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White House on Obama’s $60-$100 million trip to Africa: ‘Great bang for the buck’

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By Doug Powers  •  June 14, 2013 08:19 PM

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Then again, they said the same thing when they were promoting Solyndra.

From The Hill:

Deputy national security adviser Ben Rhodes defended the cost of Obama’s upcoming trip to South Africa, Senegal and Tanzania, which could cost taxpayers as much as $100 million.

He said the White House doesn’t determine the cost of security and argued traveling to the often overlooked region would help the U.S.

“Frankly, there will be a great bang for our buck for being in Africa, because when you travel to regions like Africa that don’t get a lot of presidential attention, you can have very long-standing and long-running impact from the visit,” Rhodes said.

Here’s a little about what’s involved in such a trip:

Hundreds of U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched to secure facilities in Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania. A Navy aircraft carrier or amphibious ship, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.

Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles, including 14 limousines and three trucks loaded with sheets of bullet­proof glass to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay. Fighter jets will fly in shifts, giving 24-hour coverage over the president’s airspace, so they can intervene quickly if an errant plane gets too close.

Sequester? What sequester?

Here’s a WaPo writer defending the cost of the trip and unwittingly — or perhaps wittingly — lobbying for a gig as Jay Carney’s replacement in the process:

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