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500 people?????

Why in the world does Obama need 500 people to go with him to Europe? Who's paying for this? And what are their jobs? Mind boggling!!

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my4lads

Asked by my4lads at 9:15 AM on Mar. 31, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009/mar/29/obama-london-visit-uk-g20 - 91k -


    Here's the link
    my4lads

    Answer by my4lads at 9:16 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • We are paying for it as taxpayers and their job is to say "yes boss, that's a great idea" "I don't know why they don't understand your wonderful, comprehensive, well thought out recovery plan. Haven't they ever shopped at JCPenny? It's obvious, spend more, save more. What's not easy to understand?"
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:18 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Because, silly, he's a rock star and he needs his entourage!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:23 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • FIVE HUNDRED?!?!?!


    Well we all know the Democrat Party loves to tax and spend, but this is getting ridiculous.


    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:31 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • We can't deviate from the Wednesday cocktail hour, so he had to take them all with him.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:42 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Mr. Prez is creating jobs. And, when they arrive back home...they all get HUGE bon-'us'' too!
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:55 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Britain will get its first chance to see Barack Obama this week when a White House cavalcade - complete with armoured limousines, helicopters, 200 US secret service staff and a six-doctor medical team - sweeps into the UK...More than 500 officials and staff will accompany the president on his tour this week - along with a mass of high-tech security equipment.In addition, a team from the White House kitchen will travel with the president to prepare his food. As one official put it: "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. America is still the sole superpower and the president must have the ability to handle any crisis, anywhere, any time."
    Among the officials on the flight will be a military officer carrying America's nuclear missile launch codes.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:57 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Obama will then be flown to central London in a VH-3D helicopter known as Marine One. Again, high-tech security will dominate his journey. Marine One is fitted with flares that can be fired to confuse heat-seeking missiles and always flies in groups containing several identical decoy helicopters.

    While in town, the president will be guarded by more than 200 US secret servicemen - easily identifiable by their shirt-cuff radios and Ray-Ban sunglasses. Obama has already had some time to get used their attention. It was decided 18 months ago, when he was still a presidential candidate, that his African-American background put him at particular risk of an assassination attempt and he was provided with his security guards.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:58 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • And should anything befall the President, a White House medical unit will be at hand to provide emergency care. The team consists of surgeons, nurses and other medical personnel and carries supplies of blood of the type AB, the president's blood group. At the same time, Obama will be constantly minded by his personal aide Reggie Love, who dials his BlackBerry, fetches his jacket and tie and supplies him with snacks. First Lady Michelle Obama will also have a coterie of assistants, including a secretary, a press officer and several bodyguards.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 9:59 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

  • Apart from the 200 secret service personnel who will follow Obama on his European tour, the president's entourage will also include representatives of the White House Military Office, the White House Transportation Agency, the White House Medical Unit, the Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron, the State Department Presidential Travel Support Service, the US Information Agency, the Immigration and Naturalisation Service and the Customs Service.
    More than 200 Secret Service staff will protect the president during the trip, instantly recognisable by their dark business suits, sunglasses and communication earpieces.

    John F Kennedy, Ronald Reagan and George W Bush were attacked while appearing in public. Kennedy was killed and Reagan seriously injured, while Bush survived when a hand grenade thrown towards his podium failed to detonate
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 10:00 AM on Mar. 31, 2009

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