It’s a big day for the failed president. He pretends to work early today by presenting a rehashed “economic” speech from his teleprompter in Ohio. Then he gets back to doing what he does best: Tying up New York City traffic and shaking down Hollywood pinheads for lavish sums of money.
First he tries to reboot his bumbling campaign.
President Obama has picked the key swing state of Ohio to deliver a speech Thursday he hopes will serve as a reset button for a campaign that has begun to struggle.
Obama and his presumptive Republican opponent, Mitt Romney, will converge on the state at dueling campaign events set to take place within an hour of each other.
Why is Romney called the “presumptive” opponent and not Obama? The way things are going it appears Republicans have much more faith in Romney these days than Democrats do Obama.
Following his trip to Ohio, Obama will then head east to shut down Lower Manhattan, just in time for rush hour.
If President Obama’s last visit to the World Trade Center site is any indication, Thursday’s evening rush-hour commute out of lower Manhattan could be a mess.
But a day before his visit, which is sure to put lower Manhattan under a blanket of security, information on potential street and subway closures is scarce.
An NYPD spokesman said Wednesday afternoon that the department had no information to release, although he said a traffic advisory could be issued later in the evening. The Port Authority, which said the World Trade Center PATH station would be closed roughly between 3 p.m. to 6 p.m. Thursday, has advised commuters to take the A, C or E subway lines from Chambers Street to Penn Station or the R subway line from the Cortlandt Street station to the 33rd Street PATH station.
I guess visiting on a weekend is out of the question. That would interrupt his grueling golf schedule.
Then the fun really starts, especially if you’ve got $80,000 sitting around that you want to throw away.
Sarah Jessica Parker has been busy spring-cleaning her Manhattan townhouse in preparation for the Obama fundraiser she will be hosting alongside Anna Wintour tomorrow night.
The Sex and the City star will hold the $80,000-a-head dinner in aid of Obama’s ongoing re-election campaign, with Wintour as her co-host at the event which has been called ‘A New York Night’. Both are fervent supporters of Barack Obama, so much so that rumours have been swirling that Wintour may be after the diplomatic post of US ambassador to London – although the US Vogue editor has reportedly denied this.
Yes, that’s the same Wintour who’s good pals with the brutal Syrian dictator’s wife.
According to a New York Times article from Sunday, Vogue featured a February 2011 piece about the Assad regime’s relationship with the magazine. In fact, last spring, Vogue lovingly profiled Syrian first lady Asma al-Assad and titled the piece “A Rose in the Desert.” The magazine ran the article as the Syrian government slaughtered its people and described (H/T The Atlantic) the Assad household as “wildy democratic.”
Vogue Senior editor Chris Knutsen explained away the Assad article to The Atlantic in February of 2011 saying, “For our readers it’s a way of opening a window into this world a little bit.” However, according to the New York Times on Sunday, the Assad article has disappeared from its website (click here to read the Vogue piece on an alternative website). However, Ms. Wintour’s views on the Syrian regime changed suddenly as well. In a statement sent to the New York Times, Vogue wrote:
“Like many at that time, we were hopeful that the Assad regime would be open to a more progressive society. Subsequent to our interview, as the terrible events of the past year and a half unfolded in Syria, it became clear that its priorities and values were completely at odds with those of Vogue. The escalating atrocities in Syria are unconscionable and we deplore the actions of the Assad regime in the strongest possible terms.”
Just imagine if a Romney fundraiser had ties to the Syrian regime. Why, that might even be newsworthy.