Example: [Collected via e-mail, October 2010]
I could not belive this was true (but had also heard it on the air, thought was hype), but when you Google it and read a number of sites, it does appear to be true. Tell him to stay
Just in case some of you don’t follow current events as closely as I do (yes, I am a "news-junkie") you may have missed the following information since it never appears in our wonderful newspapers or on most TV news.
The Barack Obama family is leaving tomorrow for a ten day trip to
1) The entourage will include THREE THOUSAND people
2) FORTY aircraft will be making this trip
3) TWO marine helicopters are being dismantled, flown to India, put back together to fly the Obamas around the country
4) The entire 500 room Taj Mahal Hotel has been reserved for this group
5) Cost is estimated to be $200 million PER DAY for ten days
6) Keep this in mind when you get the next notice of an increase in your taxes!!!
No one should ever wonder why taxpayers are angry about this type of extravagance while most citizens are struggling with day-to-day costs of living, etc.
Origins: On 2 November 2010, the Press Trust of India published an article about U.S. President Barack Obama's upcoming
About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists would accompany the President. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.
[President Obama] 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.
"Except for personnel providing immediate security to the President, the US officials may not be allowed to carry weapons. The state police is competent to take care of the security measures and they would be piloting the Presidential convoy," the official said on condition of anonymity.
Any presidential trip abroad (the purpose of this trip is official business, not a personal "vacation," as claimed by some sources) involves considerable expense to transport and house security officials and presidential aides and staffers, and those costs will likely be on the higher side for this trip since President Obama will be traveling to a city which was recently the target of terrorist attacks
However, citing a cost figure of
And, as the the Wall Street Journal observed, the details of the report are "demonstrably incorrect," and it certainly isn't the case that the U.S. will be picking up the tab for everyone traveling with the president:
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell also outright rejected the claim that 34 warships would patrol the Mumbai coast while Obama is in town.
"I think there has been a lot of creative writing that's been done on this trip over the last few days," he said. "We obviously have some support role for presidential travel ... but I will take the liberty this time of dismissing as absolutely absurd, this notion that somehow we are deploying 10 percent of the Navy, some 34 ships and an aircraft carrier in support of the president's trip to Asia — that's just comical.
"Nothing close to that is being done, but the notion that president would require security as he travels to India and elsewhere should not come as a surprise to anyone," he said.
A military official also [said] the warship claim was inaccurate. The official knew of no such plans and said, besides, a carrier strike group typically has
For example, an 11-day trip by then-President Bill Clinton to Africa in 1998 involving about 1,300 people cost
Some readers who inquired about this item amusingly garbled its details, mistaking Mumbai's
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