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Perception Watch: An M.C. Hammer Style Entourage

At the G-20 Summit in London recently, as President Obama attempted to portray a more restrained, low key, and humble presidency, the British press was entranced by the sheer size of the president’s entourage.  Here’s the numbers.   He showed up with:

500 staff
200 Secret Service agents
6 doctors
The White House chef and kitchen staff with the President’s own food and water
35 vehicles
4 speech writers
12 teleprompters   (I told you he was addicted).

He must have M.C. Hammer as his travel coordinator….

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6 Comments

  1. Over 700 people!?!?!?

    Anyone know what Bush did in a similar situation? Or Clinton? I’m not trying to compare Rep vs. Dem, but just past vs. present – is this a change or have we been doing this for a while?

  2. The secret service numbers sound about normal. the chef and kitcken staff along with their own supply of food and drink, is also normal. It is a safety precaution for them to know where all of the president’s food and drink has come from, I think this started durring Clinton’s administration if not earlier.  I don’t know about the staff numbers vehicles or teleprompters. 

  3. How about the $328,000 photo shoot of Air Force One that sent New York into a panic attack? Of course an investigation is underway. 

  4. I heard figures of around 200 million dollars were spent on security for the last APEC summit in Sydney (which Bush attended).

    The whole CBD was in lockdown with barricades, police snipers and black hawk helicopters.

    That sort of money could have fed a small African nation for a year or two, but it still didnt stop some comedians from a popular local TV show getting through several checkpoints and within metres of the hotel where Bush was staying.

    One of them was dressed up as Osama Bin Laden. I kid you not.

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