Tuesday Afternoon Open, Earthquake Edition; Updated

Did you feel the earthquake? Some people here in Michigan are reporting that they felt the ground move, but usually when that happens it turns out to be that Michael Moore fell out of his chair reaching for the KFC bucket.

In DC there hasn’t been as many people saying “did you feel that?” since the last time Congress held pickpocket practice.

The quake was felt on Martha’s Vineyard, and you’ll never guess where President Obama was at the time — or maybe you will:

The U.S. Geological Survey said the earthquake was half a mile deep. Shaking was felt at the White House and all over the East Coast, as far south as Chapel Hill, N.C. Parts of the Pentagon, White House and Capitol were evacuated. There were no immediate reports of injuries.

It was centered near Louisa, Va., which is northwest of Richmond and south of Washington.

Obama and many of the nation’s leaders were out of town on August vacation when the quake struck at 1:51 p.m. EDT. The shaking was felt on the Martha’s Vineyard golf course as Obama was just starting a round.

Who looks stupid for wearing a helmet now?

Tweet of the day:


Wild prediction: This earthquake will make its way into Obama’s coming jobs proposal outline as a contributor to the crumbling infrastructure we need to spend billions more dollars to shore up.

Here’s the White House and Capitol during the quake — if Congress and the White House weren’t on a break you’d have seen lobbyists flying off like fleas from a shaking dog:


Update: By way of Hot Air, Obama gets word of the earthquake while on the golf course. If my lip reading skills aren’t failing me, I believe he’s asking if TOTUS is okay:


Oh, and when I made the Caddyshack reference in the comments I swear I hadn’t yet seen Mike Nelson’s Tweet. He worded it a lot better anyway.