Seems like the Republicans are back to using fuzzy math.
President Barack Obama is being slammed by conservatives’ unsubstantiated claims—which the White House insists are bogus—that the president’s 10-day Asia trip, which Obama kicks off Friday, will cost hundreds of millions of dollars a day.
Then there are the rumors that he’ll be guarded by a vast armada of 34 U.S. warships. And that he’ll rent 870 rooms in one hotel. And that he’ll take thousands of people along with him.
Many of the claims originated from unnamed Indian officials in the Indian press. They were then perpetuated by conservatives
U.S. Rep. Michele Bachmann griped to Anderson Cooper on CNN this week that the trip “is expected to cost the taxpayers $200 million a day,” she said. “He’s taking two thousand people with him. He’ll be renting out over 870 rooms in India. And these are 5-star hotel rooms at the Taj Mahal Palace hotel. This is the kind of over-the-top spending.”