Obama to phone in to firefighters convention
July 25th, 2012
02:26 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama to phone in to firefighters convention

Philadelphia (CNN) - President Barack Obama will speak to a firefighters union convention on Thursday by telephone, the union president told CNN on Wednesday.

Harold A. Schaitberger, general president of the International Association of Fire Fighters, confirmed to CNN the president's expected phone call only after announcing to the gathering that "a very important person from Washington D.C." would telephone in the morning. In that announcement, Schaitberger did not name the "person," but implored those in attendance to not miss hearing the phone call.

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Vice President Joe Biden addressed the group in person on Wednesday. The 51st IAFF convention ends Friday. Over 3,000 firefighters are in attendance. The IAFF endorsed the re-election of the president and vice president in June.

Filed under: 2012 • Joe Biden • Pennsylvania • President Obama
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  1. w l jones

    You never seen a finer group of fellow American in your life. Bless.

    July 25, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    Yet ANOTHER union appearance by both Biden and Obama.... The leftists union owners of the Democrat Party play the music and expect Obama and Biden to dance around on a string. The rest of the countries non-union workers be damned. So yes, definitely don't miss the puppet show, I mean phone call. BTW, bring your wallets. The puppet is running short of cash.

    July 25, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  3. cali ha ha

    Romney is like the little brother that won't go away. He follows you around doing the same things u do or say but never gets it just right. Some people like him but he lies a lot so they don't trust him. He may one day learn how to be mature but that after he cleans his room. Oh well. At least his big brother is responsible and does stuff that has benefitted his little brother. Do you see my point.

    July 25, 2012 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    Mitt Romney wants to get rid of firefighters and policemen. Mitt Romney thinks that small government means cutting back on essential services provide to protect The People.

    No, smaller government is supposed to mean trimming bureacracies of duplicate services and other waste. It does not mean cutting back on the first line of defense that civilians have within our borders.

    July 25, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    I fell in love with firemen and fire trucks when I was a kid. They used to always bring Santa Claus to the parades.

    July 25, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  6. ted

    firefighters are very brave men and women, just like the ones in uniform. keep in mind that the vast majority of firefighters are volunteers, unpaid citizens that rush in to burning buildings to help people. My Dad just celebrated 65 years as a volunteer firefighter as a charter member of a small rural fire dept. Of course he stopped going to fires many years ago, but he is still a firefighter in mind. We need to lift all of them up and we need to make sure they are funded.

    July 25, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |

    A vote for romney the clown is a vote for BACHMANN and the Gop bafoon party extremest!!!!

    July 25, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  8. King

    all obama has to say is : repubs want to take your jobs, shouting small government, then give it to corporations to outsource to third world countries, just to bypass America high middle-class wages.

    July 25, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |

    Obama in a landslide alongside the romney BACHMANN Gop bafoon party train wreck in Nov . Where's your tax returns romney the clown and Ann , I smell tax evasion!!! Prove me wrong !!!

    July 25, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  10. IntelligentDesign

    yet they want to privatize it. picture a fire where they ask if you have it first.

    July 25, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  11. You People Aint Seeing Our Tax Returns

    Romney said, "We don't need firefighters, did you you not hear that in Wisconsin?"

    Romney economics is seriously flawed.

    July 25, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Remember the good old days when right wingnuts could use the "N" word? Now they have to call someone a socialist, Marxist, communist, or foreigner to get the same effect.

    July 25, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  13. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Third world countries don't have unions, don't have a middle class, don't have a high standard of living. That is why the GOP is hell bent on destroying the unions, the middle class, and have ruined the standard of living.

    July 25, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  14. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    You People – Mittens also was railing against more policemen and teachers. After all, thanks to the OP, they are members of the shrinking middle class.

    July 25, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  15. Stuffit

    Must not have the big bucks like the Hollywood elite. He will meet with 10 of them at a time.. Still no Jobs Council meeting though, and no recommendations on debt reduction other than to start class warfare and punish the non dope smokers and people who are not corrupt union bosses with higher taxes and more regulations.

    July 25, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The right wing plutocracy has been anti worker since the beginning of time.

    July 25, 2012 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  17. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I thought that the Jobs Council met in April, May and in June.

    July 25, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  18. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    All all right wingnuts stupid? Taxes, under President Obama, are the lowest they have been in 50 years. I wish the meth and mountain dew righties would get a clue on reality.

    July 25, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  19. ST

    Sorry am off topic, but so long as the issue of "you didn't build that" has dominated the news, I would like to explain a little bit about it. We make business and we do not build it. But we build, which means construct for example the house, the bridge, school etc. etc. If you take this meaning, you will understand what the President was referring to. It was the bridge and NOT the business.

    July 25, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  20. FORWARD into the Obama FISCAL ABYSS

    I pay for fire fighters and police like every other American, with my local taxes. These are local hiring decisions. If we need them and can afford them we hire them, if not we don;t.

    Why does Obama think the federal government needs to stick their nose in my cities business with regards to police and fire fighters? Does he have some campaign contributors that need jobs?

    July 25, 2012 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  21. "If you've got a business, you didn't build that. Somebody else made that happen." --B. Obama

    I'm sure the fire fighters are thrilled.

    July 25, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |