By Wyatt Earp | October 25, 2010
On the same day that the AP posts a story claiming Barack Obama will practice fiscal discipline during the last two years of his term, we get this story from the Economic Times describing the Obama’s mammoth Indian entourage. The Obama posse will consist of two jumbo jets (in addition to Air Force One), several smaller jets, and a 45 vehicle motorcade. All for a two-day trip to India. Who’s paying for all of this?
US President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle will be extremely busy in Mumbai, upon landing on November 6 for a two day India visit.
To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his security contingent and staff will comprise a huge number, 125 rooms at Taj President have also been booked, apart from 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels. The NCPA, where the President is expected to meet representatives from the business community, has also been entirely booked.
The officer said, “Obama’s contingent is huge. There are two jumbo jets coming along with Air Force One, which will be flanked by security jets. There will be 30 to 40 secret service agents, who will arrive before him. The President’s convoy has 45 cars, including the Lincoln Continental in which the President travels.”
Look, I get the security issue. I really do. The president needs to be protected, especially when he is traveling abroad. But to me, this seems like expense for expense’s sake during a crippling recession. Am I wrong?