This, from John McCain at the Fiscal Responsibility Summit, was pretty amusing:
MCCAIN: One area I wanted to mention that I think consumed a lot of our conversation on procurement. It was the issue of cost overruns and the Defense Department. We all know how large the defense budget is. We all know that the cost overruns, your helicopter is now going to cost as much as Air Force One. I don’t think that there’s anymore graphic demonstration of how good ideas have cost taxpayers enormous amount of money. So the — we will and I know that you’ve already made plans to try to curb some of the excesses in procurement. We really have to do that. We’re going to have to pay for Afghanistan as you well now and we’re not done in Iraq, but most importantly, we have to make some tough decisions, you, Mr. President have to make some tough decisions, not only about what we procure, but how we procure it…
What a small, petty man. The attempt to blame Obama (“your helicopter”) is just another sign of how these guys are spinning their wheels. President Obama had NOTHING to do with the decisions regarding the helicopter and had nothing to do with the cost overruns, as these were all events and decisions made from well before he assumed office. From May 17th, 2007:
Lockheed Martin is projected to overspend by 34 percent on the development contract for the new presidential helicopter, according to Pentagon and Navy officials.
Costs for system design and construction of initial helicopters needed by October 2009 and more capable choppers for 2015 are estimated to total at least $2.4 billion, up from the $1.79 billion job Lockheed Martin won in January 2005, according to the Navy and the Defense Contract Management Agency.
Putting aside the fact that the President and Congress are already working on legislation to address cost overruns, on May 17th, 2007, Barack Obama was not even the party nominee, let alone President.