Popular podcaster Marc Maron interviewed Obama recently (Ep. 613). Today, I listened to a debrief of the interview featuring Maron and his producer (Ep. 614), and it was just as fascinating as the interview itself. They talked about the scheduling, security sweeps, everything behind the scenes. Apparently, Obama's Marine One helicopter is now always escorted by at least two Ospreys carrying Secret Service agents.
Objectively, as a citizen and a taxpayer, I am not a fan of spending billions on military hardware. But subjectively, as a 12 year old patriot who likes loud machines, this helicopter pack flying over American cities seems pretty cool.