Store founded by Obama donors.9:48 AM, Nov 29, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden is attending the opening of Washington, D.C.'s first Costco this morning. From the pool report:
Motorcade arrived at dc's first Costco at 9:24 am
Today is the store's grand opening
From a WH official:
The Vice President will be greeted at Costco by CEO Craig Jelinek and
Co-founder Jim Sinegal, who were both at Costco’s grand opening
ceremony this morning.
Uneventful ride w commuters stopping for the motorcade passing down
Connecticut Ave, along Rhode Island
Sinegal was a big fundraiser for Barack Obama's reelection campaign, and even hosted a campaign event for the president at his West Coast home.
UPDATE: More on Biden's visit, from another pool report:
VP Biden engaged in an extended Costco shopping spree, to the delight
of shoppers and employees at the store, which just opened its doors
to the public today.
He flashed his Costco card as he walked through the doors to loud cheers.
Employee Ivey Stewart handled a cart for Biden, who stopped frequently
for hugs and photos
Asked about whether he was optimistic about fiscal cliff negotiations,
he said "I am."
More to come from trip, still ongoing
UPDATE II: Here's a photo of Biden loading up his shopping cart:
UPDATE III: More news on the trip, via another pool report:
Motorcade rolled from Costco at 10:12 am, w VP stopping to talk to
reporters after wheeling a cart filled w among other things,
childrens' books, fire logs, a 32 inch Panasonic tv and a big apple
pie to the registers.
He called on congress to extend bush era middle class tax cuts, saying
that "consumer confidence is growing, the last thing we need to do is
He said that he'd talked to people around the store a s
that "all the people u meet and see... Folks don't need to see their
taxes go up"
He said "it's important congress acts now, right now."
Unknown if he bought a watch, though he spent considerable time at the
counter looking at them, including a $1,200 one, and put in a call to
his daughter, Ashley, saying he needed to "get some guidance"
Before leaving, he placed a call on Ivey Stewart's phone. Couldn't
hear what he said, but she broke into tears and got a vice
presidential hand on the shoulder and a hug
Biden also availed himself of several Costco food samples, and looked
like he enjoyed them.
The store was clogged w shoppers who whipped out cells and iPhones to
snap the VP
There were lots if Delaware natives in the store who got giant Biden
hugs and handshakes
He did a loop of nearly the entire store, including bakery and frozen foods
But Biden turned down the employees who were trying to lure him to the
"Hey man I don't need tires," he said "I don't drive anymore."
Panasonic, the company that makes the TV Biden purchased, is a Japanese company.
9:08 PM, Sep 9, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
A racy fundraiser for President Barack Obama in Manhattan featured male dancers collecting tips. The event was called "Gogo for Obama."
9:33 PM, Aug 24, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Vice President Joe Biden was mocked at a fundraiser he held this evening with donors in the Hamptons. “Welcome to Joe Biden, unchained,” the person introducing Biden said, mocking the vice president for his recent controversial comments.
The person introducing Biden was actor Nathan Lane, famous for his part in the Producers and other acting jobs.
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First Lady Michelle Obama is at pop star Gwen Stefani's Beverly Hills home to take part in "Sunday of Fun," according to the report. The event is a fundraiser for President Obama's reelection effort.
The pooler fills in the details:
11:42 AM, Jul 17, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
An email with the subject line "SO COOL" was sent this morning to Obama's supporters by the president's reelection team. The email, from Obama for America national finance director Rufus Gifford, encourages supporters to send in cash for a chance to celebrate Obama's birthday--with the president himself at his Chicago home.
2:45 PM, Jul 6, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
An email with the subject line "Urgent," has been sent to President Obama's supporters by campaign manager Jim Messina. It's a request for campaign cash.
5:15 PM, Jun 6, 2012 • By WILLIAM KRISTOL
Mark Hemingway notes that, "While all eyes were on Wisconsin last night, few people noticed that...residents of both San Diego and San Jose voted to rein in exorbitant public employee retirement packages by huge margins. ... Also worth noting is that these measures had support from key Democrats at the local level."
9:41 AM, Jun 5, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
Former President Bill Clinton had plenty of praise for President Barack Obama, as the two traversed New York City last night hauling in campaign cash. “I don't think it's important to reelect the president; I think it is essential to reelect the president—if we want this country to have the kind of future that our children and grandchildren deserve,” Clinton told group of Obama donors at the legendary Waldorf Astoria hotel.
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Last week, Marc Lasry defended private equity on national television. "Private equity, do they do God's work or are they vampires?" a CNBC host asked Lasry, who is a hedge fund manager. "I think they do very good work," he replied.
Today, Barack Obama will go to Lasry's New York City home. But the president isn't going to voice his disagreement with the money man; instead, he's going to collect a check--$40,000 per person in attendance.
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President Obama was in Denver this afternoon for a fundraiser. But the event does not appear to have been quite the success the campaign was hoping for.
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The U.S. ambassador to Belgium, Howard Gutman, recently told a conference hosted by the European Jewish Union that Israel is to blame for growing anti-Semitism harbored by people of Muslim faith.
5:07 PM, Jul 19, 2011 • By MARK HEMINGWAY
I don't know if I'd read too much into this, but what the hey. Here's a an email that recently landed in THE WEEKLY STANDARD inbox:
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