According to a recent report by the Congressional Research Service, it costs $179,750 per hour to operate the 747 that serves as Air Force One. The figure includes "fuel, flight consumables, depot repairs, aircraft overhaul and engine overhaul," but it's increasingly clear why operating the president's plane is so expensive — it takes a lot of heavy lift capacity to get Barack Obama's ego airborne.
Consider the following email pitches from the president's campaign…
Today: On June 4th, President Clinton and I are getting together in New York — and I'm inviting you, too.
April: I wanted to send a quick note about the upcoming get-together I'll be attending at George Clooney's house. He's doing whatever he can to help build this organization — just as you are. And that's why we're saving seats for two supporters and their guests to join us.
February: Tomorrow night, we'll pick the first of four supporters who will sit down with me for dinner.
November 2011: I'm proud that we're choosing to run the kind of campaign where a dinner like this isn't just possible, it's a regular thing. And next time, I don't just want to meet you — I want to meet someone else in your life.
September 2011: You and I don't have a lot of opportunities to have dinner together. I hope you'll take advantage of the one that's coming up this fall by pitching in right now for an automatic chance to join me.
Damnit, Mr. President, maybe I don't want to have dinner with you! At least a night out with Newt Gingrich will include a side of french fries to accompany the narcissism, not some lettuce from Michelle's organic garden.
On the other hand, at least President Obama is being a gentleman about this. Like all elected officials, he's welched on his share of promises, from his spotty record on civil liberties to an overeager assault on medicinal marijuana. But like a good date, at least he's willing to buy us dinner before he screws us.
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