Friday, November 5, 2010

India Removes Falling Coconut Threat So Obama Doesn’t Have a Repeat of Tuesday

With an entourage of about 3,000 people, several dozen aircraft, disputed numbers of ships patrolling offshore, three Marine helicopters, a few armored cars and a reported price tag of about $200 million a day, President Obama’s mobilization to India is starting to make D-Day look like the Paducah lawnmower races.

But fortunately, the “carbon footprint felt ’round the world” tour” is leaving nothing to chance in the area of security — not even coconuts:

While President Obama may have taken one on the jaw in Tuesday’s elections, officials in India are seeing to it he doesn’t take one on the head during his upcoming visit.

City officials in Mumbai have ordered the removal of all the coconuts from the trees around a museum dedicated to Gandhi for fear one could come loose and fall on the President’s head.

“We told the authorities to remove the dry coconuts from trees near the building,” Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, executive secretary of the museum, told the BBC. “Why take a chance?”

If you’ve ever seen what a falling coconut can do to a teleprompter, you’ll understand the real reason this is being done.

Doug Powers -