When I first saw this story I was snarking about it:
In a highly unusual maneuver, President Obama’s 30 minute flight to the Presidential mountain retreat at Camp David this afternoon was diverted to an undisclosed landing near Frederick, Maryland and a motorcade assembled to drive him to the nearby site. White House press secretary Jay Carney tells ABC News a “bad weather call” was made before the President and his younger daughter Sasha even boarded the aircraft.
But it gets curiouser and curiouser:
It remains unexplained why the President would be allowed to board Marine One knowing that the landing site on the mountain was experiencing weather making a landing difficult.
The press first learned of the diversion when wire agency still photographers, who traditionally stand by at Camp David for news coverage in case of an emergency, were told by the military at the mountain top Marine base that the President would be motorcading.
The White House press office did not inform the daily travel pool which remains at the White House and does not make the helicopter trip to Camp David. The pool would normally accompany any bad weather motorcade to the retreat.
In Washington at the time Marine One took off, according to Accuweather.com, there was no precipitation across the entire region, including Camp David.
Light winds blew from the southeast at 10mph with mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the middle 70′s.
Posted by: John W | September 2, 2011, 5:29 pm 5:29 pm
I live on the mountain about 5 miles or so from Camp David. There is no wind, fog, or rain. It is merely cloudy. But all afternoon we’ve been hearing the roar of low flying fighter jets circling the area. Strange.
Meanwhile, CNN’s weather team found no signs of stormy weather in the area at the time Marine One departed the White House.
The White House said there were no mechanical issues with the presidential helicopter.
“It was a bit of a surprise because he (Obama) usually does not land here. They usually go all the way to Camp David,” said Kristy Rossignuolo, a customer service representative at the Frederick Municipal Airport.
Then I thought that maybe this has something to do with it:
A fighter jet has intercepted a small civilian airplane in restricted airspace near the presidential retreat at Camp David, Md., and escorted it to at an airport in West Virginia.
The North American Aerospace Defense Command says the Piper plane was out of radio communication when it was intercepted by an F-15E fighter at about 4:45 p.m. It was diverted to the airport in Martinsburg, located in West Virginia’s Eastern Panhandle.
President Barack Obama was at Camp David at the time. He had traveled there by motorcade after switching from his Marine One helicopter because of bad weather.
But according to that story, Obama was already at Camp David when the plane entered restricted airspace. But if it happened earlier and the Secret Service suspected some kind of threat to Obama, why would they let him go to Camp David at all?
Something doesn’t add up here. The White House wouldn’t lie to us, would they?
BTW – Where were Michelle and Malia?