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    Did Bush ever require so many people? I don't recall ever hearing about something like this before.

    Prospect of Barack Obama show causes UK to clear its decks
    With an entourage of 500 staff, an armour-plated limousine and a fleet of decoy helicopters, America's new president will arrive for his first visit to Britain amid huge razzmatazz on Tuesday for the G20 summit. But it will be his closed-door meetings with world leaders that are likely to prove the most significant of the trip


    Britain will get its first chance to see Barack Obama this week when a White House cavalcade - complete with armoured limousines, helicopters, 200 US secret service staff and a six-doctor medical team - sweeps into the UK.

    Obama will fly into London for his first visit to the UK as president of the United States on Tuesday to take part in the G20 summit in the capital's Docklands area. He will not be travelling light.

    More than 500 officials and staff will accompany the president on his tour this week - along with a mass of high-tech security equipment, including the $300,000 presidential limousine, known as The Beast. Fitted with night-vision camera, reinforced steel plating, tear- gas cannon and oxygen tanks, the vehicle is the ultimate in heavy armoured transport.

    In addition, a team from the White House kitchen will travel with the president to prepare his food. As one official put it: "When the president travels, the White House travels with him, right down to the car he drives, the water he drinks, the gasoline he uses, the food he eats. America is still the sole superpower and the president must have the ability to handle any crisis, anywhere, any time."

    US security teams have already carried out three visits to prepare for Obama's first official visit to Britain. The first was a "site survey", the second a "pre-advance visit" which was carried out to pick sites that the president would visit. Finally there was the "advance trip", which took place last week. Its purpose was to set up equipment, sweep venues for electronic bugs, test food for poison and measure air quality for bacteria.

    Obama will start his first presidential visit to Europe when he steps down from the US presidential jet, Air Force One, at Stansted airport on Tuesday. The Boeing 747-200B is fitted with its own gym, electronic defence units and shielding to protect its complex communication devices from radiation from nuclear blasts. Among the officials on the flight will be a military officer carrying America's nuclear missile launch codes.

    Obama will then be flown to central London in a VH-3D helicopter known as Marine One. Again, high-tech security will dominate his journey. Marine One is fitted with flares that can be fired to confuse heat-seeking missiles and always flies in groups containing several identical decoy helicopters.

    While in town, the president will be guarded by more than 200 US secret servicemen - easily identifiable by their shirt-cuff radios and Ray-Ban sunglasses. Obama has already had some time to get used their attention. It was decided 18 months ago, when he was still a presidential candidate, that his African-American background put him at particular risk of an assassination attempt and he was provided with his security guards.

    And should anything befall the President, a White House medical unit will be at hand to provide emergency care. The team consists of surgeons, nurses and other medical personnel and carries supplies of blood of the type AB, the president's blood group. At the same time, Obama will be constantly minded by his personal aide Reggie Love, who dials his BlackBerry, fetches his jacket and tie and supplies him with snacks. First Lady Michelle Obama will also have a coterie of assistants, including a secretary, a press officer and several bodyguards.

    More: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2009...n-visit-uk-g20
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    Oh, that should say something about the jerk off! Not everyone sees him as
    the messiah. Some see him for just what he is.

    Imagine what that is costing us. Imagine how much health care that would buy
    for American citizens, or another tax "rebate" or make a large down payment
    on the astronomical debt....the possibilities are endless with that much
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    Default Let us now pray!

    Obama sounds like he's pretty well protected....I suppose our only hope is to keep our fingers crossed for natural causes or a catastrophic natural disaster of biblical proportion.

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    I simply wish he would follow Wagoner and just resign.

    Effective immediately.
    Clap along if you feel like a room without a roof.



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    Laura, me and 700 friends

    Bush arrives with huge entourage as protests gather pace

    George Bush was safely installed behind the high walls of Buckingham Palace last night at the start of a controversial state visit that will devote just 150 minutes to direct talks with Tony Blair on Iraq and other thorny problems.

    Mr Bush, his wife, Laura, and a 700-strong entourage worthy of a travelling medieval monarch, flew into Heathrow airport slightly late, at 7.22pm. The couple were greeted by the Prince of Wales, then whisked to the palace by US military helicopter.

    http://www.guardian.co.uk/politics/2003/nov/19/uk.iraq

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    Quote Originally Posted by Smurf-Herder
    Did Bush ever require so many people? I don't recall ever hearing about something like this before.
    Of course you didn't hear anything about it. And if you did, crazy cat lady would not have called Bush a messiah, hog trash would not have wished for his demise and loonie lady liberty would not have wished for his resignation, even though I did on numerous occasions.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bairdi
    I can understand Bush needing extra security personel and equipment for protection.

    Everybody in the world, especialy 1+ billion muslims hated him...The media made sure of that.

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    Okay guys. I just never heard of this much protection before.

    Point taken.
    Last edited by Smurf-Herder; 03-30-2009 at 11:39 PM.
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    Quote Originally Posted by LadyLiberty7
    I simply wish he would follow Wagoner and just resign.

    Effective immediately.
    I read today he plans to be the first President to walk across the channel!

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