Trump grounds Pelosi, Melania flies Air Force to Florida same day (cost: $35,217.50)

Originally published at: https://boingboing.net/2019/01/17/trump-grounds-pelosi-melania.html

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I am shocked that Air Force One is so cheap to operate, frankly.

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And - Cohen was sworn in for this testimony.

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(cost: $35,217.50)

That’s peanuts, compared to what the Russian President of the US, Donny Two Hamberders fitters away daily of the US economy. Millennium is a deal compared to her mushroom pecker.

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This presidency is a malignant std, and we all got it because he fucked our democracy with stupid.

I think a majority of our population is being permanently innoculated against future blustering horseshit salesmen like this, while a subset drinks the antivaxxer coolaid of fascism and hopefully will die out from their malignant stupidity.

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Are the White House chef and others in the White House furloughed and Melanie can’t cook so she’s gone to Maga-Lardo for the pampering she’s accustomed to? Can she even boil water? Will she ever be a real American?

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Pretty typical of the “let them eat Cake” crowd. Every good cake deserves to be iced.

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This US “First Lady” thing is bizarre. Are there any other countries where this could happen?

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That there’s an Office of the First Lady of the United States is really weird to me. I’m not even sure what my Prime Minister’s wife’s name is, and I have no reason to know.

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This is more dystopian than any author could conceive: Russia uses online services to place their own Manchurian candidate as president, who then shuts down the government, and puts children in concentration camps. He uses his power to sideline his detractors, all within the legal framework of the state.

The experiment of America has failed.

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So why did Trump not request border wall funding during the first two years with Republican majorities in House and Senate?

Why did he wait until the Dems, as expected, got the House majority?

There is only one purpose for this strategy: to wreak havoc.

And this is only going to get worse, folks.

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This isn’t Air Force One for two reasons.

One is that Air Force One is only called that when the President is on board, the other is that the aircraft the President normally uses is a VC-25A (Boeing 747) not a C-32 (757) like this.

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Technically, “Air Force One” is not a plane, but the official ATC call sign. Any1) plane used by the Prez becomes “Air Force One” for the time being, if it is an Air Force plane. Helicopters use the call sign “Marine One”. Commercial planes2) use the call sign “Executive One”.

You’re probably thinking of the VC-25 with full doomsday gear, which can’t be operated for $14,087 per hour.
BTW, two new of those babies are due in 2014, estimated at $2,000,000,000. Each.

1) The Air Force aquired a Beechcraft Model B90 King Air, designated VC-6A, as a shuttle for Johnson in Texas. When Jonson used it to get from Bergstrom AFB to his ranch and back, this was “Air Force One”.

2) A rare occurrance. Nixon did this once in 1973, flying with his family from DC to LA on a United Airlines DC-10. His staff explained that this was done to conserve fuel by not having to fly the usual Boeing 707 Air Force aircraft.

Way before ATC call signs were a thing, the first Prez on a plane was, you guessed it, Teddy Roosevelt (okay, he was out of office by then) on an early Wright flyer in 1910.

ETA: @AlexG55:
I owe you a coke.

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He did cancel his trip to Davos, and the entire US delegation.

What’s bizarre about all of these theatrics is that the Air Force is fully funded.

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It kind of fell out of favour after Marie Antoinette.

Though I’m unfair by comparing Melania to Marie Antoinette - Marie was a devoted mother, generous, a huge donor to charity and brave. Melania is a vacuous, vicious gold digger who deserves her miserable marriage.

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She’s there alone with their child.

Really, or does she have a Secret Service detail, which must be quartered at considerable taxpayer expense regardless of the shutdown?

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(Never not relevant. Fuck Trump, fuck his supporters, and fuck the Republican party that enables him.)

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Trump flew to Iraq on a VC-25 but a different callsign was used to keep the flight secret. A planespotter photographed the plane and recognised it as a VC-25.


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WHY YOU GOTTA KEEP BULLYING MELANIA, XENI???
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(sorry for the all caps, but I felt it added to the effect.)

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