Obama’s big-bucks benefactors sizzling over tarmac delay
BY MICHAEL SNEED firstname.lastname@example.org June 1, 2012 7:30PM
President Barack Obama gestures toward former President George W. Bush, former first lady Laura Bush and first lady Michelle Obama, in the East Room of the White House in Washington, Thursday, May 31, 2012, during a ceremony where the Bush's portraits were unveiled. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)
Updated: July 6, 2012 10:55AM
... and fry ‘em! Sneed hears a bevy of out-of-town bigbucks benefactors of President Barack Obama , a.k.a., “The Wallets,” were tarmack sizzling hot Saturday morning when their private jets were unexpectedly grounded at O’Hare and Midway airports.
◆ Translation: Word is President Obama, who overnighted at his Kenwood home after raising tons of campaign cash, decided to spend a little more time with his Chicago buddies Saturday morning, thereby delaying his departure — prompting a security “ground hold” being placed on private jets leaving their airport terminals, according to a top Sneed source. (No commercial flights were grounded.)
◆ Upshot: “The “wallets” were due to take off around 10:43 a.m., but then things got set back another several hours,” said the source. “These guys aren’t used to having to change their schedules. Time means money.” Air Force One ended up leaving around 2 p.m.
My. My. Imagine the spilkes suffered by the bountiful bigbucks boys having to spend another five hours in Chicago. What’s a millionaire to do?
The Son also Rises ...
There was a time in my life when the stale smell of the boys in the basement was as natural as roses in the garden.
It was where my son Patrick and his friends grew from rascals to young men from their private launch pad.
Then out of the basement they flew en route to their next milestone: college.
What a transition that was for a single mom; a quiet basement left behind with the teenage detritus of hidden empty beer cans; old term papers; Walt Disney tapes retreaded with the dreaded; a cracked baseball bat; cigarette butts.
I had kept my fingers so tightly crossed during their “time of the basement,” they looked like barbed wire.
I was once told if you find yourself crying in a laundry for no apparent reason, then you are in trouble. Not only did I blubber my way back to Chicago after depositing my Patrick at the University of Wisconsin in 1999, but I found myself weeping in a few laundries worrying about whether my son would actually matriculate in merriment.
Now it’s time for a new transition — mine.
Patrick, who graduated with a law degree from Loyola University, is now so very happily engaged to Dr. Sarah Rebecca “Becca” Peglow, a Minnesotan who now works at Rush University Medical Center.
My city slicker son recently took “Becca” to North Dakota, where both their great grandparents once lived, and proposed to her on a promontory overlooking a buffalo herd at the Theodore Roosevelt National Park.
He called it the “wilderness.” Becca countered it was only the “wild west”— and he really didn’t need his Swiss Army knife and fleece leggings.
“Well, mom,” he said. “I guess it’s only the wild west.”
I guess he’s learning fast.
Am Bush ’em ...
It was a backhanded slap. Bet on it.
◆ To wit: Obama’s political foil, former President George Bush, may have stolen the show at the White House Thursday with his hilarious remarks during the unveiling of his official White House portrait — but Bush took a little buckshot, too.
◆ While POTUS was praising Bush, Obama also managed to get in a zinger about how helpful the former president had been during the transition . . . considering the ECONOMIC MESS he was inheriting.
◆ Translation: Obama was told to keep on message by his campaign. And he found a way to do it. Bad form.
Firefighters vs. Police ...
Hut. Hut. Who will win the annual football grudge match/bragging rights blowout that pits the city’s firefighters and paramedics against police officers this Sunday at Brother Rice High School at 1 p.m.
Police have won the match, known as the First Responders Bowl, the last two years. But Sneed’s scout reports firefighter QB John Welsh and defensive lineman Derrick Strong, who both played in the NFL before becoming firefighters, are in peak condition.
◆ Wounded, but recovering, police officer Del Pearson will be honorary captain for the police team. And watch for Police Supt. Garry McCarthy, a pigskin fanatic who played tackle football well into his 40s, to be on the sidelines. No word on whether Brian Urlacher will attend again.
Condolences to the family of former circuit court judge David J. Shields, who always maintained his innocence in the Operation Gambat scandal. Shields, whose friends were legion, died Thursday at the age of 80. He was a great guy and will be missed ... I spy: Director George “Star Wars” Lucas lunching Friday; actor Ian McDiarmid, who’s currently starring in “Timon of Athens,” at Chicago Shakespeare. McDiarmid is also the Emperor in “Star Wars.” ... Sunday’s birthdays: Anderson Cooper, 45, and Rafael Nadal, 26 ... Monday’s birthdays: Michelle Phillips, 68; Angelina Jolie, 37, and Noah Wyle, 41.