Barack Obama
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Born Barack Hussein Obama II(1961-08-04) August 4, 1961 (age 55)Honolulu, Hawaii, U.S.
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PLEASE send military to Baja!!!!


WE are FINALLY home after escaping the devastation in Mexico. PLEASE, PLEASE, Please help the people of Mexico! The Mexican government gave us a choice of Tijuana, Mexico city, or Guadalajara. We wanted to get home and Tijuana was our goal! we wanted to go to Tijuana and just cross the boarder. That was our best option. We were all on our own. We waited all day Tuesday and they were only transporting nationals to Mexico city. Nice federally told us we needed to get out of dodge and go anywhere we could. No planes left to Tijuana all day. They were shutting the "airport"

If our military doesn't get in there and help, the entire Baja peninsula will be out of food and water in 2-3 days. They only took 1000 people out Tuesday (nationals and US). There are AT LEAST 25k American tourists still there.

Here is the story. I wrote it on the plane home.

Before Sunday.

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Then in Todo Santos...

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It started with a text Sunday morning saying our Southwest flight was cancelled. Staff had all said it was just a tropical storm. We moved from our cliff dwelling, Hacienda Cerritos and went inland. Found a boutique hotel in Todo Santos. Sunday was the scariest night of our lives. We Spent 4 hours in the 3X4 foot enclosed shower. The eye of the storm came through Todo! 135+ mph winds. Thank GOSH I brought 2 flashlights. Our beautiful Todo Santos was a mess. In the morning, more american refugees arrived to our amazing little hotel find. Our ever welcoming host, made room. Horror stories of being in grass roofed huts on the beach. Scrambling for shelter. Staff deserted without telling what was happening. Huts GONE. So many people homeless. Our staff lost their house and a family member! Still came in to help US the next morning! The old father brought a machete to clear a path to our rooms. He saw we had crackers and asked if he could have one for "el niños". Of course! Take more! He took only one cracker for himself. Had he eaten today? So proud. Hopefully they will all get help. The towns people were out the next day cleaning everything up as best they could. They would tell us, "It's nature! It will all be good soon."




We had no power or water for 2 days. The town won't have either for weeks! No outside communication. Communication was word of mouth, rumors. So many rumors.




It's September 16th, Mexican independence Day. It's been 2 days. Using buckets of now green pool water to flush toilets Running out of food, mosquitos and flies taking over, the Todo Santos refugees decided to leave our savior/Canadian Innkeeper, Mark, and the Todo Santos Inn angels and brave Cabo. Many good-byes an address so we can send relief goods/funds and we were off - with four questionably functional rental cars and a siphoning hose in case we need to pool our gas. A couple of cars had less than a quarter tank of gas. All gas from stations long gone. We caravanned to the airport on a prayer. Roads and whole Little villages along the way GONE. There will be no fiestas today in Baja, no parades, no family picnics, no fireworks.

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In Cabo the looters were at every store. Everyone stopping in the middle of the streets to grab and go. So scary! At one point we thought they would turn on us! Costco was the only megastore not being looted. They had federalies guarding it. A one hour trip took more than 3. Cabo devastated! Brand new shopping centers imploded into twisted metal. Airport terminal GONE!




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Driving was like going through an apocalyptic movie. Everyone parked rental cars wherever and walked away. All bought insurance? Windows all broken out. Fenders hanging. Fortunately, we dropped our car off in todo santos the afternoon before the hurricane hit. Not so good for the car rental agency. Another couple of our guardian angels, Ruize and Carlos at Fox Rent a Car, said the roof of the rental garage blew off, cars a mess.

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Made it to the Cabos San Jose airport. stood in line in the sun for 5 hours. I PERSONALLY spoke to the new president of Mexico (Nietio) when he "dropped by" for a 10 minute photo opp. I asked him why he wasn't giving all of us water. He said, "Later..." People passing out, a heart attack. Babies overheating, no shade, 75% humidity 85 degrees. News cameras were pointed at him as he was all concerned. Got back on his helicopter, adios.

We kept asking ourselves, where is OUR MILITARY?? It had been 2 days. We help everyone else!


Authorities told us no more flights today (3 planes for the thousands there?!) and they were about to send us away to... where???? No hotels open!! Told us we were told on the television that we weren't to come. Wait, television??? That implies electricity. For the last flights they were only going to take women and children. None came forward, not without the husbands, fathers...Our brave little army had had it. We stormed the gates with the 10 of us leading the pack, and they conceded, got out of our way. 36 of us were airlifted by Mexican military transport. Viva la Captain!! We were delirious with joy, Soooo thrilled!!! But still no water or food. Strangers pooled their resources, bottled water, chips, a small cookie, the best was an apple to share!

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Got struck by lightning. WTH?! Landed to see Mexican military guys all taking pictures of us. They shuttled us to a terminal. We were cheering!!!!! Then we were left at the curb. no help, no direction as to how to get out, but our motley, smelly, thirsty, hungry crew were over joyed.

We checked into marriott. First shower since sunday AM (2 days). Indescribable.

Slept for 2 hours. No southwest Air in Mexico City and no help from them. Bought tickets for a flight on American Airlines (another angel to guide us - this one behind the counter). Booked through Dallas. Wooo whoooo

Got to Dallas and they were amazing to get us on an even better connection (another angel in American Airlines blue). We are HOME!!!!

NEVER would have made it without the convoy. Soooo sad for the people of Baja. Will take YEARS to rebuild. They have no infrastructure, supplies running low, no gasoline, and no communication! We are the lucky ones. We got to come home, but they are all still there... So worried about the many, kind locals we met along the way. The grandfather with the little taco stand (no sign of it). What happened to the strong, proud old man who would drive through todo santos and beep his horn, as if it were an ice cream truck, telling us to come and get our mouthwatering, still warm tortillas? The organic vegetable farmer, or Carlos, the young father with the effervescent smile who drove us to Todo Santos -who we found out lost his house, the shop owner who lost everything- what will happen to them? We will return to Todo Santos. We have a bond with the little artist community so full of joy and the spirit of kindness.


Our motley crew of refugees.

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