As soon as the last ballot is cast on Tuesday, President Obama will be selflessly skipping the big Democrat victory bash (he doesn’t want his presence to be a distraction from the joyous celebration) because he’s leaving the country for a couple of weeks.
Here are some details of just his trip to India:
The US president will make a historic trip to the Taj Mahal along with his family. His visit is historic in terms of logistics which is the largest ever for a visiting US president.
The presidential entourage will have 40 aircraft, including the Air Force One that will ferry the president. There will be six armoured cars, including four Barack Mobiles and a Cadillac.
Cadillac is equipped with a mini communication centre to enable Obama to be in touch with the White House, US vice president and the US strategic command. It also has the US nuke launch codes and it can withstand a chemical or germ warfare and a bomb attack.
Two secret service command posts will be set up in Delhi and Mumbai to act as the communication nerve centres. These will monitor the president’s movement with real time satellite monitoring.
Three Marine One choppers will be reassembled in India to ferry the president and his family and to evacuate them in case of any emergency.
“Barack Mobiles”? Is that an actual GM model now? If so I’m sure there’s one in Chris Matthews’ garage that he waxes frequently.
Hey, if there’s not man-made climate change yet, Obama’s trip will make damn sure there is by the time he gets back.