Updated Saturday night
WASHINGTON--The "personal" trip to New York President Obama and First Lady Michelle made Saturday became grist for the Republican National Committee.
The RNC hit the First Couple up for taking the trip--the RNC called it "a joyride"-- on Air Force One while the nation's economy is suffering.
(Update) The RNC left a misimpression. The Obama's did not take the jumbo jet commonly thought of as the president's plane. Instead, according to Mark Knoller of CBS News, the Obamas flew in an Air Force Gulfstream V (C-37A) for their flight to NYC. "Far less costly than the 747. It's a 12 passenger aircraft," Knoller said in a Twitter dispatch. Any aircraft flying the president is called Air Force One. Other points: the RNC never complained when former President George Bush flew to Texas to weekend at his ranch. I doubt the RNC would have dared criticized Obama if he flew to Chicago on weekends; the Obama's have been home once since the inauguration. (end Update)
The RNC put up a clip from the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 9 where Obama joked about daughters Malia and Sasha taking a ride on Air Force One.
(Update) For their date night, the Obama's ate at Blue Hill.
Then they took in a show at the Belasco Theatre "Joe Turner's Come and Gone," a play by August Wilson about the struggle of a man dealing with the historic scars of slavery. (end Update)
Below, release from the Republican National Committee...
PUTTING ON A SHOW
Obamas Wing Into The City For An Evening Out
While Another Iconic American Company
Prepares For Bankruptcy
Obama Says He Understands Americans' Economic Troubles
Obama: "There Are Still Too Many Americans Out Of Work, And Too Many Who Still Worry That Their Job May Be Next. There Are Still Too Many Families Struggling To Pay The Bills, And Too Many Businesses Struggling To Keep Their Doors Open." (President Barack Obama, Remarks At Nellis Air Force Base, Las Vegas, NV, 5/27/09)
Obama Said He Carried Stories Of Struggling Workers With Him To The White House. "We're talking about people who've lost their livelihood and don't know what will take its place. We're talking about parents who've lost their health care and lie awake at night praying their kids don't get sick. We're talking about families who've lost the home that was the corner, their foundation for their American dream, young people who put that college acceptance letter back in the envelope because they just can't afford it. That's what those numbers and statistics mean. That is the true measure of this economic crisis. Those are the stories I heard when I came to Elkhart six months ago, and those are the stories that I carried with me to the White House." (President Barack Obama, Remarks On The American Recovery and Reinvestment Act, Elkhart, IN, 2/9/09)
But Wings Off To New York City For Night On The Town
President and Mrs. Obama Make "Personal Visit To New York" Tonight. "President Obama and his wife, Michelle, plan to visit New York City on Saturday and take in a Broadway show, the August Wilson play 'Joe Turner's Come and Gone' at the Belasco Theater on West 44th Street, according to three theater executives who have been informed of the First Family's plans. ... 'The president and the first lady will be making a personal visit to New York tomorrow,' said Bill Burton, a spokesman for the president, who declined to elaborate on the schedule." (Patrick Healy, "First Couple To Hit Broadway This Weekend," The New York Times' "The Caucus" Blog
While GM Prepares For Bankruptcy And Jobs Keep Disappearing
"General Motors Corp. (GM) Is Expected To File For Bankruptcy Protection Monday, The Government-Imposed Deadline For The 100-Year- Old Auto Maker To Restructure Itself Into A Viable Company." ("US Equities Week Ahead: GM Bankruptcy Filing; Jobs Report," CNNMoney.com
"Meanwhile, Economists Expect The U.S. Unemployment Rate To Climb To 9.2% For May; That Report Is Due Next Friday." ("US Equities Week Ahead: GM Bankruptcy Filing; Jobs Report," CNNMoney.com
Since President Obama Took Office, The U.S. Economy Has Lost Over 1 Million Jobs. (Bureau Of Labor Statistics Website, http://www.bls.gov/news.release/empsit.t01.htm, Accessed: 5/30/09)
Obama May Joke About Air Force One Joyrides
Obama: "Now Sasha And Malia Aren't Here Tonight Because They're Grounded. You Can't Just Take Air Force One On A Joy Ride To Manhattan. (Laughter.) I Don't Care Whose Kids You Are. (Laughter.)" (President Barack Obama, Remarks To The White House Correspondents Association Dinner, Washington, DC, 5/9/09)
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But Americans Have Seen This Show Before
President Bill Clinton Blocked Two Runways At One Of World's Busiest Airports To Get His Hair Cut. "President Clinton got a full-blown $200 haircut from Beverly Hills' Monsieur Cristophe at Los Angeles International Airport while Air Force One idled for nearly an hour, blocking ground traffic a nd closing two runways." (Frank J. Murray, "Clinton Stops Traffic With Pricey New Cut," The Washington Times, 5/21/93)
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