 on September 6, 2013 at 6:50 PM

Reminds me of Downfall.

Akzed on September 6, 2013 at 6:51 PM

…the room…they didn’t use for Benghazi?

KOOLAID2 on September 6, 2013 at 6:57 PM

Speaking of Bunkers………………………

Hitler Reacts to Passing of US Health Care Reform – March 21 2010
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http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=fmVihROcrxo

canopfor on September 6, 2013 at 7:00 PM

Maybe Obama is paranoid,and the Bunker is bug proof,
and NSA can’t penetrate it,er,as long as nobody uses
there tech toy thingys!!

Jus say’n!!

canopfor on September 6, 2013 at 7:02 PM

Bunker mentality

Philly on September 6, 2013 at 7:06 PM

Be happy that he’s using the Situation Room for official business now and not for photo ops for his celebrity friends, okay?

-_-

Labrador. It’s what’s for dinner.

Bmore on September 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

I agree about the desperation but I think what they need is Saudi Money…Because ours is losing value.

I think that’s what Kerry let slip when he said the Saudis will fund Obama’s little War.

workingclass artist on September 5, 2013 at 8:51 PM

This is part of the Magic Plan to Fund Obamacare!

Makes as much sense as the reasons they are giving.

ajacksonian on September 5, 2013 at 8:52 PM

Were you hacking the DNC conference calls…that sounds like something straight out of Axeldouche’s strategery handbook…

Hey folks let’s tell the refusniks this…to get em’ onboard…m’kay?

workingclass artist on September 5, 2013 at 9:01 PM

You see this is the real plan to fund Obamacare…

ajacksonian on September 6, 2013 at 7:08 PM

Remember this?

http://hotair.com/archives/2010/01/05/c-span-ceo-televise-the-hearings/
C-SPAN CEO: Televise the hearings!
posted at 12:15 pm on January 5, 2010 by Ed Morrissey

The man most disappointed in Barack Obama’s broken promise to have health-care reform negotiations televised on C-SPAN is, predictably, the man in charge of C-SPAN. CEO Brian Lamb wrote to leaders in Congress requesting that they open their negotiations on ObamaCare to the public as Obama and Congress pledged, and committed to clearing his broadcast schedule to carry it

Obama acts like a stoned college student, late at night in the dorm room

“And, man, when I’m president, man, everyone will get health care, EVERYONE, man, and, and … I’ll put the hearings on C-Span, man, so it’s all out in the open. Of, by, and for the People, man!”

Paul-Cincy on September 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

The golf course was booked…

patman77 on September 6, 2013 at 7:15 PM

Maybe Obama is going to threaten Assad with forcing him, and his family, into Obamacare.

VorDaj on September 6, 2013 at 7:16 PM

O’Barky realizes that some of his Chicago Regime bums just might use the NSA / Stasi to get more dirt (recorded conversations etc.) on him before he can use the NSA / Stasi to get dirt on them.

Full “Adolf in the Bunker” mode for Barky… here we come.

viking01 on September 6, 2013 at 7:23 PM

Wow, he really takes a bunker mentality serious….

….is he rolling a couple of ball bearings in his right hand and muttering about the strawberries?

Athos on September 6, 2013 at 7:24 PM

“Bunker mentality”. If the shoe fits, wear it.

What’s next on the agenda, “The Goebbels Gambit”? When you LIE, make it a BIG LIE.

GarandFan on September 6, 2013 at 7:24 PM

Wow, look at that Libtard convention in the pic!

They’ll have to sterilize the joint after they go on to better(and probably more crooked)things.

Dr. ZhivBlago on September 6, 2013 at 7:27 PM

What’s next on the agenda, “The Goebbels Gambit”? When you LIE, make it a BIG LIE.

He’s already been down that path….and this is really far from a comprehensive list.

If you like your Doctor, you’ll get to keep him.

If you like your health insurance, you’ll get to keep it.

I didn’t draw the red line.

My budget will cut the deficit by $4 trillion over the next 10 years.

The tragedy in Benghazi was caused by an internet video.

I’ve done more for Israel’s security than any other President.

There will not be any ‘boots’ on the ground in Libya.

I will not raise taxes on those making less than $250,000 a year.

Athos on September 6, 2013 at 7:37 PM

All the Enemies of the Republic in one place at the same time…

…small wonder they’re using a bunker as a hidey-hole.

CPT. Charles on September 6, 2013 at 7:41 PM

Kind of makes you wonder when the REB will start growing a little toothbrush mustache and marry Kim Kardashian. What will he do when the Russians are beating down the doors?

lfwest on September 6, 2013 at 7:45 PM

This makes perfect sense. The Won is after all, at war with the American people.

ghostwalker1 on September 6, 2013 at 8:04 PM

He has to get the bunker up and running for the coming coup. Why else is his regime amassing all that ammo and tanks? I’m half serious. The real reason that he’s hunkered in the bunker is that he doesn’t want to have his secret meetings being recorded like he’s done to repubs. Can you imagine what folks would say if they heard his real plans for this country?

neyney on September 6, 2013 at 8:15 PM

Remember “Logan’s Run”?

Utopia…where everyone is beautiful…everyone is healthy… and everyone is young.

There’s just one little problem.

No one grows older than 30 years of age… ever.

Everyone who turns 30 takes part in a little performance art…and die at the hands of the state.

Those who refuse…are visited by the “Sandman”.

So… the IPAB deciding you’re too old or disabled to justify the expense of treatment or surgery that could save your life or grant you enough quality of life to wish to live….or…

So…when can we expect the “Sandman”?

thatsafactjack on September 6, 2013 at 8:32 PM

one of his posse stole the microwave from the conference room

Lost in Jersey on September 6, 2013 at 6:47 PM

Now THAT is some funny shiite; laughed so loud the dog ran for it.

Bishop on September 6, 2013 at 8:40 PM

It makes him feel powerful. It’s not enough that he’s arguably the single most powerful person on the planet, he has to constantly be reassured that it’s real.

This is yet another symptom of destructive narcissism and megalomania. He needs to do it to prove that he is The Greatest President There Has Even Been Or Ever Will Be. He has to use the CP, because everything he does is of Universe-Altering Importance.

Even going to the loo.

Never mind mumbling about strawberries. This individual is sailing perilously close to General Jack D. Ripper territory. With a side order of Dr. Strangelove.

clear ether

eon

eon on September 6, 2013 at 8:49 PM

Most transparent evah!

KMC1 on September 6, 2013 at 9:01 PM

Did that just say the piece about Amnesty being delayed will run later on a Latin show called……..”Al Punto”?

That can’t be real.

Tman on September 6, 2013 at 9:03 PM

the Situation Room now serves for a variety of meetings, sometimes because there are few other spaces available that have its breadth of communications capabilities. The ACA meeting pictured, for example, included more than a dozen people calling in from outside Washington to discuss setting up state-based marketplaces for insurance.

That’s laughable. So many businesses use WebEx or teleconferencing to conduct business across many geographic areas, it’s a joke that there is NO other room with these simple capabilities that the President could use. I mean, it’s not like he needs to reserve a room in advance; he’s the President.

mogilla on September 6, 2013 at 9:48 PM

That Aug. 21 meeting highlights how the Administration has been using a secure facility originally designed to manage the government response to natural disasters or terrorist attacks, or oversee military operations, for purposes unrelated to national security…

It could probably be argued that Obama is using this room for which it was intended — he is using it to perpetrate a “man-caused disaster” against the American people.

jefrey with one f on September 6, 2013 at 9:51 PM

Er, the exact opposite purpose for which it was intended. :p

jefrey with one f on September 6, 2013 at 9:53 PM

They’re in the war room because they’re organizing the gulag.

Lourdes on September 7, 2013 at 12:00 AM

:: death panels.

Lourdes on September 7, 2013 at 12:01 AM

Could someone prop a chair up against the outside of the door – please?

OldEnglish on September 7, 2013 at 12:06 AM

Use the SitRoom to discuss Obamacare…

Use the international television networks to discuss critical military attack plans for Syria…

And this Administration is cool with that?

Score one more for Smart Power.

coldwarrior on September 7, 2013 at 12:19 AM

The Props of Paranoia?

Obama’s id slipping?

profitsbeard on September 7, 2013 at 4:13 AM

Maybe they’d prefer to be done with it now, to buy a little goodwill with Latinos and get Democrats off their back for awhile, then to take it up again next year.

“Than”?

Al_H on September 7, 2013 at 4:59 AM

Bunker Busters, please.

Sherman1864 on September 7, 2013 at 6:20 AM

Who is the mysterious and powerful person that decides what goes on the front burner?

slickwillie2001 on September 6, 2013 at 6:48 PM

Her initials are V. J.

Cleombrotus on September 7, 2013 at 7:45 AM

Still would like to know what they were working on for years in that construction next to the White House.

Cleombrotus on September 7, 2013 at 7:48 AM

a secure facility originally designed to manage the government response to natural disasters

Well, Obamacare is a disaster.

bgoldman on September 7, 2013 at 11:38 PM

They probably think that’s the only place the NSA isn’t bugging …

virgo on September 8, 2013 at 11:59 AM