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The first Google map shows the path between the White House and the location of the soccer game President Obama said he was going to watch. Distance between the White House and 40th & Chesapeake is 5 miles, or 13 minutes apart.
The second Google map shows the path between the White House and the Kenyan Embassy (2249 R Street NW), a distance of 1.5 miles, or 7 minutes apart.
Why does this matter?
On 4/12/10, Jefferson's Rebels picked up on the story that had recently been circulating the net. We reported on a bizarre comment made by Kenya's Minister of Lands. James Orengo plainly said on the floor of Kenya's National Assembly, "If America was living in a situation where they feared ethnicity and did not see itself as a multiparty state or nation, how could a young man born here in Kenya, who is not even a native American, become the President of America?"
Not surprisingly, that set a lot of heads spinning!
On Saturday, 4/10/10, President Obama broke with protocol and left the White House alone without the press in tow. This behavior by a President is apparently unprecedented. He disappeared about the same time the internet was buzzing with the story about Orengo. Cat Corben's article on RedState.com, President Obama Goes To Soccer Game That Didn't Exist? is provocative, and raises some intriguing questions. Please be sure to read it so you understand why this may be important. Also hat-tip to fluff1818 who was the first to notice the proximity of routes. As a result of this unusual behavior by President Obama, speculation is running rampant across the blogosphere, and I guess I'm adding to it here.
As the maps above reveal, the Kenyan Embassy is enroute to the nonexistent soccer game. Coincidence? You tell me.
[UPDATE: I found a 4/17/10 Politico article, Press airs grievances to Robert Gibbs. Author Mike Allen says the White House Correspondents' Association met with Gibbs for 75 minutes to "improve frayed relations," in part due to Obama's unescorted walkabout on 4/10/10. In the meeting, Gibbs made this remark: "I started by thanking the WHCA on behalf of the president and first lady for protecting the privacy of the Obama children." From this statement I surmise that no one in the press has attempted to confirm the veracity of Obama's claim that he went to watch his daughter play soccer, even though Sidwell Friends School only plays soccer in the fall. Nor has the press attempted to verify whether the Obama daughters are members of one of the soccer clubs that played on the 10th. Did Obama use his daughters' privacy privileges to give him plausible deniability? We will never get an answer if we have to rely on the lamestream media to investigate.]