Submitted by SteveMT on Tue, 11/02/2010 – 13:21
I believe the $200M/Day needs to be revised upward. Now we are talking about $5B/day [my estimate]! This Peace-Prize Laureate likes warmongering toys.
34 warships sent from US for Obama visit
Updated: November 04, 2010 19:04 IST
New Delhi: The White House will, of course, stay in Washington but the heart of the famous building will move to India when President Barack Obama lands in Mumbai on Saturday.
Communications set-up, nuclear button, a fleet of limousines and majority of the White House staff will be in India accompanying the President on this three-day visit that will cover Mumbai and Delhi.
He will also be protected by a fleet of 34 warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes off the Mumbai coast during his two-day stay there beginning Saturday. The measure has been taken as Mumbai attack in 2008 took place from the sea.
Arrangements have been put in place for emergency evacuation, if needed.[Indeed]
US to spend $200 million a day on Obama’s Mumbai visit
Published: Tuesday, Nov 2, 2010, 21:01 IST
Place: Mumbai | Agency: PTI
The US will be spending a whopping $200 million (Rs900 crore) per day on President Barack Obama’s visit to the city.
“The huge amount of around $200 million would be spent on security, stay and other aspects of the presidential visit,” a top official of the Maharashtra government privy to the arrangements for the high-profile visit said.
About 3,000 people including Secret Service agents, US government officials and journalists will accompany the president.
Several officials from the White House and US security agencies are already in Mumbai for the past one week with helicopters, a ship and high-end security instruments.
- Claim that Barack Obama’s India visit will cost $200m a day is ‘wildly inflated’ (guardian.co.uk)
- Obama’s India SecurityTeam to Be Epic (foxnews.com)
- Elaborate security for Obama’s visit (thehindu.com)
- US President’s official itinerary in India (topinews.com)
- “Obama Sends Warships to India” and related posts (weeklyworldnews.com)