Tomorrow, King Louis 14th Obama and Queen Michelle Antoinette depart on a 9-day 4-nation luxury trip to Asia. Their first stop is Mumbai, India.
At a time of America’s protracted economic troubles of 10% unemployment, $14 trillion national debt, 1 of 8 Americans on food stamps, Obama will be spending $200 MILLION a day in just Mumbai. The Press Trust of India reports on November 02, 2010:
Mumbai – The US would be spending a whopping $200 million per day on President Barack Obama’s visit to the city. “The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the Presidential visit,” a top official of the Maharashtra Government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit said.
About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists would accompany the President. Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already here for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.
The Obama Administration has reserved an entire five-story hotel, as well as several hundred hotel rooms in other five-star hotels, in Mumbai. The Economic Times reports on October 23, 2010 that, to ensure “security,” Obama’s team has booked the following:
- The entire Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants.
- 125 rooms at another hotel, the Taj President, for Obama’s security contingent and staff.
- 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels.
- The NCPA, where Obama will meet representatives from India’s business community.
To transport the 3,000 people accompanying King and Queen Obama requires Air Force One and two jumbo jets, which will be flanked by security jets. There will be 30 to 40 secret service agents, who will arrive before King Obama. His convoy will consist of 45 cars, including the fortified Lincoln Continental in which King Obama travels.
Since Obama will stay in a hotel that is on sea front, elaborate coastal security arrangements have been made by the US Navy in consonance with the Indian Navy and the Coast Guard. US naval ships, along with Indian vessels, will patroll the sea, ”to negate the possibility of a missile being fired from a distance.” Update: The US Navy fleet protecting Obama will consist of 34 warships.
King Obama will be accompanied by his chefs to ensure his food is not spiked.
Among those along for the Obama Junket are some 200 CEOs of various businesses, such as Pepsico’s India-born CEO Indra Nooyi, and Honeywell CEO David M Cote, who co-chairs the India-US CEO Forum with India’s Tata group chairman Ratan Tata.
Exactly what beleaguered American workers need: more “outsourcing” of jobs to India!!!
H/t beloved fellows Tina, FS, & PatriotAngel.