President Obama will visit India for two days starting November 6, and will be in the company of hundreds, from the looks of it, while definitely running up the overhead,
Barack and Michelle’s Mumbai darshan plans (emphasis added)
To ensure fool-proof security, the President’s team has booked the entire the Taj Mahal Hotel, including 570 rooms, all banquets and restaurants. Since his security contingent and staff will comprise a huge number, 125 rooms at Taj President have also been booked, apart from 80 to 90 rooms each in Grand Hyatt and The Oberoi hotels. The NCPA, where the President is expected to meet representatives from the business community, has also been entirely booked.
The officer said, “Obama’s contingent is huge. There are two jumbo jets coming along with Air Force One, which will be flanked by security jets. There will be 30 to 40 secret service agents, who will arrive before him. The President’s convoy has 45 cars, including the Lincoln Continental in which the President travels.”
Over 700 hotel rooms for a presidential visit? Why? What’s going on that the contingent is so enormous?
I want to know, will the White House provide a list of exactly who the people are that will be accompanying the POTUS on the taxpayers’ dime?
But, never fear,
The President will be accompanied by his chefs,
and the teleprompter, too.