100 million dollars – upcoming Obama trip to Africa

I always like to do the basic math.  We (FAVL) set up village libraries for about $15,000 and that covers about five years of operations until the office of the mayor can take over.  Let’s say there is no book renewal or much maintenance afterwards… still you get about 10 years of 500 villagers reading a lot.  How many villages?  Well, 100 million divided by $15,000 is 6,666… so village libraries could be established pretty much across the entire Sahel, for this one ten day trip… What do you think about that?  Maybe President Obama can just make a Skype call instead?  Oh wait, those are tapped by NSA.

Lorsque Barack Obama se déplace, cela coûte cher au contribuable américain. Selon le Washington Post, sa prochaine visite en Afrique pourrait coûter jusqu’à 100 millions de dollars. Cela comprend le transport de plus de 50 véhicules, dont 14 limousines officielles, la présence d’avions et de navires militaires, et le déploiement de dizaines d’agents du secret service chargés d’assurer la protection du président et de sa famille qui va l’accompagner.

via La prochaine tournée en Afrique d’Obama: un coûteux voyage de 100 millions de dollars – Etats-Unis – RFI.

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Economist at Santa Clara University and Director of Friends of African Village Libraries.
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