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An Entourage surpassing the Queen's......
Old article from April, 2009..........but I still found it interesting......
By Dale McFEATTERS
Writes for Scripps Howard
An Entourage surpassing the Queen's
The heads of Government in London for the G20 summit
Are discussing serious and weighty issues, which in time
Will be duly reported on, but right now the British press is
Entranced by the sheer size of President Obama's traveling
Entourage, and no wonder!
Obama arrived with 500 staff in tow, including 200 Secret
Service agents, a team of 6 doctors, the White House chef
And kitchen staff with the presidents own food and water.
And according to the Evening Standard "he also came with
35 vehicles in all, 4 speech writers and 12 teleprompters."
For sure our president is not going to be at a loss for words.
The press duly reported on Air Force One and all it's bells
and whistles but also the presence of the Presidents
helicopter, Marine One, a fleet of identical decoys to carry
him from the Stansted airport to Central London.
Among all those vehicles is the Presidental limousine, which
One local paper mistakenly called Cadillac One but is
Universally referred to as The Beast. The Limo which is
Reinforced with ceramic and titanium armor, carries tear gas
Cannon, night vision devices and it's own oxygen and is
Resistant to chemical and radiation attack. It is marveled one
Reporter a sort of mobile panic room. The Guardian called it
"the ultimate in heavily armored transport."
The president is entitled to all the security, communications
And support he feels necessary to do his job, but surely, when
we're trying to project a more restrained, humble image to the
world, the president's huge retinue could be scaled back to
something less than the triumphal march from "Aida."
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