Saturday, November 06, 2010

Barry's getting paranoid

President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle arrived in India's commercial hub of Mumbai on Saturday, days after voters punished his Democrats in mid-term elections.
Probably not since the days of the Pharaohs or the more ludicrous Roman Emperors has a head of state travelled in such pomp and expensive grandeur as the President of the United States of America.
While lesser mortals – the Pope, Queen Elizabeth and so on – are usually happy to let their hosts handle most of the security and transport arrangements when they venture beyond their home shores, the United States creates a mini-America on the move to ensure that nothing is left to chance.

Obama arrives in India at the start of a ten-day tour of Asia. At the heart of the White House caravan is ‘The Beast’, a gigantic, ‘pimped-up’ General Motors Cadillac which security experts say is, short of an actual battle tank, probably the safest road vehicle on the planet.
But an outlandish car is only the start. Mr Obama will fly, of course, on Air Force One, the presidential private jumbo jet, which, boasting double beds and suites, is fitted out more like a luxury yacht. Some reports suggest it costs around $50,000 (£31,000) an hour to operate.
Of course threats can come from any direction, so a squadron of U.S. naval ships will patrol offshore. Some reports have claimed that 34 ships, including two aircraft carriers, will be involved (not far off the size of the Royal Navy’s entire Surface Fleet) but the White House has denied this.

On land, as well as The Beast, Mr Obama’s entourage will travel in a fleet of 45 U.S.-built armoured limousines, half of which will be decoys. He will also travel with 30 elite sniffer dogs, mostly German Shepherds.
The White House has, according to some reports, booked the entire Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai, the city’s most luxurious. It is not uncommon for the grander heads of state to reserve a floor or two, but a whole hotel is unprecedented. This hotel was the main target of the 2008 attacks by Pakistani militants which left 166 dead.

As to the cost of all this, the White House will not reveal details – which has allowed Mr Obama’s political foes to bandy about sums including a widely-quoted $200million (£123million) a day. Whatever the figure, it makes the costs associated with the Royal Train and the late Royal Yacht Britannia seem like small change.

It is also reported that a bomb-proof tunnel will be erected for Mr Obama ahead of his visit to Mani Bhavan - the Gandhi museum - on Saturday.
According to Daily News & Analysis, U.S. secret service agents visited the museum on Monday to plan Mr Obama's security during his tour.
They were accompanied by Mumbai Police officers and civic officials of the D ward where Mani Bhavan is located.
While they were inspecting the route and the buildings lining the path to the museum, U.S. security officers noticed a nearby skyscraper in the highly populated area that could pose a threat.
To the amazement of the Indians accompanying the U.S. agents, it was apparently decided to erect a bomb-proof over-ground tunnel, which will be installed by U.S. military engineers in just an hour.
The kilometre-long tunnel will measure 12ft by 12ft and will have air-conditioning, close-circuit television cameras, and will be heavily guarded at every point.
It's being built so it is large enough for Mr Obama's cavalcade to pass through and will be manned at its entry and exit points.
The material that the tunnel would be made of has not been released but officials said that the structure would be dismantled immediately after Mr Obama and his party leaves the area.

Meanwhile the furore over reports that his Asia trip is going to cost taxpayers $200million a day has been dismissed by the Obama administration who called the figure 'wildly inflated'.
Last week an Indian government source told the NDTV channel: 'The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the Presidential visit.'
The claim was immediately seized upon by talk show hosts and rights wing politicians who relished the opportunity to rub salt into Mr Obama's wounds saying the trip was a waste of government funds during the country's recession.
But the White House have refused to reveal the true cost of the three-day trip to Mumbai and Delhi.
-Daily Mail

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drjim said...

Meanwhile, we suffer rampant unemployment, a disintegrating economy, a falling standard of living, and NO hope for real CHANGE for at least two years.
Man, GWB would go to his ranch for a few days, and the lamestream media was all over him like flies on shit.

Tattoo Jim said...

That rumbling you hear is not an earthquake... it all of our founding fathers flipping over in their respective graves at the thought of "the leader of this nation" acting like he is a living God... but I guess you have to understand it from his point of view... if you knew there was no way in hell that you would ever be re-elected, then you'd probably say "fuck all those tax payers! I'm the Obamassiah! I am the chosen one!"

Bella said...

Our economy depends a lot on your economy. Canada and USA have a lot of trade going on between countries. We trust each other. Not totally but we have a trust.
Looking from the outside in, I am in awe. It's been all over the news about the coconut cutters and the security, he believes he deserves. Shameful. Absolutely Shameful. What fucken water, does he think he walks on?

Bella said...

People from Katrina still haven't got their lives back together or their homes! Any MAN or WOMAN that can't look after THEIR home, IS nothing. I'm ranting, sorry...
Fuck You Obama and the MRS.

They shouldn't be giving money away to other countries, WHEN THEIR OWN AREN'T LOOKED AFTER!!!!!

Sorry Wirecutter, but family comes first. That includes the country that you live in. I Love mine.

Ramon said...

Regardless of what the bleeding heart libs may spout out, there never has been any President that has shown such an utter disdain for the condition of the people of the US as the current one has. I do not under stand how he can even look at his face in the mirror of a morning. He must truly have some type of "God" complex.
Oh and yes, FU Obama and all your so-called friends (read traitors) and supporters.