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07/24/2008 04:52 pm ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Should Barack Obama Finesse Bohemian Grove?

Just noticed that Barack Obama and John McCain are slated to attend the doings at Bohemian Grove in late July. As most know, this is an "exclusive gathering" of establishment figures. Letting off steam in a grove filled with redwoods may be a needed recreation for the high-powered, but it would appear that the overtones of the gatherings are less than savory. Do you think Barack would be wise attend a woodland romp where folk allegedly dress up like Klan figures and conduct simulated human sacrifices? Check out this TruthNews page for details. I have appended a quote from the page, but have not ported the video which is reason enough, I sense, to answer my question with a resounding Yes!

Outgoing President George W. Bush and both of his presumptive replacements John McCain and Barack Obama are rumored to be in attendance at this year's Bohemian Grove gathering, an annual get-together of the global elite staged inside a sprawling forest encampment which kicks off tonight and runs until July 27.

Bohemian Grove is a 136-year-old all-male encampment complete with restaurants, bars, stages and lodges, which caters to around 2,000 members of the global elite along with Californian hoi polloi on a yearly basis in July. The camp is set within a 2,700 acre secluded forest replete with giant redwood trees.

Former attendees include Ronald Reagan and Richard Nixon, who both went on to become President, as well as regulars like Henry Kissinger, Alan Greenspan, David Rockefeller, Colin Powell, as well as George W. Bush and his father.

According to the above, posted 11 July, the session has been going on for some time and will continue till the end of July.

I have heard nothing of either Presidential candidate being there so far. Obviously Barack's tour abroad would preclude his being there until after his return.

ANCILLARY UPDATE

Vanity Fair writer Alex Shoumatoff got himself arrested for crashing Bohemian Grove, a private men's club in northern California for the upper echelon of the rich and powerful. He was there to spy on the three-week camp they hold every July, where said rich and powerful relax while living in tents in their private woods. (Nixon was a member, but called it "most faggy goddamn thing that you would ever imagine.") The backstory on the weird club, plus the reason for the trespassing and arrest?