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An Entourage surpassing the Queen's......

Old article from April, 2009..........but I still found it interesting......


Writes for Scripps Howard
news service

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."

08-20-2010 03:10 PM
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