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14th August
2009
written by Sean Noble

President Obama and his family are visiting the Grand Canyon on Sunday.  It just so happens that this weekend is one of the few that the Park Service waives entrance fees.

Coincidence?  I’m not so sure. This from the story in the Arizona Republic today:

Asked about the Obamas’ visit on a fee-free weekend, Eaker said it is sheer coincidence, then chuckled at a suggestion that the president’s family might be scrimping on its budget.

If you were planning a trip this Sunday, you might want to reconsider.  Having done advance work for a couple Presidential trips, I know how disruptive a visit from the Chief can be wherever he goes.

One thing I’ve noticed about Obama.  He doesn’t appear to care who he inconveniences when he wants to use the trappings of power to do something.  President’s Clinton and Bush both visited the Grand Canyon on non-weekends.  Maybe they didn’t consider when they were going, but then again, neither of them were as self-centered as the current President.  I mean, you didn’t ever have Clinton or Bush literally making the claim that they were “the One.”

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2 Comments

  1. Kelley
    14/08/2009

    You mean you aren’t going to go meet him there so he can put his hand on you and heal your ailments? Wait, I might have my chosen ones confused. But I think Barack Obama shares my confusion on this issue…

  2. Woody
    15/08/2009

    I’m just disappointed at the missed revenue. Had he gone on a regular day, the Park could have made a killing on the adoring media alone.

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