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By Chuck Ring (GadaboutBlogalot ©2009 – 2010)
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Wow! Tell us it is untrue or a conspiracy of lies from Republicans. The following should be required reading for those who fail to understand the true cost of so-called governance. While millions of ordinary citizens in the United States are trying to hold on to the few disposable dollars they might have, we have top-level government officials galloping with the gold outside the United States. Read it and weep and if you don’t weep, I’m not sure you are giving this story due consideration. According to an article in The Economist – India Times:
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will be extremely busy in Mumbai, upon landing on November 6 for a two-day India visit. As the world’s most powerful man and his wife zip around the city visiting the 26/11 memorial on Marine Drive, the National Centre for Performing Arts (NCPA), Mani Bhawan and other locations in south Mumbai, the security obviously will be water-tight .
Water-tight, well maybe, but the cash belonging to the crazy citizens of the United States is sure going to flow. Ridiculously and outrageously, we believe, because there seems no semblance of good old American common-sense for anything like this to happen during these terrible economic times. It will help India at a time when they need little help from this administration … even if we could find anything in our pocket books besides space. Look at more of this story, but don’t faint at the money being thrown away:
To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the (sic) Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his security contingent and staff will comprise a huge number, 125 rooms at Taj President have also been booked, apart from 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels. The NCPA, where the President is expected to meet representatives from the business community, has also been entirely booked. (emphasis, all mine)
The officer said, “Obama’s contingent is huge. There are two jumbo jets coming along with Air Force One, which will be flanked by security jets. There will be 30 to 40 secret service agents, who will arrive before him. The President’s convoy has 45 cars, including the Lincoln Continental in which the President travels.” (emphasis, again mine)
Since Obama will stay in a hotel that is on sea front, elaborate coastal security arrangements have been made by the US Navy in consonance with the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. “There will be US naval ships, along with Indian vessels , patrolling the sea till about 330-km from the shore. This is to negate the possibility of a missile being fired from a distance,” the officer said.
The President will be accompanied by his chefs, not because he would not like to savour Indian cuisine, but to ensure his food is not spiked.
I don’t suppose, Mr. Obama and his spouse could have planned a virtual trip to India, where they could travel by laptops, and the cost could be met with a couple of ten spots. This small sojourn is completely out of sight, in so many ways, in this time.
Oh, if you might wonder, I feel the same should apply for past presidents who travel with an entourage of Secret Service personnel and our Congress members and their staff who waste our money on their magic carpets to far distant lands. Stay home and tend to business … really tend to business.
If you aren’t sick now, perhaps the rest of the story will lead you to the slop jar. Maybe, India will float a loan to us to pay for the trip. Any chance this waste might have an impact on the general election, or is the question inappropriate?