The emperor's travels

I never cease to be amazed at the provisions that are made whenever a U.S. president travels overseas.  The BBC reports:

Thousands of police and soldiers have been deployed across the Brazilian city of Sao Paulo ahead of a visit by US President George W Bush.

Anti-aircraft guns have been brought in and the streets around the hotel where he is staying have been closed.

But that's not all, according to someone reading the local papers who wrote in to the Lew Rockwell blog:  The imperial guard includes…

"…four thousand men of the Brazilian police and army, 300 men from the American secret service, 300 cars and motorcycles, and 24 horsemen…I've heard that the whole hotel is being vacated to host the emperor. Of course, to avoid poisoning, his own crew will prepare his meals with ingredients brought from the United States."

Actually, the president's absence seems like a fine time for this humble Midwesterner to make his first visit to Washington, D.C.  It will be a short business stop, just a couple of hours tomorrow, but I have no doubt there will still be plenty to reflect on.  Stay tuned.