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Sunday, November 7, 2010
Pat Boone Embraces Bogus Obama Trip Cost
Topic: WorldNetDaily

Pat Boone demonstrates yet again his utter indifference to the facts -- and that he'll mindlessly repeat any lie as long as it hurts President Obama -- with his Nov. 6 WorldNetDaily column, in which heswallowshook, line and sinker the bogus claims about the costs ofObama's Asian trip:

I simply could not believe what I'd heard. It couldn't be so. I Googled "Obama's $200 million a day trip" – and found it was so!

Though liberal-tinted Snopes and ultra-liberal Huffington Post tried to downplay and justify the obscene expenditure – the numbers of fellow travelers involved and the numbers of planes and all the inexcusably extravagant "security measures" and the rest of the details for Obama's trip to Asia – I found that Reuters and other international news services confirmed the earlier stories. (While the administration denies the reported figure, it will not confirm any specific taxpayer cost of the president's Asian adventure.)


According to the various news services, and not denied by the administration, this president is taking an entourage of 3,000 with him on a 10-day trip to India, Indonesia, China and Korea. The reports indicate he'll need 40 planes, the whole Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai (recently the target of the murderous Islamist terrorists from Pakistan), and 30 or more U.S. warships maneuvered into the region for "security" for the whole mob. This is the choice of a president who should feel chastened and at least mildly repudiated by the unprecedented voter turnover of the House of Representatives to conservatives, and by all the polls, even the most liberal, that document the massive disapproval of his policies by an angry electorate.

Only a few tidbits of explanation have been offered by his aides as to the purposes and goals of this trip, but no one has been able to come up with any rationale for such an unprecedented, ostentatious caravan.

And the reported tab for this untimely Gypsy expedition? Two hundred million dollars, more or less, each and every day! And for 10 days, totaling somewhere in the vicinity of 2 billion dollars! I say it again … 2 billion dollars!

Of course, Boone is a liar. The figure he's citing has been repeatedly discredited, even by Fox News.

We could find no Reuters article mentioning, let alone "confirming" as Boone claims, the $200 million figure. Perhaps Boone can share his research with us.

Nevertheless, Boone's lie-based outrage provides him with the opportunity to slip yet again into full-on tirade mode:

It's hard not to see this scenario as an arrogant, thumb-in-your eye gesture to a conservative uprising that all the president's men knew was coming. It's hard not to see this as an angry, imperious response to an impudent, ignorant tea party that dared to question this Man of Destiny. It's as if you can hear him say, "You think you'll elect a few hicks to undo what I've already done, and try to stop all that I've already set in motion? You don't know yet whom you're dealing with. You don't seem to see that I've already got all the power in place I'll ever need. I'll show you. I'll take a procession to exotic places, to foreign capitals, to meet with international leaders and visit the home of my youth like the conquering hero I've become. I'll dazzle the world capitals with a procession of pomp and power and lavish spending rivaling even the splendor of King Solomon. And you conservative upstarts can pay for the whole thing!"

Pat Boone is a documented liar, and his propensity for lying eliminates any moral authority he might claim for his anti-Obama screeds.

Posted by Terry K. at 1:09 PM EDT

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