May 31st, 2010
01:09 PM ET

Obama's Memorial Day speech cut short due to storm

President Barack Obama cut short his Memorial Day remarks Monday in Elwood, Illinois, telling people to take shelter in their cars due to a heavy storm.

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  1. Manny

    So what, are the far-right idiots going to blame the storm on Obama not being in Washington?

    May 31, 2010 at 1:19 pm | Report abuse |
    • Dewey

      No; Obama, Pelosi and Reid will blame Bush for the storm.

      June 1, 2010 at 3:02 am | Report abuse |
  2. Cheryll

    That would be the FAR-LEFT IDIOTS, Manny

    May 31, 2010 at 1:25 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      First of all, your first message doesn't make any sense whatsoever. Congratulations on a failed insult.

      Second, great job on your use of all-caps. Really gets your point across. Thanks for correcting your typo, as well. We would have never understood your witty zinger.

      And more thanks to be had, as you perfectly exemplified Manny's statement about "far-right idiots". You win the prize.

      May 31, 2010 at 1:34 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Cheryll


    May 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Sure, just like 9/11 was God sending a message to Bush.


      May 31, 2010 at 1:41 pm | Report abuse |
  4. Cheryll


    May 31, 2010 at 1:26 pm | Report abuse |
    • deborah cunningham

      How about today, we ALL send a message TO God for all those who
      gave the last full measure.
      It was a storm. If God's sending any messages, it's being angry at the tragedy of war.

      May 31, 2010 at 11:05 pm | Report abuse |
    • Heather

      Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Romans 8:33 (NIV)

      May 31, 2010 at 11:35 pm | Report abuse |
    • Say WHAT?

      Why do that when he could text him? D-uh?

      Get over yourself.

      June 1, 2010 at 7:45 am | Report abuse |
  5. Dan

    Sigh. Cheryll, you should go hang out with Pat Robertson.... You two could run for office. /sarcasm

    May 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
  6. jennajin

    I agree. We needed the rain out here, must be a message from God for Obama to keep doing the best he can.

    If you need to find meaning in random events, go throw some dice around and convince yourself God is speaking in cryptic. Anything can be a message, but it seems only when you need it to be.

    A political leader is a political leader, and rain is rain. No more, no less. If you don't like the way things are, then do what you can to change it.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:36 pm | Report abuse |
    • Keith

      Perfectly stated.

      May 31, 2010 at 1:38 pm | Report abuse |
  7. Keith

    Don't give her any ideas, Dan. That's how we ended up with Sarah Palin.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:37 pm | Report abuse |
  8. Chuck

    Kudos, Mr President, for putting people before politics.

    To the veterans out there, thank you for your service.

    To the Gold Star Mothers, I am sorry for your loss. Thank you for your son's or daughter's service.

    May 31, 2010 at 1:56 pm | Report abuse |
    • Renee

      Thank you, Chuck. Finally someone who isn't concerned with petty insults and is keeping focused on the message of this day. And thank you again President Obama, for putting safety of the people first.

      And a big thank you for the service of all our vets, including both my daughters, my father, all my uncles and my cousins.

      May 31, 2010 at 4:47 pm | Report abuse |
  9. Denise

    Wow. I thought it was only the South – where I am surrounded – that was full of morons. I truly am in utter awe of people's stupidity.

    May 31, 2010 at 2:14 pm | Report abuse |
  10. dan r

    If he'd been at Arlington, as he should have. Maybe he could have given the entire speech. "BEWARE THE HAND OF GOD"

    May 31, 2010 at 2:28 pm | Report abuse |
    • Reese

      President Bill Clinton went every year of his presidency, and President George W. Bush went each year except for the year he was in Europe to commemorate the D-Day anniversary. Presidents Ronald Reagan and George H.W. Bush did not attend regularly

      May 31, 2010 at 2:48 pm | Report abuse |
  11. damiao

    I really like Obama and I support for him.

    May 31, 2010 at 2:56 pm | Report abuse |
  12. Rose

    I think there is a sad note that is being missed, at least he took the time off to actually remember those who have fallen trying to protect things we take for granted (free Speech people). And think of this, though yes, it would have been better if he was at Arlington maybe it would have meant more. But think of this, with all of us being scared of Terrorist at least he was going some where were some could hear him say his message and that he was trying to do what he thought was right.

    May 31, 2010 at 4:56 pm | Report abuse |
  13. doobie brother

    I like how all the war veteran spirits united as one and came together as a force of nature and kicked that fake black monkey president off the stage yay!! HIP! HIP! HORAY! HIP! HIP! HORAY! HIP! HIP! HORAY!

    May 31, 2010 at 11:58 pm | Report abuse |
  14. D. Stinettet

    found photos of rain out at

    June 1, 2010 at 2:06 am | Report abuse |
  15. Liza Anne

    Dear God, some of you people are so ridiculous! You act like President Obama's shortened speech is this huge deal, but I'm sure very, very few of you actually tuned in to hear it. Let's be real for a second, okay? You were grilling outside, hanging with your family, and drinking beer. You didn't drop everything to listen to a guy that you don't like. So why do you care if his speech was shortened?

    Also, do you really think it was wrong of him to ask that children be taken somewhere away from the severe elements? No, you don't. You dislike him, so nothing he does will ever be right in your eyes. I'm sure that if he'd gone through with his speech, you'd be outraged that he made people stand out there in that storm.

    June 1, 2010 at 2:28 am | Report abuse |
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