Obama Uses Advanced MV-22 Osprey Marine Tilt Rotor Vehicle to Ferry Dog on Vacation

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Fresh from giving a speech warning disabled veterans that the sequester would cut their health benefits (more than he has already), Barack I ferried his dog on an advanced Marine Corps chopper.

This is how CNN reported the momentous event.

Marine Corps MV-22 Ospreys, aircraft that take off vertically, provided a dramatic new look for President Barack Obama’s travel detail as he and the first lady began a Martha’s Vineyard vacation on Saturday.

The Ospreys — making their presidential debut — shuttled White House staff, media and Secret Service members from Coast Guard Air Station Cape Cod.

The sleek tilt-rotor aircraft can take off like a helicopter but fly like an airplane.

The Marines say the Ospreys are twice as fast, can travel six times farther and are capable of carrying three times the weight of the Vietnam-era CH-46E helicopters which have supported missions involving the president.

So naturally they are being moved to the front lines of Martha’s Vineyard. Won’t see them anywhere near Benghazi. But left unsaid is that the Ospreys shuttled the First Dog.

Rooms have to be found for dozens of Secret Service agents, someone has to carry a selection of presidential basketballs, and of course the family dog needs his own state-of-the-art aircraft.

Bo, the president’s Portuguese Water Dog, arrived separately on one of two MV-22 Ospreys, a hybrid aircraft which takes off like a helicopter but flies like a plane.

It was the first time the Ospreys have been taken on holiday by a US president.

There’s a reason Obama may have let Bo take the Osprey.

The Osprey has raised some safety concerns over the years. It earned the unceremonious nickname “the Widowmaker” after crashes during initial development and testing.

There are no plans yet to have the president fly in the MV-22s.

While the Osprey is available to fly around Obama’s dog, don’t expect any new Ospreys.

Obama canceled plans for a new fleet back in 2009 after projected costs soared to $11 billion.

 

  • Veracious_one

    stay tuned for the next episode of “Obamanation…an American Saga”…..

  • hiskid

    glad to hear he (not dog) has a selection of balls.

  • pennant8

    A real Commander in Chief would be telling disabled vets that he is pulling out all stops to see to it that they get all the care they need with minimal administrative interference, sequester or not. This little incident underscores my all time favorite quote from author and blogger, Pamela Geller. “Obama doesn’t have any American DNA.”

    • Jerry S.

      And now this:

      President Obama has told Congress he will cap next year’s pay raise for U.S. military personnel at 1 percent instead of boosting pay by 1.8 percent as called for by a federal law.

      The president’s move will negatively impact American combat troops scheduled to remain in Afghanistan through 2014.

      The federal law says military pay raises must be based on the Employment Cost Index compiled by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, which ties military raises to private sector pay growth. Under that formula, military personnel should be getting a 1.8 percent pay raise beginning in January 2014, CNS News reported.

      But the law also states that the president can inform Congress of an alternative pay adjustment “if because of national emergency or serious economic conditions affecting the general welfare, the president considers the pay adjustment which would otherwise be required by this section in any year to be inappropriate.”

  • GaryLockhart

    “Barack I ferried his dog on an advanced Marine Corps chopper.”(sic)

    The Osprey is a tiltrotor not a chopper.

    ‘It earned the unceremonious nickname “the Widowmaker” after crashes during initial development and testing.’

    That nickname was hoisted upon the Osprey and perpetuated by ignorant journalists practicing yellow journalism. One wonders why they’ve never tagged Sikorsky’s H-60 Crashhawk in a like manner.

    “While the Osprey is available to fly around Obama’s dog, don’t expect any new Ospreys.”

    “Obama canceled plans for a new fleet back in 2009 after projected costs soared to $11 billion.”

    Apples and oranges. HMX-1 is slated to receive its full complement of MV-22s, 12, by the summer of 2014. HMX-1 received its first MV-22 in April of 2013. The project that was cancelled was for a replacement for the VH-3D and VH-60N fleets – VH-71. The Osprey is replacing the CH-46E fleet at HMX-1.

    The under secretary of defense for acquisition, technology and logistics, Ashton B. Carter, issued a VH-71 program acquisition decision memorandum on May 15, 2009, which directed the program be cancelled, to include both Increment 1 and Increment 2.

    http://www.defense.gov/releases/release.aspx?releaseid=12712

    • Lake_rz

      Isn’t the V-22 the craft that buckled air craft carrier decks as a result of heat from the engines?

    • guest

      what with all these abbreviations, cant understand a thing youre saying.

  • snakebitef22

    This shows how out of touché with reality Obama is , while we suffer to pay bills keep our house and put gas in our cars he wastes a million dollars to get the dog for his kids….I did not vote for him but shame on all that did……

    • BS77

      Louis XVI never had it so good……read Animal Farm for a full description of this phenomena.

  • Eaglelover60InEastlake

    Hey Prez D!pSh!t… stick the mutt in a crate and ship him via U-Haul.

  • guest

    no comment on this man.

  • MultiCoreChina.com

    “Barack I” LOL

  • DallasArtist

    Insinuation and lying. Where is the family dog supposed to fly? On the roof? Oh right, that’s Romney’s dog. By the way, 99 new Ospreys were just ordered. And check out snopes, too, while you’re at it. This was tried already a few years ago with different aircrafts designs to insinuate the dog has its own vehicle. Think whyoncha?

    http://mobile.reuters.com/article/idUSL2N0EM27L20130611?irpc=932

    http://www.snopes.com/politics/obama/bo.asp

  • anon

    Sooooooooooooo what?

  • Ed

    They train and fly every day. At least you gave them a mission. Instead of just running in circles using fuel for no reason but to train pilots. Come on guys find some dirt.