Obama’s trip to London…..

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OBVIOUSLY, our American presidents need might protection, always have…but, particularly, NOW.   So, while bringing one’s food and water sounds excessive, we don’t have food tasters and haven’t, probably, since  Ceausescu, so that kind of makes sense.  And, okay, he needs a doctor…but SIX?   Four speech writers and TWELVE teleprompters?  I know we have used decoys for years, so that’s not truly excessive, but……500 STAFF?

How much do you know about high level security and is this inordinately embellished for any president?  Or not, due to terror threats we’re probably not even privy to?

What do you think?



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24 Responses to Obama’s trip to London…..

  1. bocopro says:

    He and Mooch are walking definitions of fraud and profligacy.


  2. Alec says:

    It’s needed to keep the world safe for (the new) democracy.


  3. The emperor STILL has no clothes, though.


  4. Mustang says:

    An emperor may be worth the cost of these security measures, but no ordinary man … which is what the American president is supposed to be. Isn’t this the same bozo who sent his teenaged girls on spring break to some banana republic at OUR expense?


  5. Kid says:

    500 staff, 200 of which are secret service. I wonder who comprises the majority of the other 300. Pals on vacation? Everything they do is excessive.


  6. Baysider says:

    And here I thought the story was going to lead into the mess of the Star Wars premier. Is there a difference? 🙂


  7. Silverlady says:

    Makes one think they are reincarnations of Juan & Eva Peron. The name of Air Force 1 needs to be changed to ‘The Big Blue Taxi’. He uses it like one.


  8. geeez2014 says:

    Baysider; his accoutrements sound like a Star Wars film! The car, etc!!! No difference, indeed.

    Kid…totally excessive.

    Mustang…what were his kids doing there? I don’t remember that. Probably wanting to show them there are poor in the world, as if he hasn’t created enough HERE?!

    Alec, well said!

    Ed…totally NAKED (wait, I now have to poke a needle into my mind’s eye!)

    bocop I agreee


  9. geeez2014 says:

    Silverlady…the media gushes over Michelle’s gorgeousness so constantly it cracks me up!


  10. Bob says:

    The man takes an army to guard against terrorist, but then cries that the American citizen needs no such protection.Hypocrisy at its finest.

    As far as the kitchen staff, who else could be expected to prepare for a king?


  11. Silverfiddle says:

    All the more astounding when you step back and realize this isn’t for a visit to Pakistan, but to a friendly, first-world, western country.

    The world is a very dangerous place, including the west now, thanks to our feckless, ball-less, brainless leaders. I do not begrudge the President any level of protection. God forbid something should happen to him or his family. It is an unfortunate reality that a US President the grand prize for a whole range of very bad people.

    The west lacks the testicular fortitude to snuff evil, so this is what we have to live with.

    having said that, the optics of this is horrible and feeds a negative stereotype of the United States. I would rather our president stay home than compete with the saudi royal family for greatest entourage, most rolling accoutrements, etc…


  12. geeez2014 says:

    Silverfiddle, THAT is exactly right….I don’t begrudge a serious protection for any American president, either, as I said in my post….I totally get that, though I think it’s probably a BIT much to have 300 people none of whom are security! Or that many teleprompters…or speech writers….this was for a few-days trip.
    But the optics are horrible, and THAT is precisely why our media doesn’t cover it, probably!!! And, indeed..WHY GO?

    BOB….the cooking thing, I KIND of understand, being that another chef could poison someone,I suppose… I wrote that in my post…..but the rest, while TOTALLY understandable that we should protect our president, does seem excessive in many ways.


  13. Mal says:

    It only makes sense, Z. After all, with so many of his subjects unhappy with him, he wants to insure his safety. As for the cost? That’s also part of his plan. Get us so deep in debt, we’ll never be able to recover. SPEND…….SPEND……SPEND!


  14. bocopro says:

    Oddly, I put out a comment on that very thing today — PotUSafety:

    Lookin around this mornin and realized that one of the most, if not THE most, dangerous jobs is PotUSing. I mean, look at the record:

    We’ve had 44 presidents so far, and 4 have been assassinated while in office — Lincoln, Garfield, McKinley, Kennedy. Hell, that’s one of 11, pretty close to 10%.

    And that’s not the end of it. Another dozen or so have been targets of attempted assassinations, including both Roosevelts, Reagan, Jackson, and Ford. AND . . . strong suspicion exists that both Jackson’s and Harding’s deaths resulted from foul play. So that’s 44 guys, 4 assassinated, 2 maybes, and at least a dozen attempts. That’s gettin up seriously toward 50%.

    Man, anybody who wants that job is a damned fool.



  15. geeez2014 says:

    bocopro…anybody who wants the job THAT badly is a damned fool not only because of assassinations but a million other reasons, in my opinion!

    Mal…good point…it is VERY COSTLY and Obama’s REALLY good at that, that’s for sure.


  16. bocopro says:

    Not only is he a fool, but by publicly and officially declaring his desire for the job, he disqualifies himself for the position.


  17. Baysider says:

    What a contrast to MacArthur in Japan. He had no food tasters and politely declined the offer of the hotel manager to be his personal Guinea pig. Yes, it was a sniffers the time! But it made them in even more awe of him.

    I need. One of those cars in LA. 😀


  18. Baysider says:

    That would be ‘different’ time!


  19. Bob says:

    If I were President I would take my cook with me, too. The Brits are famous for less than appetizing food, and, besides, who would fry my chicken and bake my corn bread? Too bad my cook won’t let me run for President. Besides, she doesn’t cook much, anymore.


  20. Silverlady says:

    Z, I’ll bet The Mooch has more wighats than Dolly Parton, who looks like a very kind person & has a sense of humor, unlike The Mooch. When she’s on a tear a mad canine looks less fierce.


  21. Sparky says:

    The man who calls himself Obama has evolved into a paranoid megalomaniac. Even though I despise him with a Purple Passion, I fear this is not going to end well for him and possibly our country. He really is sick in the head.


  22. geeez2014 says:

    boco; you’d think so….but this is how our country was founded; it does need a leader.

    Baysider..good point on the car. On the food, the General’s people probably did the cooking; I can sort of see why our presidents can’t be eating things foreign chefs could be poisoning.. But , yes, to compare MacArthur..to use him and Obama in one sentence, is a joke, isn’t it!! xx

    Bob, the Brits don’t excel at fried chicken or corn bread (mmm!) but they have become of one of the best bunch of chefs in the world…and you’re right, they had a LOOOONG way to come up from, but they did make it! Particularly the Irish.

    Silverlady, I think she probably does wear wigs…

    Sparky; amen to all you say. Let’s hope we’re REALLY WRONG for our country, however!


  23. John M. Berger says:

    Hey, nothing is too good for a man who just saved our planet!


  24. geeez2014 says:

    JMB; THAT is cleverly said! GOOD ONE!


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