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Some thoughts on Obama’s trip to Edison, NJ (and pretty much anywhere else)

If you have been following my twitter feed since yesterday you’ve seen me talk about Barack Obama’s trip to Edison, NJ that is scheduled for tomorrow. As I mentioned right here on the blog yesterday, the venue he’s visiting is just 1.3 miles from where I live.

Here is the place on Google Street View. The building is the first one on the right.

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What it led me to wonder is, how much does a trip like this cost the tax payers? Now, anyone who knows me, reads this blog regularly or follows me on twitter knows that I am far from one of those ridiculous right wing fanatic who claims that Obama should never leave Washington for anything. But how much does a trip like this cost the tax payers?

According to 2002 article for the Washington Post by Mike Allen “taxpayers pay the full $57,000-an-hour cost of flying Air Force One regardless of the trip’s purpose.” According to NBC4 in Columbus, Ohio that number has jumped to $69,000 per hour in 2010. That same article mentions that the costs of the Secret Service amount to $45,000 per day. Earlier today I drove by the venue that President Obama is going to be at tomorrow and saw new security cameras set up everywhere. The Burger King across the street saw part of its parking lot covered by a tent (for the press pool?).  Verizon trucks were doing work around the building and across the street. The intersection I mentioned yesterday has new “traffic cams”.

Friends of mine in Edison received automated phone calls warning of road closures in and around the area tomorrow.

The store he will be speaking from will be closed to the public until 3 PM. Obviously they don’t need to be compensated because the boost they will get from the “Obama effect”. I’m sure a lot of people will make their way there over the next few weeks and months just because Obama has been there. But what about the pizzeria across the street that will lose business because of the street being closed all day? Do they get reimbursed in some fashion? I doubt it, but can’t seem to find anything on it online. What about the Burger King across the street? Is taxpayer money going to a company that big? If you find articles, videos or anything else on it please send them my way. I’d be interested to know.

Is this event meeting going to be aired on the White House website? For a couple of thousand Dollars shouldn’t he at least be doing a larger public event giving more people the opportunity to see the President in person?

Edit: Just found this article addressing concerns of nearby businesses.

By the way, you can follow tweets related to Obama’s trip to Edison below.

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Bill O’Reilly interviews Jon Stewart

If you haven’t heard yet Jon Stewart returned to Fox “News” tonight. He taped an interview for Bill O’Reilly’s show. Part 1 of the interview aired today and at times looked heavily edited like everything else on Fox. As usual Jon Stewart went into the lion’s den and did take his shots against the entire network. Check it out.

Howard Kurtz of CNN and Washing Post is reporting that Fox will have the full unedited interview on their website tomorrow. 

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Random Election stuff

Its been a while since I posted but here are some random stuff from the past week.

McCain has been going everywhere lately, including the Daily Show, talking about how Obama would hold talks with Iran and North Korea. In light of that here is a piece from today’s Washington Post about McCain’s hypocrisy.

Seems like the Hillary campaign can’t do anything right. Check out this clip.

Daily Show looks at why Obama lost West Virginia.

Woodward Confrims

Washington Post Confirms Felt as ‘Deep Throat’

By William Branigin and David Von Drehle
Washington Post Staff Writers
Tuesday, May 31, 2005

The Washington Post today confirmed that W. Mark Felt, a former number-two official at the FBI, was “Deep Throat,” the secretive source who provided information that helped unravel the Watergate scandal in the early 1970s and contributed to the resignation of president Richard M. Nixon.

Woodward said Felt helped The Post at a time of tense relations between the White House and much of the FBI hierarchy. He said the Watergate break-in came shortly after the death of legendary FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, Felt’s mentor, and that Felt and other bureau officials wanted to see an FBI veteran promoted to succeed Hoover.

Felt himself had hopes that he would be the next FBI director, but Nixon instead appointed an administration insider, assistant attorney general L. Patrick Gray, to the post.

Bradlee, in an interview this afternoon, said that knowing that “Deep Throat” was a high-ranking FBI official helped him feel confident about the information that the paper was publishing about Watergate. He said that he knew the “positional identity” of “Deep Throat” as the Post was breaking its Watergate stories and that he learned his name within a couple of weeks after Nixon’s resignation.

“The number-two guy at the FBI, that was a pretty good source,” he said. “I knew the paper was on the right track,” Bradlee said. The “quality of the source” and the soundness of his guidance made him sure of that, he said.

“We made only one mistake ….. and that had nothing to do with ‘Deep Throat,’.” Bradlee said, referring to an error in reporting grand jury testimony.

Bradlee said that over the years, “it was interesting to watch people flounder around with odd choices” about the identity of “Deep Throat,” a nickname borrowed from the title of a pornographic film. Although he knew the source’s identity, Bradlee said, “I’ve never met Felt. I wouldn’t know him if I fell on him.”

In a family statement released today, Felt’s grandson, Nick Jones, said, “The family believes my grandfather, Mark Felt Sr., is a great American hero who went well above and beyond the call of duty at much risk to himself to save his country from a horrible injustice.” The statement added, “We all sincerely hope the country will see him this way as well.”

Jones said in the statement, “My grandfather is pleased he is being honored for his role as ‘Deep Throat’ with his friend Bob Woodward. As he recently told my mother, ‘I guess people used to think “Deep Throat” was a criminal, but now they think he was a hero.'”

The Vanity Fair article, by California attorney John D. O’Connor, described Felt as conflicted over his role in the Watergate revelations and over whether he should publicly reveal that he was the anonymous source whose identity has been a closely guarded secret for more than three decades.

“On several occasions he confided to me, ‘I’m the guy they used to call “Deep Throat,”.’.” O’Connor wrote. The author wrote that Felt “still has qualms about his actions, but he also knows that historic events compelled him to behave as he did: standing up to an executive branch intent on obstructing his agency’s pursuit of the truth.”

The article concluded, “Felt, having long harbored the ambivalent emotions of pride and self-reproach, has lived for more than 30 years in a prison of his own making, a prison built upon his strong moral principles and his unwavering loyalty to country and cause. But now, buoyed by his family’s revelations and support, he need feel imprisoned no longer.”