The Extravagance of Obama

President Obama flew by helicopter less than six miles within DC to give a talk on the economy.

He choppered to Gelberg Signs, the Washington, D.C.-based company where he'll deliver remarks on the economy and July employment numbers. According to Google maps, the drive would have taken about 20 minutes from the White House.

By CBS News' Mark Knoller's count, this is the president's 300th flight on Marine One.

As to why the president choppered to a company in D.C., spokesman Bill Burton said, "Probably because it's an easier than a motorcade through the city in the middle of the day."



OpenID montieth said...

They're probably used to this in DC, but when ever ANY president comes to Atlanta, the motorcade, rolling road blocks and general disruption to the traffic is crazy and quite maddening. I would actually prefer that the president chopper to most places in US/Urban areas Rather than run a motorcade. Because with a motorcade there's far more cost than just the cost of the vehicles and staff. All the cops who have to escort and all the people who get told to stop and wait and wait and wait.

8/09/2010 10:16 AM  

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