Obama Family’s June Africa Trip Could Cost a Colossal $100 Million

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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.

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.

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  • Charles

    Maybe we will get lucky and they won’t come back !!!!!!!

    • silverbackV

      In that case, $100,000,000 will indeed be a bargain, best money we ever spent!

  • Summer Solstice

    Sounds to me like O does not trust the Africans anymore than he trusts us – – How did this get past sequester???

    • C-Christian Soldier

      indeed -how did it get past sequester??
      and what are our Rs doing about it–???

      • Amy Walker

        Boehner will do nothing about it. He’s probably gotten a kick back for keeping quiet.

  • tom sherman

    How far would that $100 million go toward lung re-search?????????????

  • Vikki

    Let them eat cake…

  • Chaz

    please God give the flight crew parachutes so they can bail out and leave the plane to its own to reach the African jungle, and runout of fuel!!

  • Diane

    Wonder how many of these resources might have been used at Benghazi?
    Would Michelle be wearing a burqa if in the company of African Muslims while her husband is once again bowing to some Muslim emir?

    • Ray_Downen

      Muslim men leave their wives at home when they visit Muslim leaders. That’s what he has done in each case. — Ray Downen

  • jimbo124816

    Why don’t we cut the budget to $50 Million and leave them there?

    It would be the best $50 Million dollars we have ever spent.

  • jben

    I’m sure they want to visit their hero Nelson Mandela, who is very sick, while there. Then if, and when, Mandela dies they will need to come back for another African vacation. What the hell it’s just American tax payer money!

  • James

    I see nothing wrong with this, after all we pay for the
    other politicians to go back home.
    Besides, it would be worth every penny if we could just leave them
    there. Maybe they will get home sick and stay there, wouldn’t that be nice.

  • doug43

    It will be well worth it if they just keep him and family there!

    He is planning vacation when he should be hiring an attorney to keep him from prison.

    • Ray_Downen

      We’re already paying for lots of attorneys for that very purpose.

  • CaptTurbo

    That sure is one expensive troop.

  • Barbaree

    What an absolute disgrace these people are!

  • Samurai_Sam

    And worth every penny if we can get the bastards to stay there

  • hmmathis

    I think they should holiday in Syria with Obummer’s Al Qaeda friends.

  • Barbara

    We all need to contact Congress and make them reign in this out of control over spender. Cut them OFF. Tell Congress to deny payment for such a wasteful spending. They have no business going someplace that is so dangerous we have to pay 100 million dollars to protect them. Let them go after he is gone from office and spend his own money.

    • Ray_Downen

      Barbara doesn’t realize that we’ll still be paying for protection for Obama after he leaves office. And he’ll surely NEED protection!

  • This is a absurd as everything else he does. Good ? about the ‘sequester’.

  • 1_Eddie_1

    Congress needs to put a spending cap on the POTUS. There needs to be a limit on how much a President can spend on trips for an entire 4 year term.

  • Gordy

    Quit bitching about the cost of this trip, it will be a bargain if the family in the former White House stays there. He probably was born there so he should feel right at home. People here are barely getting by and this Marxist travels all over the world pi$$ing away our money. This man needs gone before America is. He has lived on the government teat all his life so why would any one expect him to change. Monitor this.

  • libertytribune

    The first entitled family, let them eat cake!

  • orangetiger49

    He needs to take Joe and his wife also. They can rule there and leave us alone. Don’t want them back. All in favor say I……

    • Amy Walker

      If you are talking about Joe Biden it would cost 100 Billion to send the arrogant and the bumbling.

  • Skip

    The price would be a huge bargin if they stayed and NEVER returned!!!

  • Amy Walker

    And the arrogant American royalty lives on. Ridiculous and unAmerican.

  • DonnaAngelStar

    Tbis is beyond ridículas, it is obscene.

  • Theresa

    That’s O’s way of giving us the finger!

  • CSN

    It would be well worth the $100 Million if it was a one way ticket of no return to USA. Yes?

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