White House diverts Marine One, raises questions
September 2nd, 2011
08:14 PM ET
11 years ago

White House diverts Marine One, raises questions

(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.


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  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    This one more mainstream media news for their ratings shame

    September 2, 2011 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  2. diridi

    I think this president needs strong and thorough security......

    September 2, 2011 08:37 pm at 8:37 pm |
  3. The President should fire his White House advisers!!!!!!

    The strategy of being "The Adult" in the room only works if you are dealing with reasonable people, and the Republican Tea Party are crazy. The President supporters are growing tired of this White House looking like push overs. The President needs to go to the hardest hit area by this economy a do town halls. It will be tough, but it will send a strong message that his policy will help but, he needs a congress that will help him. The President has to stop asking and start demanding from Republicans.

    September 2, 2011 08:58 pm at 8:58 pm |
  4. T'sah from Virginia

    White House diverts Marine One, raises questions

    Raises questions about WHAT CNN??? Maybe – UNLIKE other candidates we know – he did not want to EXPOSE his daughter to the press. Have you noticed – you hardly EVER see the Obama children in the PRESS!!!???

    September 2, 2011 09:02 pm at 9:02 pm |
  5. FIELD1stSGT

    If you were carrying someone like Obama wouldn't you divert from landing in a public place to a place in the outback where no one could see who you were associated with.

    September 2, 2011 09:33 pm at 9:33 pm |
  6. Ed

    Can we sue the givernment for spending our tax dollars when they don't have the money to spend wouldn't that be called bad investments for our future.

    September 2, 2011 10:53 pm at 10:53 pm |
  7. sjmfury

    That is an awesome chopper!

    September 3, 2011 12:20 am at 12:20 am |
  8. barry

    It's only money. Our money really and we really can't afford it but no concern of the President.

    September 3, 2011 02:36 am at 2:36 am |
  9. Marie MD

    I take it there's not enough news about the quitter from AK so this makes the news? We are using my husband's car instead of mine to do some much needed fridge shopping (we lost everything to Irene after four days without power).
    There, I bet nobody is interested either!

    September 3, 2011 07:50 am at 7:50 am |
  10. GonzoinHouston

    A crack Marine pilot could have gotten a helo into and out of the site with very little risk. But when your passenger is the President, very little is too much. So they divert.

    On the other hand, if you're a conspiracy freak, then this was the perfect opportunity for the super-secretive Meeting That Did Not Happen. Fill in your choice of fantasy here.

    September 3, 2011 08:14 am at 8:14 am |
  11. The Greedy Old Pigs have declared class war on US!

    This is NOT news, CNN. Focus on how the GOBP is trying to ruin the economy in order to win an election. Focus on how the racism (along with sexism, ageism, classism and general bigotry, hate and ignorance) on the right far exceeds the alleged racism of a few CBC members. Focus on how corporations like yourself (CNN) seek to dominate and control our media and politics. This story is garbage, and another attempt to divert America from focusing on the real issues.

    September 3, 2011 08:19 am at 8:19 am |
  12. Donkey Party

    What's so headscratching about an alternate landing site due to bad weather? CNN, you have lost ALL credibility, and are on par with cheap tabloids and Fox News.

    September 3, 2011 09:13 am at 9:13 am |
  13. Ron

    Weather divert. What's the question? It happens all the time.

    September 3, 2011 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  14. Bill from GA

    I have it on good authority that the Real Obama was snatched away on a UFO and replaced with a Repug Obama.

    Oh, wait, that was last year.

    September 3, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |