Your morning jolt: President Obama headed to Fort Stewart

President Barack Obama and first lady Michelle Obama will visit Fort Stewart on the Georgia coast this Friday, U.S. Rep. Jack Kingston’s office confirmed this morning. We’ve got a call into the base for details.

But the Savannah Morning News offers this from Chris Crawford, Kingston’s spokesman:

“The congressman is glad the president’s coming,” Crawford said. “It’s a great chance to show off the facility and its suitability for additional missions.”

A major launch pad for U.S. military actions in Iraq and Afghanistan, the Army installation had been considered as the site for up to two more Army brigades, Crawford said. But mostly for budgetary reasons, that never happened, Crawford said.

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He may have been cleared by the Secret Service, but Ted Nugent now has a problem with Army commanders at Fort Knox in Kentucky, which has cancelled the aging rocker’s June 23 appearance. From USA Today:

“After learning of opening act Ted Nugent’s recent public comments about the president of the United States, Fort Knox leadership decided to cancel his performance on the installation,” says a message on the Fort Knox Facebook page.

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Pay attention to blogger Joanie Scott in Henry County. It looks like she has the goods on a land purchase by the county that sent $34,500 the way of a county commissioner and the chairman of the local zoning board.

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We told you over the weekend that opponents to metro Atlanta’s transportation sales tax had yet to organize for the July 31 vote. Last night, Debbie Dooley of the Atlanta Tea Party Patriots sent out this note to supporters:

We are working in conjunction with another group on several big events in June. The first event will be a T-SPLOST Town Hall held in the Buckhead area. The second event will be in conjunction with a state-wide summit Georgia Tea Party Patriots will host.

We will have a debate on T-SPLOST and also have break-out sessions for each T-SPLOST region so activists can learn how to defeat T-SPLOST in their region.

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On the same topic, my AJC colleague Daniel Malloy reports from Washington that the sales tax referendum in metro Atlanta may have just picked up a key endorsement:

Georgia Republican U.S. Sen. Johnny Isakson expressed his support for the project to the LINK attendees, but acknowledged its political peril.

“Hopefully we’re going to see some miracles with the T-SPLOST [transportation referendum] that takes place later this year,” he said.

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Buzzfeed reports that, last night, former Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman compared the GOP to China’s Communist Party:

Huntsman, the former Utah governor and once President Barack Obama’s Ambassador to China, expressed disappointment that the Republican Party disinvited him from a Florida fundraiser in March after he publicly called for a third party.

“This is what they do in China on party matters if you talk off script,” he said.

Huntsman also expressed regret for raising his hand at a debate – with every other GOP presidential candidate – when asked whether he would oppose even a slight tax increase in a deal that would produce spending cuts 10 times that amount.

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The AJC’s Politifact Georgia today takes a look at UGA President Michael Adams’ statement that the HOPE program is “still the richest scholarship program in America.”

- By Jim Galloway, Political Insider

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56 comments Add your comment

Tom

April 23rd, 2012
9:40 am

Speaking of the 2nd Amendment, is anyone else surprised at the lack of coverage on BoA’s decision last week to tell the McMillan companies (manufacturers/suppliers of firearms, stocks and supplies…including to the USMC) to “find another bank”?

http://dailycaller.com/2012/04/20/anti-gun-bank-of-america-tells-gun-company-to-find-another-bank/

BigDawg

April 23rd, 2012
9:41 am

Hope Romney can fly in Air Force One all over the country next year!

Marlboro Man

April 23rd, 2012
10:00 am

Ted needs to enjoy the time he has left before he dies or goes to prison. No need to work, he should cherish what he has left.

Rafe Hollister

April 23rd, 2012
10:02 am

And Huntsman is confused about why the voters never took an interest in anything he said. I think most smart voters saw through him from the beginning.

Just saying..

April 23rd, 2012
10:32 am

“Hope Romney can fly in Air Force One all over the country next year!”

His best shot might be making a big donation to the President’s campaign.

Road Scholar

April 23rd, 2012
10:48 am

BigDawg: You mean like ALL the past PresidentS have done? Just how many trips did the Bushes and Clinton make? Do you know those numbers? I doubt it! Whine like a bulldawg!

KID

April 23rd, 2012
10:49 am

Obama all the way back in 2012!

Road Scholar

April 23rd, 2012
10:50 am

Oh, and welcome to Georgia, Mr President!

Weetamoe

April 23rd, 2012
10:53 am

I plan to sign the petition to get Cynthia McKinney’s name on the ballot. Her election will raise the IQ of the CBC, she is more fun than the Guam topology expert now representing the district, and she is more honest than that other Cynthia who disturbed Ralph McGill’s long sleep for so many years. Did you notice that Jorge Zimmerman looks more like a child than Martin? Oh and I hope Obama recognizes the superb conservation work that has been done at Ft Stewart. One of our family natural resource professionals is largely responsible and the scientists involved received a great deal of support from Dick Cheney when he was at DOD.

UGA 1999

April 23rd, 2012
10:55 am

President Obama heading for home in November.

Sister Sarah

April 23rd, 2012
11:07 am

A couple pf points…

The “right to bear arms” established by the 2nd Amendment DO NOT guarantee those who make the arms a business partner. Get a grip! My how we are quick to confuse things for out own personal agenda. I guess that now makes the “war” on the 2nd Amemendment official, I mean since (after all) your guns (or mine) STILL have not been taken away, but rather more pro-gun legislation has passed during this administration than one can shake a stick at, which by the way I can list if necessary? The delusion I tell you.

Huntman from the beginning was the BEST, smartest, sensible, most genuine, and yes “qualified” (if there really is such a thing) of the entire 2012 GOP field, which the establishment blew it by not having him run.

Of course, the President is supposed to just sit behind his desk in the oval office of 1600 Pennsylvania Ave, and never get out and visit HIS commands (that would be “bases” for you non-military background types/ KEYBOARD warriors and soldiers), towns, factories, colleges, other countries on diplomatic trips, etc, especially during an important election year. Nope, he is supposed to just sit idle and allow the competition/opposition run roughshod on the campaign trail and in the media and do like a good boy should, and be passive. What a bunch of rocket scientists we have among us.

honested

April 23rd, 2012
11:23 am

I hope nugent gives a full refund to all 50 people who bought tickets.

He and Governor Huntsman demonstrate quite clearly why the gop has lost all relevance to clear thinking Americans.

td

April 23rd, 2012
11:23 am

This happens and the government still owns the company. Does anyone wonder where the “profit” of GM is coming from?

GM CEO Dan Akerson said on Monday that the company would expand its dealership network in China this year by about 600.

http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/23/gm-dealerships-idUSL5E8FN6CE20120423

D Boone

April 23rd, 2012
11:25 am

I don’t understand why anyone banks at BoA.

td

April 23rd, 2012
11:27 am

I quit banking at BoA when they started giving illegals accounts to ship their money back to their countries of origin.

Mary Margaret

April 23rd, 2012
11:30 am

God Bless, Prez Obama!

No Teabagging

April 23rd, 2012
11:36 am

@td. Just curious. Did you find a bank that does NOT allow this type of transaction?

JSH

April 23rd, 2012
11:44 am

Enter your comments here

JSH

April 23rd, 2012
11:45 am

Ted Nugent – A true AMERICAN patriot.

JSH

April 23rd, 2012
11:48 am

Anyone who would sign a petition for Cynthia McKinney to do anything except go to jail is a certified basket case.

ByteMe

April 23rd, 2012
11:50 am

I think most smart voters saw through him from the beginning.

Implying that the rest couldn’t see through Romney. Only explanation I think makes sense.

Sister Sarah

April 23rd, 2012
11:50 am

@No Tea
The fake “patriotism” kills me with some people. They fail to realize these banks don’t give a d@mn about them and their few hundreds or thousand dollar deposits, It’s capitalism at work; they WILL make their money! I just wish people like TD would just go all the way and stop eating at restaurants that serve “illegals”, stop hiring “illegals” to clean their homes and mow their lawns, refuse to stay at hotels that have “illegals” on the cleaning staffs, stay out of the produce aisles that have veggies picked by “illegals”. That ought to pretty much restrict them to their bunkers, and do the civilized rational world a favor. I couldn”t help but try to come up with some silly slogan after reading td’s post:

“BofA, when Western Union just ISN’T good enough…or Citibank…or Wells Fargo, or Sun Trust, Compass, or…”

td

April 23rd, 2012
11:56 am

I can not believe anyone would even be considering voting for Obama to have a second term. What has he done to help this country besides continuing to follow Bush foreign policy? Why can not man not take any responsibility for anything. Every problem that comes up is always someone else fault and he has not shown one single bit of leadership ability.

Voting for a nice man is not what this country needs. We need someone qualified and a leader to bring this country back and it sure is not our current President.

Marlboro Man

April 23rd, 2012
11:59 am

td, you better belive it.

td

April 23rd, 2012
12:00 pm

Sister Sarah

April 23rd, 2012
11:50 am

You show you ability to reason and have any intellectual thought when you support Obama.

Sister Sarah

April 23rd, 2012
12:00 pm

“Ted Nugent – A true AMERICAN patriot”

I understand there is a 1977 Nugent interview and consistent Selective Service file records that says different. Care to elaborate?? I do wonder why the capitalization of “American” in context though for emphasis. Of course we all know the implication there anyway. I’m more of a patriot than Nugent could ever DREAM of being, and have a whole lot less reason to be by the way.

Sister Sarah

April 23rd, 2012
12:03 pm

@td

You show your low level of basic human intelligence when you make the statement that you did at 12:00pm. I’ll run circles around your sorry @$$ and will stack my intellect, financial status, career accomplishments and so on and so forth against yours ANY day.

td

April 23rd, 2012
12:20 pm

Sister Sarah

April 23rd, 2012
12:03 pm

You are way to funny. Supporting Obama proves your capacity so I do not even have to talk about about any other measurable.

honested

April 23rd, 2012
12:21 pm

The whack jobs are out early today.

With their help, it is no wonder our state holds so tightly to the bottom rung!

td

April 23rd, 2012
12:26 pm

Basic intelligence levels of the typical Obama supporters can be seen in its full glory: I attempted to post the actual quotes but they were so bad Jim blocked them so you can go and read them at:

http://twitchy.com/2012/04/23/twitter-lynch-mob-now-that-george-zimmerman-is-out-on-bail-lets-kill-him/

gm

April 23rd, 2012
12:29 pm

JSH

Ted Nugent : Another angry, washed up over 50 white male who hates the President because he can not handle African Americans smarter then him.

I bet he would never speak like that if some blacks where standing there, Nugent is our modern day kkk and a disgrace to America, a coward who has never served this country in any form, along with scum like Hannity, Limbaugh.

Rafe Hollister

April 23rd, 2012
12:32 pm

Byte Me
Implying that the rest couldn’t see through Romney. Only explanation I think makes sense.
________________________

I can see that through Romney the country has a future. I can see through Romney that our grandchildren will have jobs, owe less, be more free, have more choices, feel safer, and enjoy a life not enslaved by a monstrous welfare state.

gm

April 23rd, 2012
12:33 pm

td

So I guess Bush followed Clinton polices? thats why 4500 troops died in Iraq, and 3500 Americans died in Ny under his watch.

Thank God Obama did not follow Bush”””

td

April 23rd, 2012
12:42 pm

gm

April 23rd, 2012
12:33 pm

You do realize that 911 would not have happened if Clinton would have taken Osama when the Sudan offered him to the administration?

zeke

April 23rd, 2012
12:54 pm

may be true, but bush’s team asleep at the wheel too…..

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 23rd, 2012
12:54 pm

I’m not ashamed to say it. I am a black American and was born with a “silver” spoon in my mouth. These were the good old days for black people. Deserving black people at the top had created a thriving community. There was no need for concealed weapons. There was no need to lock your doors or windows at night. And for the most part, we left the keys in the ignition of our cars overnight without incident. These were the days before integration was enforced in the south and a small number of “educated” northern blacks were returning to the south in need to be civilized…

Instead of immediately going off to college after high school, I decided to join the U.S. Army as many of my friends indeed had done, primarily because the bonds between us were too tight to be severed at 18 years old. The Vietnam War had ended a year earlier and the Army was offering a guaranteed station of duty to anyone who enlisted and completed basic and advanced individual training. We choose Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield because those facilities were barely a 100 miles away from home.

We arrived at Fort Stewart and Hunter Army Airfield just in time to reactivate the 24th infantry division and support command from the ground up… Even today, we get sentimental when thinking of those facilities. And after learning that Obama is visiting Fort Stewart on Friday and knowing that he has not been forthcoming about his past or properly vetted, it didn’t set too well with me. It was my morning jolt.

Amen?

honested

April 23rd, 2012
12:55 pm

td,

You mean when the wrong-wing extremist party that was in control of the House in the late ’90s was busy whining ‘wag the dog’ as if a LEADER like President Clinton would use military action to cover for a bj?

zeke

April 23rd, 2012
12:58 pm

don’t confuse him with facts

td

April 23rd, 2012
1:37 pm

A little slow today Jim. It must mean that the majority of your posters are state employees and are out celebrating confederate memorial day today.

ByteMe

April 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

I can see that through Romney the country has a future.

Which Romney? Sounds like you’re projecting what you want on him, something I’m sure you accuse “the left” of doing with Obama. Because NOTHING Romney has said has been clear and not contradicting earlier statements he made.

ByteMe

April 23rd, 2012
2:04 pm

And after learning that Obama is visiting Fort Stewart on Friday and knowing that he has not been forthcoming about his past or properly vetted

Ah, the crazy is strong in this one.

th

April 23rd, 2012
2:20 pm

Attention Savannah Escorts and gay bath houses———
.
When dealing with Federal thugs……….get your money first.

tb

April 23rd, 2012
2:26 pm

A mind is a terrible thing to waste.

illegal alien

April 23rd, 2012
2:37 pm

If 9/11 wouldn’t have happened if Clinton had taken out Bin Laben, why are we still in Afghanistan if Bin Laden is dead? Did somebody assume command?

Redstateneck

April 23rd, 2012
2:40 pm

Thankfully, Romney is not beholden to any radical, uneducated fringe group. No monolithic group opposes Romney. He’s a dixiecrat with a northern accent. He does need to learn about grits.

JSH

April 23rd, 2012
2:49 pm

gm has some real mental issues. Sorry I got you riled up about Ted.

Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ will crush the heads of the perverted New World Order integrationist crowd and their devilish black minions

April 23rd, 2012
2:55 pm

@ 2:04pm – Here is an example of what crazy looks like. The perverted integrationist black leaders and their devilish black minions have created and taken on a mob mentality to get George Zimmerman, the man who stood his ground. By virtue of the mob mentality to get Zimmerman, automatically in the minds of fair minded people everywhere, Zimmerman is elevated to the honorable position of a law abiding citizen in hiding. And the memory of Trayvon Martin is reduced to an extension of a vile mob; thuggish, lawless.

The perverted integrationist African American leaders and their devilish black minions insist that they are supporting Trayvon Martin and his family.

That’s a classical example of what crazy really looks like.

Amen?

Centrist

April 23rd, 2012
3:03 pm

Mr. Jim Galloway blogged “We told you over the weekend that opponents to metro Atlanta’s transportation sales tax had yet to organize for the July 31 vote.”

Not that I expect an answer, but who is “we”? It was only under your Political Insider blog with your single byline.

Thanks for the correction, but the rest of that weekend blog was equally as bogus/wishful thinking in trying to claim the stars are aligning in favor of the vote.

Centrism

April 23rd, 2012
3:36 pm

The Center Cannot Hold.

Grasshopper

April 23rd, 2012
3:36 pm

I wonder if Obama’s arrival will be subtle like this one

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Qh2AdCH6Ac8&feature=related

or if he will arrive by golden chariot instead.