PUNXSUTAWNEY ‚ÄĒ The invitation was there, but now the trip is postponed.
So much for having President Barack Obama as a guest at Groundhog Day 2011.
After reports last week that Obama would visit Penn State the same day as Groundhog Day, Inner Circle President Bill Deeley said Monday he extended an invitation to the president through U.S. Rep. Glenn Thompson‚Äôs office.
‚ÄúI said, ‚ÄėFax, or e-mail or call and invite Barack Obama,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Deeley said. ‚ÄúHe‚Äôs going to be in State College, so why not come and do Groundhog Day day with us.‚ÄĚ
Monday night, however, the White House said Obama was postponing his trip to Penn State until Thursday due to ‚ÄĒ get this ‚ÄĒ ‚Äúinclement weather.‚ÄĚ
Last Thursday, the White House Office of Media Affairs issued a statement saying Obama would travel to ‚Äúcentral Pennsylvania,‚ÄĚ and that further details would follow. Friday, the White House updated its Thursday statement, saying that Obama would visit Penn State University.
Inner Circle Vice-President Mike Johnston said Friday if Obama were coming, the Groundhog Club would have known about it weeks before, and that ‚ÄúWe would have been inundated with Secret Service for the past two weeks.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúWell, he‚Äôs not coming then,‚ÄĚ Deeley said Monday night. ‚ÄúWe‚Äôll catch him next year.‚ÄĚ