Most Expensive Trip in World History
To me, it’s amazing what Obama will do to protect himself and his family while leaving our borders open and free to any terrorist who cares to walk in from many unprotected borders.Â Now, once again, while our people continue to struggle day to day to earn enough to pay the bills, Obama is running up a tab for our country. He will be taking the most expensive trip in world history. (This even after they cancelled a safari they had planned).
Washington â€” When President Obama goes to sub-Saharan Africa this month, the federal agencies charged with keeping him safe wonâ€™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 bulletÂproof 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 presidentâ€™s airspace, so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close.
The elaborate security provisions â€” which will cost the government tens of millions of dollars â€” 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 this 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 Obamaâ€™s tenure, according to people familiar with the planning.
The first family is making back-to-back stops from June 26 to JulyÂ 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 presidentâ€™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.