Indian Authorities Remove Coconuts Ahead of Obama Visit

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President Obama’s approval rating is tanking and Republicans have seized control of the House. But at least America’s commander-in-chief can rest assured about one thing: during tomorrow’s visit to India, he won’t be hit in the head by falling coconuts.

Hoping to protect the president from stray fruit, officials in Mumbai have cut down all coconuts surrounding the city’s Gandhi museum, which Obama will visit Friday. (See photos of Michelle Obama’s Spanish vacation.)

“We told the authorities to remove the dry coconuts from trees near the building. Why take a chance?” Meghshyam Ajgaonkar, executive secretary of the museum, told the BBC. “They were ripe and they were falling on the road, so we requested our local office to remove them—it was part of a regular clean-up.”

As part of his 10-day state tour of Asia, Obama will also visit Indonesia, South Korea, Japan and China.

Now about those orange trees… (Read about the new Speaker of the House John Boehner.)