Obama Memorial Day Talk Canceled By Severe Storm

Torrential rain, lightning, thunder and strong winds have forced President Barack Obama to cancel a Memorial Day speech he'd scheduled at the Abraham Lincoln National Cemetery in Illinois.

Obama took the stage at midday under the cover of a large umbrella to tell thousands of people who came to hear him speak that "a little rain never hurt anybody but we don't want anybody struck by lightning."

He asked people to return to their cars for safety.

Obama tried to wait out the storm in the cemetery's administration building. At one point he boarded a pair of buses to greet military families that came for the ceremony. Within the hour, however, reporters who accompanied the president to the cemetery were told that Obama would not be delivering the speech.

Obama had spoken at the Lincoln cemetery in 2005 when he was a U.S. senator. Lincoln created the system of national cemeteries during the Civil War.

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  • by Sam Location: Greenville on Jun 2, 2010 at 04:20 AM
    Palin Snake Oil Co. Thank you for putting the "FACTS" on the table instead of a personal statement. What a bunch of zombie minded hypocrites, who base everything on the skewed views of Fox news.
  • by Palin Snake Oil Co Location: Greenville on Jun 1, 2010 at 06:25 AM
    Which other presidents have spent Memorial Day at Arlington? While in office, Reagan spent 4 out of 8 Memorial Days at Arlington, George HW Bush spent 0 out of 4 Memorial Days at Arlington, Clinton spent 8 out of 8 Memorial Days at Arlington, and George W Bush spent 6 out of 8 Memorial Days at Arlington. I don't understand why people are politicizing this-are the men and women buried in Illinois less deserving of being memorialized than those buried in Arlington? Fox News has sure done a number on some of the sheep on this board!
  • by cemetery on Jun 1, 2010 at 06:09 AM
    who was at Arlington or even Waterloo. The men & women that risk their life and he can't even take they rain. The guards of the tomb of the unknown go throught a whole lot more. The ones figthing also.. If he knew it was going to rain why not find a place inside?? A bride knows that you have a backup plan..
  • by WOW Location: Beaufort on Jun 1, 2010 at 01:41 AM
    Why wasn't he at Arlington? Why? Because he had to go to Chicago to get his instructions from the crooked nose crowd on what to do in the coming months.
  • by Annette Location: Rocky Mount on May 31, 2010 at 09:19 PM
    If he had went to Arlington, you would still be complaining. If he continued to speak in the rain, you would still be complaining,If he personally greeted each vets family, you would still complain. You will still be complaining when he is re-elected.
  • by Audra Location: SoCal on May 31, 2010 at 07:35 PM
    Pfft.. please. I love lightning storms. I run outside when everyone else is cowering inside. You miss so many beautiful things when you hide from every little act of nature. If you ask me it's less safe to try to get away from it because the people like me that love it are the ones that never get struck. Anyway... I guess he didn't want to prove out that rain really does fall on the unjust.
  • by jerry Location: enc on May 31, 2010 at 07:23 PM
    GOODBYE, Obonga, Just want you to know the only reason you were elected was because we didn`t have a decent choice--- now, after your stupid time in office, ANYONE would be better. BYE, OBLUNDER
  • by William Location: Greenville on May 31, 2010 at 06:51 PM
    I thought the POTUS always attended the Arlington, Va. cemetery on Memeorial Day??? I guess we should be grateful that the VP was kind enough to attend the services at Arlington....
  • by TO: Anonymous Location: Greenville on May 31, 2010 at 06:41 PM on May 31, 2010 at 06:26 PM
    Your right it is about the veterans. Thats why the Commander in Chief should have been in Arlington, like all the presidents have done before him. He does not respect them, why should we respect him?
  • by jerry Location: enc on May 31, 2010 at 05:59 PM
    Why was he not in Arlington? What a Scumbag!
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