President Obama Returns to His Old Stomping Grounds in Brooklyn

"When I was living here Brooklyn was cool, but not this cool," he said

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U.S. President Barack Obama greets the crowd after speaking at the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn, New York, Oct. 25, 2013.

A phalanx of helicopters, including Marine One, descended on Brooklyn’s Prospect Park Friday afternoon, kicking up a massive cloud of dust and debris, including leaves, grass, sand and at least one gray t-shirt over the landscape designed by Frederick Law Olmsted, who also designed Central Park and the U.S. Capitol Grounds. Blue police tape and an army of NYPD officers kept back the usual crop of runners training for the New York City Marathon; the nearby Green-Wood Cemetery has opened its gates to runners while the park is closed.

It was President Barack Obama’s 33rd trip as president to New York City Friday, according to CBS Radio Correspondent Mark Knoller, but just his first to the hipster borough, his former home. For Obama it was a homecoming. “I know Brooklyn in general is blowing up right now,” Obama said when he took the stage at a high school there, noting he used to live across the street from Prospect Park.

Obama had arrived to visit the Pathways in Technology Early College High School in Crown Heights, a school surrounded by bearded Hasidic Jews and equally bearded hipsters, which he praised during his State of the Union address for its six-year program which gives students high school and associates degrees.

It’s a far cry from the usual crop of tony apartments and fancy restaurants the president has serially hit up for campaign cash.

Indeed, Barack Obama has rediscovered Brooklyn. The sports-fan-in-chief noted that the Brooklyn Nets, who play a few miles away, have acquired Paul Pierce and Kevin Garnett, adding it shows “old people can still play.”

Eighty-two percent of Kings County voters—604,443—cast their ballots for the president and Vice President Joe Biden last November, exactly 918 more votes than he received there in 2008. Thousands lined the streets taking photos as Obama’s motorcade passed through.

After the event, Obama and New York mayoral candidate Bill de Blasio, the city’s public advocate and a former council-member from Brooklyn, made an unannounced stop at local cheesecake institution Junior’s, posing for photos with staff in front of walls filled with framed photos of New York celebrities.

“Howya doin’?” the president asked one table after the next, almost affecting a Brooklyn accent.

In his remarks at the school, Obama called for additional investment in education and called for Congress to take a smarter approach to budgeting. “The question can’t be how much more we can cut,” Obama said. “It’s got to be how many more schools like P-TECH we can create.”

“I just sat in on a class called Real World Math, which got me thinking whether it’s too late to send Congress here,” he quipped.

But Obama’s return to Brooklyn was short-lived. After the school visit, Obama will board his helicopter again for the familiar embrace of Manhattan, where he will attend two fundraisers.

6 comments
eagle11772
eagle11772

I'm a Long Islander born and raised. Since when is Long Island The Obamanaic's "Old Stomping Grounds" ? !  To claim this is RIDICULOUSLY UNTRUE !  This guy will LIE and say ANYTHING, no matter HOW UNTRUE it is.

LibRStupid
LibRStupid

Typical Obama, goes to a high school with the seats probably filled by teenagers who were forced to attend.  Guess he thinks it is time to campaign again as DC is getting too critical so he needs to go out to get some "love" from his mind numb minions.


He has no answers, no plans, no solutions for the Obamacare debacle or anything else.  All he seems to be capable of is campaigning even though he isn't running for anything.  The last 5 years has been one long jet setting party for him while the majority of the country suffers from lack of jobs, reduced working hours and hopelessness for any improvement.  


We are seeing our relationships with our former allies being systematically destroyed by the man who told us he would "heal the world" and make the world "love" us once again.  He has done the exact opposite.  At least under Bush, our allies still had our backs, now--not so much.  Obama has succeeded in alienating the Saudi's, the Israelis, the Jordanians, the Russians, the Norwegians and now the Germans and probably the rest of the EU.  This is what you idiot Liberals get for electing a "community agitator" which is all Obama ever was, and still is.  The man thrives on chaos while he just sits back and watches admiring his work.

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Katie62058541

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TyPollard
TyPollard

@eagle11772

"....he used to live across the street from Prospect Park."

reflexive outrage makes you seem unfocused. 

Please focus.




shepherdwong
shepherdwong

@LibRStupid  Next comment, save yourself some time and effort and just type: "I'm unhinged from reality." We'll just assume the rant for ourselves.