Obama’s upcoming jaunt to Mumbai is going to be exorbitant enough to send overextended U.S. taxpayers shrieking to their liquor cabinets for a few stiff rafts of the gin that consoled the Brits back when the place was still known as Bombay. Sporting a retinue that would render the most profligate of Indian maharajahs speechless, the O-Ring will occupy the entire Taj Mahal Hotel–570 rooms, banquet halls, and restaurants–125 additional rooms at the Taj President, and another 180 or so first class billets at the Grand Hyatt and Oberoi Hotels. Add to that a full complement of Presidential chefs and food tasters, and a squadron or two of Navy vessels to patrol the coastal waters, and what you have isn’t a visit. It’s an invasion. And the purpose of this 2-day exercise in extravagance? Once the sight seeing is out of the way, Fearless Leader will address a summit of sub-continent commercial magnates while Mrs. Fearless Leader heads off to the local red-light district to harangue a bevy or two of Hindu hookers. You’d think an American head of state could accomplish the same thing without spending the equivalent of the gross national product of Switzerland–after all, there’s plenty of fallen women to badger within a few short blocks of the White House, and there just might be enough U.S. businesses still willing to listen to Obama to fill a very small gymnasium.
Barack Obama’s Indian Delegation Books 800 Rooms In Mumbai (Telegraph U.K.)
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