October 24, 2010

Obama's post-election escape to Mumbai: "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."

Can someone do a quick calculation of the carbon footprint? And please — everyone join in — explain why behavior like this shouldn't make global warming skeptics out of us all. If the emergency were really what it's claimed to be when we little people are urged to drive tin-can cars, no moral leader would travel this way. As it is, I can't understand why Obama and his group are willing to look like such hypocrites.
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. 
"Fool-proof" — "fool" is a fabulous euphemism, considering that the Taj Mahal Hotel was the scene of a horrific terrorist attack 2 years ago.

102 comments:

mesquito said...

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TKZ4RolQxec

Chip Ahoy said...

It's not true that Nero fiddled while Rome burned. Fiddles were not yet invented. So we're not having any of that.

HDHouse said...

carbon factor? yeah...whatever ann said and what escaped into the atmosphere.

so ann, your suggestion is what or are you just gonna carp for a while

El Pollo Real said...

It's not true that Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Lyre!

Chip Ahoy said...

As to not understanding why Obama would risk appearing a carbon footprint hypocrite, why not? He's seen Gore get away with it, Cameron get away with it, Charles Prince of Wales get away with it.

Sixty Grit said...

Carbon factor? Are you just assembling words willy nilly now hdhouse? Your descent into retardation is accelerating, it appears.

Florida said...

"... no moral leader would travel this way."

Ann, no moral leader currently travels this way whether or not their carbon footprint is at issue.

Barack Obama, quite simply, is not a moral person and he never has been.

garage mahal said...

Obama didn't row over to India. I'm skeptical now too. Great point.

lewsar said...

@el pollo real: It's not true that Nero fiddled while Rome burned.

Lyre!


pollo for the win :)

campy said...

POTUS's car is badged a Cadillac. Another triumph of old media's layers of fact checkers.

Trooper York said...

I heard those two knuckleheads from the Real Housewives of DC have snuck on the plane.

Thanks to the White House's crack security team.

Florida said...

Garage,

Your spin is not helpful to Barack Obama. Nobody is carping that Barack Obama should row to India.

We're concerned that if there's really a global warming emergency, then why does our leader travel with so large an entourage that it requires 20 aircraft and 4 hotels to house them all?

Is there, or is there not, a global warming emergency?

After all, it is not necessary for Barack Obama to even go to India. Is he President of India? No, he is not. Has he heard of teleconferences? Yes, he has.

And so, in the face of a global warming emergency, we would expect a moral leader to lead by example.

The example of Barack Obama is waste and gluttony on everbody else's dime.

Those are hardly moral characteristics, wouldn't you agree?

garage mahal said...


And so, in the face of a global warming emergency, we would expect a moral leader to lead by example.


So by your logic George Bush should have been fighting himself in Iraq or Afghanistan.

Bob said...

The reason Obama is willing to look like a hypocrite is because liberal elites are firm believers that those silly little things like reducing carbon emissions apply to you, not to them...

Paul said...

It's good to be king.

Sixty Grit said...

Use of the word "Lincoln" is evidence of the rampant assassination fantasies on the part of the leftist press. Kennedy rode in a Lincoln, well, for a while, and Lincoln himself was assassinated. The left actively sought the death of Bush - they really can't help themselves.

john said...

Maybe he had to pack so much because he's not coming back?

Government in exile?

holdfast said...

Obama does not teleconference.

He teleprompterconferences.

Have your teleprompter call my teleprompter and they'll do lunch.

Palladian said...

Forget the "carbon footprint" folderol, how much is this little get-away going to cost us?

holdfast said...

Does the FLOTUS need an extra jet for all the junk in the trunk?

A widebody, I'd assume?

john said...

Can someone, no, will some one, please count the silver before that entourage takes off?

garage mahal said...

hahah. FLOTUS has a big ass. Man that one never gets old.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

"The President’s convoy has 45 cars, including the Lincoln Continental in which the President travels.”

Layers and layers of fact checkers in the MSM. No homeboyee would be caught dead in a Lincoln.

Barack O'Schnizzle sits his ass in a Cadillac (as does his protoge Massachusetts Governor DeVille Patrick). First thing they do is get themselves a taxpayer funded Cadillac.

edutcher said...

This guy is getting pathetic. A run-away-from-the-news trip shredding money at every turn, and this after all those vacas during Recovery Summer.

And don't forget, The Zero is the one on record in favor $8 a gallon gasoline.

HDHouse said...

carbon factor? yeah...whatever ann said and what escaped into the atmosphere.

so ann, your suggestion is what or are you just gonna carp for a while


As I said above, HD can't wait to change the subject today.

garage mahal said...

And so, in the face of a global warming emergency, we would expect a moral leader to lead by example.

So by your logic George Bush should have been fighting himself in Iraq or Afghanistan.


No, not everybody is going to be in uniform and the President is a civilian; we have civilian control of the military in this country.

Leading by example is showing everyone you support the troops in every way possible.

Trooper York said...

That was uncalled for holdfast.

I have you know that the first lady is worshipped in India.

Ritmo Brasileiro said...

And please — everyone join in — explain why behavior like this shouldn't make global warming skeptics out of us all.

Personally, every time I see a horse-drawn carriage I'm more and more skeptical of the utility of motorized vehicles. Especially when the horse-drawn carriage is transporting a very important person, like an auto exec. That would put their whole industry in jeopardy.

Science by personal example. An Althousian specialty.

Akiva said...

They rented over 800 rooms in 5 star hotels, flew in 2 or 3 or 4 jumbo jets plus a C130 or 5 full of cars...for a state visit? Did they bring the whole State Department along with them?

Must be easy spending other peoples money. Oh wait, that's MY money being spent! Oh crap.

(Best guess about $5 million per DAY for a visit at US taxpayer expense.)

AllenS said...

Party time!

holdfast said...

Garage - Nope, it doesn't. But what fine arms she has.

I don't care to be given diet and eating tips by some fat-assed parasite.

rhhardin said...

The Taj Mahal is the only tomb in the world with a men's room, according to Roger Price.

Trooper York said...

I always thought Taj Mahal was overrated.

Whenever he comes on in the"Woodstock" movie I just fast forward.

Ritmo Brasileiro said...

Seriously, do you know that there are golf courses where people get from hole to hole using vehicles other than those powered by six-cylinder and eight-cylinder engines?

Incredible. What hypocrisy!

No fancy, road-ready car for you, Mr. Golfer.

Ritmo Brasileiro said...

The solution is simple: No foreign policy may be conducted until the administration drops this whole climate science nonsense.

rhhardin said...

It's Bombay to me.

Can't Go Back to Constantinople the Four Lads.

Florida said...

Shouldn't the Secret Service be the least bit concerned about the President of the United States staying in a foreign hotel?  Are they just trying to get him killed?

Trooper York said...

Don't you know why he is there?

He is outsourceing the Democratic Party to India.

America's Politico is just the begining.

Sharpen Up.

MathMom said...

Although this sounds extreme, we need to compare it to a similar trip by Bush. It takes a lot of people to move the president around, but this seems over the top.

FWIW, this Obama dude seems like a fraidy cat to me. They close down beaches, book entire hotels, stop traffic in every direction in LA, just in short, seem to be distrusting of other people.

George Bush got close enough to people to have a shoe hurled at him, and waved off his Secret Service guys while waiting to field a second one. I don't think Barky can be said to be that brave.

He looks afraid to me, and that doesn't give me a sense of comfort. The world will see him as a pansy, and kick him around because of it.

New "Hussein" Ham said...

Barack Obama's golf cart is a Cadillac Escalade

garage mahal said...

Here is how Bush traveled.

250 secret service agents 200 representatives from other U.S. departments 150 National Security Advisors 50 White House political aides 15 dog sniffer teams 5 personal chefs 2 Boeing 747-200's 2 motorcades of 20 armored vehicles 1 chartered jumbo jet 1 Sikorsky Sea King helicopter 1 Black Hawk helicopter 1 limousine

So much for small government and not spending taxpayer money.

What a hypocrite!

Ritmo Brasileiro said...

I guess Obama has the audacity to take climate science seriously and conduct foreign policy.

Can you believe the nerve of this uppity president? Where does it end?!

Florida said...

"Here is how Bush traveled."

So, by your logic Garage, Barack Obama is at least equally as immoral as was George W. Bush.

Gee, Garage ... next you'll be telling us that Obama is worse than Dick Cheney.

With friends like you, Obama really doesn't need enemies does he?

Florida said...

"Can you believe the nerve of this uppity president?"

Gee, Ritmo ... "uppity" is kind of a racist thing to call the first black president isn't it?

Have you no shame, sir?

MayBee said...

"I believe in American exceptionalism, just as I suspect that the Brits believe in British exceptionalism and the Greeks believe in Greek exceptionalism. "

"Given our interdependence, any world order that elevates one nation or group of people over another will inevitably fail. "

Things Barack Obama said about our country being equal to others. That doesn't really mean his travel plans can't be exceptional even among world leaders, I guess.

garage mahal said...

So, by your logic Garage, Barack Obama is at least equally as immoral as was George W. Bush.

I don't think travel and security arrangements for the president are immoral dimwit. But we all know it isn't about the size or the cost, or about global warming hypocrisy. Nobody ever cared about the size or cost of Bush's entourage. It's about this president, and not being deserving of the security detail.

lemondog said...

Calculated in 2009 based on certain limited assumptions: What is the Carbon Footprint of the President? 41,000 Tons!

Does not include a Taj Mahal equivalent.

edutcher said...

Ritmo Brasileiro said...

I guess Obama has the audacity to take climate science seriously and conduct foreign policy.

As in, "The science is settled"? The science blown to Hell by ClimateGate?

That climate science????

As for foreign policy, he refuses to visit any cultural monuments and only scheduled the trip when it looked like somebody might ask him as if the wipeout on 11/2 had anything to do with his last 2 years as President.

Florida said...

"It's about this president, and not being deserving of the security detail."

No, it's about Barack Obama not adjusting his Presidential travel to his claims about the current global warming crisis and how this set a bad example for the nation.

Of course we want our President safe. He will not be he won't be safe in India. He'll be staying in hotels that have been attacked before and surrounded by government officials who have, by the very example of the linked article, already leaked his security arrangements.

He should stay home and set a better example about his own carbon footprint.

To do otherwise is immoral - isn't it?

Pogo said...

This is exactly how the Saudis travel when they visit in the USA.

If yer gonna be impo'tent, ya gotta look impo'tent.

LilyBart said...

"hahah. FLOTUS has a big ass. Man that one never gets old."

No, it doesn't. And it won't until she stops telling the rest of us what to eat.

garage mahal said...

No, it's about Barack Obama not adjusting his Presidential travel to his claims about the current global warming crisis and how this set a bad example for the nation.

So you were similarly outraged with Bush's entourage? Shouldn't he have set a better example for smaller government and excessive taxpayer spending?

But once again it's nice to see conservatives expect so much more out of Obama and democrats than they do their own party.

lemondog said...

UK Mail comments on GWB 2008 wale of a carbon fooptprint for his European farewell tour week George Bush left a carbon footprint the size of Wales

No mention of the Taj Mahal.

Ignorance is Bliss said...

garage mahal said...

Here is how Bush traveled.
...
So much for small government and not spending taxpayer money.


Which is why so many of us small government types were deeply disappointed with Bush. In terms of fiscal conservatism, Bush was never more than the lesser of two evils.

ErnieG said...

He seems to be continuing his practice of bowing to adversaries and insulting allies in his travels. Because he doesn't want to be photographed wearing a turban or head-cloth, he won't be going to the Golden Temple, a major destination in India, and an important Sikh shrine. I note that the Prime Minister of India, Manmohan Singh, is a Sikh.

MayBee said...

So you were similarly outraged with Bush's entourage? Shouldn't he have set a better example for smaller government and excessive taxpayer spending?

The spending is/was not an existential crisis. Supposedly, global warming is.

Lionheart said...

In the old days we complained about the huge waste of money but now we just carp about carbon footprints. PC gone amuck.

John Burgess said...

While the number of 747s is larger, the number of vehicles is not. I worked several POTUS visits abroad for Clinton and 45 vehicles was pretty normal. I recall that his motorcade had to be reduced severely for his call at 10 Downing St. because only six or seven vehicles filled the entire street.

jeff said...

"So much for small government and not spending taxpayer money. "

Right. Cause Bush was known for small government and low spending. You are truly a idiot.

sunsong said...

Of course Obama is a huge hypocrite. one of his most famous lines is about the level of the oceans receeding because of him just possibly winning. That's what cap-n-trade is supposedly about - saving the planet. Those are the words they use.

I believe it is instapundit who says from time to time that he will believe global warming is an urgent problem when our leaders start acting like it is.

Obama can't say that global warning is real and at the same time have the kind of carbon footprint he does. It simply doesn't add up. Especially with the amazing technology we have so tht people really don't have to travel communicate effectively.


Thanks for bringing this up. No one else does!

MayBee said...

Because the problem is, if we think that meeting with the president is a privilege that has to be earned, I think that reinforces the sense that we stand above the rest of the world at this point in time. And I think that it's important for us in undoing the damage that has been done over the last seven years, for the president to be willing to take that extra step.

---Barack Obama, February 21, 2008

He does not want the US to stand above the rest of the world. He just wants to travel as though *he* does.
That's where he's a hypocrite.

Paco Wové said...

I am truly impressed, GM, at how very very hard you are working to avoid Florida's point.

Notice when Florida said "it's about Barack Obama not adjusting his Presidential travel to his claims about the current global warming crisis", you responded with the utter non sequitur "Shouldn't [Bush] have set a better example for smaller government and excessive taxpayer spending?"

Bravo!

garage mahal said...

Right. Cause Bush was known for small government and low spending. You are truly a idiot.

It's "an idiot".

I'm sure there are volumes of small government advocates that wrote about the cost and size of Bush's entourage right?

Fen said...

if there's really a global warming emergency, then why does our leader travel with so large an entourage that it requires 20 aircraft and 4 hotels to house them all?

Carbon Caps are for the little people.

Fen said...

Garage: Here is how Bush traveled.

Your link has no context.

I'm assuming thats deliberate.

Paco Wové said...

...oohh, GM is a grammar Nazi! Who woulda thunk it?

Anything to avoid the point, I guess...

Dust Bunny Queen said...

Just exactly WHAT is the pressing need for this expensive trip?

The timing is pretty interesting as well. Just a few days after what is expected to be political sea change wherein the President's party is expected to be trounced.

WHY is the President and all of this huge entourage taking this trip at ALL?


It is my understanding that it is mostly a sight seeing trip and not so much a high level political necessity.

WHY????

Trooper York said...

"Just exactly WHAT is the pressing need for this expensive trip?"

You don't understand. He is there to press for the creation of a mosque on the site of Mumbai terrorist attack at this site.

Everybody knows that.

Trooper York said...

I mean why don't these bigots want a mosque there. They must be islamophobes or something like that there.

Nasty bigots.

Michael Haz said...

He should have thought to visit Titus before Titus moved out of Cambridge. It would have been so much easier to disguise.

LilyBart said...

Bush was a deep disapointment to 'small government types'. I believe I said so at the time.

rhhardin said...

Global warming is pretty much dead.

Oligonicella said...

Ritmo Brasileiro --

"Science by personal example. An Althousian specialty."

Science by a consensus of scientists who lost, deleted and lied about their data - a Ritmo specialty.

Patm said...

No "moral" leader would travel this way.

Well...that explains a lot.

Obama has always believed that he was exempt from doing what others had to do. He never had to publish while he was "editor" of the HLR. He never had to show his college transcripts as Bush had to do (to be fair, Kerry never had to show them until after the '04 election, when it was discovered that the "brilliant" (because he had a D suffixed to his name) Kerry actually got D's to Bush's C's (and too, Gore's grades were worse than Bush's too, but he too got a pass on that.)

So, he didn't have to publish, he didn't have to show transcripts. He didn't have to actually supply a birth certificate. He did not have to answer difficult (or even easy) questions when he campaigned for president. The '08 elections solidified for Obama the truth that in his charmed life, he needn't endure what the rest of the world must.

So why should he join in the pretense about the environment? Why should he and his wife deny themselves anything?

We raised him this way. He's the monster of the left's own making.

Moneyrunner said...

Come Enjoy Michelle and Barack’s Next Great Adventure .

Can't find a job? Home foreclosed? Savings gone? Car re-possessed? Living in a cardboard box in an Obamaville?

Don't fret.

Live vicariously through Barack and Michelle Obama.

Pretend that your jumbo-jet has taken you to exotic Mumbai, India.

You have taken over the entire 570 room 5 star Taj Mahal hotel just for you and a few close friends. The lesser members of your entourage will stay at the Taj President, the Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels.

The streets are blocked when you want to go somewhere so that you are not inconvenienced by traffic. Your personal armored limousine has been flown there ahead of time. Your personal Navy is patrolling the coast. Your personal chefs are there to prepare your food.

Maybe there will be an opportunity for some golf. Your wife will be getting some tips from Mubai’s sex workers.

There, doesn't that make your sacrifice all worthwhile?

It's good to be the king.

Florida said...

"So you were similarly outraged with Bush's entourage? Shouldn't he have set a better example for smaller government and excessive taxpayer spending?"

Yes, I agree Bush should have set a better example. That's kind of not the point though, now is it?

Is it OK for Barack Obama to act as badly as George W. Bush?

I say it isn't OK. You seem to think it's OK for Barack Obama to be immoral, so long as Bush was.

I say Barack Obama should be more moral than the worst president you ever thought we ever had, Garage.

And yet, you seem to be incapable of measuring Barack Obama's actions .... except to cry like a baby that "George W. Bush did it too!!!!!"

Obama is not required to be as immoral as Bush/Cheney. He could decide to be better than they were.

But that's not what he's choosing to do is it? And that's why he's losing his own supporters. Nobody believes his bullshit any more. He can't even fill a high school gymnasium with supporters.

Turns out he's just as bad as Bush which even you are quick to point out!

cassandra lite said...

The size of the security contingent suggests that the Secret Service agrees with Juan Williams.

MadisonMan said...

The President usually has a lot of people traveling with him when he goes overseas. He's going somewhere with security that is not air-tight. I'd prefer that they take no chances and err on the side of caution.

But you can't sit home and not travel at all, either, when you're President.

Althouse is again complaining that the furniture in the room just isn't quite right. Put the couch over there, Barack. No, over by the window. No, next to the doorway. And on and on.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

He's going somewhere with security that is not air-tight. I'd prefer that they take no chances and err on the side of caution.

Why??? To what purpose?

But you can't sit home and not travel at all, either, when you're President.

I agree. The President of the United States is supposed to represent not only the Office but the people of the United States.

HOWEVER......just galavanting around the world for pleasure trips that have no Diplomatic or Presidential purpose is wasteful.

So far...the purpose seems to be so that Michelle can go talk to a bunch of whores. BFD.....she can do THAT in Washington DC without taking a big expensive trip. She might even have some time left over to weed her magical vegetable garden.

There is NO real purpose that they have disclosed for taking this trip. Moreover, even if there were a reason, the trip doesn't need to be to freaking extravagant.

King Obama and Queen Michelle. I hope they remember what happened to many of the "royals" in the French Revolution when the peasants had had enough.

garage mahal said...

Is it OK for Barack Obama to act as badly as George W. Bush?

Again, I don't think it is/was inappropriate for either president to travel abroad with such large security details.

Christopher said...

"hahah. FLOTUS has a big ass. Man that one never gets old."

hahah. POTUS is a dry drunk with daddy issues. Man that one never gets old.

Fixed it for you, cockholster.

Craig said...

So much for small government and not spending taxpayer money.

Yeah, but he didn't lecture us about turning up the thermostat too high either.

Mick said...

He cares not for "law', that's for the little people. As it is he is wadding up the Constitution, and lied in front of God and the world when he put his hand on the Bilble and swore to defend the Constitution. His birth as a dual citizen (at best), ensures that he is not a Natural Born Citizen, and is ineligible for the office.

Fen said...

"Science by a consensus of scientists who lost, deleted and lied about their data, manipulated peer review, blacklisted those who challenged the consensus, tweaked data that did not conform..."

/added a few there

Fen said...

Christopher: POTUS is a dry drunk with daddy issues

DHOTUS

[mate in 3 moves]

Christopher resign? Y/N

Maguro said...

If you ever get the chance, watch the NatGeo documentary about Air Force One. It followed Bush on a trip to Africa and the logistics behind the event were pretty similar to this one...two VC-25A jumbo jets (it's only Air Force One when POTUS is on board), several C-17s with armored limos, helicopters, a huge entourage of security personnel, etc. Anytime the President goes overseas, it's quite the event.

And of course, all this is completely inconsistent with the belief that global warming is an urgent, catastrophic threat. Don't think the Indians won't notice.

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Cedarford said...

1. Agree with those that say POTUS should be able to travel wherever he wants.
2. I think the "security detail" has grown, however, into ridiculous proportions...not just for Presidents, but various Presidential spouses and Princesses and Princelings. Including when they get out of office.
At the height of the "Terrorists are Everywhere!!" biz, Tony Blair was vacationing in Egypt with two planes - a small VIP jet for him, greeted by a Brit security team flown in on one RAC jet, supplemented by Egyptian security.

3. The timing may backfire. Obama's handlers want him to look Presidential and thrill the world with being able to "preacher-speak" words written for him by others off a TelePrompter. But it will happen right after a disastrous election where Obama will be perceived internationally as quite weakened. And for an American audience that saw Bill Clinton in full damage control when he was repudiated in 1994 explaining to audiences that he "got it" and was moving to the Center. Even Bush, though too stubborn to change anything (and ignoring all issues other than Iraq and his "heroes" there and of course fighting for free trade and tax cuts and supply side) - admitted in 2006 that he and the Republicans "got thumped" and needed to make big changes (which, still consumed with Iraq and the "heroes" and the "noble Iraqis" he neglected to follow through on.

4. India itself is far too important to ignore. It may piss the Pakis off, but until Pakistan fixes it's cancerous ways, it does not deserve to be treated with the consideration the US gives to valuable "non-problem" overseas nations. The trick will be how do we stay friends with India while we stop Indian designs on 25 million American service sector, healthcare, middle management, and R&D jobs. We can't give away that store like we foolishly did with China and our industrial job sector.

5. Yes, the Indians will laugh at Obama if he talks about excess carbon use by Indians and lectures India about getting more of the exciting Green Jobs that India has had for 4,000 years abd are trying to move away from to achieve prosperity.
And laugh at his wife if she counsels them about overeating, the evils of Indian fast food...or more likely, lectures Americans on how superior and less planet-impactful the Indian cuisine is.

Synova said...

"So you were similarly outraged with Bush's entourage? Shouldn't he have set a better example for smaller government and excessive taxpayer spending?

But once again it's nice to see conservatives expect so much more out of Obama and democrats than they do their own party.
"

You don't get to just make sh*t up, garage. Bush caught heat for being a big government spender all the time. If he got an excuse for it, it was that he let the Congress have whatever it wanted so he'd get support for the war, which was hardly an excuse.

Also, I know that I've said for *decades* that Presidents should have the fundamental decency not to travel. I look at this and I'm not thinking money or carbon footprint so much as just how much individual people are going to have their lives inconvenienced... How many of those rooms will be empty for security? Will the displaced cleaning ladies get paid? Will the displaced bus boys and waiters get paid? How many people traveling to Mumbai will have trouble finding a hotel room? How many will be made late for work because traffic is held up?

That's not because it's OBAMA. I thought as much for Bush and Clinton and Bush and everyone else.

Make the world just *stop* for you, and excuse it how?

Bush was also known to travel light from time to time, BTW, to Afghanistan and Iraq, arriving without notice and zipping out again. No four whole hotels set aside for him.

Security is important, but does he really need to go? To India? Why?

OTOH, the global warming hypocrisy is just to sweet to gloss over. Why aren't you global warmers insisting that he stay home?

Synova said...

Wow... I read the article... they're going to some sightseeing places, Michelle is going to visit sex workers, Obama is going to meet with some business people...

He *is* going to do important business of state and spend lots of time on some really important issue with the Indian government, right? This is a STATE visit, right?

If it's not... you fellows defending him as not having a bigger security detail than Bush need to grow some nads and find some principles.

Jim B said...

If you want a good chuckle, check out JWF's noting Michelle Obama's penchant for cheeseburgers.

For a woman who can have all the fast food she wants delivered to her behind closed doors, she can't even manage to maintain the pretense of healthy eating while out PROMOTING healthy eating.

Psychologically speaking, that's one of two things:

1) Marie Antoinette attitude. Healthy eating is for the little people, not for me.

2) A complete lack of personal control.

I'm going to guess some combination of #1 and #2 personally.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

they're going to some sightseeing places, Michelle is going to visit sex workers, Obama is going to meet with some business people...

My point precisely.

WHY are they going there and WHY are we paying for this.

There is no governmental necessity or real reason for this visit that the TAXPAYERS should have to pony up millions of dollars. It is a sight seeing trip.

Obscene!

Fen said...

WHY are they going there and WHY are we paying for this.

There's a new Golf course in India.

AST said...

It'd be a shame if a terrorist attack occurred. A lot of innocent people could get killed. This is asking for trouble.

I wonder if he gets nervous when he sees Muslims.

PatCA said...

The same hotel? WTF? What is he trying to prove, that Mumbai is safe again...if you take over the hotel with the entire US security entourage?

Quaestor said...

garage mahal wrote: So by your logic George Bush should have been fighting himself in Iraq or Afghanistan.

You evidently failed logic.

The two are not comparable. Nobody, including George W. Bush, has suggested that every American must serve in combat. Warmist leaders (Gore and Obama among them) have often proclaimed AGM to be a threat so dire that it requires action and sacrifice from all Americans.

wv: webroo - a marsupial species found only online.

Quaestor said...

Ritmo wrote: The solution is simple: No foreign policy may be conducted until the administration drops this whole climate science nonsense

What makes you think Obama will be conducting foreign policy in Mumbai?

mun said...

"...I can't understand why Obama and his group are willing to look like such hypocrites" ... sometimes what it seems is what it is.

JAY said...

guess Obama has the audacity to take climate science seriously

Laugh out loud funny.

Neither you, nor Obama, are intelligent or informed enough, to understand what "climate science" is.

Oh, and I also enjoy the fact that Obama (remember, such a great orator) will be using the first ever teleprompter in the Indian Parliament.

What an embarrassment.

JAY said...

I guess they have to make room on the plane(s) for this:

A teleprompter will be in use for the first time in the Central Hall of Parliament when US President Barack Obama addresses MPs on November eight.
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Obama will take the help of a teleprompter to deliver his address to the 780-odd members of Lok Sabha and Rajya Sabha, sources said.

Parliament authorities said this will be the first time that such a facility will be arranged in the Central Hall.

Obama’s reliance on the teleprompter is unusual--not only because he is famous for his oratory, but because no other president has used one so consistently and at so many events, large and small.


Cue the idiot cards...

Michael said...

"So you were similarly outraged with Bush's entourage? Shouldn't he have set a better example for smaller government and excessive taxpayer spending?

But once again it's nice to see conservatives expect so much more out of Obama and democrats than they do their own party."

I thought the size of the entourage was inversely proportional to the unemployment rate. What was the unemployment rate under Bush, again ?

Bush's annual deficit was Obama's monthly deficit.

Stuff like that is what we expect.

Sixty Grit said...

Is there a more fabulous fool than Omongrel?

Sarnac said...

I'm no Obama supporter, but shall (partially) rise to defend something here ...

Count up all the people involved in the (needless and escapist) trip and they certainly do not fill the primary hotel.

There is definitely no need for *parts* of the second, third, and fourth hotels ...

So why is it being done this way? Anti-sniper pre-emption ...

The Secret service is being *paranoid* (sanely given which hotel Obama is going to be in and the previous attack there) and

1: blocked any other guest from the entire main hotel
2: (reasonable speculation) taken *every* room in the nearby hotels on the side facing the primary hotel.

Item-2 was probably reported as "reserving the rooms for the secret-service", which rationally-but-wrongly for misreported as for *more* SecServ agents, but it is just securing the nearby lines-of-sniper-fire.

And I agree with the main premise of the post, that so long as Obama schedules *unnecessary* high-CO2-trips, he is not to be taken seriously when he askes us to decarbonize the entire worldwide economy in favor of wind, solar or corn-power or somesuch.

(However, if he asked us to decarbonize (stop using mideast jihadi oil) in favor of Thorium nuclear reactors or Bussard Fusion reactors, then I'm totally in favor)

lounorm said...

OBAMA AVOIDS BIBLE VERSES !

Here are some Bible verses that Pres. Obama avoids:
Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): "It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury - how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!"
Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under "a servant who becomes king."
And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: "let thy words be few...a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."
Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he's destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!