Obama's "$200 Million A Day" India Trip Exposed! Then Debunked! But... Questions Remain!
Oops, sorry, that's not true -- it's only $200 million a day and he only took 34 warships. Oops, that's also not true (or as the Wall Street Journal put it, "demonstrably incorrect") -- there's no tally yet, but no one who actually knows anything about such things (like the Pentagon) will credit the figures.
Several rightbloggers got on the $200 million story quick, and have not corrected to this day. Others, to their credit, did. But because it's Obama, and because they are who they are, there was plenty else to complain about. (For example, did you know Obama brought a teleprompter? Haw!)
The publicly-reported reasons for the Obama trip had to do with India's relations with Pakistan and with trade agreements with the U.S. -- the sort of thing you expect a Leader of the Free World to do. (And who knows what else was discussed? This may surprise you, but the government doesn't always tell us these things.)
Doesn't matter: The conservative brain trust started touting the alleged trip cost when the end of the election left them some free time. GOP Congresswoman Michele Bachmann -- she of the Obama re-education camps -- used the $200 million figure on Anderson Cooper's November 5 show. Glenn Beck said the whole trip would cost $2 billion. "Is that true? I don't know!" added Beck, a rhetorical device in this context meaning "It doesn't matter whether it's true or not." Anyway, said Beck, the trip was "unnecessary... a ceremonial trip, but zero value so far... You can pick up the phone and do a lot of that stuff!" (It was later reported that one of the trip's results was $10 billion worth of export deals.) Beck also claimed to fear for the President's life ("I don't believe the president is listening to the Secret Service").
Also, Drudge, Fox News, etc. Rightbloggers grabbed it and ran.
"800 Rooms, 34 Warships, 40 Planes, 3,000 People, $200 Million a Day," declared HolyCoast. "India on $200 Million a Day," reported Moonbattery (also: "34 US warships, including an aircraft carrier, will be patrolling off the Mumbai coast"). "At a cost of $200 million. Per day. Fucker," fumed Urban Grounds.
Pajamas Media put up a video in which a bunch of conservative funnymen extemporized on "India on $200 a Day" for eight and a half long, long minutes. "Obama's actually exporting his ego!" said one. "I want to see the President in M.C. Hammer pants," said another. "I have to say [Obama's] a blight on Harvard Law School," said another.
One comic quoted a commenter at The Lonely Conservative, who "did the math" and found that "200 million a day divided by the 3000 people, check out that number, $66, 666.66!" He added, ironically in retrospect, "you can't make this stuff up!"
Jammie Wearing Fool demanded to know why they didn't do the whole thing by teleconference. "If the security for this trip is that fraught with danger," he said, "the prudent thing to do would be to call it off and invite whoever it is you are going to meet to come to America. I am sure it would be damn sight cheaper then the estimated $200 million a day this trip is reported to be costing us."
"$2 billion dollars for yet another vacation, while our country struggles with debt," cried Joshuapundit. "We no longer have a president, but a clueless, uncaring Bourbon king...Louis XIV redux." "King George could never have imagined how good future kings would have it," said theblogprof.
We must award some sort of special prize to Project World Awareness, who wondered, "Is there going to be a false flag nuclear explosion on November 6 2010?... All I know is that Obama's upcoming trip to India is about as real as a 3 dollar bill,and SOMETHING is going on..."
India a false flag? The truth is out there!
This spun off from a story making the Ron Paulite rounds, to wit: "Obama is leaving the country just after the election. He is taking his wife and kids as well as 3,000 other people for this India trip. They are taking 40 planes, armored cars, helicopters, security forces, a blank check book, and now 34 warships and a 1 km long air-conditioned bomb-proof tunnel to be assembled in one hour. They are planning on spending $200 million per day. At least that is what they are admitting to..."
(Project World Awareness includes an interesting video which ties The Simpsons to the impending flight of Obama, as well as 9/11. Scully, Mulder, and Nic Cage are there too!)
Anyway, word got around about the flimsy figures, and some rightbloggers (though not the ones abovementioned, nor hundreds of others) updated their posts to reflect it, substituting fresher outrages.