Barack Obama is also taking a light entourage to Africa.

The Economist explains that Barack Obama knows how to travel light.

As he heads to Africa: “Warships accompany the first African-American commander-in-chief, equipped with state-of-the-art hospitals should he fall ill, fighter jets patrol the skies non-stop, and three lorries carry bulletproof glass for hotels where he beds down.” However, despite all the protection, the president won’t be as safe as he might could be. “Official reluctance to employ snipers against cheetahs and lions has led to the cancellation of a presidential safari,” the magazine (that calls itself a newspaper) reports.

If you ever wonder why we have a $17 trillion national debt, just read about the security that goes overseas with the president. At least the security detail didn’t fly in any prostitutes from Colombia.

As for the safari, there’s no need for Obama to go to Africa to see wild animals. He could just go for a stroll near the White House. From red pandas (wow it’s cute!) to black bears, D.C. is teeming with wild life these days.

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