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Fri Feb 22, 2013, 03:39 AM

Playing Golf While the Planet Burns


http://readersupportednews.org/opinion2/271-38/16129-playing-golf-while-the-planet-burns

n parallel universes, President Obama spent his Sunday playing golf at an exclusive Florida gated community while 50,000 Americans poured into Washington DC, calling on the absent president to stop the Keystone XL Pipeline and stand up to Big Oil. In an inspiring rally, indigenous women from the United States and Canada told the crowd how the tar sands and its infrastructure - from Northern Alberta where the oil is extracted to Texas where the Keystone pipeline is under construction - are threatening communities across North America. Canadian indigenous activist Crystal Lameman described how fish in northeastern Alberta have cancerous tumors, moose have "puss bubbles under the skin" and babies are airlifted to the hospital for drinking contaminated water.

Addressing President Obama, speakers said that his decision to accept or reject the 2,000-mile pipeline connecting Canada's tar sands to Houston's refineries was the most monumental decision he would make in his presidency.

But whether by design or by coincidence, the President had chosen to spend this very same day swinging at little balls in the warm Floridian sun - with an oil man.

Obama and Tiger Woods were joined on the golf course by a very wealthy fellow named Jim Crane. We all know who Tiger Woods is, but who is Jim Crane? The Texas businessman who hosted the president at his exclusive golf resort is owner of the major league baseball team Houston Astros. But Crane is also mucked up with the very "Big Oil" the activists were railing against. His extensive business deals include a partnership in Western Gas Holdings, a company engaged in gathering, processing, compressing and transporting natural gas and crude oil for Anadarko Petroleum Corporation, one of the world's largest publicly traded oil and gas exploration and production companies

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:46 AM

1. HE IS PLAYING CHESS, NOT GOLF!!!

can't you see that, eridani?????

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 04:47 AM

2. Opps.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:11 AM

3. It was just a game of golf without politics unless we make it in to something. I am sure he was

concentrating on trying to have a good game. Some have even complained that he hung around with a man who cheated on his wife with multiple women. However, I am sure that was no encouragement of cheating with women on the golf course. Once in a while the President must leave the bubble and do some normal things. Tee, par, hole in one and whatever. Play ball Mr. President. Then back to the office. I am not mad at you.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 06:16 AM

4. Even Presidents get some down time.

Do people really think its possible to be the President 24/7 for every minute of an 8 year term? and even if he did work every minute of every day a President still cant fix everything..

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Response to jambo101 (Reply #4)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:50 PM

5. He could fix this with the stroke of a pen.

Refuse to allow the product to cross the border.

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:57 PM

6. I guess we should complain about when the President sleeps, too....

....or when he takes a shower, or spends quality time with his wife and daughters, or even when he takes a dump.

Because we all know advanced communications, computers, and the Internet have not yet been invented

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 07:58 PM

7. Maybe Obama was vetting Crane to take over the EPA. He seems like the type Obama would pick.

 

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:00 PM

8. Imagine if this had happened while Bush was prez. He would be been eviscerated.

 

But when it's Obama, it's all "hey, the poor guy deserves some down time."

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Response to eridani (Original post)

Fri Feb 22, 2013, 08:02 PM

9. No wonder no photographers were allowed. P.S. Were YOU invited? Was, say, another pro golfer? No.

Please. Don't kid a kidder here, people.

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