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Thursday, November 04, 2010

Obama to bankrupt US treasury by traveling for the next two years

On Wednesday, Jake Tapper tweeted his more than 73,000 followers (yes, I'm envious) to tell us all that it was not true that President Obama's trip to India is costing $200 million per day.

Still, luxuries like this do not come cheap (this undoubtedly costs a little more than Michelle's trip to Spain over the summer), and I have to wonder if every trip Obama takes for the next two years is going to include this type of coverage. If it does, the cost could be quite significant (Hat Tip: Sunlight).
Communications set-up, nuclear button, a fleet of limousines and majority of the White House staff will be in India accompanying the President on this three-day visit that will cover Mumbai and Delhi.

He will also be protected by a fleet of 34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes off the Mumbai coast during his two-day stay there beginning Saturday. The measure has been taken as Mumbai attack in 2008 took place from the sea.

Arrangements have been put in place for emergency evacuation, if needed.

Obama is expected to fly by a helicopter -- Marine One -- from the city airport to the Indian Navy's helibase INS Shikra at Colaba in south Mumbai.

From there, he will drive down in Lincoln Continental -- the Presidential limousine -- to the nearby the Taj Hotel.

Two jets, armed with advanced communication and security systems, and a fleet of over 40 cars will be part of Obamas convoy.

Around 800 rooms have been booked for the President and his entourage in Taj Hotel and Hyatt.
I don't recall other Presidents doing this. In the time I've lived in Israel, Presidents Clinton and George W. Bush came here (George H.W. Bush never did) and I can tell you that neither the entourage nor the security were anywhere near this. I know that there was a terror attack in Mumbai two years ago. If it's not safe, maybe he shouldn't be going there.

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At 12:08 AM, Blogger Juniper in the Desert said...

34 warships? But didn't he say at Cairo that muslims are peaceful people??

Even his muslim brothers hate him! He must be the most reviled leader in history!

At 3:55 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


im surprised at you

first off, presidential travel arrangements are kept secret due to security concerns

second...the 200 mil per day number is absurd, and it comes from an anonymous source in india...who said it was the total for the entire trip...still an absurd number

but lets say its true...even if obama ran up this bill...it wouldnt touch what the bush tax cuts did to the treasury....to the tune of a 700 billion...not million....billion shortfall

i expect this stuff from bachman, beck, limbaugh and palin...i expect better from you

stop thinking like a goy

At 6:33 AM, Blogger christine said...

me think jake tapper (who covers for obama)is nit telling the truth

At 8:18 AM, Anonymous Anonymous said...


At 7:08 AM, Blogger tuleesh said...

If it's not safe, maybe he shouldn't be going there. Hear. Hear, Iz! That's what I thought, too.

All presidents travel to other countries for whatever reason. It's just part of the job.

However, for Obama to take such a lavish trip during this tough economic time for the American people smacks too much of the Louie Catorz court. Regardless of cost.

Well see how things turn out.


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