Taking Out All The Stops To Protect A President : The Two-Way As India prepares for a visit from President Barack Obama they have taken every step to make sure his visit is a safe one. Including taking down all the coconuts that might fall on him.
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Taking Out All The Stops To Protect A President

Innocent fruit, or silent, Ninja-like killer? Indian authorities decide not to take a chance. Ostapchuk hide caption

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When a US president pays a visit to your country, you have to worry about security. This is arguably the most powerful individual in the world, and there are lots of people who would love to make a statement by seeing him dead. And, oh God, what if there was an accident. That would take forever to live down, so why take a chance? At least that seems to be the attitude of the government of Mumbai where President Barack Obama will be visiting in the coming days. From the BBC:

In their effort to provide maximum security in the run-up to his visit on Friday, they have removed coconuts which may fall on his head from trees.

All coconuts around the city's Gandhi museum have now been cut down, an official told the BBC.

Every year in India people are injured or even killed by falling coconuts.

Y'know, sometimes it's thoroughness that counts.