Security to Be Intense(ly Expensive) on Obama's Africa Trip
Trip could cost between $60 million and $100 million
By Kevin Spak, Newser User
Posted Jun 14, 2013 2:05 PM CDT
President Barack Obama waves from the top of the steps of Air Force One at Andrews Air Force Base, Md., June 12, 2013.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

(Newser) – Barack Obama is set to take his first extended tour of sub-Saharan Africa this month—and it ain't gonna be cheap. Obama's security for the trip could cost as much as $100 million, according to planning documents obtained by the Washington Post. What's all that money going to pay for?

  • A Secret Service detail numbering in the hundreds.
  • An air-lift for 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines.
  • A fighter jet contingent to patrol the airspace overhead.
  • Three truckloads of bulletproof glass, which will be airlifted in, and then affixed over the president's hotel room windows.
  • An aircraft carrier stationed off the coast, equipped with a full medical trauma center in case of an emergency.

Perhaps the craziest part: None of this is unusual for a presidential trip abroad, though sources familiar with the planning say this trip will be a tad more expensive than most. And it could have been worse: the Obamas originally planned to take a safari, which would have forced a special, sniper rifle-armed counterassault team to protect against lions and the like. That jaunt has since been cancelled, though they insist the Post's interest had nothing to do with it.

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Jun 17, 2013 1:16 PM CDT
Maybe we could put him on a C-12 transport plane to China, get him to shoot Snowden with a .38, fill the plane with Smithfield Hams and drop them over the Syrian capital. Then on to Africa. Of course, we could keep a few obligatory hams onboard for a photo shoot.
Jun 17, 2013 1:49 AM CDT
I think he should fly first class on Virgin Air. He should take bids for about 2 people to protect him and take the lowest bidder. He needs to tighten his belt like he's made us tighten ours.
Jun 16, 2013 9:52 PM CDT
Ok, How about this, we ship him over there 3rd Class Federal Express. When he gets there, he's issued 1 Goverment approved Loincloth and 1 Spear just like every other African Citizen has a right to. While there he can sleep over at his Brother's House/Mudhut. That should bring the whole thing in for under $50.00 Taxpayer Dollars. And Barry, Don't Hurry Back.