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The Literal Army It Takes To Get The President To Africa

1. The President will make his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa this month. Obama will be going to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

The President will make his first extended trip to sub-Saharan Africa this month. Obama will be going to Senegal, South Africa and Tanzania.

2. Leaked documents published by the Washington Post show exactly how gigantic of an undertaking this trip will be.

Leaked documents published by the Washington Post show exactly how gigantic of an undertaking this trip will be.
Source: flickr.com

3. According to the documents, close to 200 U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched for the trip.

According to the documents, close to 200 U.S. Secret Service agents will be dispatched for the trip.
Image by Jacquelyn Martin / AP

4. “A navy aircraft carrier, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency.”

"A navy aircraft carrier, with a fully staffed medical trauma center, will be stationed offshore in case of an emergency."

5. 24 hours a day, fighter jets will patrol the airspace above the President so they can “intervene quickly” in case of an emergency.

24 hours a day, fighter jets will patrol the airspace above the President so they can "intervene quickly" in case of an emergency.

6. “Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles.”

"Military cargo planes will airlift in 56 support vehicles."
Source: nytimes.com

7. Of these 56 support vehicles, 14 will be limousines.

Of these 56 support vehicles, 14 will be limousines.
Image by AP

8. There will be a truck that jams radio frequencies around the presidential motorcade.

There will be a truck that jams radio frequencies around the presidential motorcade.

9. A “fully loaded ambulance that can handle biological or chemical contaminants.”

A "fully loaded ambulance that can handle biological or chemical contaminants."

10. And a truck for X-ray equipment.

And a truck for X-ray equipment.
Source: dailybail.com

11. And the vehicles will also include trucks loaded with sheets of bulletproof glass.

And the vehicles will also include trucks loaded with sheets of bulletproof glass.

12. The glass will be installed to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay.

The glass will be installed to cover the windows of the hotels where the first family will stay.

13. It is important to note that the President travels with this assortment of vehicles almost everywhere he goes.

It is important to note that the President travels with this assortment of vehicles almost everywhere he goes.
Source: jfdaily.com

14. But since the African trip’s stops are in quick succession, THREE OF EACH vehicle are required for each leg of the trip.

But since the African trip's stops are in quick succession, THREE OF EACH vehicle are required for each leg of the trip.

15. The cost of the trip is expected to be between 60 and 100 million dollars.

The cost of the trip is expected to be between 60 and 100 million dollars.

16. That would make this the most expensive trip in Obama’s tenure.

That would make this the most expensive trip in Obama's tenure.
Image by Yuri Gripas / Reuters

17. Have a safe trip Mr. President!

Have a safe trip Mr. President!
Image by Rich Schultz / AP
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