Must Presidential Visits Be Regal Affairs?

July 29, 2015 - Finding Carter

Marine One with US President Barack Obama lands during a Wall Street heliport on Jul 17, 2015 in New York, New York. Obama skeleton to spend a night in New York City after attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should review BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)Marine One with US President Barack Obama lands during a Wall Street heliport on Jul 17, 2015 in New York, New York. Obama skeleton to spend a night in New York City after attending a Democratic National Committee fundraiser. AFP PHOTO/BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI        (Photo credit should review BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

Marine One with US President Barack Obama lands during a Wall Street heliport on Jul 17, 2015 in New York, New York. (Photo: BRENDAN SMIALOWSKI/AFP/Getty Images)

President Obama just cracked another long-standing tradition: he didn’t stay during a Waldorf-Astoria during his revisit to New York City this past weekend, and is apparently not formulation to use a princely Park Avenue building during September’s assembly of a United Nations General Assembly. Every boss given Herbert Hoover has possibly lived or stayed during a Waldorf—though Jimmy Carter says he never indeed spent a night—and it was for many years a central chateau of a United States’ permanent deputy to a U.N. The list of overnight guest includes Mr. Obama who stayed during a hotel during prior General Assembly sessions.

But no more. The State Department announced that it was relocating a domicile during a U.N. session. Apparently, a sale of a Waldorf to China’s Anbang Insurance Group triggered possibly bother over a new hacking of 4.2 million U.S. supervision crew records—where China is a main suspect—or genuine fears about security. As partial of a $1.95 billion sale, there will be a vital restoration of a hotel, and some are concerned that a new owners will make new bugging equipment.

So a State Department has decamped to a New York Palace Hotel, that was recently purchased by South Korea’s Lotte Group. According to papers leaked by Edward Snowden, South Korea regularly spies on a United States, though we don’t most care.

Security is one thing; a clarity of mediation is another. And they are not incompatible.

Security is one thing; a clarity of mediation is another. And they are not incompatible.

With all of this Spy vs. Spy activity, anticipating a decent hotel room is apparently removing worse and tougher. Alas, payback is a bitch.

Mr. Obama came to a city this past weekend for a million-dollar fundraiser benefitting a Democratic National Committee, and to attend a opening of Hamilton with his daughters. (Perhaps it will enthuse a boss to leave a initial Treasury Secretary on a $10 check and find another description for a well-deserved woman’s portrait.) But behind to a initial family’s trip.

Now, we’re as star-struck as a subsequent fellow, and there are few things as thespian as a presidential visit. But did Mr. Obama’s confidence needs unequivocally direct a shutting down of a FDR Drive and a train that included, according to one Observer reader, “31 engine bike police, dual widen limos and 31 other several vehicles including one Swat Team vehicle, countless SUV’s and larger-type newcomer vans and about 7 military cars.” (We didn’t notice Mayor de Blasio proposing a investigate of a really estimable overload combined by presidential visits.)

The subsequent day, when Mr. Obama and his daughters took a not-so-impromptu transport by Central Park, a train of 31 vehicles delivered them, during slightest 10 tip use agents, roughly all wearing not-quite-matching blue and gray short-sleeve shirts, surrounded them, and a hulk Cadillac Escalade followed closely behind—on the sidewalk.

We are not suggesting that Mr. Obama and his family don’t need an suitable confidence fact or that an tour with his daughters is not well-deserved. But adequate already. This casual-in-force arrangement is eerily suggestive of when Richard Nixon dressed adult a White House guards in praetorian uniforms. Perhaps it is time for Mr. Obama to mangle with tradition once more, and provide private transport as—well, private.

He competence do good to take a page from a British. Both Prime Minister David Cameron and a successor to a British thrown, Prince William, were recently photographed roving (heaven forbid) economy class. Mr. Cameron flew off on holiday to Portugal with his family aboard EasyJet—a bonus airline. (Not to be outdone, antithesis personality Nick Clegg took his family to Spain, also on Easyjet.) Similarly, Prince William and his mother Kate Middleton managed to stay stylish drifting to a French Alps for a ski vacation also on Easyjet. And when roving by America, Prince William was photographed in a economy cabin of an American Airlines plane.

Security is one thing; a clarity of mediation is another. They are not exclusive values.

source ⦿ http://observer.com/2015/07/must-presidential-visits-be-regal-affairs/

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