We are very lucky in New Zealand with our access to politicians. Even with the DPS it is still possible to meet and greet the prime Minister without too much bother. Not so in the US.
Everywhere that Obama goes the airspace is shut down for the time he is in the location and they even shut down and screen access to venues. This costs businesses money.
One of my regular correspondents told me that just the other day he visited Las Vegas and all the tourist helicopter operators running people out to the Grand Canyon had to shut down, even those running out of Boulder City 40 miles away. To top it all off it hosed down with rain and dumped 6 inches into the city when they normally only get about 4 inches per annum.
The owner of a famous beer stand at the Iowa State Fair says President Obama’s visit last night cost him as much as $25,000.
The Bud Tent, which has been serving fairgoers for 65 years, had to be shut down to the public during the presidential drop-in; patrons had to be screened and scanned before being allowed entry.
“I was in a position to make a campaign donation against my will,” said third-generation owner Mike Cunningham II toĀ theĀ Des Moines Register.
Cunningham, it should be noted, is a Republican.
“I wouldn’t have voted for (Obama) before,” Cunningham said. “I won’t again.”
Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, stoked the flap with a Tweet today: “How does PresO justify havin secret service shut down the bud tent @ the state fair nd the owner told me he loses 50,000 n 1 nite.”
Cunningham told the Register the loss was closer to $25,000.
I hope we never get to the situation where this happens in New Zealand. Hell if John Key visited any place takings would probably increase.
Politicians need to be accessible, otherwise they become captured and aloof from the ordinary citizen.