Skip to comments.Obama's state department to Indian officials; Show us your papers
Posted on 11/05/2010 5:27:56 AM PDT by maggief
Mr. Obama's trip to India may not be the great diplomatic success that the administration was hoping for. Our friends in the world's most populous democracy are getting steamed over the state department's heavy handed tactics. High ranking officials from the state of Maharashtra were invited to an event at the Taj Mahal hotel with Mr. Obama, but were told that they would have to show their papers to get in. According to The Times of India:
Miffed by the US consulate demanding personal details like birth date, nationality and passport number, Maharashtra's top politicians and bureaucrats have decided to pay it back in the same currency. While the home minister and the home secretary have declined to attend an event graced by President Barack Obama, four others, including chief minister Ashok Chavan and deputy chief minister Chhagan Bhujbal, are mulling the same.
"We are shocked over the tone of the invitation letter. (US consul general Paul) Folmsbee expects Chavan and Bhujbal to produce their identity cards before entering the venue. They have been asked to submit their details like date of birth, nationality, passport and PAN to the consulate," said a senior official on condition of anonymity. "We feel this is no way to treat the chief minister of a state. Chavan and Bhujbal are undecided on whether to attend the event."
(Excerpt) Read more at americanthinker.com ...
The visit of Obama (49) to the country’s financial capital has been clouded in a row over invitees to his functions here being asked by US consulate to submit personal details like PAN numbers drawing angry reactions from senior Maharashtra ministers and officials.
US Consul General Paul Folmsbee said he had visited Chief Minister Ashok Chavan and Deputy Chief Minister Chhagan Bhujbal personally to apologise and blamed the unusual request on a “clerical error.” There is no word yet whether the two leaders will attend after the apology was tendered.
Make Zero show his papers...
It is their country, they should demand the papers including birth certificate of the president.
If the White House is so concerned about security, why are they going there? Just attend the economic conferences and leave.
In between 000bbb’s anti-British attitudes and his Muzlem proclivities (read - pro-Pakistani views), this doesn’t surprise me.....
p.s. misspellings intentional on my part...
Mumbai: A day ahead of the visit of the US President Barack Obama to India, several politicians in Mumbai are asking one question - Just whose city is it anyway? That’s because Obama’s security detail is asking for all sorts of personal details from them if they are to be anywhere close to the US President at the ceremonies he attends in the city.
According to reports, the Chief Minister and his Deputy are upset that the US Consulate has demanded personal details like birth date, nationality, passport number and Blood Group.
No one has been spared. The questionnaire seems to be meant for one and all.
I suggest that Barry use this and save us 2 billion.
The hypocrisy is glaring as this is coming from a president with vitually no verifiable personal background.
Reminds me of Nicolae Carpathia in the Left Behind series.
Turn about is fair play.
Require Obama to produce his papers.
You beat me to it!!!
Obama is an arrogant marxist, muslim, homo, pos thug who needs to be impeached, tried for treason and brought to justice.
So 0 is going to throw a big party in India and nobody shows up? LOL
Let me get this right, Obastard’s minions go to India and demand to see the Indian diplomats’ papers? Is this supposed to be a good will tour or another insult-our-allies excursion?
Is it true that one of the planes will be loaded with Pampers for the messiah and his cohorts? With 10% of the USN ready to rescue them they are scared $h#%l@$$
With the desperate state of our economy, front & center,there has been no comprehensive discussion of foreign policy, alliances, international agreements etc.,
We should ask all GOP candidates for an in-depth solution to the multiple disasters and plans for the future of US relationships with allies and enemies.
With special attention to our borders and illegal immigration from all countries.
He's the smartest President we've ever had, and we are lucky to have him.
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The WH has re-branded the India vacay extravaganza a “jobs” mission. While searching for the 2005 Lugar/Obama passport fiasco involving Russian agents I came across this:
The Russian Agents, Obama, and the Cover-up
Accuracy in Media ^ | 7-16-10 | Cliff Kincaid
Our media do not seem to be interested in the curious matter of why the Russian agents accused of trying to acquire sensitive nuclear information from the U.S. Government were so quickly released. Why were they were sent back to Moscow less than two weeks after they were arrested?
It is certainly the case that a continuing spy scandal threatened to undermine U.S.-Russia business opportunities and cooperation. It is also true that there is evidence that the Russian agents targeted the Obama Administration and former Clinton Administration officials.
Just before the scandal broke, a $4 billion deal had been announced between Boeing and a Russian firm. During the visit of Russian President Dmitry Medvedev to the U.S., Cisco Systems had announced it was going to spend $1 billion in Russia, in part to develop a Moscow version of Silicon Valley. The United States Export-Import Bank had also announced a new deal to underwrite, with U.S. taxpayer dollars, U.S. business exports to Russia.
Plus, Obama had submitted a U.S.-Russian nuclear cooperation agreement, backed by powerful business interests, to the U.S. Congress.
All of this was clearly in jeopardy if the Russian spy scandal led to additional revelations of Russian spying on the American government and businesses. So the scandal had to go awayand quickly.
The exchange was hammered out so quickly and was so advantageous to the Kremlin, however, that it should have become apparent to some journalist somewhere that there was much more to the story. But the issue was just as quickly dropped by the media, liberal and conservative alike.
One document says four Obama Administration officials were specifically targeted in the intelligence-gathering effort. But their names were omitted from the Justice Department documents about the case. If they actively conspired with the Russians, shouldnt they be identified and arrested and prosecuted?
However, there is another possible reason for the quick release of the Russian agents. It is that powerful U.S. business interests told the Obama Administration that an unfolding spy scandaland a public court casecould damage their business dealings with the Russian government.
(Excerpt) Read more at aim.org ...
The business delegation meeting Obama will include Honeywell International Inc’s David Cote, who co-chairs the India-US CEO Forum with Tata Sons chairman Ratan Tata, Boeing Co’s Jim McNerney, General Electric Co’s Jeffrey Immelt and Mcgraw Hill Companies’ Terry McGraw , who is also USIBC chairman.
Louis Chênevert, CEO of aerospace major United Technologies Corporation and Ellen Kullman, chief executive of chemicals giant DuPont may also be joining.
Here’s the passport story:
Say, Russian FSB???
Obama part of group locked up at Russian airport // U.S. delegation stripped of passports as guards demand to inspect plane
Chicago Sun-Times (IL) - Monday, August 29, 2005
Author: Lynn Sweet, Sun-Times Washington Bureau chi
WASHINGTON Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) and Sen. Richard Lugar (R-Ind.) were not allowed to leave a Russian airport Sunday and were locked in a room briefly.
The incident prevented their departure for about three hours, but Obama told the Sun-Times it ended up not being a very big deal.
The senators had their passports seized by local officials at an airport in Perm. Obama said the officials demanded, unsuccessfully, to inspect the DC-9 military aircraft being used by the congressional delegation for the trip.
Although he was on a first-time diplomatic mission, Obama has traveled extensively, spending part of his youth in Indonesia and visiting Kenya, where his father was born. He noted that as a back- packing college student he had a lot less leverage than this time.
Obama , a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, and Lugar, its chairman, left Wednesday for a trip to inspect sites where nuclear and biological weapons are slated to be destroyed in Russia, Ukraine and Azerbaijan. On Sunday, the U.S. group was scheduled to fly from Perm to Kiev, Ukraine. But border guards wanted proof that the groups aircraft which Obama said looked like a mini-Air Force One was really an official U.S. government plane, which would be exempt from an inspection.
Robert Gibbs, Obama s spokesman traveling with him, said in an e-mail that the border guards took our passports and demanded to inspect our aircraft, which we refused. We were moved to a room to wait.
At one point they were demanding to inspect virtually everything, including the gifts their representatives at the missile facility had given us. The border guard said they were acting on the authority of the FSB, the Russian intelligence agency.
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