President Obama On Marine One Forced To Land While En Route To Camp David

Paging Snake Plissken!

In an odd little item, ABC News is reporting that presidential helicopter Marine One was forced to land in an undisclosed location as it carried President Obama and daughter Sasha to Camp David for the weekend. According to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, the diversion was due to a “bad weather call,” but the report goes on to say that the weather, from DC to Camp David, was far from frightful. Let the conspiracy theories begin!

From ABC News:

In a highly unusual maneuver, President Obama’s 30 minute flight to the Presidential mountain retreat at Camp David this afternoon was diverted to an undisclosed landing near Frederick, Maryland and a motorcade assembled to drive him to the nearby site. White House press secretary Jay Carney tells ABC News a “bad weather call” was made before the President and his younger daughter Sasha even boarded the aircraft.

…In Washington at the time Marine One took off, according to, there was no precipitation across the entire region, including Camp David.

Light winds blew from the southeast at 10mph with  mostly cloudy skies and temperatures in the middle 70′s.

According to Carney, the report says, the President and Sasha have arrived safely at Camp David.

If the weather was fine, then why the detour? We’ll leave it to others to speculate, but let’s not rule out the possibility that Marine One was simply tuckered out after flying all those buses around the Midwest.

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