February 24th, 2009
05:20 AM ET
1 year ago

McCain presses Obama on pricey helicopters

Sen. McCain mentioned the hefty projected price tag for replacing the President's fleet of helicopters as the White House's fiscal responsibility summit ended Monday evening.
Sen. McCain mentioned the hefty projected price tag for replacing the President's fleet of helicopters as the White House's fiscal responsibility summit ended Monday evening.

(CNN) - President Obama said Monday he’s pretty happy with helicopter he has - though the new commander-in-chief joked he's never had one to compare it to.

During a fiscal summit at the White House Monday, Arizona Sen. John McCain - Obama's former rival for the White House - pressed the new president on the Defense Department's plan to overhaul the fleet of 28 Marine One helicopters, a process that began early in the Bush administration.

Watch: 'I've never had a helicopter before,' Obama says

The price tag for the new helicopters has been estimated at over $11 billion, more than the cost of Air Force One - a cost that Obama said appeared unnecessary.

"The helicopter I have now seems perfectly adequate to me," Obama responded to laughter. "Of course, I've never had a helicopter before.

"You know? Maybe - maybe I've been deprived and i didn't know it. But I think it is a - an example of the procurement process gone amok and we're going to have to fix it."


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soundoff (328 Responses)
  1. Otto

    Oh these Republicans, or better yet; oh these evil people! As long as it's Geroge Bush and his best friend Dick Cheney, it is alright.

    As long as America is spending a trillion dollars in Iraq; it is alright. As long as Americans are dying for an evil war in Iraq and their leaders are gaining millions as kick back; it is alright!

    Right repukes? You are a-okay as long as you are the ones gaining and spending tax payers dollars in an ungodly way...right?

    February 23, 2009 08:01 pm at 8:01 pm |
  2. Kevin

    McCain would have more credibility if he spoke out against this issue when Bush was in office and before he decided to run for President. I have faith President Obama will make the proper decision.

    February 23, 2009 08:02 pm at 8:02 pm |
  3. jay S.

    No Bias? Then print my post, I have sent my posts to other media sites showing them how biased you guys really are.

    February 23, 2009 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
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