Saturday, August 09, 2014

Like laws...

...consideration is for the little people.

Obama has been more than 35 hours late in 2014.

President Obama has a problem with being late. This is pretty well-documented. A Google search for "obama always late" offers a multitude of articles. When he is late to an event, as he often is -- and was by more than an hour on Wednesday -- the hashtag #whyobamaislate often pops up on Twitter offering various "funny" explanations for the delay.
We decided to try to figure out just how late Obama actually is. The way we did that was pretty simple: Every time the president gives prepared public remarks, they are posted on the White House Web site. And, importantly, they're time-stamped. When he spoke at the U.S.-Africa Leaders Summit earlier Wednesday, he started at 10:17 a.m. But those remarks were supposed to begin at 10 a.m., according to his public schedule. Ergo, Obama was 17 minutes late. We pulled every time-stamped speech in 2014 and compared it to the schedule. Not everything on his schedule had time-stamped remarks, and vice versa, so we only included those events for which we had both pieces of data.
What we found: Obama has been a cumulative 2,121 minutes late to events in 2014. That's 35 hours, 21 minutes -- or almost a day and a half -- that his audiences have been waiting for him to speak. That's for a lot of events, though. On average, he is 11 minutes late to scheduled speaking appointments.


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