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Obama takes chopper for 6-mile trip
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Posted on 08/06/2010 8:59:11 PM PDT by Sub-Driver

Obama takes chopper for 6-mile trip By: Abby Phillip August 6, 2010 06:39 PM EDT

President Barack Obama left the White House this morning for a six-mile trip to a sign factory on the Maryland-D.C. border. But instead of taking the presidential motorcade, he took Marine One – the presidential helicopter.

A quick search on Google maps shows the drive would have taken at least 20 minutes, but the helicopter trip took just eight. And, according to one unofficial estimate, it was the 300th trip Obama has taken in Marine One since taking office 20 months ago.

The Secret Service declined to discuss any details about the President’s travel plans, which they say fall under “ways and means”—information that, if made public, could threaten the President’s safety. Deputy Press Secretary Bill Burton said that Obama decided to fly instead of drive to the sign factory “probably because it's easier than [taking] a motorcade through the city in the middle of the day.”

Tom Schatz, President of Citizens Against Government Waste, says that it is impossible to calculate how much presidential travel costs or even how much energy is consumed.

Schatz says that whether by motorcade or flight, the cost of transporting the President includes factors such as the use of local police details, military staff, fuel and even the cost of inconveniencing travelers on the road.

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well it's certainly not like going to Spain and filling up 30 hotels........
1 posted on 08/06/2010 8:59:12 PM PDT by Sub-Driver
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To: Sub-Driver

Oh, I thought he jumped on a flame-festooned two seater from Orange County Choppers with the Dyke Justice. With she in front.


2 posted on 08/06/2010 9:00:29 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Sub-Driver; HiTech RedNeck

Actually I’m with him on the chopper flight. It’s ridiculous in DC how much a presidential motorcade ties up the damn street.

Can’t wait for the Star Trek transporter.


3 posted on 08/06/2010 9:02:06 PM PDT by sinanju
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To: Sub-Driver
A quick search on Google maps shows the drive would have taken at least 20 minutes, but the helicopter trip took just eight.

Guess he was running late for a tee time.

I heard he went to some sign company so he could tell everyone there how great the recovery is doing.

Now other than the obvious waste, doesn't it seem that if we were really in a recovery, the Dear Reader wouldn't need to keep telling us how great the recovery is going.

4 posted on 08/06/2010 9:04:19 PM PDT by YankeeReb
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To: Sub-Driver

http://www.metrowestdailynews.com/news/x550154489/Marlboro-Airport-wants-help-with-damage-done-by-Obamas-motorcade

http://www.boston.com/news/local/breaking_news/2010/05/oops_presidents.html

Where did he land, and what damage did he do?


5 posted on 08/06/2010 9:04:21 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: sinanju

My sentiments exactly. Can’t fault him on this one.


6 posted on 08/06/2010 9:04:53 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: sinanju

Yeah, maybe that Star Trek transporter will be cheaper in expense on the taxpayer as compared to that 6 min helicopter ride......... =.=


7 posted on 08/06/2010 9:05:10 PM PDT by cranked
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To: Sub-Driver

You could call him a one-man stimulus plan.


8 posted on 08/06/2010 9:07:47 PM PDT by DefeatCorruption
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To: Sub-Driver

It would have cost the tax payers $300,000 if Michelle and a few guests had gone...


9 posted on 08/06/2010 9:07:59 PM PDT by Dallas59 (President Robert Gibbs 2009-2013)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I don’t fault him for not tying up traffic...I do fault him for constantly campaigning with our money.


10 posted on 08/06/2010 9:07:59 PM PDT by scott7278 ("...I have not changed Congress and how it operates the way I would have liked." BHO)
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To: YankeeReb

well. he did buy a lot of orange highway signs.. they are everywhere, and not long after seeing one your sure to be suck in a work zone.


11 posted on 08/06/2010 9:08:45 PM PDT by cableguymn
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To: sinanju

I’m with you. I was trying to enter a military base once but was denied because Al Gore was on his way. After an hours wait I decided to leave and come back another day, but was told I couldn’t leave because Al Gore was on his way. What a colossal traffic snarl and waste of time.


12 posted on 08/06/2010 9:10:25 PM PDT by scripter ("You don't have a soul. You are a soul. You have a body." - C.S. Lewis)
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To: HiTech RedNeck

LOL - That’s the first thing I thought of too - Orange County Choppers! I’m taking a break from watching the one about the dragon bike. (Another bike that would be impossible to go over the handlebars on without leaving your nuts behind!)


13 posted on 08/06/2010 9:10:58 PM PDT by Slump Tester (What if I'm pregnant Teddy? Errr-ahh -Calm down Mary Jo, we'll cross that bridge when we come to it)
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To: Sub-Driver
When is someone going to investigate why the Democrat National Committee is not paying for Obama campaigning for the democrat agenda?

Why should tax payers be paying for their campaigns?

14 posted on 08/06/2010 9:13:21 PM PDT by LADY J (Change your thoughts and you change your world.. - Norman Vincent Peale)
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To: cableguymn

Sometimes they forget to put one in a useful place, like when you’re about to go onto road that has been grooved in a star pattern or something crazy. Motorcycle riders would find it handy.


15 posted on 08/06/2010 9:13:47 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Sub-Driver

To be fair, every time a Presidential motorcade goes through DC streets, said streets have to be blocked off, security has to be stationed, and tons of people who otherwise would use these streets would have to be detoured or end up being stuck in worse traffic than would otherwise be. I think the setup time for all this process would have been a lot longer than 20 minutes, and it isn’t like the President can just hop in the car and drive out there.


16 posted on 08/06/2010 9:15:29 PM PDT by pnh102 (Regarding liberalism, always attribute to malice what you think can be explained by stupidity. - Me)
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To: Sub-Driver
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17 posted on 08/06/2010 9:16:24 PM PDT by TruthHound ("He who does not punish evil commands it to be done." --Leonardo da Vinci)
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To: HiTech RedNeck
I was having a hard time picturing feather-toes riding on a stretched out chopper. The only picture I could come up with was Berry riding on the back with his arms and legs wrapped around a big burly biker. I think the sissy bar was invented for Berry.
18 posted on 08/06/2010 9:17:16 PM PDT by peeps36 (Obama Wants To Make White People A Minority In America)
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To: cableguymn; All
"well. he did buy a lot of orange highway signs.. they are everywhere, and not long after seeing one your sure to be suck in a work zone."

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19 posted on 08/06/2010 9:18:01 PM PDT by musicman (Until I see the REAL Long Form Vault BC, he's just "PRES__ENT" Obama = Without "ID")
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To: HiTech RedNeck

I’m still wondering who he was impressing on AF1 when they buzzed New York.

The strange children of the 60’s and 70’s hold the reins of power, but they don’t know where they are going. They just think its the right direction.

They have no moral compass.


20 posted on 08/06/2010 9:18:53 PM PDT by One Name
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To: One Name

Would not Obama occasionally stumble upon the right thing if he were just guessing?

I think it’s more like his needle has the south end painted as north, and vice versa.


21 posted on 08/06/2010 9:21:49 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: pnh102

Wouldn’t Washington have devised some sort of subway network to avert this problem, before helicopters came on the scene.


22 posted on 08/06/2010 9:23:12 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (I am in America but not of America (per bible: am in the world but not of it))
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To: Sub-Driver
He took Marine One – the presidential helicopter.

They use decoys all the time....And they seldom tell the truth about them after the fact.

He could have rolled up out back in an white suburban, while all eyes were looking for a motorcade or chopper....

And many times they will use aircraft for short hops, due to security reasons, threats etc, etc.

23 posted on 08/06/2010 9:28:16 PM PDT by dragnet2
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To: HiTech RedNeck

You make a good point. He does appear to be following a tour book provided by miscreants.

He is not personally able to articulate a world view devoid of dissonant thought but the map he is following has nothing but wrong directions.


24 posted on 08/06/2010 9:33:39 PM PDT by One Name
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To: sinanju

“Can’t wait for the Star Trek transporter.”


“Aye, we transported the whole kit and kaboodle into *their* engine room, where they’ll be no tribble at all.”

Scotty, “The Trouble with Tribbles”


25 posted on 08/06/2010 9:34:42 PM PDT by PLMerite (The FR clock is now three minutes fast.)
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To: sinanju

“Can’t wait for the Star Trek transporter.”

For this Mutt, we need a stun gun ... set on ... whatever vaporize is.


26 posted on 08/06/2010 9:41:15 PM PDT by jessduntno (I wonder...how will third Manassas turn out?)
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To: Sub-Driver

I would have taken the chopper too.


27 posted on 08/06/2010 9:42:04 PM PDT by smokingfrog (freerepublic.com - Now 100% flag free.)
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To: sinanju

I sister working in Washington and would be glad to see him off the street. Really messes up traffic.


28 posted on 08/06/2010 9:42:31 PM PDT by ThomasThomas (Isn't enough always enough?)
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To: Slings and Arrows

I can’t fault on this either. However, I do believe that he is really the “Boy President” and it is cool to have helicopter rides on the south lawn.


29 posted on 08/06/2010 10:06:25 PM PDT by quikdrw (Life is tough....it's even tougher if you are stupid.)
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To: quikdrw

It *is* cool. ;^)


30 posted on 08/06/2010 10:22:10 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: scott7278

That is a legitimate beef.


31 posted on 08/06/2010 10:28:38 PM PDT by Slings and Arrows (You can't have IngSoc without an Emmanuel Goldstein.)
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To: Sub-Driver

Was this sign factory the one making the signs for the Arizona desert to warn people about the dangers?


32 posted on 08/06/2010 10:36:17 PM PDT by rfreedom4u ("A patriot must always be ready to defend his country against his government.")
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To: Sub-Driver

Meh I bet anyone who had to drive in the area was happy he took Marine one...


33 posted on 08/06/2010 11:14:20 PM PDT by N3WBI3 (Ah, arrogance and stupidity all in the same package. How efficient of you. -- Londo Mollari)
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To: Sub-Driver
"takes a chopper, eh?"


34 posted on 08/07/2010 2:11:17 AM PDT by Oztrich Boy (a 16 year old Australian girl already did it. And she did it right. - WWJD)
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To: Sub-Driver

He does this all the time. I personally have witnessed him taking the chopper for flights to Alexandria and McLean, about that distance.


35 posted on 08/07/2010 3:53:12 AM PDT by dangus
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To: sinanju

Yeah, but the chopper closes down a good chunk of real estate, too.


36 posted on 08/07/2010 3:54:38 AM PDT by dangus
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To: Sub-Driver

He must like the ride. And, as President, they salute you when you get into and out of the plane. In the motorcade, they just open the door.


37 posted on 08/07/2010 7:17:03 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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To: Sub-Driver

It costs about $500,000 to spin up Marine One. About $1,000,000 to get him to and spin up AF1.


38 posted on 08/07/2010 7:18:38 AM PDT by mad_as_he$$ (Playing by the rules only works if both sides do it!)
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To: Sub-Driver

When you’re the dictator, you can do anything. I swear, ever article I read makes me hate this disgusting people more. They’re absolute trash and make the Clintons actually look normal!


39 posted on 08/07/2010 7:22:19 AM PDT by Lucky2 (The most unqualified and ill-prepared person in the room is the POTUS, Barak Hussain Obama...)
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To: Sub-Driver

After I just saw his motorcade here in Chicago...it was RIDICULOUSLY HUGE and STOPPED traffic for BLOCKS and BLOCKS and BLOCKS! Better to take the Heli.


40 posted on 08/07/2010 7:33:33 AM PDT by Ann Archy (Abortion......the Human Sacrifice to the god of Convenience.)
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To: Ann Archy

We have come a long way in carrying people around in thrones.


41 posted on 08/07/2010 7:36:14 AM PDT by going hot (Happiness is a Momma Deuce)
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To: going hot

Interesting mention of sedan chairs and litter bearers. A History Channel thingy mentioned that until coaches with springs began to appear in the 18th-century riding in wagons was so bone-jarring that even the wealthy preferred to walk, unless they could afford the afore-mentioned litter bearers.


42 posted on 08/07/2010 11:37:37 AM PDT by sinanju
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