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POTUS circus coming – prepare for shenanigans

By Gungahlin Al - 4 February 2010 45

It’s hard to imagine what our nation’s capital will be like when US President Obama and his 500-person entourage comes to town next month.

AF1 at the airport, and a decoy nearby – could that possibly be Sydney, or more likely Avalon to avoid the problems it would cause at Mascot?

6 hornets at Nowra on rotation, with two on station over Canberra the entire time (great news for lovers of fast movers).

Transport planes for the 30-vehicle motorcade, including two of the 5-tonne Cadillac Ones.

Advance and pre-advance teams.

Parliament House and all surrounding roads closed down to the public. All APH staff scanned and bussed in to work.

Snipers, spooks and lots of conversations with cufflinks everywhere, various other locations closed off (Mt Majura and My Ainslie?).

And if Queanbeyan commuters think the airport area has its moments now, nothing will compare to the arrival and departure impacts of the visit. The airport has their nice new blast shield so they don’t have to close off the road now, but sure as it will be closed anyway.

And in APH, of course everyone will be squeezed into the House again, instead of into the Senate, which is designed to take both houses when needed. The squeeze along the benches last time looked stupid.

So good RA folk. Will you be looking for good spook-less vantage points to observe the fun? Or will it be a case of avoid at all costs, like Sydney folk being urged to leave town when APEC was on?

What’s Your opinion?


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POTUS circus coming – prepare for shenanigans
lizw 11:47 am 04 Feb 10

I was caught in traffic when Billie boy was in town. We hid out when George W was in town, and I expect we’ll do the same again.

The hornet or whatever it was, just got annoying, flying over all day.

The best part was when AF1 and AF2 flew over our place as Georgie boy left, and we could wave good riddance (we were under the flight path).

pptvb 10:44 am 04 Feb 10

Will Terry Snow get another $23Mill to upgrade his runway again?

Anna Key 10:32 am 04 Feb 10

UrbanAdventure.org said :

You forgot the aircraft carrier and submarine they’ll put in Lake Burley Griffin.
I personally would not mind seeing AF1, but that’s about it. I suspect gawkers wil be shhoed away from the vantage point at the end of the southern runway. 🙁

Ditto, was car park closed when Bush visited? What better way to celebrate freedom and liberty than preventing us from seeing it

Harriet Vane 10:28 am 04 Feb 10

Gungahlin Al said :

Difference perhaps being that most of Canberra loathed Bush, whereas many more locals would be interested in catching a glimpse of Obama?

I would think it ends up much the same. Someone who is loathed is going to need just as much–if not more–security as someone who is popular and drawing crowds.

grunge_hippy 10:14 am 04 Feb 10

i remember when bush came, and the jets were hovering around, with a very faint but constant hum. the kids at school for those few days were off their tree. i reckon it has to do with the constant noise of the jets.

but i did enjoy seeing AF1. i always like it when the big jets come to canberra. they always look so huge compared to our piddly little airport.

astrojax 10:03 am 04 Feb 10

must admit, i got all excited when i read the title of this post and saw ‘circus’ – bugger, i want elephants and clowns…

Gungahlin Al 9:53 am 04 Feb 10

dvaey said :

“It’s hard to imagine what our nation’s capital will be like when US President Obama and his 500-person entourage comes to town next month.”

I imagine quite similar to what happened to our city when Bush visited a couple of years ago

Difference perhaps being that most of Canberra loathed Bush, whereas many more locals would be interested in catching a glimpse of Obama?

neanderthalsis 9:29 am 04 Feb 10

I have a substantial amount of business travel to do next month. So the escape will be good, but airport disruptions not so good.

I can’t see why one man needs a battalion of spooks, media bods, minders and arsewipers to fly into town just wso he can have a yarn with a bloke named Kev.

switch 9:25 am 04 Feb 10

Bugger. I thought the circus last time was because Bush was a megalomaniac who enjoyed rubbing it in because he could, but it looks like it is now SOP.

dvaey 9:24 am 04 Feb 10

“It’s hard to imagine what our nation’s capital will be like when US President Obama and his 500-person entourage comes to town next month.”

I imagine quite similar to what happened to our city when Bush visited a couple of years ago, a bit of attention for a couple of days, then they disappear as quickly as they arrived. Then again, I dont work in the city, parliament or airport areas, so for some it could be a major inconvenience but for others it just seems like theres a few more low flying jets than usual.

Pommy bastard 9:00 am 04 Feb 10

I wonder if he’ll make a speech.One with all those deep and meaningless pauses he uses…..

imhotep 8:56 am 04 Feb 10

Apparently, after visiting APH he will be walking across the Lake to Black Mountain, where he will distribute loaves and fishes.

astrojax 8:50 am 04 Feb 10

will he put in a plug for an a-league team while he’s here? hope so; after all, the great american burley-griffin designed the place. i just hope he takes the dog to an authorised off-leash facility and doesn’t run the lights when he lycras-up for his commute up to the house (we can’t expect him to navigate round-a-bouts with indicators, but i am sure he’ll suitably slow for the speed cameras, then speed up again…)

be nice to see the hornets buzzing about, but.

Pandy 7:52 am 04 Feb 10

“I, for one, welcome our new President Obama overlord”

Phffft

Hi Echelon!!!

UrbanAdventure.org 7:38 am 04 Feb 10

You forgot the aircraft carrier and submarine they’ll put in Lake Burley Griffin.
I personally would not mind seeing AF1, but that’s about it. I suspect gawkers wil be shhoed away from the vantage point at the end of the southern runway. 🙁

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