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Someone please pass the duct tape, my heads gonna explode…

In Uncategorized on June 2, 2009 at 6:01 pm

From todays Washington Times…It seems as though the annointed one descended from on high to mingle with the commoners…and yes, we paid for it.

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CURL: The cost of a NYC weekend

By Joseph Curl POLITICAL THEATER | Monday, June 1, 2009

 In another odd twist left unexamined by the media, the White House on Monday said it simply would not release the cost of President Obama’s weekend jaunt to New York City, where the First Couple had dinner and caught a Broadway show.

 Spokesman Robert Gibbs, keeping the White House press corps in stiches, as he always does, said the Obamas would have preferred using a commercial airline shuttle to New York and back, but the Secret Service would not allow such unprotected travel (ba da bing).

 And that was that. No further probing; asked and answered; time to move on.

 There was, of course, an ironic element of the trip. In February, Obama scolded corporate executives (while also costing Las Vegas some $130 million) when he said: “You can’t get corporate jets. You can’t go take a trip to Las Vegas, or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers’ dime.”

 But the Chief Executive (Oval) Officer had made a promise to his good wife that after the campaign, they’d take in a Broadway show, and darn it, he meant to keep that promise.

One early estimate (from the New York Post) put the cost at $24,000. Absurdly low. The Daily Mail in London threw out another number — $75,000. Sure, three times as much as the first estimate, but still probably spectacularly low. Remember, joyriding Air Force One around for a few hours over Manhattan a couple months ago cost $250,000, so the cost of the weekend trip was likely not likely that low.

 With the White House simply refusing to say how much taxpayer money it spent, here’s a helpful way to calculate the cost of the trip:

 First, the First Couple (and entourage) flew from the White House to Andrews Air Force Base — three choppers (two decoys), if the Marines stuck to standard operating procedure (and they are sticklers for SOP). That means dozens of men and women — radar, communications, mechanics, crews, everyone, perhaps 100, who knows? — were involved. (A batch of tagalongs must’ve taken a taxpayer pool of vehicles out from the White House to AAFB, since it took three jets to get the gang to NYC).

 Second, the president moving on a Saturday takes a full operation at and around the White House, dozens and dozens of people. Maybe they’re all on salary, so that didn’t likely cost much. But all the cops involved — D.C. police, uniformed Secret Service officers, Capitol police — were probably paid overtime, even double time. Probably, again, 100 personnel or so.

 Then there were the jets — at least $24,000 for the three aircraft used to ferry the Obamas, aides and reporters to New York. The Obamas’ jet, a Gulfstream 500, served as Air Force One.

 Third, a C-17 had to fly to NYC to put in place a full motorcade (at least a dozen vehicles, maybe more). The military cargo plane may have taken up at least two, but maybe three, more choppers to fly the whole party from JFK to a Wall Street landing zone, where the motorcade was waiting. If not, the choppers flew there solo (White House veteran reporter Mark Knoller of CBS Radio wrote recently that “The VH-3D that serves as Marine One consumes about 1,200 pounds of fuel per hour.” Ouch.

 Fourth, driving through Manhattan is an expensive exercise. Dozens, perhaps hundreds, of NYPD have to be stationed all along the way, shutting down roads, holding back pedestrians. There were police cars involved, dozens of motorcycles, and the ever-present NYC ambulance (oh, don’t forget that the White House doctor also probably went — with all his gear). The city likely gets reimbursed by the White House for the cost (they usually do). And they were all probably getting time and a half (the NYPD overtime budget is extraordinary).

 Fifth, the United States Secret Service (USSS) had to scope out the whole thing, then station agents all over — sharpshooters, undercover agents, etc. — at a huge cost. Who knows if they were on overtime. And if you think they went up Saturday morning, think again. They were likely in NYC upwards of a week before, planning the whole evening, every second of every movement. They had to map out five movements — from JFK to the Wall Street LZ, then a motorcade to the restaurant, then another motorcade to the play, then a final motorcade back to the LZ, then a chopper flight to JFK, before the First Couple and crew jetted back to AAFB for another chopper to the White House.

 One thing is known — The Obamas picked up the cost of dinner costs and their orchestra seat tickets, which cost $96.50 a piece. So if the whole thing cost $250,000, the Obamas offset that by at least a few hundred bucks. Phew

Wow, here it comes…

In Politics on November 10, 2008 at 10:46 pm

Sorry for the poor quality of this video, it was the only one I could find on youtube.  Figures…

Congratulations Senator…

In Politics on November 5, 2008 at 3:55 pm

While I disagree with the choice the American people have made I will respect Mr. Obama.  He is our President and deserves our respect and prayers.  May he be wise and do what is best for our great country.

A quote…

In Politics on October 20, 2008 at 6:58 pm

 “It’s not that I want to punish your success. I just want to make sure that everybody that is behind you, that they have a chance for success, too. I think that when you spread the wealth around, it’s good for everybody.” – Sen. Barack Obama

Everyone, please watch this video…

In Politics on October 17, 2008 at 2:29 pm

Who is our Trust in…

In Politics on October 15, 2008 at 3:56 pm

I laid awake for several hours last night with my mind turning thoughts over and over.  I was engrossed completly in the thought of who I will vote for in the upcoming election.  I have never had this much trouble with my choice.  I will not vote for Barack Obama, my dillema comes with whether I should vote for John McCain or not.  Should I vote against Obama, or should I vote my principles and cast a vote for Chuck Baldwin?

I do not trust Barack Obama.  Period.  I don’t like John McCain. Period.  Who can I put my trust in?  Is a vote for Chuck Baldwin a wasted vote?  One things for sure, I will decide soon.