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Private Jets Jam Airport for Presidential Birthday Party

August 10, 2021

By Paul Homewood


Hypocritical? Moi?




The Martha’s Vineyard Airport reported a major jam-up of private jet traffic over the weekend, much of it stemming from President Barack Obama’s 60th birthday bash, held Saturday.

Airport manager Geoffrey Freeman said private jets crowded the tarmac at the small airport all weekend, draining fuel supplies and straining staff.

“Traffic was very increased, due to the party,” Mr. Freeman said. “Thankfully it wasn’t the fully-fledged party that it was originally planned as, because it would have put us way beyond our capacity, both for fuel and for parking spacing.”

The large private party at the Obama home in Edgartown sparked a media frenzy last week and prompted wider concerns around public health as Covid-19 cases began to stage a comeback on the Vineyard. By midweek, spokesmen for the Obamas announced that the party would be scaled back due to concerns about the Delta variant and the spread of Covid.

A dis-invitation was emailed to guests, saying the party would only include family and close friends. But spokesmen for the Obama office would not confirm the actual size of the party or the extent to which it would be downsized.

The party continued to stir frenzy on social media all weekend, as guests, including many celebrities, streamed onto the Island.

Mr. Freeman said the airport was running low on fuel after the high volume of jet traffic over the weekend.

Nantucket recently had to shut down parts of its airport operation after running out of jet fuel.

“We have not run out, as of yet, however we are running extremely low right now,” Mr. Freeman said. “Just the amount of fuel sales that were done Friday, Saturday, Sunday, we’re pushing it. Our delivery today has already gone into planes.”

Although overall airport traffic is essentially on a par with 2019 numbers from July, Mr. Freeman said, the weekend and summer have seen a rise in private jet travel.



The guests consisted largely of the usual luvvie crowd, Oprah, Clooney and so on.

  1. Ian Magness permalink
    August 10, 2021 3:07 pm

    “The guests consisted largely of the usual luvvie crowd, Oprah, Clooney and so on.”
    …but not Ginge and Whinge. Rumours abound.

  2. Andrew Harding permalink
    August 10, 2021 3:12 pm

    Do as I say, not as I do!

  3. Harry Passfield permalink
    August 10, 2021 3:33 pm

    I really have no problem with people running private jets (probably hired) apart from Covid carpetbagggers and green millionaires. If you’ve got it, why not? As long as they don’t inflict their moralising crap on me. Live and let live.

  4. Broadlands permalink
    August 10, 2021 3:36 pm

    Nantucket recently had to shut down parts of its airport operation after running out of jet fuel. “We have not run out, as of yet, however we are running extremely low right now,” Mr. Freeman said. “Just the amount of fuel sales that were done Friday, Saturday, Sunday, we’re pushing it. Our delivery today has already gone into planes.”

    A dress-rehearsal for Joe Biden’s attempt to lower our transportation emissions to reach Net-zero by 2050???

  5. TrevorC permalink
    August 10, 2021 3:53 pm

    Essential travel. I’m sure they have offset their CO2 by throwing some money at someone to plant a few bushes somewhere. So everything is fine. The elite can carry on as normal.

    • Curious George permalink
      August 10, 2021 6:47 pm

      Essential for sure. B. Hussein Obama won’t have a 60th birthday again.

  6. August 10, 2021 6:04 pm

    “Doublethink means the power of holding two contradictory beliefs in one’s mind simultaneously, and accepting both of them.”
    ― George Orwell, 1984

    Until we realise what we are up against we will never defeat it (or survive it)
    – me, today

  7. Ian PRSY permalink
    August 10, 2021 6:36 pm

    Perhaps they were making the best of things before Obama’s mansion sonks beneath the waves.

  8. Broadlands permalink
    August 10, 2021 6:42 pm

    On a completely separate issue… this is annoying…

    “You’re on the free list for Michael Shellenberger. For the full experience, become a paying subscriber.”

    Making money on climate change, by denying he is a progressive?

  9. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 10, 2021 9:27 pm

    I don’t know if anyone saw this.

    The most interesting thing (we all know electric cars can accelerate ridiculously fast – if that is sensible on public roads is a different matter) was his 1100 mile journey in an Hyundai Ioniq. Claimed 300 mile range, ~200 realistically. He experienced all the usual woes with range anxiety/rechargers etc. and delays/journey time. But because he used rapid chargers to try and compete with the convenience of an ICE car, the electricity cost about 150% of the cost of diesel for the same journey! And the chargers are so noisy – they couldn’t possibly be sited near houses.

    • Harry Passfield permalink
      August 10, 2021 9:41 pm

      Saw it. Great engineering. Yawn.

    • 3x2 permalink
      August 10, 2021 10:19 pm

      You know, you really do have to broaden your viewership.

      May I recommend “The Building of Hong Kong Airport”. A total homage to what can be achieved by Man, TNT (millions of pounds) and Engineering know how.

      “We don’t have any land to build on. ‘What are those two islands doing?’Well nothing, TNT, bulldozers …” Airport. Absolute class.

      • 3x2 permalink
        August 10, 2021 10:24 pm

        Thar ye go … (well worth a watch in full (45 mins or so))

      • 3x2 permalink
        August 10, 2021 10:28 pm

        Post probably sucked into ‘the void’

        https: (two forward slashes) www(dot)

  10. 3x2 permalink
    August 10, 2021 9:42 pm

    They were all putting themselves in very real danger, Sea level rise could happen at any moment. The property is but meters away from the Sea!

    Then again we have COP26 soon where some 25000 are turning up from all over the world, sans ‘covid restrictions’. Got to spread the new variants somehow.

    Hypocritical? Moi? Indeed.

  11. Rajesh Taylor permalink
    August 10, 2021 9:49 pm

    One day after the BBC and the corporate media ran with the IPCC COP26 climate rubbish.

    • 3x2 permalink
      August 10, 2021 10:38 pm

      Hide it in amongst another ‘bait’ story. COVID, A Levels, Middle East, blah blah woof woof … They are “Pro’s”. ‘Media’ are so stupid that they fall for it every time

  12. marlene permalink
    August 11, 2021 12:50 am

    The last time I heard of a party this big was the mafia mob bosses celebrating their “family” a few decades ago.

  13. MrGrimNasty permalink
    August 11, 2021 10:07 am


    There have been getting on for 600 separate fires in Greece alone, this has little/nothing to do with climate, it is an epidemic of arson and pyro-terrorism pure and simple.

    Turkey has certainly suffered a terrorist inferno this year.

    When will the BBC stop twisting reality to support their agenda and report the truth?

  14. dennisambler permalink
    August 11, 2021 12:44 pm

    “The report, Private jets: can the super-rich supercharge zero emission aviation?, reveals the climate impact of private jets across Europe. It finds that private jets are 10 times more carbon intensive than airliners on average, and 50 times more polluting than trains.”

    Not just the super rich, also the quite rich:
    Around the corner from the main terminal at any airport exists an entirely different world. The check-in desks and Burger Kings are replaced by doormen and champagne. Passengers gently sip from flute glasses and saunter through an exclusive area more in keeping with a Michelin-starred restaurant than an airport lounge. Here, boarding times are gentle suggestions, rather than firm instructions – feel free to hop on whenever suits you.

  15. Stephen Utting permalink
    August 11, 2021 12:53 pm

    One rule for me but not for thee. You poor person who has not access to a private jet should stay at home to save the planet while we Great Reseters have our fun.

  16. Gerry, England permalink
    August 11, 2021 2:19 pm

    Richard North has continued on the theme of battery cars today highlighting 2 long journey challenges, one including the great Guy Martin who must be their worst nightmare of a tester as he tells it like it is. I did note that there was a Guy Martin special on for getting the battery car speed record but this is a test of a Hyundai. The second test is a hoot as it sees a battery powered Mustang – I know, somebody should be hung for sacrilege – plus extensive back up team. Lands End to John O’Groats at a 30mph average – remember in a normal car motorways and dual carriageways equal high speed mile crunching in a normal car but not a battery one – and the moron writing thought it was good!!!

    GWPF is highlighting the NetZero war in the Tory party and suggesting – hopefully – it could destroy the party. I am with Peter Hitchens in believing it needs to die to allow us to move forward.

  17. tomo permalink
    August 11, 2021 3:12 pm

    Will Joe Biden will get the same sort of turnout in November?

    – the monkey vs. the organ grinder?

  18. Mad Mike permalink
    August 11, 2021 6:31 pm

    O\T but do you remember Biden going over to that little girl and saying he would do away with fossil fuel, guaranteed. It was on all the newsreels.

    Well I just read this in the DT. Its probably behind a paywall so I’ll just post this “Oil fell below $70 per barrel on Wednesday after Joe Biden put pressure on the Opec cartel to ramp up production in a bid to bring down energy prices.”

    Reality didn’t take long to bite.

    • tomo permalink
      August 11, 2021 6:54 pm

      I wonder if the White House PR team will do an entertaining video like the one they just ran for vaccination and masks but with emphasis to a smorgasbord of trendy climate related topics they want to push.

      They’re going to have to put some smoke up to distract from Joe being a bit lost in the White House garden and other embarrassments ! – not sure that cranking up the cringe is really the way to do it though?

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