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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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Deref 9:38 am 13 Sep 11

rosebud said :

I am no flage waver.

I am. I wave my flage as often as I can. I think I’ll wave it at Obama when he visits.

bigfeet 9:22 am 13 Sep 11

johnboy said :

Canberra not yet confirmed.

Very bad diplomatic form if he doesn’t.

Protocol is that a Head of State will always visit the Capitol of the country they are visiting and their own embassy when on a ‘state’ visit.

Different rules for Head of Government and ‘non-state’ visits.

Big O is Head of State and Head of Government.

edlang 9:12 am 13 Sep 11

johnboy said :

Canberra not yet confirmed.

It’s likely though, given the Australian-American Memorial is here?

johnboy 9:01 am 13 Sep 11

Canberra not yet confirmed.

molongloid 8:41 am 13 Sep 11

Here we go again.

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