Mumbai: Strong winds today played a bit of
a spoilsport for the red carpet send off to the Obamas for
Delhi as the gusts blew away the rug twice despite the best
efforts of officials who finally decided to get rid of it to
avoid an embarrassment.
Even as authorities in Mumbai were preparing to bid
adieu to President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle, strong
winds kept blowing away the red carpet laid out at the airport
for them and the problem was compounded by the sweep of the
rotors of the two US helicopters.
Twice the authorities rolled out the red carpet and
both the times, it was blown away by the wind.
Finally, the authorities decided to do without the rug
and the US President and his wife walked without one to the
Later, a US Embassy official told a news agency that the red
carpet was removed as it was being blown away and could have
caused inconvenience to all present.