President Obama Discovers a Climate Believer, Pays Personal Visit

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Original image: The White House at the conclusion of “Snowmaggedon 2.0”, posted to Wikimedia by David King

Guest essay by Eric Worrall

President Obama has paid a personal visit to one of the few Americans who is genuinely worried about the climate.

US President Barack Obama has paid a personal visit to a mother who has echoed the greatest fears for many parents across the world in a heartfelt letter.

Mr Obama arrived in a quiet community in Omaha, Nebraska, in an 18-car motorcade on Wednesday to visit Lisa Martin and her husband Jeff in their living room.

The unexpected visit stemmed from a letter to the President Mrs Martin penned 12 months ago as she sat awake at 4am feeding her newborn son Cooper.

She wrote to Mr Obama — not expecting a response — to convey her thoughts, worries and hopes for the future in which her son would grow up.

In her letter, Mrs Martin described her “overwhelming sense of dread” about climate change.

“Will my son be able to thrive on this planet?” she wrote.

“Will he be able to experience the small things, such as winter in Nebraska, where he has snow days and sledding?

“Where he comes home to me cooking homemade hot cocoa for him, like I did?

“Sadly, I think the answer is no.

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I suggest an 18 car motorcade, no doubt preceded by a flight in Air Force One, to visit someone who is worried about CO2 emissions, neatly encapsulates the utter farce which is the President’s position on climate change.

171 thoughts on “President Obama Discovers a Climate Believer, Pays Personal Visit

  1. Shame he didn’t bother visiting the families of the victims from the San Bernadino terrorist attack.

      • SHOWbama you mean. BOb has taken this fear and guilt show on national and international tours since taking office. it was nothing to burn up a little more fossil fuel for an Omaha daydream detour.

      • True, but ONLY to make the point about how bad it is for the general population to be able to own/have guns.

      • Nick,

        You post Interesting and informative comments at times, and I’m sorry but this time you’re just an *ss. You cherry-pick an article to refute a trivial and irrelevant point while totally ignoring the main point.

        Michael Jankowski is right to point out it took him 16 days, and it was on his way to his Christmas vacation in Hawaii. I wonder if the shooting had occurred during his vacation if he would have interrupted his vacation to visit the families or waited until the end and visited them on the way back. Maybe if he hadn’t gone on vacation, he would never have visited the families.

        I’d bet that you’re also impressed with Obama’s speech against ISIS after they beheaded James Foley…just before he hopped in the car and went golfing.

      • “You cherry-pick an article”
        Huh? The lead comment to which I responded made one point only, that Obama had not visited the San Bernardino victims. And it was flat wrong. He had. I said so.

      • Nick,

        Do you seriously think that The lead comment to which you responded,

        made one point only


        I don’t need to speak up for or defend JSM, but I think he made a much broader point. Can you understand that he was validly criticizing Obama’s response to the shooting, vs. his responses to other things that are more politically expedient? You seem to be extremely selective on which trivial errors and inconsistencies you nit-pick but don’t seem to be able to address the point of the comment.

      • “But the ’16 days’ comment pretty much demolished your point.”
        Frustrating here is the resistance to getting simple facts right. JSL said Obama didn’t visit. I said he did. He did. 16 days had nothing to do with my point. The indifference to just getting facts right is what makes argument here incoherent. Obama didn’t visit, and also he took too long, and had wrong attitudes or something. It makes no sense. First you have to establish whether he visited. Then you can start talking about tardiness or whatever.

      • Hmm. Guys? Nick is sort of right here. Jim criticized Obama for not visiting the victims of the San Bernadino shootings for a whopping 16 days. I was primed to make a snarky remark about there being more golf courses in his home state of Hawaii than there were in Southern California, but s short check on Google sort of shut that line down. Meanwhile, we may observe that he waited over a year to visit Mrs. Martin and her family. It seems he may have really taken some time to make the visit as economical as possible (18 armored limousines notwithstanding).

        If any of you are familiar with my previous posts on this site you’ll know in advance that I’m not a fan of Mr. Obama’s policies, nor am I a fan of the AGW hypothesis. It’s my personal opinion Mr. Obama is either dumb as a box of rocks or he’s being paid to support AGW. I tend towards the primary interpretation based on his performance on other subjects. Naturally, I didn’t vote for him.

        Nevertheless, in all fairness you have to admit he waited over a year to respond to the “distressed mother” and only 16 days to respond to the murder victims. At least his handlers have their priorities in order?

    • Why do we keep giving Internet “life” to drivel like this? Best thing we can do is let it scroll on by as quickly as possible!

      • “Goldrider January 15, 2016 at 6:18 am”

        Because it’s an integral part of the Obama Propaganda Effort, which intentionally employs “Perception is Reality” Delusionalism instead of reason, fact, and Science. The Obama Propagandists use this tactic because, 1] If they can make it work, it’s better than the latter – reality simply doesn’t matter; 2] It does work on a certain per cent of people; and 3] It has worked out well for Obama so far! Therefore we must do our best to make it not work by facing it directly. It doesn’t just scroll on by the millions of people who will see it.

        The “Anthropocene” is in effect “The Age of Propaganda”, and it ain’t going away anytime soon!

    • why does the US President not lead by example and travel via solar powered electric vehicles?

      If the US Government, with all its resources, cannot figure out how to move the President without using massive amounts of fossil fuels, when the President tells the world that this is the greatest danger we face, how can the average person be expected to do what the President and US Government cannot?

      It really looks like the President is saying “I want everyone else to stop using fossil fuels so there will be plenty for me”.

      • That’s one of the main reasons why so many celebrities want to ban travel for the masses. The best vacation spots are getting too crowded.

      • ferdberple you found the Key.

        While most of us lose sleep at night over paying the mortgage, feeding the family, putting the kids through school. And the less fortunate in third world countries lose sleep over just staying alive. The Obscenely wealthy lose sleep over running out of necessities to buy.

        The CAGW scam is a well orchestrated plan that preserves limited resources for those with multiple cars, planes and yachts to power. First they install puppet dictators then deploy multiple strategies that keep the middle class too poor to buy energy and so guilt ridden they feel good about it. .

        Insomnia solved. There will be plenty of fossil fuels to go around for them and their future Little Lord Fauntleroy’s.

  2. ““Will my son be able to thrive on this planet?” ”

    Not if the US don’t get rid of Obama and the dumbocrats very soon !!!

    • “get rid of Obama and the dumbocrats very soon”

      Get rid of all the greens and derivative believers. They hate humans and will do anything to put him in the ground.

    • Sustainability and thrivability are not the same. Do you want to merely sustain your existence, or rather thrive?

    • I hate to sound sexist but having gone through parenthood I wonder if this Young mother isn’t suffering from post partem syndrome? ( My wife had it after the birth of one of ours )
      The reaction to fly and drive with 18 cars over to see her is pure showman’s ship and ludicrous on top of that, as others have said!

  3. The quotes from the letter suggest psychopathology, especially the “overwhelming sense of dread”. They would surely get hundreds of similar letters every day. It’s a bit weird…and perhaps even a little exploitative of someone’s vulnerablility.

    • I very possible the woman was suffering from post natal depression. Of course something like that would be of no consequence to Obama if it adds to his so called legacy.

    • Absolutely agree, reading the quotes there are signs of possible clinical depression fed by delusion about her “overwhelming sense of dread about climate change” and projecting fears about her sons future, akin to Munchausen syndrome by proxy (projecting fake symptom on someone else for attention).

      By visiting her in this manner (a presidential cavalcade) they are feeding her delusion and placing her son at further risk of psychological harm.

      Of course the President may have just called in to use the rest room on his way to Hawaii.

  4. Well, if Nebraska heat and drought get as bad as in the mid-1930s then I guess she’ll really have something to worry about…till it passes. Meanwhile, hasn’t Nebraska had plenty of cocoa weather in recent winters?

    Just feed your kid, Lisa, and be glad you don’t live in the good old organic days when mothers woke at 4 to worry about lack of food for their children, not lack of sledding.

    And Barry? That soaring rhetoric thing you do? Not making it any more. And don’t even think of saying “asthma” one more time.

    • Asthma? No worries, it’s covered by Obamacare. They’ll all get free breathalyzers.

      Maybe… (go to 3:30 on this one)….

      • My heart goes out to George W, it really does! When the Queen visited America a few years back, his speech was brilliant. He mistakenly referred to her Majesty’s visit 200 years ago, then corrected himself immediately making a gag out of it, by saying “she looked at me the only way a mother looks at a child!”.

      • What’s really scary is that obamba acts so weak and stupid that we probably aren’t even really represented by him. Someone or ones are controlling him and he is just the front for show. How can anyone be so stupid and actually have any say in the workings of the Presidency? Barry Soretoro? Obama? No wonder he just loves Iran and won’t call islamist terror for what it is.

      • @ db 10:59 am you have got to be kidding me!!! Why in the heck is that not on the news! That is so sad to watched and embarrassing and if it would have been Romney or McCain it would have been news for days!!

        [It appears to be an edited (slowed, picked + cut, and rejoined) montage. .mod]

      • [It appears to be an edited (slowed, picked + cut, and rejoined) montage. .mod]

        Dearest moderator,

        Slowed or not, Obama admits that he’s drunk! And someone in the audience shouted, “Go home and sleep it off!” — and Obama answered him, so that wasn’t edited. There are many similar examples, in many other videos.

        They didn’t need to slow it, but that’s just a quibble. The erstwhile member of the ‘Choom Gang’ was toasted.

      • Sadly I have not been able to convince my (former, perhaps) best friend from college of the ways of Obama. Typical of the left he never gives a straight answer but spouts about things Republicans have done in the past. As if two wrongs make a right.
        It was Obama who promised Hope and Change. All he really did was ramp bad behavior up to never before seen levels.

    • Worse than that, she is a teacher and most likely spread this nonsense daily.
      Earlier in the day, the president went to the suburban home of Lisa Martin, a high school English teacher who sent Obama an email last year, one she wrote with her newborn on her lap at 4 a.m., in which she worried whether her son and the planet would survive if those in power ignore the threat of global warming.
      At Baxter Arena, Martin delivered the opening remarks welcoming Obama to the stage.

  5. We tend to embarrass ourselves with rational criticism, it’s irrelevant. These folks are anti-capitalists who’ve converted the once-innocent AGW hypothesis into pure political phylosophy.

  6. Given the dangers and costs of severe winters cold, this is an example of the consequences of fear mongering, gooders bumptiousness and stupidity!

  7. Some years ago a family with kids committed collective suicide over global warming fears. I believe it was somewhere in South America. Someone should put this woman on suicide watch.

  8. “I suggest an 18 car motorcade, no doubt preceded by a flight in Air Force One, to visit someone who is worried about CO2 emissions, neatly encapsulates the utter farce which is the President’s position on climate change.”

    Politics often has theatre, that does not undermine the science of the position.

    • No but it undermines the credibility of those who tell you that the science is good. More significantly it gives the rest of us a template how to behave over reducing CO2, which is talk about it but never actually get round to it.

      • But we have to be saved from that one one-hundredth of a degree Celsius.

        U.S. House Science Committee – July 9, 2015
        CHAIRMAN LAMAR SMITH: “On the Clean Power Plan, former Obama Administration Assistant Secretary Charles McConnell said at best it will reduce global temperature by only one one-hundredth of a degree Celsius. At the same time it’s going to increase the cost of electricity. That’s going to hurt the lowest income Americans the most. How do you justify such an expensive, burdensome, onerous rule that’s really not going to do much good and isn’t this all pain and no gain.
        ADMINISTRATOR GINA MCCARTHY: “No sir, I don’t agree with you. If you look at the RIA we did, the Regulatory Impact Analysis you would see it’s enormously beneficial.
        CHAIRMAN SMITH: “Do you consider one one-hundredth of a degree to be enormously beneficial?”
        ADMINISTRATOR MCCARTHY: “The value of this rule is not measured in that way. It is measured in showing strong domestic action which can actually trigger global action to address what’s a necessary action to protect…”

    • “that does not undermine the science of the position”

      Perhaps the fact that the world hasn’t warmed in 18 years and 8 months may under mine the ‘science’ of the position?

      The warmists were so desperate for something to show for all that grant money they had to doctor the historical temperature record. To the point that they are claiming 2015 was the warmest ever when the data clearly shows 1997 was way above it.

    • A motorcade of only 18 cars? Doesn’t he usually travel with a 40 car motorcade? It sounds like the prez is cutting back, he’s an inspiration to us all.

  9. Lost opportunity costs, compounding, wasted on this social mania of catastrophism have already diminished our grandchildrens’ prospects.

    At best, the societal wisdom gained from this scientific and social policy fiasco will partly compensate them for our brief bit of destructive madness.

    • You would have thought reading “1984” might have sufficed as a surrogate for having to actually live through it. Alas, we are only a year away from having President Camacho, so I guess life does really imitate art.

  10. I have to agree with Patrick MJD. The overwhelming feeling of dread and a fear of the future for ones child is a sure symptom of Post Natal Depression and the letter should have been forwarded to the young mothers local health visitor for immediate action. Obama could have turned up a year later to visit a grave and an orphan. Lucky for him another body was not added to his count.

  11. Some here hope that the next election will bring a “better” president. God love the eternally optimistic!

    The fact is that we have not had a good president in at least 150 years, probably longer. Sure, we might get one that is a little better on “global warming”, but he/she may well be worse on starting more foreign wars, CIA led secret horrors, dumb economic rules or federal intervention into our lives. Why does no one run against the idiot TSA?

    The simple fact is that the next election will simply bring the slaves and opportunity to pick one of two overlords to rule and beat you down for the next 4 years. Pick the least evil one, but don’t think you are going to “save America”. The “America” you want to save died a long, long time ago.

    Hades people, most Americans can’t even spell laissez-faire and they darn sure could not define it. They think our present system is “free market capitalism” and it most certainly is not.

    I suggest supporting this candidate:

    • Unfortunately, he’s not running (flying? swimming? whatever it is he does). I’d put that bumper sticker on my car, if there was one. Maybe even on my rear window!

    • Great bumper sticker, but I think a better tagline would be:
      Why settle for the lesser evil?
      (Also, +++ for the rest of your comment.)

  12. Mrs Martin is not the sharpest tool in the box.

    Even in California-

    “New Stanford poll: Only 39% of Californians persuaded of global warming by temperatures
    New Stanford poll: Only 45% of Californians impressed by alleged climate ‘consensus’
    Another good one.
    New Stanford Poll: Climate ranks 15th in priorities for Californians
    Earth to Gov. Moonbeam.”

  13. “Listening to my son breathing next to me gave me a feeling of urgency.”
    He looks like a toddler and not an infant but bed-sharing is the leading cause of death for those 3 months and younger in the US.

    While I don’t want to interfere in how she raises her kid, she’s a teacher! She can’t be that intelligent to think the risk is worth the feel good factor but she is willing to destroy her child’s future on the grounds that the number of heatwaves or tornadoes in Nebraska might be one less than if she didn’t give a toss.

  14. Obama rejoices in, and makes political capital out of, his ability to generate despair in nursing mothers using only pseudoscience-based propaganda. He is, not to put too fine a point on it, a piece of human refuse.

  15. Seems to me that Mrs Martin needs the help of a qualified Psychologist – and if that fails, a call to Prof Lew in Bristol.

  16. Whatever ones views on global warming, this woman was clearly sick when she wrote such a silly letter. Obama should be ashamed of himself for exploiting a sad case for political purposes. I wonder whether he can tell us what exactly he achieved from the huge cost of his cheap little stunt when there is so much more good he could have done in America or the world with his time and the cost of such an expensive and useless exercise. which, apart from the huge amount of fuel being used by an 18 car motorcade plus the huge cost of Air Force One, probably tied up 100 or more employees in security staff, drivers, local police etc. He should be asked to explain the purpose.

    • Mr. Obama did this so he can charge to the US govt all the expenses of his political trip.

      Clinton did the same thing. They all do it. It’s legal.

      And, then we complain when businessman write off expenses excessively.

      • At least businessmen make the money to cover expenses whereas Obama lives off the public purse.

    • When the POTUS travels, there are also support aircraft – there is a C-17 or a C-5 carrying the cars for the motorcade, and helos have to be pre-deployed. There is a lot more fuel burned than just AF1 and the 18 cars.

  17. So, I thought when I started reading that Eric is spinning a story that’ll have an amusing finis … then I got to the end, blinked and read the ABC article from the link and, well, ye gods – this really happened!?

    This President is in a fugue state.

  18. i guess there are two sorts of Americans these days.Those filled with an overwhelming sense of dread that Obama is right, and those that are filled with an overwhelming sense of dread that Obama is wrong, and no one cares…

  19. Sometimes I think we need to fight fire with fire. How about a follow up visit from Christopher Monckton (and possibly a medical doctor), arriving in a Prius, with graphs/charts to explain why her child will still know what snow is.
    Ahhhh, who am I kidding, Christopher has more class than that to make a pawn out of this poor woman to push his own agenda.

    • If Obama had Chris’s sense of showmanship, he’d have arrived on this worrier’s lawn by parachute. THAT would have made the news.

  20. This is all paid for with fiat money. No gold was traded to pay for the fuel and motorcade to visit this woman.

    Oh, BTW, the reason they do such things (visit grieving mothers and all) while on an essentially political trip, is so the politician (our President) can write off the entire expense of the trip to the US govt. Otherwise, the Democratic party would have to pay for his expenses. This is legal, although highly corrupt.

    That is our govt. Legal, but highly corrupt.

    Maybe there is something wrong with our concept of “legal.” Maybe we should call it “legit.”

    • “What’s scandalous in Washington isn’t what’s illegal but what’s legal.” —former New Republic editor

  21. I think it was very special for President Obama to visit a needy neurotic. Not much catering is usually done for this kind of person. When was the last time that someone felt sorry for Chicken Little? Never.

  22. What’s even better about Obama’s Omaha visit is that he brought two aircraft for himself. He flew from DC to Omaha in a 747, then to Baton Rouge in a 757. The 747 was too big for the Baton Rouge airport.

    Not to mention all the support aircraft that brought the limos, etc.

  23. Hi, I have a son. I don’t breastfeed him ’cause even though I have nipples I’m not capable of that. He’s a newbe. I found a woman who’s standards were sufficiently lax where she was willing to bed down with this old fart and conceive his (or her’s – we argue about that all the time) child.

    Ok, the foregoing is all fantasy. Except, of course, for the fact that if I really did have a child I still wouldn’t be able to breastfeed him.

    Even though I have nipples.

    But, aside from the fact my nipples are vestigial, I too would be concerned for my son’s future if I had a son. You see, with all this stuff that gets belched to all of us about carbon pollution I’d be concerned about what just might happen to the carbon based life form I helped conceive. Would my son be regarded as pollution?

    But, something even scarier has just dawned on me. Never ever before, in the history of civilization, hasone of the most powerful leaders in the world seen fit to make a public pilgrimage, and set national policy, based on one woman’s postpartum depression.

    • Tom Judd
      January 15, 2016 at 5:21 am

      […] But, something even scarier has just dawned on me. Never ever before, in the history of civilization, has one of the most powerful leaders in the world seen fit to make a public pilgrimage, and set national policy, based on one woman’s postpartum depression.

      I believe NOW is the right time to use the word ‘unprecedented,’ Tom.

  24. Of course, this is a ridiculous stunt. However, the problem it highlights is real – not CAGW itself, of course, but the anxiety and distress that is caused by the relentless propaganda of impending doom heaped on the hapless public. Also, of course, not all of us are equally susceptible – people with postnatal or other forms of depression will be at greater risk.

    You can’t open a children’s book about nature these days without coming across the dire “bad, bad humans” morale at the end. Who knows what the long-term outcome of that brainwashing will be.

  25. The free floating anxiety of this woman, post partum depression or not, strike me as being typical of those successfully brain-washed by 15 years or so of this nonsense. A look at the comments on any climate change article in the NYT provides many similar examples of hand-wringing. The lack of critical thinking is scarier than the impact of CO2 emissions.
    Meanwhile, Omaha appears to be having typical winter weather.

    • No worries. We’ve all seen results of polls which show that climate fear is far down the list of concerns for most people. Those results have been accompanied by no end of hand wringing and appeals to the fearosphere that more scary stories must be told, the rhetoric must be changed, new tricks must be pulled… people must be taught! The problem for the propagandists is that most people do develop critical thinking skills through life experience and they see through the nonsense.

  26. I live just two or three blocks east of the whiny little English teacher that Obama dropped in on. The part of her letter I liked best was the concern that her son would have to go to a zoo to see a polar bear — just like everyone else. You don’t want to meet a polar bear in the wild, since you are part of its menu.

    As far as The One’s visit to 1102 Sherman St., Papillion NE, there was an Omaha police helicopter circling the neighborhood for about half an hour and the area around Ms Whiny’s house was cordoned off. Made me think of one of those movies were the SS surrounds the Jewish ghetto. I was surprised there wasn’t an AC-130 gunship overhead. Maybe there was and I missed it.

    • The Atlanta zoo has a polar bear in it. Polar bears are a lot more heat tolerant than people give them credit for.

      • They do appreciate a deep pool and lots of ice blocks in it. I used to be a docent at Henry Doorly Zoo in Omaha

      • the polar bears are not a unique specie resulting from Darwinian evolution; they are products of micro-evolution, a well-recognized process regularly presented as empirical proof of the never-observed macro-evolution.

        Rudyard Kipling’s Just-So Stories is a good guide to grasping macro-evolution.

    • I’ve met, over the years, four of Canada’s prime ministers just walking down the street or along the river. One I met many times was long ago retired and I bump into him at the supermarket occasionally. I had, by chance, hitch-hiked around Europe years before with his brother before this fellow had become prime minister. On an occasion I was in Calgary before Christmas, I, of course, looked up his brother. Before I left, he told me that he was late with his Christmas shopping and wondered if I had room in my luggage to take the few presents back to Ottawa with me. I did so. At the time, he was leader of the opposition in parliament so I delivered the presents a few days before Christmas to ‘Stornaway’ the name of the Oppo’s official residence. He answered the door and invited me in, but I was on my way for dinner.

      Another I met a couple of times, once in the parking lot of a bagel/breakfast/lunch place. I chatted for a few minutes and learned his wife was supposed to have already picked him up. I was going in to pick up a bagel and coffee and asked if he’d like me to get him something while he was waiting for his wife. He thanked me and said no, she’d probably be there in a few minutes and he was gone when I came back out.

      A few years ago, I met Harper strolling down the street through the perfume of the magnificent May lilacs in the neighborhood. He had a couple of security guys nearby – being a conservative, tough, no-nonsense type, it was probably prudent although I think he was quite safe.

      Our new very young P.M. was very much out and about and my wife and I met him, his wife and young child at a nearby park/playground on a few occasions before he became P.M this past fall. In jeans and short-sleeved shirt, indistinguishable from other fathers, he was at ease and unpretentious.

      I rue the day which will surely come when we have phalanxes of grim goons in dark suits, wired for action, and chains of limos that is the norm in the US.

      Here is a Youtube of Obama buying maple leaf cookies at a large marketplace bakery (Byward Market) in downtown Ottawa just; a few blocks from the US Embassy. His security contingent looks desperate but I’m sure the Embassy told him he was pretty safe. Apparently his security almost lost him and were playing catch-up with him in these tight crowded conditions. The bakery now calls them Obama Cookies – they sell well apparently. Note the president proffers a Canadian $20 bill but they gave him the cookies. I hope we stay this way for awhile.

      • U.S. protection of our Elitist Politicians is approaching that of Oligarchy (multi-headed dictatorship). An unstated founding basis of America was that Government would respect (be fearful of) We the People. America now suffers the reverse, a Government we fear, a Government that dictates to us.

    • Standard procedure for presidential visits. I was in Bad Axe, Michigan when Nixon visited to stump for a Republican congressional candidate Two choppers came in, Nixon was in one of them but nobody knew which. He did the speech and was outta there. Last public appearance before he resigned.

    • I thought the same thing. Because it is true: public school education in the USA is mainly indoctrination in the PC culture.

      • Only 2 or 3 hour sessions? Lucky them. When i was a teacher we had five whole days of the wretched stuff every year . And one of them was about ‘Sustainability’ in which we had someone from the local Council explain to us the dangers of global warming. It was his job. He was paid to do it. Why else would he have done it|?

      • Unless someone can show me otherwise, I’ll assume that she’s an activist shill in the NEA (Nebraska, or National, Teacher’s Union), which is a member of that bolshevik coalition. Wonder what her next letter to BO will be?

  27. An 18-car motorcade to express concern regarding CO2 emissions.
    Leftists are no longer capable of self-awareness.

  28. Poor child of this woman. He has parents that buy into propaganda and fear. His life will be one of despair, not because of climate change, but because his parents will teach him the world is bad and evil for using fossil fuels. Worse, he may be white and have to suffer from white guilt on top of the global warming fears.

    As for the hot cocoa, Michelle would say “NO” right now. So the child may not have the cocoa either, courtesy of Mrs. Obama.

  29. The irony is priceless…

    “Mr Obama arrived in a quiet community in Omaha, Nebraska, in an 18-car motorcade…”

    What’s the carbon footprint of an 18-car motorcade?

    CO2 emissions per gallon of gasoline consumed:

    • 8.91 kilograms CO2 Per gallon of gasoline

    18 vehicles. Let’s guess that each vehicle burned 5 gallons of gasoline:

    • 18 * 5 = 90 gal
    • 90 gal * 8.91 kg/gal = 802 kg CO2

    Assuming that the trip only employed Air Force One and a single C-17 Globemaster…

    CO2 emissions per gallon of jet fuel consumed:

    • 9.57 kilograms CO2 Per gallon of jet fuel.

    The fuel consumption rates can vary widely… A C-17 can burn more than 10 gallons per mile. A 747 burns 5-10 gallons per mile. Let’s just assume each aircraft burned 7 gallons per mile.

    • Joint Base Andrews to Omaha NE ~1,100 miles, ~2,200 miles round trip.
    • 7 gal/mi * 2,200 mi * 2 aircraft = 30,800 gal
    • 30,800 gal * 9.57 kg/gal = 294,756 kg CO2

    Motorcade + Air:

    • 802 kg + 294,756 kg = 295,558 kg CO2

    The per capita CO2 footprint in the US is about 17,500 kg/yr.

    • 295,558 kg / 17,500 kg/capita = 17 people

    The Martins’ family of three would take nearly 6 years to emit 295,558 kg of CO2.  Obama did it on a quick trip to visit then to assure them that he was fighting climate change.

    The stupidity of this story is mind boggling.

    When will Obama get around to visiting the Americans who fear Godzilla?

    • “The stupidity of this story is mind boggling.”

      Ignorant Arrogance of which this story is based on is Hypocritical and Immoral. Belching out 295,558 kg of CO2 while Politicking about man-made CO2 being cause of Global Warming.

      • I saw that in the theater!
        Would that we could return to the days when the threat was foreign and not domestic!

    • That’s probably a conservative estimate. I bet the trip employed at least 3 air craft, one for the president, the C17 for the Beast, and one backup that carried staff.

      *still laughing about that GIF

      • And for about $800.00, SHE could have be bought a round-trip ticket to Washington DC.
        Wouldn’t have even needed a hotel room. Clinton proved ANY democratic donor can get a room upstairs in the Lincoln bedroom.

    • @David Middleton: you look at something like this and you reach for numbers to make sense of it. I rather doubt that the USA selects politicians for numeracy; my country certainly doesn’t. What if President Obama just *can’t* think like that? What if you showed him the calculations of so much CO2 for such and such a trip and he honestly *couldn’t* see the relevance? Human beings can have some very strange blind spots. I’ve actually met an adult who, in all sincerity, asked “how long would it take to go 50 km at 100 km/hour?”. Maybe understanding people, power, and persuasion helps you become President but ties up brain cells that could have helped you understand the physical world? Of course that why you have advisors. I’m inclined to see your President’s apparent hypocrisy in this case to an intellectual blind spot, but his minders really *should* have warned him, and it *is* his responsibility to see that he has minders/advisors who can and will. “There’s no way that’s going to look good, Boss. Skype her.”

    • David Middleton: youtube this comment and you’ll be calling the tune
      the warmunists will dance like burning spastics.

  30. My god I’m glad I’m not that woman’s child!

    Think of it. Most people, whether mothers, fathers, or strangers, look at a baby’s cute, big-eyed, cherubic face and the first thing they do is smile back at it, make a silly expression, go for a tickle, and shoot little rays of giggles and joy. That mother looks at her baby’s cute, big-eyed, cherubic face, and the first thing she does is think of doom, end times, and the necessity of firing off a letter to the president of the US.

    Who gratuitously sanctions this mother’s questionable behavior.

  31. Sorry, he found a loon worried about whether her son would experience winters cold enough to warrant hot chocolate?? In NEBRASKA???

    Just once, someone write a letter saying “I wonder whether my son will grow up to know what an eagle is? I fear not, with all the windfarms driving them to extinction by chopping them up.”

  32. The hubris of Obama sees no ends. Pushing a war against Specter of Global Warming, while ignoring proven deadly threat of Islamic Terrorists.

  33. Ms. Martin wants her son to meet an ice-bear in the wild. In such a case usually the county social service arrives with flashing lights.

  34. President Obama has paid a personal visit to one of the few Americans who is genuinely worried about the climate” Oh sure and just ignore the zombie apocalypse.

  35. I’m going to go out on a limb and guess that this mother is not too bright. It’s a whopping -6.6 degrees in Omaha right now with a light cover of snow on the ground. I suppose if Obama would have showed up naked, she would have commented on how fine his clothes were.

  36. Obama visits the only person in Nebraska who actually wants more snow in winter. Omaha NE temps in January, average low -10°C, average high 1°C. I’m more concerned about a mother willing to send her kid out in weather that bad. But then that kid is never going to know a snow day anyway judging by how alarmist and over protective she is now. Got some sad news for you sweetheart, you will be long dead before there are snow free winters in Nebraska.

  37. So, a kid gets indoctrinated with globaloney and repeats what she’s been told a hundred times. Then the Community Organizer sees an opportunity, and initiates a P.R. stunt.

    Circular propaganda?

  38. Well, I remain a strong Obama supporter unlike most of the folks who post on this blog. However, I do regret that he has apparently been taken over by the warmist side. I have great confidence that with his very superior intelligence, if he were presented with anything close to an unbiased analysis of the facts he would see through the global warming illusion. For my part, i am certainly not ready to convert to right-wing ideology over this one issue, since they are so wrong about so many other issues. And I have yet to see a president of whatever stripe that hasn’t made serious mistakes.

    • Yeah, who did that loser Abe Lincoln think he was, foisting all that right wing crapka on people like TRPs ancestors. Oh well, I guess lefty Booth took care it.

    • TRP,

      I’m not an Obama supporter, but hopefully like most people who can agree to disagree I commend your sticking to your principles and your support of Obama. Unfortunately, I think you err in your

      great confidence that with his very superior intelligence, if he were presented with anything close to an unbiased analysis of the facts he would see through the global warming illusion.

      Obama is a progressive ideologue. I’m sure he well understands, but doesn’t care about, the “global warming illusion.” The rest is rationalization. You justify your statement that you’re “not ready to convert to right-wing ideology over this one issue” By a drive-by Ad Hominem attack on “right-wing ideology” and previous presidential mistakes.

      If you stick to the topic of global warming, I’m sure you’ll get a great discussion.

    • TRP, I think you would be surprised how many prominent climate skeptics are left wing. Freeman Dyson is a constant thorn in the side of alarmists, yet he also embraces Democrat politics, and likes Obama.

      Steve McIntyre, who probably did more to expose the shaky scientific foundations of climate alarmism than anyone else, and quite probably has the highest number of mentions in Climategate of any skeptic, tends towards left wing politics (according to James Delingpole).

      While there is no doubt that in America climate skepticism is most openly expressed by Republicans, there are a growing number of elected Democrats who are reaching their limit on this issue – as demonstrated by the recent climate mutiny in California.

      When you think about it, it makes sense for someone who truly embraces socialism to vehemently oppose the dishonesty and distortions of climate alarmism. A large, powerful government can only succeed if it is honest. Politicised science, poor decisions based on defective data, will destroy any attempt to create a socialist state, by rotting it from within.

  39. you are correct. The center of mass of the converting troposphere is about 5km. The Wet Air Lapse Rate is about 6.5C/km. 33C is the difference between the surface temperature and the predicted black body temperature. This is believed to be caused by GHG. However:

    5km x 6.5C/km = 32.5 C —

    The so called GHG effect is nothing more than the conversion of Potential Energy into Kinetic energy, moderated by the condensation of water. The Troposphere above 5 km is colder than predicted for a black body. The Troposphere below 5 km is warmer than predicted for a black body. No CO2 required.

    The same calculation holds true for Venus and Mars.

  40. A little faith in our government please. Obama is not the worst POTUS in history. My vote goes to Jimmy Carter who I did vote for when I was in college.

    My theory that extra ordinary times make make great presidents, hence Washington, Jefferson, Lincoln, and Teddy Roosevelt. They changed how we think about our country.

    The extra ordinary times included the USSR completing their defacto invasion of South Vietnam, invasion of Afghanistan, Iran going dark side, and high inflation, unemployment, and interest rates. While Carter may not have caused these things, he did fail to change the direction of the country in a positive way.

    The fall of the USSR and the Berlin Wall changed how we thought about our country. At least for me. I think dismantling nuke weapons and using the material to make electricity is the ultimate in cool.

    In a way I fell sorry for POTUS Clinton and Obama. How can you have a legacy of greatness if there are no great problems to solve? While I do not think climate change is a real problem, POTUS Clinton and Obama have failed to change anything. Fracking has lowered the price of natural gas, so we are using less coal in the US.

    Obama the fracking president. No pun intended. Well maybe.

  41. Oh please. Give me a break. The woman’s letter is dripping with sanctimoniousness. Her “concern” and “angst” is all an act, meant to show how much of a True Believer she is. And naturally Obozo used it and played it up to the hilt. Great show, and a perfect way to highlight his own self-important goal of “saving the planet”. Sickening.

  42. If there was a need to set the scale for “how low can you go”, this stunt is a good starting point.
    Why do it in fly-over country ?

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