Mar 31, 2009

Obama to Europe with entourage of 500

The prospect of Barack Obama show causes UK to clear its decks.

With an entourage of 500 staff, an armor-plated limousine and a fleet of decoy helicopters, America's new president will arrive for his first visit to Britain amid huge razzmatazz on Tuesday for the G20 summit.

Obama will fly into London for his first visit to the UK as president of the United States on Tuesday to take part in the G20 summit in the capital's Docklands area. He will not be travelling light.

More than 500 officials and staff will accompany the president on his tour this week - along with a mass of high-tech security equipment, including the $300,000 presidential limousine, known as The Beast. Fitted with night-vision camera, reinforced steel plating, tear- gas cannon and oxygen tanks, the vehicle is the ultimate in heavy armored transport.

It’s a long way from community organizing in South Chicago!

Besides all of the above, a team from the White House kitchen will travel with the president to prepare his food.

When the president travels, the White House travels with him, right down to the car he drives, the water he drinks, the gasoline he uses, the food he eats. No word about the number of teleprompters he will take.

Don’t know if this is Hope and Change but it is what elitists do.

The media once criticized Bush for taking a second trip in the same week to Camp David on Marine One.