Obama Trip To India Cost
November 4, 2010 by staff
Obama Trip To India Cost, There is a wave of anger in the U.S. on the high cost of travel to India Barack Obama this weekend. The feeling stems from reports that the president and his entourage of about 3,000 officials, business people and security personnel spend around 200 million a day when he visits India for four days starting Saturday.
Topping the list of criticisms is newly elected Republican Representative Michele Bachmann of Minnesota, who called the cost of travel upcoming presidential over-the-top. ” In an interview with a television on Wednesday after winning a hotly contested reelection bid in the Congress of the United States, she said, “We have never seen such an entourage going with the president before. And I think this is an example of the enormous amount of expenses that we have seen, not just in the last two years really in the last four. ”
There was no independent confirmation of the expenditure figures, but the White House quickly responded, saying that the figures have no basis in reality. “Due to security concerns, we are unable to describe details related to security procedures and costs, but it is safe to say that these figures are grossly exaggerated,” spokeswoman Amy Brundage White House said in a statement.
Yet it is difficult to believe that the arrangements made for the four-day visit will cost. Take the tunnel surface test of the bomb which must be installed by American military engineers to the approach of Mani Bhavan Gandhi Museum President will visit soon after he arrives in Mumbai on Saturday. Responsible for the security of the United States proposed the plan after having inspected the track at the museum and they felt that the area was too crowded to watch. The tunnel miles long that will be large enough to be led through cavalcade Obama will be implemented in one hour.
Several officials from the White House and U.S. security agencies have been in India for the last two weeks, using helicopters, a security systems of ships and high-end, preparing for the visit. While security is a major concern, Americans are not convinced about the costs involved.
“Some people say that Obama does not understand. I say he gets it very well. He does not care. He has his cake and eat it goes with all the trimmings can get over it and to hell with someone else, “wrote a reader to a website, in response to the report on the cost of the trip.” This man has had more vacation in his two years in office I had in my whole life. He does not care that U.S. citizens living in tents, as they are not. ”
Bill Hammersley, another writer on the site disagreed with the criticism. “Every time I see this article, the number of people grows and grows. He started as 150 people and is now 20 times that size. This is the kind of a stretch to say that makes us look so stupid and ignorant. ”
A $ 200 million per day during the four-day stay, total spending could not be anywhere nearly $ 1 billion and possibly much less. But this is apparently too much for Americans to work through a recession to digest. Much of them are struggling without jobs and factories continue to close. Thousands have lost their homes since the financial crisis triggered the economic downturn in 2008.
Obama was elected two years ago for exactly the hope he gave to the American people. In the absence of significant improvement of the economic situation, the sense of hope has been replaced by frustration and fear that led to a dramatic vote against the president and his Democratic Party in the midterm elections this week. Like Bill, one of many Americans stirred, wrote after his return for his vote: “I am speechless when it comes to Obama and his clowns and political disorder, I can not express my anger and resentment over. “
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