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Obamas’ African Vacation May Cost $100,000,000

From the Washington Post, of all places:

Document: Major resources needed for Obama Africa trip

By Carol D. Leonnig and David Nakamura | June 13, 2013

When President Obama makes his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa 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 an emergency.

Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet­proof 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 elaborate 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.

Remember the grief we got from the press for mentioning the newspaper reports about how much Obama’s trip to India would cost and how much was involved back in November 2010?

Any journey by the president, such as one scheduled next week for Northern Ireland and Germany, is an immense and costly logistical challenge. But the trip to Africa is complicated by a confluence of factors that could make it one of the most expensive of Obama’s tenure, according to people familiar with the planning.

The first family is making back-to-back stops from June 26 to July 3 in three countries where U.S. officials are providing nearly all the resources, rather than depending heavily on local police forces, military authorities or hospitals for assistance.

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 counterassault 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 officials said Thursday that the safari had been 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.

When The Post first asked White House officials about the safari last week, they said no final decision had been made. A White House official said Thursday that the cancellation was not related to The Post’s inquiries.

Internal administration documents circulated in April show that the Obama family was scheduled to go to both Robben Island and the safari park, according to a person familiar with the plans…

And we believe them, too.

Obama’s overseas travels come as government agencies, including the Secret Service, are wrestling with mandatory, across-the-board spending cuts. The service has had to slice $84 million from its budget this year, and this spring the agency canceled public White House tours to save $74,000 a week in overtime costs…

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…

Hey, what’s more important. White House tours for kids who have saved for months, or the Obamas latest ‘lifestyles of the rich and famous’ vacation?

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, June 14th, 2013. Comments are currently closed.

8 Responses to “Obamas’ African Vacation May Cost $100,000,000”

  1. Noyzmakr

    “Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.”

    This should be quite an economic boom for African prostitutes.

    • captstubby

      ” to secure facilities …”
      like they did The American diplomatic mission compound at Benghazi?

  2. Liberals Demise

    What vacation number is this so far this year.
    #5 or #6?

  3. preparing4theworst

    What do you want to bet the marines won’t be holding an umbrella this time…

  4. canary

    “… if an errant plane gets too close.” Errant plane in this area would mean media.

    ” The first family is making back-to-back stops from June 26 to July 3 in three countries…”

    Internal administration documents circulated in April show that the Obama family was scheduled to go to both Robben Island and the safari park, according to a person familiar with the plans…

    How many safaris to these people have to take on taxpayers dimes when they’ve already taken safaris.

    So, now we know why the Congressional Picnic was cancelled this year, which goes to show the media was stupid when they said it was for important business trips Obama had to take.

    I’ve said it time and time again. This is a president who vacations and parties 2/47

    • canary

      correction. I mean a president who vacations and parties 47/2.

      And we’ve just seen the beginning and ain’t seen nothing yet, because no one has told this man “No. Enough”.

  5. politicsick

    I’m afraid to get started. #1 If it is so dangerous for Obama to go to Africa that the Secret Service have to take bullet proof glass for the hotel windows Obama has no business going there, much less taking his wife and/or daughters there. #2 I am furious about paying high taxes when the money is being used to fund fancy, extravagant and unnecessary vacations for the Obama family. The cost of these vacations include wardrobes for the entire family, each family member’s personal entourage of “runners” and of course security.

    What is wrong with taking the girls to Camp David? What is wrong with Michelle staying at Camp David instead of staying in the most exclusive and expensive hotel, home, castle or chalet in the country they are visiting? Check on line for the cost of where they stayed when in Spain.

    My family can’t afford a vacation this year or last year thanks to the economy. I don’t want to pay for the Obama family’s vacation.

    • canary

      Probably won’t visit relatives again. Maybe since Mandela snubbed Michello’s last years family safari, Obama will have more pull.




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