(CNN) — President Barack Obama left for Camp David on Marine One Friday but, in a twist that has left some White House reporters scratching their heads, he apparently arrived at the presidential retreat by car. White House Press Secretary Jay Carney explained the decision not to land at Camp David was made in advance because of the weather. Marine One landed at an alternate site near Frederick, Maryland and the president and his daughter, Sasha, rode in a motorcade the rest of way to the compound.
Because it is customary practice that the traveling press pool is included whenever the president uses a motorcade, reporters naturally wondered why the pool was not part of the trip or even informed that the president would use a motorcade ahead of time.
Meanwhile, CNN’s weather team found no signs of stormy weather in the area at the time Marine One departed the White House. The White House said there were no mechanical issues with the presidential helicopter.
“It was a bit of a surprise because he (Obama) usually does not land here. They usually go all the way to Camp David,” said Kristy Rossignuolo, a customer service representative at the Frederick Municipal Airport.(article)
Full blown Sundance speculation follows. Based solely on prior precedent (see campaign diversions), general tendencies (known off site secret meetings), and recognition of an imminent scandal (fast and furious) allow me to speculate the obvious - Something is up with the closed session Press Conference about White House contact with Operation Fast and Furious occurring on the same day that Marine One mysteriously provides Obama undocumented time without press corp, official photographer, or followers. Could it be that he met someone in that alternate landing site for a brief discussion of the pending scandal? Perhaps a brief transport with an unknown passenger (Holder?) and perhaps legal advice team to talk and coordinate about strategy?
Just saying…… And It ain’t a stretch.
Obama’s more famous ‘Historical Diversions’ for Secret Meetings:
- “Transparent” White House caught having secret off site meetings to avoid documented White House visitor registration requirements.
- Obama slips the press by flying press corp to Chicago while he hangs back in DC holds secret meeting with Hillary Clinton, and possibly attends Bilderberg Meeting which coincidently took place in Virginia less than 6 miles from Dulles on same date.
- Candidate Obama Ducks Press then Heads to Hawaii to settle issues with Hawaii Democrat Party’s inability to vouch for his eligibility. Hides behind cover of ailing grandmother.