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Subject:  This is gunna hurt Chicagoland Date:  3/6/2012  12:32 AM
Author:  desertdaveataol Number:  386869 of 538918

WASHINGTON — The White House abruptly announced Monday that it had scuttled plans to hold the upcoming G-8 economic summit in Chicago, and would instead host world leaders at the presidential retreat at Camp David in Maryland.

It was an unusually late location change for a large and highly scripted international summit and came with little explanation from the White House. Chicago Mayor Rahm Emanuel — the former White House chief of staff who personally lobbied President Barack Obama to hold the summit in Chicago — was informed only hours before the official announcement.

White House national security spokesman Tommy Vietor simply said that Camp David, the rustic retreat in the mountains of Maryland, was a setting that would allow for more intimate discussions among the G-8 leaders. He said security and the possibility of protests were not factors in the decision*, noting that Obama would still host the NATO summit in his hometown of Chicago from May 20-21.

[*You know what they say about official denials.

I think Tim had the best idea for deterring demonstrators: hold the meetings on a cruise ship at sea.

The White House said the G-8 summit would take place May 18-19.

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