Obama with Secret Service contingent

It’s the Brits who are abuzz about the Obama “500 strong” entourage arriving tomorrow in the UK, for the upcoming G20 Summit in London, complete with a staff of 200 U.S. Secret Service, armoured limos, decoy helicopters, a six doctor medical team and a special armored plated limo nicknamed “The Beast”.

According to the Brit tabloid, The Guardian, Brits will get to see firsthand, the difference between Obama the politician, when he last visited the UK during the election, and Obama on his first official trip as President.

Obama in London, in front of Number 10 Downing Street, July 2008, while running for President

The last visit occurred back in July was called “low key” by the Brit press:

United States presidential contender Barack Obama is in London on the last leg of his international tour.

Senator Obama is due to meet with British Prime Minister Gordon Brown, the leader of the Opposition, David Cameron, and former prime minister Tony Blair, who is now the international Middle East envoy.

Senator Obama’s London visit is deliberately being kept low key, a contrast to the public adulation he received in Berlin and Paris.

In London even the handshake with Mr Brown takes place inside Downing Street.

Officials insist Britain remains the United States’ most important European ally.

The Downing Street talks are expected to range wide, covering Iran, Iraq, the rest of the Middle East, as well as climate change and worries about fuel and food price rises.
BBC News

Brits were last abuzz about “image” and Obama as the head of the sole superpower state who gave Prime Minister Gordon Brown a set of classical movies when Brown recently visited the U.S., while Gordon arrived bearing several very thoughtful gifts for Obama and his family:

From the Daily Mail:

“The Prime Minister gave Mr Obama an ornamental pen holder made from the timbers of the Victorian anti-slave ship HMS Gannet.

The unique present delighted Mr Obama because oak from the Gannet’s sister ship, HMS Resolute, was carved to make a desk that has sat in the Oval Office in the White House since 1880.

Mr Brown also handed over a framed commission for HMS Resolute and a first edition of the seven-volume biography of Churchill by Sir Martin Gilbert.

In addition, Mr Brown and his wife showered gifts on the Obama children giving Sasha and Malia an outfit each from Topshop and six children’s books by British authors which are shortly to be published in America.

In return, the Obamas gave the Browns two models of the presidential helicopter, Marine One, to take home to sons Fraser and John.”

Obama’s Armour plated Cadillac limo, “The Beast”

Not only will a 500 support staff wing it with the President, but so will a special armor plated limo nicknamed “The Beast” which cost $300,000, and also comes with special features such as night vision cameras, tear gas cannon, and oxygen tanks. For more info on “The Beast” see “Obama’s Presidential Limo Will Be a ‘Rolling Tank With Windows”.

How did one White House staffer try to explain the need for 500 staff?

Continue reading: Obama and the G20 Summit: 500 Strong Superpower Entourage, Including “The Beast”

by LBG/Mondoreb
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