Obama Family Trip to Africa: $60-$100 MILLION

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“animis opibusque parati”

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#1 Jun 13, 2013
A one-way, same-day, parachute drop would save U.S. taxpayers so much more.
And not just dollars.

http://preview.tinyurl.com/lupb3mg

The Obama Family Trip to Africa to Cost $60 to $100 Million

by Daniel Halper

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.

"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.

"The extraordinary security provisions — which will cost the government tens of millions of dollars — are outlined in a confidential internal planning document obtained by The Washington Post. While the preparations appear to be in line with similar travels in the past, the document offers an unusual glimpse into the colossal efforts to protect the U.S. commander-in-chief on trips abroad."

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. But the White House canceled the safari on Wednesday following inquiries from The Washington Post about the trip’s purpose and expense, according to a person familiar with the decision."

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. The Secret Service planning document, which was provided to The Post by a person who is concerned about the amount of resources necessary for the trip, does not specify costs."

“animis opibusque parati”

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#2 Jun 13, 2013
Parachutes? What was I thinking?

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#3 Jun 13, 2013
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Parachutes? What was I thinking?
OK...two for the kids.
They cannot kill a Spook

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#4 Jun 13, 2013
Must be a hell of a family reunion. I say when they get off the plane refuel and leave him.
By the way when did mud huts get windows?
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#5 Jun 13, 2013
Where's Loren Eberly when you need him?

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#6 Jun 13, 2013
Enzyte Bob wrote:
Where's Loren Eberly when you need him?
Get back to loving on Ben Gelber.

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#7 Jun 13, 2013
The point:

http://www.catholic.org/politics/story.php...

Secret Budget Document: 30-year Deficit is $106,954,000,000,000
AimHigh

Grove City, OH

#8 Jun 13, 2013
I hope he goes 30 more times this year.
Enzyte Bob

Reynoldsburg, OH

#9 Jun 13, 2013
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Get back to loving on Ben Gelber.
You missed my point. I was wondering why he didn't cut and paste his rant and direct it at Barry.
They cannot kill a Spook

United States

#10 Jun 13, 2013
AimHigh wrote:
I hope he goes 30 more times this year.
I hope the plane.crashes and his entire.tribe is burnt to a crisp.
AimHigh

Grove City, OH

#11 Jun 14, 2013
They cannot kill a Spook wrote:
<quoted text>I hope the plane.crashes and his entire.tribe is burnt to a crisp.
So if that doesn't happen. Does that mean I win? I think so.

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#13 Jun 14, 2013
Reality Speaks wrote:
all of the comments are not necessary.
I heard trip was canceled. Reason cited on news was snipers were to kill any animal within 100 yards of POTUS.
That is most likely true of snipers having to protect POTUS, and animals an excuse for real purpose of snipers.
Mr. Obama made a good decision not to take this trip.
Glad to see him using logic to form solid good decisions with no excuses.
Risking his wife or children is way to expensive for him, and his minions were only worried about him.
He made the correct decision to eliminate risk.
Hope he joins Bush Jr on a golfing expedition with wounded warriors instead.
Hope he wins match, even spotting 1 stroke per hole to all challengers. Hope he makes many new friends. His girls should join them.
The only item cancelled from the itinerary was their family safari, for the reasons you cited -- special sniper team required in case African lion decides to have Obama for lunch.
They cannot kill a Spook

United States

#14 Jun 14, 2013
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The only item cancelled from the itinerary was their family safari, for the reasons you cited -- special sniper team required in case African lion decides to have Obama for lunch.
That would be worth seeing, a lion taking on a shaved silver back. My money would be on Moochelle if she hadn't been fed in a while.
AimHigh

Grove City, OH

#16 Jun 14, 2013
Not worried about anyone killing the president. Especially not over his race.
Oliver Canterberry

Columbus, OH

#17 Jun 14, 2013
Obama President of the World and Queen Michelle act like a royal family with much pomp and glitz in the midst of national debt and deficits. I'm sure many of the Africans will react with glee that one of their own his made it so far and the media coverage will be over the top for our celebrity president and the rest of the royal family.
AimHigh

Grove City, OH

#18 Jun 14, 2013
Oliver Canterberry wrote:
Obama President of the World and Queen Michelle act like a royal family with much pomp and glitz in the midst of national debt and deficits. I'm sure many of the Africans will react with glee that one of their own his made it so far and the media coverage will be over the top for our celebrity president and the rest of the royal family.
I would vote for him again and again. Just cause it up sets up lol.

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