December 21st, 2007
11:45 AM ET
6 years ago

Obama cancels events, fog to blame

DAVENPORT, Iowa (CNN) - Areas of dense fog hovering over most of Iowa forced Illinois Sen. Barack Obama to cancel his first two stops of the day Friday.

Obama was scheduled to land in eastern Iowa - near the site of his first event of a three-day swing through the state - but his plane was re-routed to Chicago due to dense fog at a higher elevation, according to a campaign spokeswoman.

His first two stops are now off the schedule, as Obama's motorcade will be on the road for the four-hour drive from Chicago to Washington, Iowa - site of what was originally set to be his last stop of the day. Now, it will also be his first.

A crowd of a few hundred potential supporters - as well as the traveling press corps - had already gathered at his first event when organizers announced that Obama would be unable to make it.

–CNN Iowa Producer Chris Welch


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Iowa
soundoff (21 Responses)
  1. Jordan, Seattle WA

    If Obama only had the experience of Hillary, he would have been able to circumvent this silly weather and attend the events. Clearly he is unfit to run for president!

    Or at least, that's my impression of how most pro-Hillary posters on these stories act.

    December 21, 2007 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  2. Carol Iowa City, Iowa

    :(

    December 21, 2007 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  3. KD, cherry hill NJ

    AND THE CLINTON CAMPAIGN IS RESPONSIBLE FOR THE FOG THAT STRANDED OBAMA RIGHT?

    December 21, 2007 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  4. Independent in IA

    No great loss....hope the fog gets thicker.

    December 21, 2007 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  5. Bob, NY, NY

    I am sure using weather as an excuse to cancel an event went over really big among all the people who dragged themselves to the event.

    December 21, 2007 06:36 pm at 6:36 pm |
  6. Mark Kennedy

    We guess now he'll blame Hillary for the fog too!

    December 21, 2007 06:43 pm at 6:43 pm |
  7. Yolanda, South Carolina

    oh no Hey Obamians let figure out a way to blame Hillary Clinton for the fog. lets see how can we use this to raise money. how about we send out a memo to our buddies in the press like Hillary clinton is attacking obama by sending a fog to stop him! how is that. you think that will fly.

    December 21, 2007 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  8. Trang, Fremont, CA

    How unfortunate. I guess the crowd is disappointed. Not much he can do though. The pilot decided it was unsafe to land, and land elsewhere.

    December 21, 2007 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  9. Seam, Philly, Pa

    I wasn't even going to comment on this post, but after reading most of the silly comments, I couldn't resist. You people need serious help.

    December 21, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  10. Christian, Tampa FL

    Obviously Obama can't be President because he can't control the weather. Only people who can control the weather deserve to be President. (sarcasm)

    December 21, 2007 09:18 pm at 9:18 pm |
  11. Tom - Iowa

    Some of you sound silly. Why would Obama want to skip events? The race is to close to call to skip meeting critical voters with less than 2 weeks before the first vote is cast in Iowa. All the candidates need every vote and will do their upmost to be present for every event. Some of you do not pass the common sense test...

    December 21, 2007 10:07 pm at 10:07 pm |
  12. Kyu Reisch, Radcliff, Kentucky

    Jordan, Searttle, WA, you are correct. Obama is unfit to run for President. He blames something or somebody for his Senate votes, who's fault is this fog?

    December 21, 2007 11:37 pm at 11:37 pm |
  13. Mark R. Fort Lauderdale FL

    Hillary can't control the weather; she's not responsible for this. I guess God is a Hillary supporter. As well she should be; strong women need to stick together.

    December 22, 2007 02:43 am at 2:43 am |
  14. Karen, Nashville, TN

    I just finished the drive between Chicago and Cedar Rapids this afternoon (3:30-7:30 pm), not fun, but there was somewhere important I wanted to be for the weekend. It could have been accomplished.

    December 22, 2007 04:59 am at 4:59 am |
  15. KLS, Hillsdale, IL

    Actually, I was at the first event...and althought people were dissipointed they wouldn't get to see Senator Obama, the mood was one of content. Everyone knew it was beyond his control and that he was trying his best to get there. There wasn't anyone in the crowd that was upset. The campaign handled it very well also, having all of the volunteers thank people for coming and reminding them that he would be back before caucus day.

    December 22, 2007 10:09 am at 10:09 am |
  16. Michael, Houston, Tx

    All I have to say is

    If Hillary can control the fog (and presumably other weather) , uh guys, we had all better vote for her...

    I want that kind of power used for our nations benefit right?

    BAHAHAHAHAAA

    December 22, 2007 12:26 pm at 12:26 pm |
  17. JJ Monterey, CA

    Oooohhhh nooooo now when Bambi loses Hillary is going to get all the blame ;) It's a conspiracy I tell you. Clinton called upon the heavens to send FOG. That's not playing fair = foul. I'm going to run home and tattle to Oprah... She'll come to the rescue.

    Nice & refreshing to find a post before the Hillaryhate team members get here. OMG they give me such a headache. One would think they could at least come up with some new material every once in awhile = not too original thinkers I guess. I suspect they're the jilted GOP :( Trolls. Heck if they were Obama fans they'd be feelin' the love instead...
    :) Can hardly wait to see all their little heads explode when Hillary gets elected.

    December 22, 2007 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. GRACE, SUN CITY CENTER, FL

    DON'T BE CONCERNED SENATOR OBAMA.
    THESE ARE THE FOLKS THAT CONSULT WITH
    THEIR NEIGHBORS BEFORE THEY VOTE CUZ
    THEY'RE NOT CAPABLE OF MAKING AN
    INDEPENDENT DECISION. TALK ABOUT FOG.
    I THINK IT GETS IN THEIR BRAINS. JEEEZ

    December 22, 2007 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  19. JD, ATL, GA

    I am sure using weather as an excuse to cancel an event went over really big among all the people who dragged themselves to the event.
    Posted By Bob, NY, NY : December 21, 2007 6:36 pm

    Bob, as an aviation/airline professional, it is comments like this by the general public that sicken me. There are strict regulations regarding weather in aviation.

    I know for a fact that the visibilities in Iowa on Friday were below landing minimums. Adherence to these regulations is an accepted part of flying.

    December 23, 2007 01:05 am at 1:05 am |
  20. Grinch in America

    Don't these people ever sleep?

    No wonder they're all beginning to look like death warmed over and babbling on & on like a bunch of dead heads!!

    Iowa, NH, SC, and the rest of these United States need to go back to the drawing board and move their primary dates later again. The folks in the early-bird states are sick & tired of the swarm of candidates knocking on their doors and calling at all hours of the day, especially over the holidays – when we'd much rather be spending pleasant time with our friends and families.

    Whose bright idea was it to move Iowa to Jan 3 and NH to the 5th anyway?? Must have had "a heckofa New Year's Eve hangover" when they came up with that nobrainer :(

    Sign me up for the No-Call list...

    December 24, 2007 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  21. SMOKING,LA.

    THE DUDE IS SMOKING HIS WAY INTO A FOGG. STOP SMOKING OBAMA. SORRY FORGOT IT'S OK FOR HIM TO SMOKE BUT NOT FOR E-BODY ELSE!!

    December 24, 2007 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |

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