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The Obamas Won’t Be Slumming in Mumbai

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Posted on October 26 2010 12:00 pm

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The 570 rooms of the Taj Mahal hotel in Mumbai, India will be just what the royal couple needs after the midterm elections. On November 6 the city will be in virtual lockdown according to the Daily Mail. The first couple has booked the entire place, and hundreds of additional rooms at nearby hotels. The Obamas are sparing no taxpayer expense as the telegraph.co.uk reports:

‘Obama’s contingent is huge,’ a senior Indian security official told the newspaper. ‘There are two jumbo jets coming along with Air Force One, which will be flanked by security jets. The President’s convoy has 45 cars.’

The Economic Times also reported that Mr Obama’s delegation is so large that another 300 rooms have reportedly been booked in other luxury Mumbai hotels.

What prompted Michelle and Barack’s 3-day jaunt to India besides the need to avoid  out-of-work, vengeful  Democratic congressmen, governors and Senators after the election?

Well, Michelle is scheduled to visit the largest red-light district in the world and grill commercial sex workers about their daily grind (no pun intended).

Her husband will head over to the National Center for the Performing Arts where the US-India Business Council (USIBC) has organized a business summit. The president will address the Council, a wing of the United States Chamber of Commerce. His recent assault on the Chamber’s involvement in campaign funding has caused a major breach between the two. Almost two weeks ago, one news source wasn’t sure Obama would show up stating:

In the midst of such an unprecedented exchange of words between the Obama Administration and the US Chamber, trip planners in the White House are now believed  to be having second thoughts on the Mumbai events which is being organized by USIBC.

But the president always thinks long term. After November 2, bygones will be bygones.  He surely wouldn’t pass up the opportunity to stand in front of an audience and “watch them watching him.” Never let a speech go to waste.

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