Don Surber’s post - “Obama’s $2 billion vacation” - describes the president’s upcoming trip to India. The sheer…I dunno…obscenity of it all is staggering. The president and his handlers are going to rent the entire 800-room Taj Mahal Hotel. Navy ships will patrol the coast. And, according to this article in the Telegraph, coconuts are going to be removed from palm trees, lest they collude with gravity in an effort to bruise the presidential noggin:
All coconuts around the city's Gandhi museum, one of Mr Obama's stops in the city, are being taken down.Why, indeed? The merest Moghul emperor would have expected as much.
Mani Bhavan, where Mahatma Gandhi stayed during his freedom struggle against the British, is among five places the US president is visiting in Mumbai.
"We told the authorities to remove the dry coconuts from trees near the building. Why take a chance?" Mani Bhavan's executive secretary, Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, told the BBC.
The trip is an example of shocking excess, although it does serve as the perfect coda for the recent Republican victories, and for Obama’s inability to face facts. Not only does he have feet of clay, but apparently ears of tin, as well. The unemployment rate is higher than it has been in decades, we are buried under a mountain of government debt, and the aggressive expansion of federal power has just been thoroughly repudiated by the voters – and our president, having uttered remarks to the press that provide ample proof that he still fails to grasp what has happened, flees to the other side of the world. Maybe he has been told that there will no Fox News reporters on hand.
Or perhaps Obama has decided to chuck his job, and is going to India to immerse himself in the pursuit of spiritual knowledge by becoming a simple holy man (after having one last spending spree). At least, when he assumes the lotus position under the swaying palm, he can rest assured that no coconuts will conk him on the head.