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Recapping Obama’s brief stop in Edison

Here is the video of Obama’s brief remarks in Edison, NJ today where he stopped at a “Tastee Subs” to promote his small business plan.

If you can’t open that video, here is the official transcript of his remarks. The President did mention Thomas Edison in his speech,

“This town, Edison, was named after somebody who was not only one of history’s greatest inventors but also a pretty savvy small business owner,” said Obama after meeting with the businessmen and women at the tiny but renowned Tastee Sub Shop on Plainfield Avenue for about 25 minutes. “The small business people who are with me here today exemplify that same entrepreneurial spirit.”

Earlier in the day he was greeted at Newark Airport by Governor Chris Christie and Newark Mayor Cory Booker. They were not invited to the Edison event. Mike Memoli of Tribune has a piece up on the Obama/Christie exchange.

The White House did release this “Fact Sheet” about the individuals who were invited to meet President in Edison today.

As I posted earlier, I did not make an effort to get to the venue despite it being just a mile from where I live. I probably would have if I hadn’t been front row at an Obama event last year. I was able to take some good pictures of Marine One as it flew right outside my balcony on the way to its landing spot just outside my apartment complex.

By the way, in case you were wondering, the President ordered a half size “Super Sub with everything”According to the menu it’ll cost him $4.41. He did use his age as an excuse though for only ordering half a sandwich,

“I want everybody to know when I was 20 I could order a 12-inch. I’m turning 49 next week, which means I need just the half,”

The White House did release one photo of President Obama collecting his sub.
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There was one man arrested at the site for crossing a police/Secret Service barrier. Did this man seriously come all the way from Princeton just to pull a stunt like this?

I’ve been blogging about Obama’s trip to Edison here
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Obama has arrived (Marine One pictures)

Barack Obama has arrived in Edison. Just a little while ago Marine One flew literally outside my balcony.

I’ve been blogging about Obama’s trip to Edison here. You can also tune in for the live stream of Obama’s remarks from Edison here.

By the way, in case you were wondering, the President ordered a half size “Super Sub with everything”. According to the menu it’ll cost him $4.41
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Obama’s speech from Edison will be streamed live

The audio of Barack Obama’s remarks from Edison, NJ will be streamed live by the White House. It will probably be closer to 3 by the time he actually speaks. You can listen to it here.

By the way you can check out my blog posts on Obama’s Edison trip here.

EDIT: Here is his speech.

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Barack Obama is in Edison today

For the last couple of days I have been blogging about Obama’s trip to Edison.

According to local newspapers there are people holding signs welcoming President Obama to Edison and also ones wishing him a Happy Birthday. His Birthday is next week.

I’ve heard from a couple of people that Marine One will be landing at a High School literally right behind my apartment complex. By the way, the White House released the schedule of his trip yesterday.

It looks like Governor Christie will greet Obama at the airport after all.

Turns out that everyone (including the owner of Tastee Subs) has advice for Barack Obama on what to order for lunch.  Make sure you watch the video, it’ll give you an idea of exactly how small the venue is.

President Obama to meet with business owners at Tastee Sub Shop in Edison on Wednesday

A couple of pictures from “Home News Tribune“:

There are a few protesters present as well.

Remember that Newark Airport security guard who was charged with making threats towards Barack Obama last year? Well, he’ll be nowhere near the President today.

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Obama’s Edison Trip Schedule

The White House has released its schedule for tomorrow‘s trip to Edison. If you missed it yesterday, the White House now lets you subscribe to Obama and Biden’s schedule. Some of my questions were answered here. Looks like at least part of it will be streamed on the White House website.

11:45 AM
The President departs the White House en route Andrews Air Force Base
South Lawn
Open Press
12:00 PM
The President departs Andrews Air Force Base en route Newark, New Jersey
Andrews Air Force Base
Travel Pool Coverage
(Call Time 10:45AM – Virginia Gate, Andrews Air Force Base)
12:50 PM
The President arrives in Newark, New Jersey
Newark Liberty International Airport
Open Press
1:30 PM
The President meets with a group of small business owners to discuss the economy and urge Congress to pass support for small businesses
Edison, New Jersey, Tastee Sub Shop
Travel Pool Coverage
2:20 PM
The President delivers a statement to the press
Edison, New Jersey, Tastee Sub Shop
Travel Pool Coverage
5:40 PM
The President attends a DNC finance event
Four Seasons Hotel, New York City
Closed Press
7:20 PM
The President attends a DNC finance event
New York City, Private Residence
Closed Press
8:50 PM
The President departs Newark, New Jersey en route Andrews Air Force Base
Newark Liberty International Airport
Open Press
9:40 PM
The President arrives at Andrews Air Force Base
Andrews Air Force Base
Travel Pool Coverage
9:55 PM
The President arrives at the White House
South Lawn
Open Press

I’ve been blogging about this trip the last two days. You can find those posts here.

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

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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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President Obama expected for lunch at Tastee Sub in Edison

Just came across the following article in reference to Obama’s trip to Edison this Wednesday.

UPDATE: President Obama expected for lunch at Tastee Sub in Edison

I sent a tweet about this earlier today. Tastee Subs is a popular dining spot here in Edison. It is however located on arguably the worst intersection in town. The parking lot is really small. On an average day the waiting period at the traffic light is well over 5 minutes so I’m going to assume that the intersection will be closed all day on Wednesday. You can find their menu here.

Anyone care to guess what he’ll order?

This place is 1.5 miles from where I live (Edit: I just Google the place and it is actually 1.3 miles). I have never  been to this place but a good friend of mine just told me that the place is as small form inside as it looks from outside.

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

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From the Star Ledger:

Obama will head to Tastee Sub Shop on Plainfield Avenue in Edison once he arrives in the Garden State in the afternoon, according to a White House official and a congressional source. Once there, he’ll host a roundtable discussion about the economy with local small business owners.

Obama is expected to promote a bill expanding loan programs and tax breaks for small businesses that Democrats hope will pass the Senate this week.

So no public events this time around.  Maybe next time around? I want to add another event to my list.

Governor Christie has not yet received an invitation but according to that same Star Ledger article he would attend if invited. I wouldn’t mind if he shut out the Mayor though.

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Laffair II Bake Shop‎ in East Brunswick is a joke

Customer Review:
Lafair II  Baker Shop
312 Rues Lane, East Brunswick, NJ 08816-3609
(732)390-1717


We placed an order on behalf of someone here a couple of weeks ago. It was for a 6 year old boy’s birthday. We selected a Spongebob Cake from their catalog that after all decorations and toys cost us $135. We had paid in full ahead of time. When we got there to pick up the cake, it was all wrong. Instead of looking like the cake in the picture it was a purple cake with flowers and Spongebob toys on top of it. When asked their response was “the person who took the order should have told you that we don’t do that cake anymore.” This obviously drove me crazy because the cake was in their catalog and they had a week to call and let us know of any changes but instead someone at the bakery thought it was a bright idea to have a purple cake with flowers for a 6 year old boy without asking us.

I spoke to the owner and got them to change the cake so it looked more like what we had ordered. This process took about an hour and we waited for the cake at the bakery. The owner told us she would give us a discount on the cake as she rightfully should have. It is Customer Service 101. While the cake was being changed though she sneaked out the back door of the bakery. I only noticed because I was looking outside the window of the bakery and saw her driving away.

We finally got the cake almost an hour later. When I asked about the discount the employees had no idea what was going and the owner had told them nothing. One of the employees claimed that the owner had to “leave to go to a funeral.” The least they could have done was come up with a better excuse. For about 10 minutes they kept telling me that the owner’s husband was in the back and he would come out to see how he could help. He never did. Instead two sons of the owner who were probably both in middle school came out and said they couldn’t give me a discount. At this point I couldn’t take it anymore and had to make a scene and couldn’t care less what their other customers thought.

We finally managed to get $25 back. The cake wasn’t for me or I  would have left it there and gotten all my money back as their attitude was completely unprofessional. I don’t know how you can run a business while using such ridiculous practices. If you know of anyone who’s thinking about placing an order there….CONSIDER THIS YOUR WARNING.

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New Jersey voters failed themselves today

This New Jersey Governor’s election result is a disaster on so many levels. Nationally you’ll hear this being a referendum on Obama when it clearly wasn’t. New Jersey voters did what ignorant voters often do; vote out the incumbent without thinking of what the alternative is. Corzine hasn’t been popular but yet again the electorate failed to see the consequences of their vote. It was easy voting out Corzine over the last 4 years but unfortunately New Jersey didn’t think about the next 4 years. There are 4 scheduled openings on the New Jersey Supreme Court in next 4 years thanks to New Jersey’s mandatory retirement age. Yes, Chris Christie gets to fill those. This is a potential disaster waiting to happen. I don’t trust Christie at all on social issues. New Jersey has an 85 year old Senator in Frank Lautenberg who didn’t look well at a recent event I attended. I thought he would retire if Corzine won and let him pick someone to replace him….unfortunately Chris Christie would fill that opening now.

A couple of quick closing thoughts as the work begins again. Is Cory Booker going to run in 2013 for Governor or will he hold off for a Senate Run in 2014? Is Jon Corzine headed to D.C to work in the Obama administration?

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2009 Political Rallies I’ve attended

7/16/09 – PNC Arts Center with Barack Obama/Jon Corzine
10/19/09 – Middlesex County College with Joe Biden/Jon Corzine
10/20/09 – Rutgers University with Bill Clinton/Jon Corzine
10/21/09 – Fairleigh Dickenson Univerity with Barack Obama/Caroline Kennedy/Jon Corzine
11/1/09 – Prudential Center with Barack Obama/Jon Corzine

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