MILWAUKEE (CBS) — Wisconsin’s governor was among hundreds of people who spent the night at Denver’s main airport because of a hail storm.

Gov. Scott Walker tweeted Thursday that he was headed to a National Governors Association meeting in Salt Lake City when he got stuck at Denver International Airport Wednesday night. Airport spokeswoman Laura Coale says the storm damaged about 40 planes and caused at least 80 cancellations and several delays. She says about 1,000 people had to spend the night in the airport.

Hail nearly an inch in diameter fell at the airport for about 15 minutes, according to the FAA.

Walker tweeted that security recommended he stay in a conference room, where he says he slept on the floor, after airport staff got him a blanket and pillow.

The governor tweeted that he wasn’t able to change clothes for 28 hours.

Another 20 flights or so were canceled, as of 8:15 a.m. Thursday, with more possible later in the day, according to Frontier Airlines spokesman Peter Kowalchuk.

He said even though the damage to the planes was just denting, due to hail, all planes cannot fly until they are fully inspected, according to flight regulations.

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Comments (40)
  1. Amanda says:

    Oh poor baby. Welcome to the real world. Many people have had to sleep at an airport and not been able to change clothes. I hope the Governor was humbled by the experience and learned something about regular people and their lives.

    1. gabe caplion says:

      Path(to-nowhere)etic libs.

    2. ferg says:

      At least he flew like everyone else unlike that slob Obama racking up Trillions of dollars flying in his “Corporate Government Jet”

      1. LadyJane says:

        @ ferg

        I believe Obama’s travel is overseen and dictated by the Secret Service. I don’t believe he has a say in it.

        1. Dave says:

          Yes he does. Don’t go. Most of his travel is for politic gain not business. He is just our of touch with the avergage American….which he seems to dispise since I do not want my taxes raised.

          1. Look at all the stupidity! says:

            To end this stupid conversation, Bush took more vacation days and spent more than any other President on travel. So Obama flying around should not make you mad. Again with double standards, when will the GOP stop complaining about everything (and i mean EVERYTHING) when a Pres is in office that does not have the Repub title?

            1. ItsTheSpendingStupid says:

              Prefect – Now even the hail in Denver is George Bushes fault……

              And yes one campaign flight from Pres Odumbo equals 9000 gallons of fuel…

            2. DevilDog3249 says:

              Bush spent over 1/2 of his “vacation” days at Camp David and most of the other half at his ranch in Texas. A military base already outfitted for him. No roads got shut down so he could go to a broadway musical, no airport delays so he could land his jet. Camp David is the cheapest place for a president to go and its also the easiest for them to work at since Camp David is outfitted for the president to work. There is no double standard. Bush went to david where it was easy to protect him and cheap while Obama goes all over the country to golf courses and theatre shows where it is hard to protect him and interferes with many peoples lives.

        2. Susan p says:

          The secret service does not dictate Obama’s travel! He travels where and when he wants. This weekend instead of staying in DC and working on the debt crisis he has chosen to again go on vacation and play another round of golf at Camp David.

          1. LadyJane says:

            @ Susan

            He does not have control over HOW he travels. The Secret Service decides this.

          2. LadyJane says:

            @Dave and Susan

            Google George W Bush Vacation Days

            George W Bush – 487 days at Camp David, 77 visits to his ranch in Crawford during his presidency, and spent all or part of 490 days there. (This equals 977 days, 8 years x 365 days = 2920 days, + 2 days for 2 leap years = 2922. this equals approximately 33% of his time during office he was on vacation).

            Two examples everyone remembers; 9-11 – in Florida on a tour reading a book to grade school kids, Katrina at the ranch, not in his office working

            1. just saying says:

              Do you know what camp David is?
              Look again.

              1. Jim says:

                “Camp David is the country retreat of the President of the United States and his guests.”

                What’s your point?

            2. Reasonable says:

              Well, at least he was promoting reading on the Florida trip. I’m no Bush apologist, heck the guy ruined this country with 3 moves that will take the better part of the next 20 or 30 years to recover from, but reading to kids in Florida while the buildings got hit by planes was not vacation time.

    3. th says:

      Really, no pity for him here. Did everyone else get the option to sleep in a conference room?

    4. th says:

      From his picture it looks like he is pouting.

  2. me again says:

    (and yes I know he’s a republican… I am just acting like that other moron that only posts the same thing over and over because he doesn’t have any clue about politics. He just votes a straight blue ticket and rubs one out during election time to his favorite candidate)

  3. Johnson says:

    Let that dog sleep like a dog…

    1. Jim says:

      Stay classy, ferg.

    2. brian says:

      Come quit ripping on dogs

    3. AF says:

      sleep like a dog?
      Not that it matters, everyone got the point

      But on a serious note my dog sleeps on clean bedding and a pillowtop mattress.

  4. Murph says:

    Good practice for the Koch’s new boyfriend with benefits! Soon all three of them will be sleeping at the foot of the beds of some really bad people in orange jump suits!

  5. AF says:

    Going to a meeting for National Governors Assosication eh? I wonder if Dayton also slept on the floor of the airport… oh ya he’s busy with a government shut down.

  6. Scott Wanker says:

    Ha what a turd!

    1. NRPS says:

      your drivel has gotten old. if you don’t like it here, there are 49 other states and another country just north of us. “Trillions of dollars fkying” he’s the president, just like your Bush was. I’m proud to be a working class hero, not a Omni driving, whining right wing slack jaw lemming looking for the next cause to gripe about because I’m a sore loser and forgot to get out and vote.

    2. Wondering says:

      @ ferg

      Have you had your shots? Foaming at the mouth a little? What are you on?

  7. ferg says:

    Yes the Demoncrats are violent. I saw it first hand. They are just like Hitlers gastopo

    1. Jim says:

      ferg, when you post something offensive and ignorant like this, at least try to spell it correctly. Your post comes off as not only confused and angry but also downright stupid.

    2. Sarah in Outstate MN says:

      Please stop with the childish name calling. It comes from both sides, but you look like a child.

  8. Me says:

    Why dint he call the koch brothers for there privet plane?

    1. MNTeacher says:

      Cause there playne dint hab enuf fuul.

      1. Me says:

        And you is stupid

  9. Enough says:

    If he was a “real person”, this would not be news. Sad

  10. jason says:

    He is not a real person. He is a Puppet!

    1. Maybe says:

      But one day he will be a real boy.

  11. Kooks like this here boy says:

    I ground my heels into his cheekbones when he was snoozing but sheesh – they popped right back up
    Loads of hot air in that chap lol

  12. th says:

    Sure, that is why Democrats are the only people who are looking out for the middle class. The way you are talking you must be making over $250,000 or more a year and find all kinds of loop holes to escape not paying your fair share of taxes

  13. A voter says:

    It’s to bad Walker wasn’t swept up, and thrown out with the rest of the trash.

  14. Les says:

    Push on Walker, get rid of the free loaders. Those are the ones doing the most complaining right now.

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