I’m African American. Well half. I’ve travelled to my homeland and I went on safari. I am not, however, the President of the United States. While my trip cost a bomb (in the British sense of the term) it did not run to $100m. And now, neither will the President’s. After the Washington Post unearthed secret documents detailing the costs and logistics of the CIC’s sojourn to his
birthplace ancestral homeland the “We Can’t Afford to Show Children Around the White House Because of the Sequester Which Was Our Idea But It’s the Republicans’ Fault” Administration’s cutting back on the extras. Specifically, the safari part of the program. Apparently, the revelation that the Prez was going to take a sniper team to deal with lions and such had something to do with it. Check it . . .
The president and first lady had also planned to take a Tanzanian safari as part of the trip, which would have required the president’s special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat, according to the planning document.
But officials said Thursday that the safari had been canceled in favor of a trip to Robben Island off the coast of Cape Town, South Africa, where Nelson Mandela was held as a political prisoner.
When The Post first asked White House officials about the safari last week, they said no final decision had been made. A White House official said Thursday that the cancellation was not related to The Post’s inquiries.
“We do not have a limitless supply of assets to support presidential missions, and we prioritized a visit to Robben Island over a two-hour safari in Tanzania,” said spokesman Josh Earnest. “Unfortunately, we couldn’t do both.”
Internal administration documents circulated in April show that the Obama family was scheduled to go to both Robben Island and the safari park, according to a person familiar with the plans.
I wonder if they budgeted for countermeasures against Africa’s most dangerous animal: the mosquito.
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