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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 Presidents travel plans, which they say fall under ways and meansinformation that, if made public, could threaten the Presidents 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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Oh, I thought he jumped on a flame-festooned two seater from Orange County Choppers with the Dyke Justice. With she in front.
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.
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.
Where did he land, and what damage did he do?
My sentiments exactly. Can’t fault him on this one.
Yeah, maybe that Star Trek transporter will be cheaper in expense on the taxpayer as compared to that 6 min helicopter ride......... =.=
You could call him a one-man stimulus plan.
It would have cost the tax payers $300,000 if Michelle and a few guests had gone...
I don’t fault him for not tying up traffic...I do fault him for constantly campaigning with our money.
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.
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.
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!)
Why should tax payers be paying for their campaigns?
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wouldn’t Washington have devised some sort of subway network to avert this problem, before helicopters came on the scene.
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.
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.
“Cant 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”
“Cant wait for the Star Trek transporter.”
For this Mutt, we need a stun gun ... set on ... whatever vaporize is.
I would have taken the chopper too.
I sister working in Washington and would be glad to see him off the street. Really messes up traffic.
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.
It *is* cool. ;^)
That is a legitimate beef.
Was this sign factory the one making the signs for the Arizona desert to warn people about the dangers?
Meh I bet anyone who had to drive in the area was happy he took Marine one...
He does this all the time. I personally have witnessed him taking the chopper for flights to Alexandria and McLean, about that distance.
Yeah, but the chopper closes down a good chunk of real estate, too.
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.
It costs about $500,000 to spin up Marine One. About $1,000,000 to get him to and spin up AF1.
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!
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.
We have come a long way in carrying people around in thrones.
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.