Daily Archives: June 10, 2011
This is not a bunch of frantic people in Florida trying to get into the room where the trial for murder of Caylee Anthony is taking place. This is a bunch of journalists, photographers are trying to get into an elevator in Juneau to cover the release of Sarah Palin‘s emails.
Photo credit: Via @justin_hart on Twitter. Can you say creepy?
About 30 journalists, along with three TV camera crews, had been crammed into a small space in a state administrative building in Juneau on Friday, waiting for the release of boxes filled with 25,000 printed emails stemming from Palin’s tenure as governor.
Nearby, the boxes were stacked up and waiting for representatives of approximately 20 news organizations to grab them and take them from the building in a scene that promised to be fairly chaotic. Each organization was to be given six boxes
“It could be fun,” said the Los Angeles Times‘ Ken Schwenke, who was part of the scrum waiting to rush the room where the boxes were stacked. The state of Alaska is releasing the emails in paper form; several news organizations are scanning them to turn them into electronic, searchable documents.
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It reminds me of the same media, landing by droves in 2008 to find out more about Sarah Palin and figure out who she was, where she came from and anything and everything about her life. Commenters in The Guardian, Washington Times and Los Angeles Times are getting angrier at this waste of time, to uncover anything that may compromise Sarah Palin and attempt to damage her character and reputation (as if!).
This is enough, America. The same time of scrutiny and vetting is not of interest of any of Republican official candidates for the GOP primaries, nor of Senator Obama‘s emails and his background. Media’s unprecedented addiction and obsession rivals Twilight fans.
Twilight fans drive and fly wherever the movie stars travel, duck and use binoculars to catch any scenes of any movies they make (asides from the saga) and the frustration when there’s extreme lockup and secrecy with their location. Fans tweet and post in Facebook any pictures of their stars, tired from the airport.
Where’s the GOP? Oh mum. Establishment is relaxed waiting for the media to do the dirty deed for them. Keep it up, media! Keep it up, GOP!
This just keeps getting better and better:
About 30 journalists, along with three camera crews, had been crammed into a small space in a state administrative building in Juneau, Alaska Friday, waiting for the release of boxes filled with 25,000 printed emails stemming from Sarah Palin‘s tenure as governor.
The boxes were stacked up and waiting for the 20 or so news organizations to grab them and take them from the building in a scene that promised to be fairly chaotic.
“It could be fun,” said the Los Angeles Times‘ Ken Schwenke, who was part of the scrum waiting to rush the room where boxes upon boxes were stacked. The state of Alaska is releasing the emails in paper form, which means that news organizations will have to scan them to turn them into electronic, searchable documents. Each organization was to be given six boxes.
There’s an actual timeline on their work, how hard they’re working on the stack of emails; they’re scanning all of them and then release some of them. Still complaining that they believe the juiciest ones are kept under wraps.
His constituents by-proxy are not thrilled about this visit. Puerto Rico’s population is about four million; what happens in the Unites States is affecting the island as well, so now they’re not happy campers. Puerto Ricans expect the same empty promises that Obama gave us. To make things more interesting, this is also Hillary Clinton‘s turf as she beat Obama in the Democrat Party’s presidential primaries in 2008 with a 3 to 1 margin.
Puerto Rico has also a lamestream media that is covering this four-hour visit as if he is staying for a week. Folks, it’s all about the money (read my Nancy Pelosi‘s blog post about this). There’s also that issue of Puerto Rico’s self-determination process that is in its infancy. Puerto Rico’s Resident Commissioner, Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) gave this statement:
After noon, the Resident Commissioner of Puerto Rico in Washington, Pedro Pierluisi confirmed the information given ahead of time by EL VOCERO. “I know that President Obama’s intentions is to show once again to the people of Puerto Rico that he identifies himself with us, with our causes and with our aspirations, and he wants to help us with our social and economical challenges that we face. I am positive that he will also use this trip to support the report of the Special Workgroup of the White House about Puerto Rico, and to see firsthand how we’re benefitting from his initiatives of his administration”, said Pierluisi via written statement.
Puerto Rico’s Resident Commish has “voice” in DC, but cannot vote on anything related to Puerto Rico nor the United States; he has to knock on a lot of doors to get things done. What few people know on this side of the pond? That Puerto Rico’s Governor, Luis Fortuño (R-PR) has been friends with Pedro Pierluisi (D-PR) ever since their teens. It is a positive but awkward professional relationship.
I don’t expect the GOP to jump in and make a strong statement about this four-hour trip. The only cool thing will be that kids will finally see Air Force One in all its glory. Obama’s visit will certainly be a part of Puerto Rico’s 21st century but it will be exaggerated, as is with everything involving politics.
President Obama will make a four-hour stop in Puerto Rico on June 14. This is a very unusual visit for a US President to visit the island so quickly-Nancy Pelosi visited the island last year, gave a speech, grabbed Democrat fundraising for the past November elections, and left.
Obama’s visit will coincide with the 50th anniversary of John F. Kennedy‘s trip to Puerto Rico in 1961. The 43rd President of the United States will be the second president that visits Puerto Rico on official affairs, since the creation of the Commonwealth. Obama made a stop in Puerto Rico twice as a pre-presidential candidate during the Democrat Party’s primaries.
Now that Obama’s visit is confirmed, the logistics for Obama’s safety and security are put in place. The US Air Force, the Secret Service, Puerto Rico’s Department of State along with the FBI. Local police will be also on a serious alert and will provide security for the whole visit. All information regarding Obama’s visit is trickling in-so far the trip was in his agenda for weeks-but more details of this four-hour trip are trickling in, so stay tuned.
- Puerto Rico governor announces Obama visit (politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com)
- Puerto Rico governor announces Obama visit (via CNN Political Ticker) (techweev.com)
- Obama to Make Rare Presidential Visit to Puerto Rico – NYTimes.com (policyabcs.wordpress.com)