Obama's $200 Million Excellent Adventure in India (paid for by o.p.m.) was everything we could hope for.
In 2010, Barack, Michelle and 3,000 friends went to India (Guess who paid for it?)
According to an Indian government official, the President and First Lady flew off to Mumbai, India from November 6th through 9th, 2010 ... and the Obamas brought along 1,600 (or up to 3,000?) family members, friends, business leaders, government workers, political supporters, teleprompter technicians and nameless acquaintances. The Indian official says their government is estimated that the United States government expended $200 million (or 3.88 million) a day on this four-day trip to India. That's a total of $800 million committed to a visit to the former British Raj, for a few semi-important meetings and a 20-minute speech in the Indian Parliament (and he'll be the first politician to speak to the Indian Parliament with the help of - or need for - a teleprompter).
President Obama's 2010 political work-vacation resulted in vastly improved relations with the Indian government ... plus, he made many new friends within the Indian hospitality industry.
Part of this amazing travel bill was the fact that 800 suites and rooms were leased in three 5-star hotels in Mumbai - including the $7,000 per night expenditure for Obama's "Presidential Suite" at the the Taj Mahal Palace Hotel in Mumbai!
The expense for this heavenly four day and five night (includes two preceding days and nights to sweep all rooms and suites for 'bugs', bombs and poisons, of course) guided tour included all of these luxury hotels and fine food, of course, In addition, there was reportedly a Presidential retinue of up to 3,000 of their closest friends, plus family, political supporters, corporate C.E.O.s, body guards, fellow travelers, co-workers, make-up and fashion consultants and nameless hordes of hangers-on!
You ask yourself: How could you and I have become part of the President and First Lady's enormous entourage, for a government-paid 5-star vacation to India? First, are you available for a sudden, free four-day trip to the exotic Indian sub-continent? If so, these are my suggestions to get your invitation to travel free to India with the President and First Lady: (1) make a large (probably over $100) donation to the Democrat Party, or (2) offer to provide personal valet services for one of the federal employees who had already been invited on this Excellent Adventure to India.
It is debatable whether this trip really cost the American taxpayers an entire, new and previously unallocated $200 million, for the Obamas' Excellent Adventure to India. I will explain a little more about my reservations on the trips' total expenditure, as I believe $200 million a day is probably a wee bit too high. (After that explanation, I hope to provide a brief discussion of interstellar 'Black Holes' and how your children can make their own inter-dimensional Black Hole in your back yard.)
Why I believe that the Indian government's cost estimate for the Obama's Excellent Adventure is too high ... in 500 words or less:
I believe that government and politicians' expenditures for trips, vacations, military missions (and general sightseeing) are too often criticized with wildly exaggerated claims of wasted funds - especially by the President's political opponents. Yet, if you consider it rationally, the Indian government is using a similar faulty logic in calculating the daily expenses for the Obamas' Excellent Indian Adventure.
The Obamas' growing entourage flew into Mumbai on (and before) the 6th of November, then drove around the Mumbai and New Delhi areas until November 9th, 2010. This overseas invasion of India - by 2,800 friends and bureaucrats, unknown numbers of secret service agents and sniffer dogs, 200 American corporate C.E.O.s and unknown numbers of children and pets - required the services of over 40 passenger and transport aircraft, and these airplanes were provided and manned by the U.S. Air Force. So, do you recognize that it's illogical to include the cost of the air warriors' salaries and benefits, or the age-depreciation and maintenance costs on the aircraft involved, when these expenses would have to be paid (or accounted for) even if the 40+ flights to India had never occurred?
To defend these lucky 3,000 American family and friends of Obama, bureaucrats and businessmen - plus the President and First Lady, of course - from a seaborne attack, the U.S. Navy joined the Indian Navy in continuously patrolling off the shores of India. So, what do you think that these 34 American Navy ships and submarines would be doing if they weren't protecting these 3,000 Americans from terrorists, pirates and hostile fleets? Instead of spending a week or more watchfully patrolling the Bombay in early November, do you believe these 34 U.S. ships and submarines would be wallowing around motionless out in the Indian Ocean ... that the sailors would be lounging around while accruing no pay or benefits ... and these sailors would not consume any food or beverages? Of course not. Once again, it is illogical to include the salaries, benefits, equipment depreciation, standard maintenance and fuel expenses, all as a part of the cost of protecting America's 3,000 representatives who will be working and recreating in Mumbai and New Delhi. These various expenditures would have to be paid out, no matter what!
My daily expense estimates for the Excellent Adventure to India only included non-recurring or special expenses - not recurring and continuous expenditures. The cost of operating every one of these U.S. Air Force and Navy units and personnel, both in and around the Indian sub-continent, should not be included in the daily expenses necessary for the Obamas' Excellent Indian Adventure.
On the other hand, the ever-increasing estimated numbers (1,600 strap-hangers suddenly becomes 3,000 ...) of America's governmental tourists drifting through India with the President and First Lady - all at the expense of the American taxpayers - definitely calls for a further revision of my calculations.
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