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An unattainable dream is about to come true. Someone who is not the President nor in the government will be able to say that they are now the owner of Air Force One*.
The aircrafta DC-9 with seats for 42 travelersmay not be the jumbo jet 747 we're so used to seeing presidents emerge from on state visits, but nabbing this plane for a starting bid of $50,000 isn't half bad. For that amount of money, The Telegraph notes, one could "only run Mr Obama's main presidential aircraft for a quarter of an hour."
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With a 747 and a fleet of other airplanes, helicopters and bulletproof vehicles at his disposal, the President of the United States really gets around. One of the most traveled presidents in history is the current one, President Obama, and though it seems a challenge to keep up with his itinerary when he squeezes several countries and world capitals into a few days, The White House has made it very easy with Foursquare.
Thanks to the location-based social media app, The White House can create lists of Obama's stops and offer these lists to be "followed," so that traveling Foursquare users can "check in" to a venue and see if the President preceded them there. It's all very cool, and of course each location includes a tip or note on what Obama accomplished in each place, such as speaking about job values at a BBQ joint in North Carolina.
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The fall tours of the White House Gardens may have already come and gone, but the holidays bring other special, Presidential events. For example, there's the lighting of the National Christmas Tree, which goes down December 6 on the Ellipse nearby the White House.
This will be the 90th annual National Tree lighting, which gives it a full decade more seniority over the Rockefeller Center Tree, and the night promises "nationally known entertainers and a United States military band," plus the President's message of peace.
Today's the day. Election Day. By tonight, the United States will (hopefully) have a decision on who will become the next President of the United States and the mud-slinging political commercials and phone calls and junk mail will come to an end...until the next election. Still, we cannot wait for the campaigns to shut up.
If you're living in a battleground state like Ohio or Florida, then you need a vacation from the rhetorica real vacation. Maybe head to one of these countries that do not hold elections for their top spot:
It’s been a long time coming, but it looks like New York City’s newest memorial is finally ready for the masses. It may be decades overdue, but yesterday officials cracked the champagne bottle over the Franklin D. Roosevelt Four Freedoms Park, right in the middle of the East River.
Designed by Louis I. Kahn long before his death, the project was kind of in an off-again-on-again situation for many, many years. The finished park sits right at the southern tip of Roosevelt Island—of course—smack dab between Manhattan and Queens. In total the new memorial takes up a good chunk of real estate, as it’s about four acres surrounded with around 120 trees.
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There’s a lot of hot air exchanged during the campaign season, but if there’s one thing worth paying attention to it’s the campaign planes. Of course President Obama will be utilizing Air Force One to get here and there as he explains his message to supporters and onlookers, but Mitt Romney has an airplane too and it just made its debut.
Following the big pep rally down in Tampa last week, the Romney campaign revealed the look of their 2012 campaign charter planes. The main aircraft is a MD-83 featuring the campaign’s stylized “R” logo on the tail. This is the plane Romney will probably use the most, but Congressman Paul Ryan also has a jet of his own. The Vice Presidential candidate will be flying around in a DC-9 that’s just as old as he is, as the plane rolled off the assembly line back in 1970.
If you're a US citizen and you'll be traveling overseas during the US 2012 election, have you yet registered to vote by absentee ballot?
The big election date is Tuesday, November 6th, and you'd better get cracking if you don't want to lose the chance to tick the box you like best.
Even if your home isn't in a battleground state, House and Senate seats are up for grabs, so every vote counts. Fortunately, it only takes five minutes to fill out the forms online and mail them off!
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The Hoover wedding
The month of June may be over, but the slew of summer weddings is far from following. While tuxedo rental places charge peak prices and caterers artfully fold cloth napkins, we're wondering where all these newlyweds are heading on their honeymoons. Odds are that tropical islands are at the top of the list, but what about places like Ohio or Georgia?
These were the hotspots for Presidential honeymoons, according to an exhaustive list by The Awl that names the known honeymoon destinations of all 44 US presidents and their wives.
It's absolutely worth a full look, but here's our favorite:
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Wow. One of life's greatest mysteries has been solved via a simple WhiteHouse.gov video. We speak, of course, of the existence of a presidential passport. It does exist!
Although President Obama does not have to endure annoying boarding procedures when he flieswaiting for Group C to be called, worrying about overheard cabin space, hitting up Sbarro's in a fit of hunger desperationit's comforting to know that he must still pass though immigration.
Notice that it is a black passport, the color of Presidential-level passports (versus the red of diplomatic and navy blue of normal citizen level).
A brief examination of the Jaunted archives shows that we've never had a chance to write about airport news coming out of Little Rock National Airport, despite it being the largest airport in Arkansas.
LIT serves 18 different cities to the tune of 150 flights a day, and is a mere 2 miles from the central business district of Little Rock. The airfield dates back to the 1910s, and commercial flights began all the way back in the 1930s. If you want to see the official slide presentation describing LIT's 2020 infrastructure roadmap it's posted here, because the Internet is magic that way.
For all the airport's history, it's in the news this week for something a little more modern. The Little Rock Airport Commission voted unanimously earlier this week to rename it the "Bill and Hillary Clinton National Airport," honoring the past President and current Secretary of State.
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After a couple of failed trips, Air Force One finally crossed the international dateline from Hawaii to Australia, touching down in the capital city, Canberra. Barack Obama became only the fourth US President to visit the Land Down Under this week right on the heels of Queen Elizabeth's royal tour.
While this was a much shorter visit than the Monarch, it marked the 60th anniversary of the ANZUS Treaty, a defense treaty between the US, Australia and New Zealand. Obama even got a bonus opportunity to strengthen the friendship between himself and Julia Gillard, the Australian Prime Minister
Get ready to wave at—or high-five—former President Ronald Reagan on your way to and from the airport this holiday season.
Reagan National Airport in DC has just added a nine-foot-tall bronze statue outside the entrance to the airport. Just in case you’re not too familiar with presidential history—he wasn’t really that tall. Anyway, this is like the fourth likeness of the former president dedicated this year, as 2011 is the 100th anniversary of his birth.