The White House Canceled the Obamas' Safari Trip

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June 14 2013 8:29 AM

Opening Act: Cheetah Slayers

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Former President George W. Bush looks out from a safari truck during his visit to the Mokolodi Nature Preserve in Gaborone, Botswana on July 10, 2003.

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Carol Leonnig and David Nakamura basically ended the White House's plans for a sequestration-era safari jaunt while in Africa. The resulting story is hilarious.

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The president and first lady had also planned to take a Tanzanian safari as part of the trip, which would have required the president’s special counterassault team to carry sniper rifles with high-caliber rounds that could neutralize cheetahs, lions or other animals if they became a threat, according to the planning document. But the White House canceled the safari Wednesday after inquiries from The Post about the trip’s purpose and expense, according to a person familiar with the decision.
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