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posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 05:28 AM
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This thread currently comprises four pages. I would be sympathetic to ignorance of past posts if this were a tome of a discussion, but it isn't. Perhaps some of you are just not aware of standard ATS operating procedure, so I'll state it here for you unequivocally: Before replying to a thread, try to ensure that your comments have not already been addressed. I'd like to amend that to say, "Try to ensure that your comments have not already been addressed several times". Few will fault you for missing fifteen pages of comments, but four pages? Surely that's a tolerable reading assignment.

Now, for just two of the "posts you should have read but didn't (or read but chose to ignore)", taken from the first page of this thread:


Originally posted by tyranny22
This was his words:


I grew up in Hawaii, as many of you know, and I still recall sitting on my grandfather's shoulders when those capsules would land in the middle of the Pacific and they'd get brought back and we'd go out and we'd pretend like they could see us as we were waving at folks coming home


This are the capsule splashdowns in the Pacific:



And here's one for the Atlantic (for good measure):



I don't see anything in the mentioned quote that gives a time reference of 1969. So, saying that he lived in Indonesia when the Apollo programs was in it's prime doesn't prove or disprove anything.

There were plenty of splashdowns for President Obama to witness.



Originally posted by andrewh7
Obama didn't move to Indonesia until 1967 and returned in 1972. The Apollo program ran between 1961 and 1972, including numerous manned flights with capsules. The Gemini program had 10 manned space flights between 1965 and 1966. It's quite reasonable that he remembers a few of these, both from before he left and soon after he got back.


To view tyranny22's images in greater detail, you can select them onthis page.

If you want to discuss the accuracy of the above posts, then please do so, by all means! But please do not ignore them and the related posts that followed, by repeating questions or comments that they addressed.




posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 10:47 AM
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Originally posted by jibeho
Too funny
Obama never fails to impress me when he speaks off the cuff like this. This brings back memories of Hillary's account of bullets fired by snipers whizzing by her head in Bosnia.


Or when she lied to New Yorkers that her daughter was near the
towers when they fell, and later her and Bill will Boo'd off stage.

Clinton's doing what they do best, lie

Plz keep in mind I am no fan of Shrub and friends.

ROFL



[edit on 25-7-2009 by Ex_MislTech]



posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 12:12 PM
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Aren't All Politician LAWYERS? (Liars). I am an Indonesian, and I must inform you honest people is hard to find, but the stupid are abundant.



posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 12:56 PM
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Originally posted by Rams59lb

"It is starting to become more and more obvious to me that Mr. Obama is hiding something. Just as Hillary is hiding behind illegal donations from Stan Lee"



Maybe Hillary Clinton is wonderwoman ?????



posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 01:53 PM
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This isn't Obama lying. It's Obama not remembering exactly what was going on when he was eight years old. His memory wasn't accurate about this event.

But let's say we *don't* give him the benefit of the doubt, that we insist an eight-year-old's memory must be accurate. Even then it makes no sense for Obama to lie. He had absolutely nothing whatsoever to gain by telling a lie that could easily be checked and refuted. He had much to lose.

The man is not an idiot. He knows that every word he utters will be seized upon by supporters and opponents, the latter hoping to twist what he says into something sinister or embarrassing. He knows that even a trivial, unimportant fact such as where he says was at a given time, would be double-checked. If he were lying, he'd have known that opponents would immediately grab hold of this error and try to magnify it beyond all reason. Why would he tell a lie he *knew* would be caught, about something that is wholly irrelevant anyway?

All risk, no benefit. It didn't happen.



posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 04:07 PM
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Agreed completely. I am so sick of "Obama". I can't wait til hes gone. This man is NO BETTER than bush in any way WHAT SO EVER. It seems as if a lot of people still have the veil over their eyes and think he's better than any other politician. He isn't. Remove the blinders from your eyes and see this, you pro obama people!



posted on Jul, 25 2009 @ 08:58 PM
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Originally posted by paperplanes
Before replying to a thread, try to ensure that your comments have not already been addressed. I'd like to amend that to say, "Try to ensure that your comments have not already been addressed several times". Few will fault you for missing fifteen pages of comments, but four pages? Surely that's a tolerable reading assignment.

......
If you want to discuss the accuracy of the above posts, then please do so, by all means! But please do not ignore them and the related posts that followed, by repeating questions or comments that they addressed.


Not to beat a dead horse, but aren't you re addressing points???????

You make it sound like a handful of Gemini splashdowns took place in the Pacific, only one did. The map looks like a lot of splashdowns, but given the time frame mentioned, it narrows the field down. He has to be talking about the last three Apollo flights as the ones he witnessed in Hawaii, waving at them as they came in. I would assume they went to Hawaii, but haven't been able to find that kinda detail.



posted on Jul, 26 2009 @ 03:48 AM
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It doesn't make sense for Obama to lie?

It never makes sense for anyone to lie but Obama has said one of his relatives was there rescuing those at auswitz and that was a bold faced lie that didn't make sense for him to do it but he did anyway lol.

Yeah like the time when Domestic Terrorist Bill Ayers was doing all his terrorist crap, Obama was only eight years old then too.

Ill never forget the intelligent thing he said to dismiss the critics. Ha ha

He said, "I was only eight years old when that happened so I don't see how being involved with him now should have any affect on my values"

Ha ha I'm an adult now but I was just a kid when Charles Manson was doing all his terrorism so I guess if he got out of Jail it's ok to go ahead and hook up with him too eh Obama?

Fact is, if he HAD any values, he wouldn't have had anything to do with AYERS. Fact is, Obama has lied about every single campaign promise he has every stated. He not only is continuing the Bush Doctrine but expanding on the part that chips away at the Constitution while the do nothing congress enables him to do it. He is everything we were afraid he would be and worse.


[edit on 26-7-2009 by Cypher-X]



posted on Jul, 26 2009 @ 04:02 AM
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He said capsules. Again, said "capsules." That's plural, as in more than one for those of you who are still in elementary school. Capsules--plural--as in not referring to one specific incident, i.e. as in the Apollo 11 mission...

So the assumption that Obama is lying is flawed.

I'm NOT someone who thinks Obama--or anyone for that matter--can do no wrong. But if you are someone that uses this scenario as a reason to call him a liar then you are either dumb or being deceitful.

Or maybe you're just too young to know any better. I'm only 25 and cannot say that I recall every event from my childhood with great accuracy...sometimes life gets in the way of that.

Is Obama deceiving people? That's for you to decide, but using this situation as an example is grasping to be kind



posted on Jul, 26 2009 @ 10:11 AM
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Originally posted by pavil
Not to beat a dead horse, but aren't you re addressing points???????


I'm happy to see that at least one of the intended recipients has noticed my subtle message.


That does tend to be the necessary response when variations of a question are repeated again, and again, and again, and again AFTER a nullifying response has been posted. Though we may not like it (do you think I enjoyed having to repeat tenable information that so many of you willfully ignored?), a restating of "The Case Thus Far" happens to be necessary when thread members decide that reading the information already provided is just too much to ask.


You make it sound like a handful of Gemini splashdowns took place in the Pacific, only one did. The map looks like a lot of splashdowns, but given the time frame mentioned, it narrows the field down. He has to be talking about the last three Apollo flights as the ones he witnessed in Hawaii, waving at them as they came in. I would assume they went to Hawaii, but haven't been able to find that kinda detail.


Andrew’s comment was made to (accurately) refute the almost unanimous implications by early thread responders that Apollo 11 must be the landing that Obama’s comment referred to, and that if he referred to Apollo 11, he must have lied. Both of these conclusions are incorrect. One or more childhood sightings of splashdowns or astronauts is very possible given the number of missions from Apollo, Gemini, and other programs that reached Hawaii, and the supposed time frame of Obama’s absence (claimed by many in this thread) is not confirmable. Andrew argues that many NASA missions were conducted during the 1960s, of which the Gemini program is a prevalent part. By referencing his post and tyranny22’s, I mean to highlight the collective number of missions rather than any particular program’s share of the pie. The very basic point being that a person in Hawaii could have easily witnessed one or more missions, and those missions could be from Apollo, Gemini, Mercury or other programs of the era.

The field of “possible missions” is only narrowed down to landings that occurred within sighting distance from Obama’s position (assumed to be Honolulu). Time limits cannot be set, and the details provided by his anecdote are not particular enough to isolate a mission conclusively. I do, however, think that we can make a good guess, at least with regard to the claimed astronaut sighting; I’ll explain my suspicions later on. First, I’d like to discuss the limits I perceive in our ability to speculate about this matter—that lies at the heart of this debate.

There is no compelling reason to believe that we know the complete dates of travel for President Obama during the time period in question. Departure and return, with four years in between, leaves a hell of a gap in information. I’m perplexed by just how so many of you reached a conclusion regarding those dates. Did anyone consider that the child might have visited his grandparents on holiday during the years he spent in Indonesia? That perhaps, through either that scenario or any number of others, Obama’s travel itinerary during those years does not align with the precise dates you’ve accepted?

The Hawaii-Indonesia question was not nearly as cut-and-dry for me as it was for many of you. I suspected that he, like many children whose grandparents live overseas, would have visited his grandparents during that period away, considering the formative years he spent under their care just prior to living in Indonesia. I located an e-version of Dreams of My Father (Obama’s memoir from 1995), thinking it might hold some relevant self-reported information about his childhood. Two passages stood out; the first notes that he indeed visited his grandparents during those four years spent in Indonesia:

(following the news that he would be sent back to the care of his grandparents in Hawaii; “she” refers to his mother)

She reminded me of what a great time I'd had living with Gramps and Toot just the previous summer--the ice cream, the cartoons, the days at the beach. "And you won't have to wake up at four in the morning," she said, a point that I found most compelling.


I don’t know, nor do I particularly care if there were any additional visits made to his grandparents. I care only to establish the untenable nature of claims like, “Obama left Hawaii on XXXX and didn’t return until XXXX, so he’s obviously telling another lie.” The bottom line: there is reason to doubt the dates upon which so many of you have based your outrage and mockery. If someone would like to locate his childhood travel history to prove that my suspicion is unwarranted, I’ll gladly reconsider my position.

Because a conclusive time frame cannot be put into place, here is a general list of missions dealt with (in some capacity) by Hickam Air Force Base in Hawaii:

6 October 1962 Project Mercury recovery and debriefing of astronauts
16 March 1966 Gemini 8 astronauts and NASA officials arrive from Okinawa photo
9 November 1967 Apollo 4 capsule recovery
27 December 1968 Apollo 8 astronauts arrive at Hickam after splashdown
26 July 1969 mobile quarantine of the Apollo 11 crew travels from Pearl Harbor to Hickam AFB, before going on to Houston public reception of Apollo 11 crew in Hawaii

28 November 1969 Apollo 12 astronauts pass through the AFB enroute to Houston

list source

This is not the first time Obama has made the statement in question. He likes to relay it any time NASA/space discussions present themselves; he has been doing so for years. It is a very sentimental story that undoubtedly means a great deal to him, though I’m sure his colleagues, who must have it memorized by now, wouldn’t mind if he retired it for a while.

Recalling astronauts, splashdowns, or recovery of capsules from the ocean are each possible with more than one mission assisted by Hickam Airforce Base.
Apollo 11 astronauts were taken through Hawaii in a mobile quarantine, which had a window for observers to peer into, so they would seem to be a likely match for at least these astronauts, from his 1995 memoir:


One of my earliest memories is of sitting on my grandfather's shoulders as the astronauts from one of the Apollo missions arrived at Hickam Air Force Base after a successful splashdown. I remember the astronauts, in aviator glasses, as being far away, barely visible through the portal of an isolation chamber. But Gramps would always swear that one of the astronauts waved just at me and that I waved back. It was part of the story he told himself.


Another recounting of the story, from 2008:

(describing an ad filmed in 2008 to support space exploration)

The Obama-Biden campaign ran TV ads that evoked the glory days of NASA's Apollo program, with then-candidate Obama saying that one of his earliest memories was going with his grandfather to see some astronauts being brought back after a splashdown.


And again, to coincide with the anniversary of Apollo 11, the 2009 quote by the OP:


The country continues to draw inspiration from what you've done. I should note, just personally, I grew up in Hawaii, as many of you know, and I still recall sitting on my grandfather's shoulders when those capsules would land in the middle of the Pacific and they'd get brought back and we'd go out and we'd pretend like they could see us as we were waving at folks coming home. And I remember waving American flags and my grandfather telling me that the Apollo mission was an example of how Americans can do anything they put their minds to.


Further instances of Obama’s NASA anecdote can be found online. If the topic is space exploration, you can count on hearing it again.



posted on Jul, 26 2009 @ 05:41 PM
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Thanks for fleshing out the info further. The timeliness I have seen didn't mention coming back for visits and I haven't read his books. It definitely appears he is talking about Apollo 11 given the circumstances of that flight.
Thanks



posted on Jul, 26 2009 @ 07:07 PM
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Originally posted by pavil
reply to post by paperplanes
 


Thanks for fleshing out the info further. The timeliness I have seen didn't mention coming back for visits and I haven't read his books. It definitely appears he is talking about Apollo 11 given the circumstances of that flight.
Thanks


Of course, you're very welcome. Because this is not a clear-cut issue, I wanted to offer a few reasons why we should suspend judgment; I apologise if my tone was at any point antagonistic. Be well.



posted on Jul, 27 2009 @ 10:05 AM
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Originally posted by chiron613
This isn't Obama lying. It's Obama not remembering exactly what was going on when he was eight years old. His memory wasn't accurate about this event.

But let's say we *don't* give him the benefit of the doubt, that we insist an eight-year-old's memory must be accurate. Even then it makes no sense for Obama to lie. He had absolutely nothing whatsoever to gain by telling a lie that could easily be checked and refuted. He had much to lose.

The man is not an idiot. He knows that every word he utters will be seized upon by supporters and opponents, the latter hoping to twist what he says into something sinister or embarrassing. He knows that even a trivial, unimportant fact such as where he says was at a given time, would be double-checked. If he were lying, he'd have known that opponents would immediately grab hold of this error and try to magnify it beyond all reason. Why would he tell a lie he *knew* would be caught, about something that is wholly irrelevant anyway?

All risk, no benefit. It didn't happen.


If politicians didn't speak about things that they knew were lies, the world would be a very quiet place.

Further, he can create reasonable doubt simply by saying: I was on vacation when I saw it....

That doesn't make it TRUE, it only makes it harder to trace the LIE....



posted on Jul, 31 2009 @ 11:32 PM
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I don't think that is the only problem he is having right now!



PLEASE READ AND PASS IT ALONG.


www.scribd.com...


EYE OF EAGLE



posted on Aug, 2 2009 @ 11:19 AM
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Originally posted by pavil
reply to post by paperplanes
 


Thanks for fleshing out the info further. The timeliness I have seen didn't mention coming back for visits and I haven't read his books. It definitely appears he is talking about Apollo 11 given the circumstances of that flight.
Thanks


Lets put it together:

1. The story telling:
www.swamppolitics.com...
"I grew up in Hawaii, as many of you know, and I still recall sitting on my grandfather's shoulders when those capsules would land in the middle of the Pacific and they'd get brought back and we'd go out and we'd pretend like they could see us as we were waving at folks coming home,'' he said. "And I remember waving American flags and my grandfather telling me that the Apollo mission was an example of how Americans can do anything they put their minds to..."

2. Those capsules:



3.
US flag at the back, Stanley got his shoulders ready:


US flag in front, off Stanley's shoulders:



Mission accomplished!


[edit on 2.8.2009 by bokonon2010]

[edit on 2.8.2009 by bokonon2010]





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