White House defends high bills for Africa trip

The White House Friday defended the first family’s upcoming weeklong trip to Africa, which could cost taxpayers up to $100 million, as “great bang for our buck.”

“There will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you tend to have very longstanding and long-running impact from the visit,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Obama.

The Obamas’ trip, at a time of “sequestration” budget cuts, will take them to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa from June 26 to July 3. Citing a confidential planning document, the Washington Post reported that the trip will cost between $60 million to $100 million.

The excursion will involve military cargo planes airlifting 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines, and three trucks to carry bulletproof glass panels to cover the windows where the first family is set to stay. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship with a fully staffed medical trauma center will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.

4 Comments - what are your thoughts?

  • Kim Owens says:

    Bullshit bullshit bullshit. They must be stopped!!!!!

  • Carol Peterson says:

    My thoughts? One more big-time waste of taxpayers’ money to accommodate Mr. Obama. There’s nothing he or anyone else could possibly say that could justify or defend this expense! Those are my thoughts.

  • ez4u2 says:

    What an asshole to spend that kind of money on himself and family when America is broke.
    From day one he has abused his position and embarrassed America. He should be impeached and hung

  • OLDDAD says:

    In the Immortal words of Mel Brooks,
    “BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT, BULLSHIT” This man just doesn’t get it. Stop the wreckless spending and out of control Gubment needs a wakeup call on spending and this fool can’t hear the hoofbeats.

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