It's OPM: Who Cares?
The Most Expensive Broadway Show Ticket, Ever:
Here’s what it took to give the Obamas a few grins.
At least one, probably 2 Gulfstream V luxury jets, total engines running time about 1:30 per a/c. Cost per hour = approx $2,000.00 for each a/c.
Six (6) [3 in NYC, 3 in DC] Presidential “white top” Marine helicopters, total engines running time per helo in each venue about 45 min does not include transit time for one set of three to travel to NYC and return to base at Quantico or Andrews.
Cost per helicopter about $3500.00 per hour per helicopter. At least one C17 cargo plane to carry the 8 or so vehicles for the Presidential motorcade, total engine hours on time = about 2 hours at $7,000.00 per hour.
It’s probable that a C130 or similar large cargo a/c was also in the mix at NYC for misc transport and back up. Cost unknown.
It was necessary to shut down or re route all air traffic that was within a couple of hundred miles of Obama while he was airborne. All ground traffic on the ground route was shut down.
Several score, perhaps hundreds of NYC cops were diverted from regular duties.
At least one probably two F16 fighters, cocked and locked, flying high and low cap all the time that Obama was on his little “perk” date night. Cost per a/c = $50,000.00 per a/c, pr hour.
His Secret Service bodyguard squad would have numbered at least 35. Squads of Secret Service investigators were diverted from regular duties to this drill, remember it was necessary to do a complete security background check on everybody who was in the restaurant, all the cooks, servers, patrons, etc. Necessary to do the same security check on everybody in the theatre, staff, theatre goers, actors, support, etc.
It was necessary to do a security sweep of all buildings immediately adjacent to each venue and of the route of Presidential travel.
The White House would have you believe that all of this cost just $24K. To quote Tonto: “They speak with forked tongues, Kemosabe”.
Compare this with Bush if you must, but remember that when Bush was President we had prosperity, Obama is now President and we are wracked by debt and recession.
When did leading by example fall from fashion? You’ve got to love Obama, he makes it so easy.
(From another forum, like this one)