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AP Criticizes Bush For Traveling Too Much

Good grief. First it was exercising. Then it was the vacationing myth. Now the media is on the President for, get this, traveling too much.

WASHINGTON - Getting President Bush from here to there consumes an enormous amount of fuel, whether he's aboard Air Force One, riding in a helicopter or on the ground in a heavily armored limousine. The bill gets steeper every day as the White House is rocked by the same energy prices as regular drivers. Taxpayers still foot the bill.

Almost every vehicle Bush uses is custom-made to add security and communications capabilities, and the heavier weight of these guzzlers further drives up gas and jet fuel costs.

The White House declines to discuss travel costs related to the presidential entourage, and did not respond to a request for the overall effect of higher fuel prices on its budget.

It is not Bush's choice to be ferried around in a less than fuel-efficient manner. Those arrangements are dictated by tradition and the Secret Service, whose mission is to protect him.

But Bush is one of the nation's most-traveled presidents. . . .

Reducing his appearances outside the White House and making other gestures toward fuel conservation could help cut down on costs.

What a bunch of twits these journalists are. First Bush gets it because he's not working enough. He's "on vacation" in Crawford. Then he gets it because he's been zipping around the globe working too much.

What do they want, Bush to ride around on a scooter surrounded by jogging secret service men?

By Rob Port of Say Anything.


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Comments (19)

Maybe if he limited his tra... (Below threshold)

Maybe if he limited his travels to occasional jogs down to McDonalds? That seems to have worked in the past.

Could it be that reporters on the tour are getting tired of traveling? I recall reading that those guys get pretty burned out. Another case of reporters adapting news stories for their own agendas?

Good thing he didn't get a ... (Below threshold)

Good thing he didn't get a $200 haircut while all that fuel was burning.

Bush's entourage does indee... (Below threshold)
Steve Crickmore:

Bush's entourage does indeed seem a trifle heavy and expensive. From The Scotsman, concerning the recent G8 summit in Scotland "The President himself, meanwhile, will arrive today with a vast entourage of armed guards and armoured vehicles more akin to a military operation than a friendly tour. Hundreds of US government staff will join their leader for his visit, including some 250 secret service agents, 200 officials from various US government departments, 150 national security advisers and 50 White House aides. Amongst the bodyguards will be secret agents who have agreed to stand in the line of fire in the event of any assassination attempt, while others will mingle with crowds and observe from rooftops.

There will also be 15 sniffer dogs and five cooks, including one personal chef on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week to cater for the President - since anything he eats has to be strictly monitored to protect against poisoning.

His transport for the trip includes two identical Boeing 747-200s, one chartered jumbo jet, a US Marine Sea King helicopter and a Black Hawk helicopter. And that is just when he is airborne. Once on the ground, he will be transported in his armoured Cadillac de Ville, code-named "Stagecoach", flanked by one of two identical motorcades including around 20 other armoured vehicles, including "spook carriers", a military ambulance, a communications van and "war wagons".
But the real bone of contention may be that the American taxpayer is still billed for its larger than appropriate share of 'Air Force One' expenses +$57,000/hour, and other Presidential travel expenses, for http://www.commondreams.org/headlines02/0520-01.htm "> partisan fund-raising purposes.

Clinton traveled a lot too.... (Below threshold)

Clinton traveled a lot too. Remember his farewell tour. He took along Jesse Jackson & an enourmous entourage too. A lot that was billed to the tax payer too.

I used to wonder where news... (Below threshold)

I used to wonder where newspapers got all of those stupid stories. That was before I started looking at the AP feeds themselves. That said, the story about Bush and fuel sets the bar at a new low.

can someone send me some ac... (Below threshold)

can someone send me some actual AP news copy to wipe my ass with? I am almost done with the koran, and the NY times must've switched over to a new paper vendor...man is that stuff rough these days...OUCH!!!

How cute that the LIbEral M... (Below threshold)

How cute that the LIbEral Media is resorting to their pre-9/11 criticisms of Bush. Ooh, he's wasting fuel and money? Yeah, it's not like he's on the Democratic ticket and flying out a hairstylist from DC to Portland, OREGON to fix his hair up so it looks pretty. Because that would be a waste.

To have the Leader of the F... (Below threshold)

To have the Leader of the Free World zipping around on a Vespa would be kinda gay. Best to get him a Segway. Ooh yeah, baby, that's the ticket.

Or one of those Doc Ock things from that Spider-guy movie? Although personally, I'd rather test drive Kirsten Dunst.

Do a simple Google of Jenni... (Below threshold)
Cardinals Nation:

Do a simple Google of Jennifer Loven and you'll see this is just the lastest installment of her Bush-bashing brand of "journalism."

Nothing new here, folks.

It's typical for any Presid... (Below threshold)

It's typical for any President to travel with a small army - Cricksmore forgot to mention the C5s or whatever cargo planes they use now to carry the vehicles around in advance of the President too.

A few years ago, they literally shut down both Teton and Yellowstone parks when Clinton came to visit. Hope he had fun.

From the report:"R... (Below threshold)
Peter F.:

From the report:

"Reducing his appearances outside the White House and making other gestures toward fuel conservation could help cut down on costs.

But some suggest that could do more harm for national morale and Bush's image than good for the financial bottom line."

Golly, it's opinion backed by no figures to support the claim followed by unattributed remarks from God knows who. Now that's cutting journalism at its best.

WTF? Was the editor out at three-martini lunch when the cub reporter turned this in?

Rob, I'm guessing that what... (Below threshold)

Rob, I'm guessing that what the media really wants is reduced security so somebody can get a shot off and take Bush out. They just don't have the balls to say it.

But that's just a guess.

Clinton still travel... (Below threshold)

Clinton still travels a lot, on vitally important used-to-be-the-president business . . .

Next they'll complain that the Iraq War is a waste of precious oil because of all those tanks, jeeps, etc.

Difference is, W can't seem... (Below threshold)
Eddy J:

Difference is, W can't seem to multi-task. Why take a 5 week vacation, when your house isn't in order? Sick of seeing him chopping brush and biking, while soldiers are making the ultimate sacrifice. If he doesn't want folks to see pictures of the maimed and dead, what makes him think I want to see him on a $3 K bike. He needs to get a handle on the War on Error, before he ejoys such leisure. The man hasn't an exit strategy in sight, and it's ridiculous that he can't face reality.

Silverbubble,It's ... (Below threshold)
Ric Locke:


It's easier than that, really. They just want him to stay home.

Bush gets criticized for "not communicating", but that's because he isn't allowed to. The Media have uniformly decided that George Bush will not be quoted, especially in context. They'll soundbyte, paraphrase, and generally distort, but they will not transmit what he says. That being the case, face-to-face is Bush's only way of actually getting people to hear what he says, and he does enough of it that the word seeps out. This is intolerable to the NYT, which has decided that it has the power to control the national dialogue; the solution is to force Bush to abandon his travels, so only the Media are available to him.

Oh, and Eddy J: there is an exit strategy. It's called "we win". And if you think the house in Crawford is less connected to the world than the White House is, you're even stupider than the average leftie.


Jennifer Loven... (is) the ... (Below threshold)

Jennifer Loven... (is) the wife of Roger Ballentine, formerly deputy assistant to President Clinton for environmental initiatives and chairman of the White House Climate Change Task Force, and then one of John Kerry's key environmental advisors during the 2004 campaign.

There's your explanation.

Rick, please unlock your br... (Below threshold)
Eddy J.:

Rick, please unlock your brain and think for yourself. Haven't you heard the latest - Iraq is on the brink of a Civil War. All because Georgie wanted avenge the attack on his Daddy. He said "bring it on" and they've brought. If you wanna continue to believe that the War on Error is on the "winning" track and the insurgency is in its last throes then like the other neo-con loons, you're beyond help. Why not put your money where your mouth is and sign up for the "noble cause" that you're cheerleading for, and we'll see just how tough you are. If all you neo-freaks had to ship out tomorrow, the war would be over tomorrow. By the way, tell your President that many of the troops are still without adequate equipment, and stop wasting time attacking someone who is among the 54% who have a brain and don't need Rush or Fox News telling us how to think!

I think, really, the chief ... (Below threshold)

I think, really, the chief problem with President Bush in the minds of these people is that he breathes too much...

What the hell is the AP adv... (Below threshold)

What the hell is the AP advancing OPINION. Just the facts, please. And even then, no one cares!






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