Saturday, January 10, 2009

Overweight Luggage

Feel like you travel with just too much stuff? Dismayed by airline fees? Could be worse.

The president of the United States (POTUS!) brings his own, 10,000-pound, armor-plated limousine along when he makes an international trip. Plus a spare. Guess it must be a security thing. No, they don't fit in Air Force One, but get their own cargo plane(s). Tempting though it might be to attribute such apparent excess to the current administration, this is likely something imposed on the POTUS by others... probably his security advisors. That the budget for such things goes up over the years is a sign of the times.

A fascinating story about the care and feeding of US presidents is in the latest issue of National Geographic. You can read it here.

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