Wednesday, November 17, 2010

Presidential Trip Hypocrisy

UPDATE IV: "When widely followed public figures feel free to say anything, without any fact-checking, we have a problem. It becomes impossible for a democracy to think intelligently about big issues — deficit reduction, health care, taxes, energy/climate — let alone act on them. Facts, opinions and fabrications just blend together. " Read The New York Times, Too Good to Check.

UPDATE III: He's no friend of Democratic presidents. But read what he has to say regarding Obama's trip to India, at the Washington Post, Why President Obama is right about India.

UPDATE II: Read CNN, Debunking the myth: The cost of Obama's trip to Asia.

Update: What are the facts about presidential trips? Read Politico, How much do Obama's foreign trips cost? and, Trip to Mumbai.

The lie: Obama's trip to India is to escape post-election Washington and will cost the U.S. $200 million per day.

The trip to India was officially announced as early as June, after a trip to Indonesia and Australia was postponed.

"The trip to India, Indonesia, South Korea and Japan encompasses a G-20 summit, an Asia-Pacific Economic Council summit, major holidays in India and Indonesia, and bilateral talks with Chinese President Hu Jintao and at least five other leaders, as well as four presidential news conferences."

It is true that an entire hotel was rented, but the same was done when Bush visited India.

The cost of the trip are "wildly inflated", actually the figure is probably fabricated and no doubt real cost is similar to the cost of Bush's trips.

I did hear any complainin' from the Republi-cons about Bush's 77 trips to Crawford, TX.

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