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Why Does the POTUS Need 30 Additional Planes When He Travels?

Discussion in 'Political Debate & Discussion' started by righteousdude2, Apr 20, 2011.

  1. righteousdude2

    righteousdude2 Well-Known Member
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    I was listening to NBC news on the incident that involved Mrs. Obama as her plane came in to land the other day.

    This is the second time I've heard this reported, and it has to do with the number of planes that are included in the entourage accompanying the POTUS, his wife, or Biden.

    Can anyone tell me why there are 30 additional planes traveling with these folks? It seems like a waste of precious fuel, manpower, and financial outlay.

    If America is truly hurting financially, why doesn't the POTUS set an example by cutting back on the number of planes used to get him to and from his destination? In fact, why doesn't he travel less, and conduct more business at the White House? It would mean that only those doing business with Obama would have to incur the costs and waste precious fuel?

    Just asking...
     
  2. InTheLight

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    When, besides the trip to India were there 30 planes accompanying the President?

    I've never heard this except for this one trip. Diplomatic trips overseas may require many, many people to go with the President, but on 30 planes? I scarcely can believe it. Do you have a link?
     
  3. billwald

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    Inside the the US one plane is sufficient and local Secret Service agents are detailed for security duty as are local police agencies.

    My kid did get a free trip to Africa while he guarded Mrs. Bush's car which traveled in an otherwise mostly empty USAF C-whatever (17?).
     
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    We can't expect him to lead by example...he took every possible deduction on his 2010 tax return...yet believes the rich (like himself) should pay more. Hypocrite.
     
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    We need a citation that 30 planes accompany the leaders of the Executive branch on their travels. Otherwise this is ad hoc speculation.
     
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    He's the president, if it takes thirty planes, then thirty planes it is. I don't want the leader of the free world fighting for a spot on Southwest!
     
  7. Bro. Curtis

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    Some great day, some plane is gonna haul his narrow behind out of the White House, and we will bid good riddance to the worst man to ever hold that office. What a great day that will be.
     
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    bolded mine

    I missed this assertion; could you show it to me? Thanks!!
     
  9. Robert Snow

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    Too late! That happened in 1989!
     
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