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President Obama’s Helicopter Cost Raises Eyebrows

President Obama has talked tough about the need to shed wasteful spending. But will he practice what he preaches? His one-time rival, Sen. John McCain, brought up a pricey presidential project that seems a bit unnecessary — a fleet of 28 new Marine One helicopters that will cost taxpayers around $11.2 billion.

At a recent summit to cut the federal deficit, Sen. McCain suggested that if President Obama wants to help the economy, perhaps he should consider canceling the order. Obama replied that he’s already looking into it. Obama then joked that perhaps he’s been unknowingly deprived all his life, but his current Marine One chopper seems just fine to him. CNN is reporting that the new helicopters, which were originally ordered by President George W. Bush not long after 9/11, are now on hold (though not officially cancelled…yet).

Naturally, all this talk of gazillion-dollar equipment has people searching. Folks are desperate to know more about the fancy helicopters, what they can do, and why they cost such an exorbitant sum of cash. Queries immediately surged on "marine one photos" and "why is it called marine one." Regarding the second inquiry: It’s called Marine One only when the president is aboard.

 

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  1. Cecil Jones
    February 25, 2009 at 3:36 am

    Let us not forget that the equiptment used to protect the “President” does not belong to the man. He borrows them from “We the People.” If there is a problem with the cost of the equiptment we think can keep him best protected, then Congress should resolve the issue. Don’t blame Obama for the price of the helicopters. We all want to keep him safe. This story is touching the same vein that “Dead Monkey” did. Are some implying that Obama isn’t worth the top dollar to protect? One could easily imply this just as easy as they did in calling President Obama a “Monkey.” This one isn’t funny, but Obama found a way to laugh it off.

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