Remember, remember the Fifth of November,
The Gunpowder Treason and Plot,
I know of no reason
Why the Gunpowder Treason
Should ever be forgot.
Guy Fawkes, Guy Fawkes, t’was his intent
To blow up the King and Parli’ment.
Three-score barrels of powder below
To prove old England’s overthrow;
By God’s providence he was catch’d
With a dark lantern and burning match.
Holla boys, Holla boys, let the bells ring.
Holloa boys, holloa boys, God save the King!
And what should we do with him? Burn him!
Appropriate enough, considering my topic. President Obama has planned a ten-day Asian tour, during which he will visit India, Indonesia, South Korea, and Japan. According to the Press Trust of India, Obama’s entourage will consist of three thousand persons, and the daily cost to American taxpayers for this foray will be approximately $200 million.
I’m not certain as to the validity of these reports; everyone from the press teams traveling with the President to White House representatives is labeling those figures gross overestimations. An Indian television station is reporting that “Mr. Obama will be protected by a fleet of thirty-four warships, including an aircraft carrier, which will patrol the sea lanes off the Mumbai coast,” and the same network claims that the President has reserved the entire Taj Mahal Hotel in Mumbai, which is also being hotly contested by the press. Both of these scenarios seem pretty far-fetched.
I’m going to reserve judgment for now, especially since the good people at Snopes.com are updating at a feverish pace. Regardless, take some time out of your day on this fine Fifth of November to pause and, in whatever manner you choose, consider the leadership of our fine country. Also, please watch V for Vendetta at some point, because it really is that good. Happy Guy Fawkes Day.