The president arrived in Addis Ababa on Sunday, July 26 and departed on July 28. The government also spent $7,540 for cell phones for the president's Ethiopia visit. The White House did not respond to a request for an explanation.
My response: Well Obama's trip to Ethiopia is not just to Ethiopia but to the entire African nations (more than 50 of them). That means if we multiply this by whatever trip cost he has only spent in Ethiopia by 50 the Ethiopia's bill will be 1/50 the of the cost if he would visited each African country. Addis Ababa is the center of African leaders/nations (AU) . That means going to Ethiopia is like killing 50 birds in one stone. May be Obama will be the only US president who has killed 50 birds(issues) in one stone. Yes if Addis Ababa was like London, Tokyo, Paris or other expensive cities his bill could be 10 fold. Also Hilton is an American corporation and they might gave him some discount. My surprise is does Hilton has more than 1200 rooms. Very big !