The numbers evidently originate with the Press Trust of India, whose report was linked on the Drudge Report and picked up by Fox News host Glenn Beck. The news agency also wrongly said that the White House had blocked off the entire Taj Mahal Palace hotel for Obama's visit and that the U.S. was stationing 34 warships—roughly 10 percent of the naval fleet--off the coast of Mumbai for security reasons.
The agency attributed the $200 million figure to an anonymous Indian government official. It didn't attribute the warships claim to any source.
Pentagon spokesman Geoff Morrell called the warship claim "absolutely absurd." "That's just comical," he said at Thursday's Pentagon news briefing. "Nothing close to that is being done."
The White House, meanwhile, issued a blanket statement that the $200 million figure "had no basis in reality" and was "wildly inflated." The press office declined to disclose the trip's actual co
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Answer by kerp1960 at 12:25 PM on Nov. 5, 2010
Looking at the report that Pam19 provided, any trip, and especially overseas trips by our presidents, are unimaginably expensive, and depending on whether one is sympathetic to the current administration, or hostile to it, the same trip, the same cost will mean different things. Obviously, there are those on this site who are beyond hostile to our President and will find fault with anything he does. If he were to ride coach to India and stay at a local hostel, free of charge, they'd point and make comments about how classless he is. If he flew first class and stayed in a reasonable hotel, they'd say he was rejected by the finer establishments. Seriously. . . this group has earned the same amount of credibility in my eyes as Limbaugh and Hannity. It was very irresponsible for any of those politicians or "commentators" to continue to perpetuate the lies.
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