October 11, 2013, - 1:15 pm

Obama’s White Relatives “Hardest Hit” by Shutdown, Newspaper Ran Into Them “At Random” at Closed Govt Tourist Spot

By Debbie Schlussel

Who was hardest hit by the government shutdown? Not families of fallen soldiers, whose death benefits have only just been allowed to go forward by Congress. Not military veterans threatened with arrest for entering national monuments. Not people denied a Social Security card, even though the Social Security offices are fully staffed, funded, and open for service. Nope. Why, it’s Barack Obama’s White relatives, according to the Wall Street Journal.



Obama Kin Virginia Goeldner and Teresa Berkebile

Oh, and the Journal reporter, Jim Carlton, “just happened” to run into the Obama kin “at random” while surveying a closed national tourist attraction. Uh-huh. Sure he did. The odds of running into Obama relatives shut out of a government-run tourist spot somewhere in America have to be similar to winning the Powerball lottery or worse. It just doesn’t happen to a reporter for one of America’s most read national newspapers. This was a clearly planned Obama White House maneuver. As the French would say, “Quelle coincidence!” Whatta coincidence!

Check out the Obama family sob story (or, rather, crocodile tears story. So sad, too bad:

On Wednesday, a random canvassing of spurned visitors outside the Cliff House—a tourist spot perched above the Pacific Ocean at the city’s [San Francisco’s] western edge—revealed that even those related to President Barack Obama aren’t immune. Two members of the president’s extended family were denied entry to the historic dining establishment, which is privately operated but has been ordered to close because it is on national park land.

Virginia Goeldner, 78 years old, Mr. Obama’s maternal great aunt, and Teresa Berkebile, 49, his maternal second cousin, tried to enter the front door to the restaurant but found it locked. A sign affixed to the window read: “Because of the federal government shutdown, this National Park Service facility is closed.”

“We need to get this opened up now,” Ms. Berkebile, a self-employed businesswoman from Madera, Calif., said as she and her aunt, visiting from Maumelle, Ark., sought a place to eat lunch while sightseeing. “I wanted to show her around on the California coast.”

But Ms. Goeldner, who is retired, was quick to defend one person: her great nephew, whose 2008 inauguration she attended. “I don’t want to hear any Obama jokes,” she said.

More seriously, Ms. Goeldner said the legislative impasse that led to the shutdown of federal facilities nationwide, including here in the Golden Gate National Recreation Area, showed the limits of Mr. Obama’s power. “Wouldn’t we want to think he has more control than he does?” Ms. Goeldner asked. “It’s sad, really.” . . .

The Obama relatives, meanwhile, say they feel sorry for the workers, and everyone else affected by the shutdown. As they prepared to walk down along the beachfront highway to another eatery still open, they were asked what advice they would give to their most famous family member. “Keep your chin up,” said Ms. Berkebile, “and do what you have to do.”

The White House didn’t immediately respond to a request for comment.

Boo hoo. Let me get out my tiny violin, so I can cry over these two lesbian-esque Obama relatives instead of World War II vets in wheelchairs.

What a surprise that the White House won’t comment. The White House clearly knew all about it and orchestrated it. And, awwwww. How touching that it’s all the Republicans’ (who just caved and got NOTHING in return) fault and not their Prez-in-chief relative’s fault. He has no power whatsoever, except to decide what stays open and what closes (which is NOT Congress’ prerogative).


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19 Responses

WSJ, NBC, one and the same. They are both in the bag for this incompetent, ignorant, dangerous president.

JeffT on October 11, 2013 at 1:32 pm

The Wall Street Journal performed the task usually assumed by MSNBC. This was not journalism, but sycophancy. The WSJ apparently has decided that it is no longer tenable for it to deal with the Obama Administration critically.

worry01 on October 11, 2013 at 2:37 pm

    “The WSJ apparently has decided that it is no longer tenable for it to deal with the Obama Administration critically.”

    I’m sure that they didn’t have much choice when approached.

    If anyone denies the President’s request, you know that you’d be in for heaps of trouble from the IRS or any myriad of other agencies who would make certain that you’d suffer.

    DS_ROCKS! on October 11, 2013 at 3:28 pm

      Yeah, look at how the Government and the media went after S&P a couple of years ago when they dared lower the Government’s credit rating. Moody’s and Fitch have been afraid to take comparable action. Absurd. How can an entity at risk for default (for whatever reason) every few months have an outstanding credit rating as the US Government does?

      Did any of the newspapers of the time write about how Abraham Lincoln’s relatives were suffering during the Civil War?

      Little Al on October 11, 2013 at 4:12 pm

      DSR, I’m skeptical of the idea that the WSJ had little choice. Organizations like that have their own weaponry.

      I think it’s more likely that the WSJ is RINO force, which is passionately against any effort toward fiscal sanity.

      skzion on October 11, 2013 at 4:54 pm

Hey DS, I actually haven’t read this post yet, but I had to compliment you on that picture of the smallest violin in the world. I rarely actually “LOL” at something online, but that pic, with no superfluous comment, was just awesome! Thanks.

Joe Guiney on October 11, 2013 at 3:47 pm

Exactly, DS! You’re more likely to find a pile of rocking horse feces under your toddler’s rocking horse than believing these two crones happened to be there by happenstance.

Those two battle-axes would hate me. I have not a nice thing to say about their sociopathic and Marxist kin.

Keep his chin up? How much higher can that Reggie Love supporter go, for crying out loud? Eff these two scripted biddies.

(Most should know this by now but almost everything this Regime does is planned out with rhythmic precision. THAT and his ‘compulsion to confess’ seeps out and tells the true tale of his evil plans…2 recent ones are “We are not a Banana Republic” and “We can’t keep going from crisis to crisis”. This fool is so sinister he gives himself away EVERY TIME!)

Skunky on October 11, 2013 at 6:18 pm

    More reverse psychology “Compulsion to Confess” from Obama-Putin…

    “Let’s be clear about the fact that nobody has proposed anything close to a government takeover of health care.”

    Just take what he says and reverse it and there’s the truth.

    Skunky on October 12, 2013 at 1:39 pm

See, guiz? Obama is just liek us, because his GREAT-AUNT AND SECOND COUSIN are being “harmed” by the shutdown.

The intent of this story isn’t to generate sympathy – it’s to somehow bolster Obama’s credibility in this shutdown – because his, ahem, great-aunt and second-cousin can’t go to a restaurant. Seriously. I once saw some commenter go after Romney for not serving in the military. This person addressed the manifest hypocrisy of his position by saying that “Obama’s GRANDFATHER served.” Someone actually said that.

If the WSJ wants a real challenge, they should try to find a single person in America who gives a flying f**k about this white trash family of red diaper babies.

StatMo on October 11, 2013 at 7:10 pm

Virginia Goeldner should realize that the restaurant is privately owned and would still be open if her ‘not so great’ nephew wouldn’t have forced it to close. The joke is on her if she can’t see this has nothing to do with the government shutdown, but reeks of an Obama retaliation against the American public. The fact that the Social Security offices are open but not functional (were they ever?) proves it without a doubt.

theShadow on October 11, 2013 at 7:40 pm

Clearly this whole thing was staged, but what do you want to bet these women have never even MET Obama?

MIGirl on October 12, 2013 at 11:32 am

Boo hoo. Let me get out my tiny violin, so I can cry over these two lesbian-esque Obama relatives instead of World War II vets in wheelchairs.

“Lesbian-esque” was uncalled for.

Miranda Rose Smith on October 13, 2013 at 2:14 am

    Miranda, how about focussing on the positive for once? Nobody likes annoying scold.

    skzion on October 13, 2013 at 11:54 am

Three cheers to everyone who chimed in with what INCREDIBLE F–KING BULLSHIT is being fed to the American public with IDIOCY like this story. And whoever started the Wall Street Journal is probably spinning in their grave like a chicken on a rotisserie attached to a 16 cylinder Cummins diesel engine. Think SD-45-2, you railfans out there. I think. My knowledge is a bit rusty.

As usual, Skunky with brevity, knockout punches and full comprehensiveness covers everything relevant. The Big Lie is alive and well and living in what was once the United States of America, 68 years after the close of WWII.

JeffT, you got that right big time, about the bag, except for two things. Don’t EVER think that incompetency and ignorance is part of this administration. That’s PART of what they WANT you to think. EVERYTHING about this man, the man pulling the strings, and this entire administration right down the one wiping Senator (UGH!!!) Franken’s butt is COLD, CALCULATED and PLANNED. They are ALL supremely intelligent and well organized. I know, because I lived among these people all my life in NYC, still do when I go back there. Ignorance and incompetence is not on the menu. It would actually be nice if it was, because then we’d have a fighting chance.

As for Miranda, when you come here, you get the modern day female equivalent of Don Rickles, in our Brave and Blunt Fearless Leader. Get used to it. She doesn’t try to be “appropriate” and doesn’t have to. Besides, these women were not only set up for this whole staged charade, scripted, etc., but probably dressed and stood that way for a reason.

Not only that, we’re constantly being told that Gay is The Way, Gay is Okay, and there’s something terribly wrong with being straight. So why not just look for the greater good that Debbie is doing, pointing out the raw truth? I’m sure these women, and the producers, directors and stagehands in this charade knew comments like that would be made, and told them to dress and stand that way. In so doing, they figured they’d have ammunition to label us all as “intolerant, bigoted, narrow-minded and reactionary.”

Look for the greater truth. The WHOLE EVENT WAS A BUNCH OF STAGED BULLSHIT!!! Perhaps you have to have been one to know one, like Skunky and I, but these people are not only two steps ahead of us at every turn, but they’re two steps ahead of themselves as well. That’s why they’re so successful, because this is Satan’s world, not God’s. He loves it that way, and so does the left. It’s called DISTRACTION, and you fell for it. God love you forever Miranda, and I mean that sincerely, but you got distracted from the greater issue by a comment that NO ONE ELSE HERE is surprised that Debbie made.

Mr. Rickles, Miss Schlussel, Miss Schlussel, Mr. Rickles. Mr. Rickles, our web site, our web site, Mr. Rickles, have a seat, wanna bagel and a schmear? How about some nice kasha varnishkas?

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 13, 2013 at 1:33 pm

I see the word “firetrucking” was edited while “bullshit” was left intact, during my sojourn in the 100 degree tropical sun out in the fields. Okay Debbie, got it.

To add to my previous comments, I’m a baby on this web site, but after about 9 1/2 months or so, I know I didn’t come here to read Ann Landers. I mean c’mon, Debbie curses the dead, how does anyone think she’s going to treat live idiots?

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 13, 2013 at 8:41 pm

    Alfredo, buddy, c’mon.

    skzion on October 14, 2013 at 12:29 am

Okay, I’m listening, c’mon about what?

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 14, 2013 at 1:12 am

Do they know their famous black relative is resposible for them having to find another place to have lunch?

Why don’t they call him on the phone, tell him a joke, and proceed to bitch to him?

Panhandle on October 14, 2013 at 10:26 am

These are the burning questions, Panhandle, plus others. Does his brother still live in a hut in Kenya? Does he still regard his maternal grandmother as a “typical white person.” And are these two ladies “untypical” white people, which made them worthy of calling up, giving them the conservative baiting “lesbianesqe” fakeover and putting them in this ridiculous charade?

Of course, we’d have to pose those questions to George “Puppetmaster” Soros as well.

Alfredo from Puerto Rico on October 14, 2013 at 11:02 am

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