Obama's Africa Trip Could Cost $100 Million

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President Barack Obama's trip to Africa later this month could be one of the most expensive of his tenure, costing the government as much as $100 million.

According to a confidential internal planning document obtained by The Washington Post, hundreds of Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa, and Tanzania, which the first family will visit from June 26 to July 3.

A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.

In addition, military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks carrying bulletproof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the Obamas will stay. And fighter jets will fly in shifts to provide around the clock coverage over the president's airspace.

The president and first lady Michelle Obama also had planned to take a Tanzanian safari during the trip, which would have required a special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles in the event of a threat from wild animals, the Post reported, citing the document.

But the safari was canceled in favor of a trip to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner, officials told the newspaper.

The Post noted that when it first asked White House officials about the safari last week, they said no final decision had been made, adding that a White House official said Thursday that the cancellation was not related to the newspaper's inquiries.

Former presidents Bill Clinton and George W. Bush also traveled to Africa multiple times. A report from the Government Accountability Office, according to the Post, showed that Clinton's 1998 trip to six African nations cost the federal government at least $42.7 million.
Obama's overseas travels — he will visit Northern Ireland and Germany next week — come as government agencies, including the Secret Service, face spending cuts mandated by the sequester.

The Secret Service reportedly has had to cut $84 million, and this spring the agency canceled public tours of the White House in order to save $74,000 a week in overtime.

In total, the Obamas' Africa trip could cost $60 million to $100 million, a person familiar with planning for the journey told the Post.

"The infrastructure that accompanies the president's travels is beyond our control," Ben Rhodes, Obama's deputy national security adviser for strategic communications, told the newspaper. "The security requirements are not White House-driven. They are Secret-Service-driven."

Rhodes said the emerging democracies on the president's itinerary are crucial partners in regional security conflicts. Obama will hold bilateral meetings with each country's leader in an effort to forge stronger economic ties. He will reportedly also highlight global health programs, including HIV/AIDS prevention.

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According to the internal document, Obama will spent a night in Dakar, Senegal, two nights in Johannesburg, a night in Cape Town, and one night in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania.

Among the 56 vehicles for the trip are parade limousines, a specialized communications vehicle, a truck that jams radio frequencies around the presidential motorcade, a fully loaded ambulance, and a truck for X-ray equipment.

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I don't care if these two clowns take a vacation but pay for it out of your own pocket. Who do they think they are? This is absolutely ridiculous! Abuse of power, nothing but abuse of power!

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Vive l'austérité!
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I don't care if these two clowns take a vacation but pay for it out of your own pocket. Who do they think they are? This is absolutely ridiculous! Abuse of power, nothing but abuse of power!
The trip to Africa should be cheap just make them stay in a mud hut with relatives. And food should be cheap just a fly cover 3 or 4 day dead non refrigerated animal such as a hyena

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They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
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The trip to Africa should be cheap just make them stay in a mud hut with relatives. And food should be cheap just a fly cover 3 or 4 day dead non refrigerated animal such as a hyena
They could stay with his brother George, the sex offender!
They cannot kill a Spook

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They could stay with his brother George, the sex offender!
That would be perfect.

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They could stay with his brother George, the sex offender!
And there's a dude who can live frugally:$1/day.
Take note, Michelle.
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Congress allots all presidents money for their trips.
Congress is the reason this country is in the shape it is in now.
M O N E Y is granted from C O N G R E S S for any expenditures.
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Zoe Regen wrote:
I don't care if these two clowns take a vacation but pay for it out of your own pocket. Who do they think they are? This is absolutely ridiculous! Abuse of power, nothing but abuse of power!
http://www.forbes.com/sites/rickungar/2012/05...

A real eye opener.....

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And there's a dude who can live frugally:$1/day.
Take note, Michelle.
http://www.independent.ie/irish-news/failte-f...

Michelle's entourage takes 30 rooms in 5-star,$3,000/night hotel.
She feels America's pain.
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In the meantime, Air Force flying squadrons are grounded while pilots fly simulator games.

http://www.af.mil/news/story.asp...
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Michelle's entourage takes 30 rooms in 5-star,$3,000/night hotel.
She feels America's pain.
Cost of Obama’s Trip Is Dwarfed by George and Laura Bush’s Africa Spending Spree
Randall Gross
POLITICS • 2 days, 1 hour ago • Views: 522
As conservatives rage about the cost of Obama’s Africa trip, it is important to remember that George and Laura Bush made a combined 7 trips to Africa all on the taxpayers’ dime.

We’ve played this game before, but anytime the nation’s first black president spends more than a dollar, the right wing freaks out about Barack Obama “wasting taxpayer dollars.” Back in 2011, the right claimed that First Lady Obama’s Africa trip would cost taxpayers millions, but even if you use numbers that the White House disagrees with ($424,000), they weren’t even close.

This time the right has whipped up the fake outrage over a leaked document showing that President Obama’s upcoming Africa trip could cost $60-$100 million. What these same people don’t tell is that George and Laura Bush loved to go to Africa on the taxpayers’ dime…a lot.

During Bush’s second term alone, Laura Bush made five “goodwill” trips to Africa. President Bush made the trip twice during his presidency. Here is former First Lady Bush at an event the night before their trip in 2008,“Tomorrow, President Bush and I leave for what will be my fifth trip to Africa since 2001, and his second trip to Africa since 2001. I’ve seen the determination of the people across Africa — and the compassion of the people of the United States of America.”

Wow, that’s a lot of trips to Africa. In 2007, Laura Bush also took her daughters with her, and they went on a safari. You know, the same kind of outing that President Obama just canceled.

Not much was going right for George W. Bush. Even before the economy crashed, his legacy was 9/11, the unpopular Iraq invasion, and Hurricane Katrina. Back in 2003, Bush laid the groundwork for making aid to Africa his legacy. One of the areas where Bush drew praise was that he spent billions of taxpayer dollars on aid to Africa. It’s funny how conservatives don’t utter a peep about George W. Bush dishing out more than ten times the amount of taxpayer money on aid than Obama will spend on his trip.

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Michelle's entourage takes 30 rooms in 5-star,$3,000/night hotel.
She feels America's pain.
Obama flaunts his wealth like a king while America suffers under this foul régime. With our national debt and deficits over 7 trillion dollars this is an outrage.

Yet Obama continues on, more lies, more chaos, more immigration, more government programs, this is how 3rd world Dictators operate.
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Politicians Ink wrote:
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Cost of Obama’s Trip Is Dwarfed by George and Laura Bush’s Africa Spending Spree
Randall Gross
POLITICS • 2 days, 1 hour ago • Views: 522
As conservatives rage about the cost of Obama’s Africa trip, it is important to remember that George and Laura Bush made a combined 7 trips to Africa all on the taxpayers’ dime.
We’ve played this game before, but anytime the nation’s first black president spends more than a dollar, the right wing freaks out about Barack Obama “wasting taxpayer dollars.” Back in 2011, the right claimed that First Lady Obama’s Africa trip would cost taxpayers millions, but even if you use numbers that the White House disagrees with ($424,000), they weren’t even close.
This time the right has whipped up the fake outrage over a leaked document showing that President Obama’s upcoming Africa trip could cost $60-$100 million. What these same people don’t tell is that George and Laura Bush loved to go to Africa on the taxpayers’ dime…a lot.
During Bush’s second term alone, Laura Bush made five “goodwill” trips to Africa. President Bush made the trip twice during his presidency. Here is former First Lady Bush at an event the night before their trip in 2008,“Tomorrow, President Bush and I leave for what will be my fifth trip to Africa since 2001, and his second trip to Africa since 2001. I’ve seen the determination of the people across Africa — and the compassion of the people of the United States of America.”
Wow, that’s a lot of trips to Africa. In 2007, Laura Bush also took her daughters with her, and they went on a safari. You know, the same kind of outing that President Obama just canceled.
Not much was going right for George W. Bush. Even before the economy crashed, his legacy was 9/11, the unpopular Iraq invasion, and Hurricane Katrina. Back in 2003, Bush laid the groundwork for making aid to Africa his legacy. One of the areas where Bush drew praise was that he spent billions of taxpayer dollars on aid to Africa. It’s funny how conservatives don’t utter a peep about George W. Bush dishing out more than ten times the amount of taxpayer money on aid than Obama will spend on his trip.
More: Cost of Obama’s Trip Is Dwarfed by George and Laura Bush’s Africa Spending Spree
I thought Clinton was the first black president!
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LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Truth hurts, doesn't it?
Don't be blinded by your own prejudices...it is what it is

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LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Truth hurts, doesn't it?
Don't be blinded by your own prejudices...it is what it is
Voter remorse? Obama: stupid is stupid, black, green, white or whatever color, it is what it is.....

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LOLOLOLOLOLOL
Truth hurts, doesn't it?
Don't be blinded by your own prejudices...it is what it is
Theme song for Obama, title needs amended to: Spend Like You Were Dying!

http://youtu.be/6xSGLZd9Vg4
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Voter remorse? Obama: stupid is stupid, black, green, white or whatever color, it is what it is.....
No one always agrees with every thing a president does....it is stupid to believe so.
If you claim you do agree, just because you voted for them is really ignorant.
Obama has the obstructionist to deal with....
Bush had Cheney and Rumsfeld to deal with
They all make booboos.
I voted for father Bush and liked him, his son, not so much.

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