For $100 mil you can probably just buy an African country. Or at least a big part of it that will allow Obama to be President for Life. It’s win-win.
President Obama and his family will be going to Africa later this month. But the trip won’t be cheap; it’s expected to cost American taxpayers $60 to $100 million, according to the Washington Post.
“When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa later this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe won’t be taking any chances. Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of emergency,” reports the Post.
Suddenly all those Martha’s Vineyard trips and golf outings don’t look so bad. They’re downright cut rate by comparison.
“Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet-proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts giving 24-hour coverage over the president’s airspace so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close.”
Reminds me of the medieval days when kings carried along glass to put in the windows of the places they stopped because glass was too expensive.
After the paper questioned the costs of a planned family safari, the White House nixed the plan. “The president and first lady had also planned to take a Tanzanian safari as part of the trip, which would have required the president’s special counter-assault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat, according to the planning document.
Got to watch out for those right wing Tea Party cheetahs and lions.
The paper adds, “Obama’s trip could cost the federal government $60 million to $100 million based on the costs of similar African trips in recent years, according to one person familiar with the journey who was not authorized to speak for attribution.”
For such a tech friendly guy, Obama might want to get around to embracing telecommuting. He could meet with world leaders while on his iPhone at the golf course. So long as the calls don’t come at 3 AM.