Thursday, November 4, 2010

Obama's India trip cost--seriously

After hearing the $200 million figure bandied about by reasonable sources as the cost per day for Obama's junket to India and a discussion with Himself (who is my reality check), I decided to do a little math and see what would happen if I translated dollars to Indian rupees.  Turns out that an Indian rupee is .022558 to 1 dollar.  That takes the $200 million figure to about $4,511,600/day which is much more in line with reality. 

Still, over the course of either a three or ten day trip (sources vary), the total cost for the trip is either: $13,534,800 or $45,116,000 which still lands this whole thing into 'let them eat cake' territory, much as Michelle's trip to Spain did due to buying out entire luxury hotels and such.   He's also taking the kids, which should be educational for them but kind of pulls this from a business trip to an academic conference/vacation kind of trip.

  I don't think either figure (mine or the others)  accounts for the lost revenue and problems in the city of Mumbai since they are going to have their major thoroughfares closed and will not have access to parts of their city (much like Obama's trips to Los Angeles).  I don't think that this will do much to endear him (or the U.S.) to the regular folks in Mumbai who are going to have to deal with traffic delays, re-routes, and closed businesses for the duration of Obama's stay there.

I just wonder if he's going to bow to the Indian Prime Minister and President  like he's bowed to just about everyone else.


lounorm said...


Here are some Bible verses that Pres. Obama avoids:
Proverbs 19:10 (NIV): "It is not fitting for a fool to live in luxury - how much worse for a slave to rule over princes!"
Also Proverbs 30:22 (NIV) which says that the earth cannot bear up under "a servant who becomes king."
And Ecclesiastes 5:2-3 (KJV) advises: "let thy words be few...a fool's voice is known by multitude of words."
Although Obama is not descended from slaves, he may feel that he's destined to become a black-slavery avenger.
Or maybe an enslaver of all free citizens!
For more on the Obamas, Google "Michelle Obama's Allah-day" and "Obama Supports Public Depravity."

Anonymous said...

I don't think the exchange rate comes into it, though.

The money that we're paying for Obama's trip is largely being paid to Americans and American companies--SS personnel, pilots, mechanics, teleprompter technicians, and so on, and we're not paying them in rupees.

The hotels--yeah, we're paying for them in rupees, and for food and such; but considering Boss Tweek's taking a flotilla of 40 aircraft over there, I'd bet the hotel fees are a small fraction of the total cost.

Mr.B said...

The thing is, everyone (even the press) would not have been suprised if it were true, so they believed the $200 million/day figure).

If you had heard that Teddy Kennedy was found drunk, or that Lindsay Lohan had been busted with drugs, you'd believe it. Charlie Sheen found in a mexican hotel with 4-17 year old hookers or (when he was alive) Michael Jackson with the same amount of 12 year old boys would be as believable.

No one would have bought the $200 million dollar figure for GWB or Bill Klinton, but for barry, it is concievable.