Update September 4th: More on the jet mystery, here.
The story from the Washington Times that I planned to post will follow below, but it ties into what we are told happened over the skies of Camp David yesterday near where I live.
Late yesterday afternoon I heard the fighter jet(s) flying back and forth in the clouds. Yes, it was cloudy, but I had checked the radar because we had plenty of outdoor work planned on the farm (we had manure to spread) — I saw no threatening signs of bad weather on radar. But, I heard the jets. (Usually all we hear is an occasional plane headed to Dulles or those huge rumbling C (whatever the number) military cargo planes headed to Martinsburg Air National Guard).
So, my first thought was that Oh, Obama must be flying to Camp David with a fighter jet escort.
Turns out here is the story the White House is putting out from ABC News.
Marine One Forced to Land (where is Michelle?)
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.
Carney says they have now arrived safely at Camp David. 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. (yup!)
The real story is that a small plane had invaded the airspace above Camp David and they had to get the intruder out, forcing the intruder to land at Martinsburg (our farm is between Camp David and Martinsburg, so that’s why it sounded pretty busy in the skies above us).
So, what’s up with the fishy weather story? Who knows! But, I was interested to see that all the news accounts of the incident were silent on Michelle’s whereabouts—is the mainstream media worried about more controversy over separate travel by Michelle (like their expensive separate trips to Martha’s Vineyard a few weeks ago)?
Now to what I planned to write about—a Washington Times political writer contends that Michelle is not a happy camper (generally).
The writer, Joseph Curl, says that Michelle is not only unhappy playing second fiddle to the President, but perhaps is not any longer enamored of the man himself. If true, could this be the saving of our country?
Man, how miserable is Michelle Obama?
About 2½ years into her ceremonial stint as first lady, Mrs. Obama seems to have had quite enough of the gig. More to the point, she doesn’t seem to have ever warmed to the second-fiddle slot as other first ladies before her did. And even more than that, she doesn’t seem all that happy with the man she married 19 years ago.
Read Curl’s intriguing evidence here.
Addendum: The jets are flying again this morning.