Whose buck? Our buck…
Via the Washington Times:
The White House Friday defended the first family’s upcoming weeklong trip to Africa, which could cost taxpayers up to $100 million, as “great bang for our buck.”
“There will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you tend to have very longstanding and long-running impact from the visit,” said Ben Rhodes, a deputy national security adviser to President Obama.
The Obamas’ trip, at a time of “sequestration” budget cuts, will take them to Senegal, Tanzania and South Africa from June 26 to July 3. Citing a confidential planning document, the Washington Post reported that the trip will cost between $60 million to $100 million.
The Obama’s actually canceled the safari leg of the trip because of the cost. Reportedly, snipers would be needed “to neutralize cheetahs, lions and other animals if they became a threat”. Who knows how many millions more that would have required.
The trip will involve 445 Secret Service agents and military cargo planes that will airlift 56 vehicles including 14 limousines, ambulances equipped for chemical and biological attacks and radio-jamming trucks to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.
But remember as the President has lectured before, everybody has to have some skin in the game. Everybody must sacrifice. Everyone must do their part.