Obama Mandela Speech Cost $500,000 Per Minute
Event serves as a spectacular propaganda piece highlighting multiculturalism
Obama and his predecessor have flown on your dime to South Africa to attend the funeral of the former communist Nelson Mandela.
"President Barack Obama brought former President George W. Bush with him to Africa on Monday to attend a memorial for Nelson Mandela in a high-profile show of American respect for the man who vanquished white-minority rule in South Africa," Reuters reports.
Bill Clinton and Jimmy Carter went along for the ride, but on separate flights.
"Obama kept his usual quarters in the front of the plane, while the medical unit cabin was transformed into the Bushes’ quarters for the flight. Clinton stayed in the senior staff cabin."
Henri Le Riche estimates "Obama's expected 10-minute speech at Nelson Mandela's memorial will cost taxpayers at least $500,000 per minute."
That's not counting any cakes and coffee he and his inner circle consume aboard Air Force One during the 18,000-mile round trip to Johannesburg, via Dakar, in Senegal. In addition to Obama and his entourage aboard Air Force One, the government sent along the presidential security detail -- armed guards, bullet-proof limos, and other equipment -- on a far less luxurious C-17 cargo lifters based out of Andrews Air Force base. Cost: $23,811 per hour.
The 28-hour two-way flight will cost $5 million because the four-engined Boeing 747 costs roughly $180,000 an hour to operate, according to a May 2012 report by the Congressional Research Service.
The cost includes jet fuel and subsequent maintenance of the aircraft's engines, electronics and hotel-class facilities.
Obama has been accompanied by the First Lady, Attorney General Eric Holder, national security advisor Susan Rice and confidante Valerie Jarrett.
Obama’s trip is not merely ceremonial. The high profile event serves as a spectacular propaganda piece to highlight multiculturalism, the latest political control tool exploited by the establishment.
Incidentally, the ideological heirs to Mandela’s communism do not support Obama’s presence in South Africa.
A statement issued by the National Unions of Metalworkers of South Africa, the South African Communist Party, the Young Communist League of South Africa, the South African Students' Congress, the Muslim Students' Association, the National Education, Health and Allied Workers' Union, the Congress of South African Trade Unions, the Friends of Cuba Society, Boycott, Divestment and Sanctions against Israel in South Africa, and the World Federation of Trade Unions condemn the U.S. Public relations stunt.
"Our rejection is based the US's arrogant, selfish and oppressive foreign policies, treatment of workers and international trade relations that are rooted in war-mongering, neo-liberal super-exploitation, colonial racism and the disregard and destruction of the environment, thus making the realization of a just and peaceful world impossible," the statement declares.
The rejection is interesting considering the United States was instrumental in the effort to dismantle apartheid. The Comprehensive Anti-Apartheid Act of 1986, enacted by Congress, imposed sanctions that ultimately led to the release of Nelson Mandela and other political prisoners and the end of apartheid.
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