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President Barack Obama addresses about 1,200 service men and women at MacDill Air Force Base in Tampa on Wednesday, Sept. 17, 2014. The stage and backdrop for this visit cost $94,000. JAMES BORCHUCK   |   Times

Put up in a hurry, Obama's backdrop at MacDill cost nearly $100,000

TAMPA -- When President Barack Obama addressed the world two weeks ago from Tampa's MacDill Air Force Base, he stood on a hastily-built stage that cost the public nearly $100,000. Elite Productions, which says it's based in Washington, D.C., Michigan and Iowa, provided the stage along with drapery and audio and vis …