Here is video of Hawaii Gov. Neil Abercrombie yesterday announcing his decision to appoint Hawaii’s Democratic Lt. Gov. Brian Schatz to replace late Sen. Daniel Inouye in the U.S. Senate. The appointment appears to be controversial among Democrats because Inouye, in a letter shortly before his death, reportedly requested that Democratic Rep. Colleen Hanabusa be tapped to replace him upon his death.
Would love to know backstory of Abercrombie-Inouye relationship. Stunning decision not to honor Inouye’s choice for HI SEN.— Larry Sabato (@LarrySabato) December 27, 2012
Here is video of President Obama yesterday posing for a photo with a Marine family in Hawaii. As they were posing, an 8-month old baby reached up and grabbed Obama in the mouth! Obama took it all in stride very nicely.
Here is raw video of White House Press Secretary Jay Carney being put on the spot today at the Daily Briefing by a question about First Lady Michelle Obama’s decision to fly separate from the President to Hawaii for their 17-day vacation there over the Christmas Holidays:
Question: The First Lady is going to be leaving in a few hours for Hawaii, obviously she isn’t able to go with the President. But I wanted to ask you, isn’t it quite an extravagence? Four people to go in two jets to Hawaii, particularly given, the state of the economy the state of the budget, and also given the directive that was just put out about limiting air travel by the adminstration?
As you see, Carney fumbled for a written statement which he read in answer to the question, essentially refusing to answer why she can’t just wait and the family all go together in a few days – thus saving taxpayers a huge amount of money. The reporter pointed out it costs “$185,000 an hour” to operate Air Force One – “and that’s a long flight” to Hawaii.
The short answer is that the Obamas don’t care. They believe they are entitled to do as they please – after all, Barack is the President. They want everyone else to cut back, but not them. They could not be more arrogant in the face of what so many Americans are facing this Christmas because of his failed leadership. Believe it or not – most Americans would consider it an honor and a vacation to spend Christmas at the White House – or at Camp David! They put up 37 Christmas Trees in the White House this year, and won’t be there to use a single one of them.
Word is out that Newt Gingrich will take his Presidential Campaign to that important early-voting state of — Hawaii.
That’s right — Hawaii (as Rush would say – “For those in Rio Linda,” Hawaii is NOT an early-voting state):
DAILY CALLER: Maybe life on the campaign trail doesn’t always have to be so hard after all.
Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich is taking his presidential campaign to Hawaii next week, according to a public schedule released the campaign.
But it won’t be all work. Gingrich spokesman R.C. Hammond told The Daily Caller Gingrich and his wife, Callista, will celebrate their 11th wedding anniversary while in Hawaii, in between events.
Hammond said the appearances coincide with several “West Coast fundraising swing” events. Gingrich has struggled to raise money during the campaign and opted out of spending the funds to participate in the Ames Straw Poll. . . . Read More
After all – every couple does a trip to Hawaii on their 11th Anniversary, don’t they?.
Here is video of CNN’s Anderson Cooper tonight talking to Donald Trump by phone when Trump made a stunning statement. Trump was asked if his people had talked with a former Hawaiian Health Department official about President Obama’s Birth Certificate. He responded by saying he was told “two days ago” that Obama’s Birth Certificate “is missing”:
“Well, I’ve been told very recently, Anderson, that the Birth Certificate is missing. I’ve been told that it’s not there and it doesn’t exist. And if that’s the case, that’s a big problem. I just heard that two days ago from somebody.”
Anderson Cooper repeatedly asked Trump if he actually has investigators on the ground in Hawaii – obviously insinuating that Trump is lying. However, Trump answered strongly that he “absolutely” does have people looking into Obama’s Birth Certificate. He once again said that Obama could put this whole thing to rest by just issuing his Birth Certificate if he actually has one.
Here is audio of Hawaii State Sen. Sam Slom talking with Aaron Klein on his radio program about the Obama Birth Certificate issue. Slom believes Obama does have a long-form Birth Certificate, but that he refuses to release it because he may have something he wants to hide that is on it:
WORLD NET DAILY: . . . . “My particular point of view – and why I haven’t identified myself as a ‘birther,’ per se – is that [Obama] probably was born [in Hawaii] and that the real issue is not the birth certificate, but what’s on the birth certificate,” Slom told Klein.
Asked what that could be, Slom said, “It could have to do with what his name is on the birth certificate, who is actually listed as his father, the citizenship of the father.”
He continued, “My belief is that there is a birth certificate, he was born here, but that there is information that for reasons known only to him he doesn’t want released. If it were just the birth certificate, that would be one thing, but it’s his school records, it’s employment records. … Why would anybody, let alone the president of the United States, spend millions of dollars in legal fees to keep that hidden?” . . . Read More
Speaking to a group of Democrat donors in Boston yesterday, President Obama reportedly told them at one point during his remarks:
“I was born in Hawaii, what can I say. I can’t change those facts.”
For Obama to be bringing this up, his team must be concerned that this issue is a problem for him in 2012.
Here is raw video of President Obama arriving in Hawaii to join wife Michelle and his daughters for an 11-day vacation there over Christmas and New Year’s. Obama arrived just before Midnight Wednesday, Hawaii time, and is seen coming down the stairs followed by Hawaii’s Democrat Sen. Daniel Akaka.