Financial crisis? What crisis? Obama spending $2 billion to visit Mumbai

UPDATE:  These numberss, originally reported by an Indian news agency, are now being disputed by multiple media outlets. The correct numbers are unclear but will be updated once the information becomes available.

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GLENN: There’s something else wrong. This New Delhi trip really, really bothers me. Not in the way that it’s just costing $2 billion for ten days so he can see the Festival of Lights.

PAT: That part bothers me. I’m bothered by that.

GLENN: $2 billion so the president can go to New Delhi.

PAT: We know the president needs security and they’re renting out the Taj Mahal hotel and if that’s what you need to do for security, but why do it in the first place?

GLENN: Why does he have to go there?

PAT: Is there an international crisis? You can bring all of India to Washington for less than $2 billion.

STU: Gotomeeting.com is something I have heard of.

GLENN: Seriously why are we going? The only answer I get is that he wants to see the Festival of Lights. No, it’s $2 billion. We have 34 warships. Have you seen this? I mean, we have the president of the United States riding around on a girl’s bike with a pink helmet on and now in New Delhi, they have decided to remove all of the coconuts from the trees in case one falls from the tree and hits him in the head.

PAT: Can’t he wear his pink helmet?

GLENN: Let him wear his pink helmet. I’m telling you, there’s something wrong with this trip. I never seen have you ever seen the president ever seen the president go over for a vacation where you needed 34 warships?

STU: It’s not really a vacation. He has to have some meetings scheduled or something.

GLENN: I’m sure he has meetings. What?

STU: They’re a big trade partner.

GLENN: It sure is. What?

STU: I don’t know the details of his schedule.

GLENN: $2 billion.

STU: That’s a lot of money.

GLENN: Remember when a billion was a lot of money? $2 billion, 34 warships. We are sending. He’s traveling with 3,000 people. I went on vacation in a town of 1,600. I could have taken two of the towns I went on vacation with in the mountains, two Driggs, Idaho and I could have taken them on a plane and gone to India and I could have done it for less than $2 billion.

STU: $2 billion, jeez, that’s over a day of quantitative easing we could have for that. That’s an entire day.

GLENN: Seriously? I want an answer. What are we going over for?

STU: Yeah, I don’t know. And that’s the

GLENN: Jeff is in the back and said it’s our relationship. It’s called the phone.

STU: Tweet them.

GLENN: There’s no reason. Are you kidding me? When did we have a complete lack of common sense? Here when my first daughter was born, I was very poor and so were my parents, and when Mary was born, she had complications. She was born with cerebral palsy and she was having strokes and freaking out. Well, my folks could not afford I couldn’t afford to send them to bring them down and they couldn’t afford to close the Bakery, but they did. Why? Because their children were in crisis. Now it took them a long time to be able to make that back up. They did it because their children were in crisis. So Sometimes you spend $2 billion. This isn’t one of those times.

STU: What’s so important?

GLENN: What’s so important that we’re spending $2 billion and I will tell you something else, risking the president’s life. This is not a safe part of the world. The reason why we have 34 warships there is because this is not a safe part of the world.

PAT: Anybody remember what happened in Mumbai two years ago with the terrorist?

GLENN: I would like a security expert to tell me the risk of the president’s life. First of all, if you have to have 34 warships, is there anyone I know the Secret Service, I know the Secret Service, I know these people, there is no way the Secret Service is saying this is a cool trip. Will anyone verify with the secret Service? Is the Secret Service totally cool with this, are they? The protectors of the president, you can’t tell me the secret service is saying, yeah, Mr. President this is no big deal. If they have 34 warships going and they’re totally cool with it, if there is no threat to the president, can we scale back it the 34 warships? But I can tell you that they take their charge very seriously as does the military. There’s no way they’re going to go in some place with, A, too much stuff. I mean, you want to talk about I mean, this is P. Diddy with $2 billion. You want to talk about an entourage. That’s something the entire world sees. There’s no way, well I was going to say protocol in this office, they could be like hey, you know what tell them a joke how dumb Indians are and they’re running slurpy stores. Yeah, from Joe Biden. This audience knows clearly how bad the protocol office is so maybe they don’t notice. It will be cool. We’ll roll in with 34 warships and people will think that’s cool. They’re taking coconuts down for us. I don’t think so. The world will notice this and it’s grotesque in its nature unless it’s needed. I believe it’s needed which brings us back to the original question, why are we going?

STU: They had a terror threat there very recently. We just had a bomb that was disarmed 17 minutes before it was supposed to explode. There’s a lot of action out there.

PAT: May I bring up the most important issue, global warming. 34 warships. He is flying by helicopter Marine One from the city airport to the Indian Navy’s Helibase and from there, he drives down in a Lincoln Continental, the presidential limousine.

GLENN: It’s not a Continental, it’s a Cadillac.

PAT: Two jets armed and a fleet of over 40 vehicles will be part of the convoy. Global warming.

GLENN: Hang on just a second. That’s his convoy. Hang on just a second. 40 cars is his convoy. You don’t get 3,000 guests into 40 cars.

PAT: That’s true. They said around 800 rooms have been booked for the president and his entourage.

STU: You don’t put 3,000 people in 800 rooms unless people are bunking up.

GLENN: What am I missing here?

STU: There’s a huge global conference going on there, you would understand to some degree.

GLENN: No, if we were saying, we’re going to launch the new world order in India, then maybe he has to attend.

STU: I know all the international groups, they have big conferences and you expect them to go. Really what is the big event? I’m sure he’s got stuff planned over there. There’s nothing on that scale.

GLENN: Security drills have been carried out at the hotel where the president will visit. Really, really? Have they? Have they changed the security procedures? They’re doing drills. Let’s good. Let’s educate everybody. We’ve done the drills all right. Have they changed the itinerary from the other three times he was supposed to go? Have they changed it up at all? Have they done any of it? What did you say, Jeffy?

JEFFY: Of course they have, he’s the president.

GLENN: Somebody in the press should ask. Somebody in the press should ask. They won’t answer my questions. Somebody should ask. Why is the president of the United States spending $2 million going into this much risk.

STU: 2 billion.

GLENN: I’m sorry, $2 billion going to this much risk, why are we jeopardizing the safety of the president of the United States? And I see how much money we are spending. If he’s not at risk, why are you spending it is? If he is at risk, why is he going? Why? The festival of Lights. The press is fine and comfortable with what the president says. He wants to experience the Festival of Lights. Let them eat cake.