London, March 29 (ANI): While U.S. President Barack Obama is gearing up for his first official overseas trips, it seems that the entire White House staff are preparing to fly with him.
Obama is all set to meet the Queen before joining 19 world leaders at the G20 summit on Thursday in London’s Docklands. He and First Lady Michelle will later fly to France, Germany and the Czech Republic.
Accompanying them on these trips will be at least 500 officials, the back-up staff, and high-tech gadgetry.
Those flying with the President will include 200 or so Secret Service personnel.
Besides, there will be the Service’s Counter-Assault Team, the White House Military Office, the White House Transportation Agency, the White House Medical Unit, the Marine Corps Helicopter Squadron, the State Department Presidential Travel Support Service, the US Information Agency, the Immigration and Naturalization Service and the Customs Service.
Even the chefs and ancillary staff who prepare the presidential nosh will also fly with Obama.
First Lady Michelle will be assisted by eight staff, including a secretary, press officer and her personal bodyguards.
“America is still the sole superpower. And the President must have the ability to handle any crisis, anywhere, anytime. When the President travels, the White House travels with him, right down to the car he drives, the water he drinks, the gasoline he uses, the food he eats,” the Mirror quoted an official as saying, while justifying this vast production.
Also flying with Obama will be Reggie Love, whom the President describes as “the kid brother I never had”.
The 27-year-old personal aide works out with Obama at the start of the day, and they often unwind at the end of the day by watching TV sports.
Love is also on hand if Obama needs pens, Nicorette gum, toothbrushes, breath freshners, throat lozenges, water, tea and aspirins. (ANI)