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Your Latest Obama Golf Tab: $3 Million Plus

by Keith Koffler on April 30, 2014, 12:48 pm

And not even a thank you note!

President Obama’s two recent golf excursions to Palm Springs, California and Key Largo, Florida cost taxpayers well north of $3 million, according to documents obtained by Judicial Watch.

And these trips were taken after his just-completed New Year’s vacation to Hawaii, which was largely devoted to golf.

From Judicial Watch:

  • According to the Department of Air Force documents, the flights to and from, Palm Springs for the February 17 – 20, 2014 trip totaled 9.8 hours at $210,877 an hour, which comes to a total of $2,066,594.60 in flight expenses. The records came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of request filed on February 18, 2014.
  • Also according to the Department of Air Force documents, the total cost for flights to and from Key Largo, Florida for the March 7 – 9 trip totaled 4.2 hours at $210,877, which comes to a total of $885,683.40 for flight in expenses.  The records came in response to a Judicial Watch Freedom of Information Act request filed on March 10, 2014.

The figures here actually vastly understate the total cost to taxpayers. First of all, they don’t include the price tag for the cargo plane that accompanies the president everywhere. Nor do they include various logistical costs – such as payments for hotel rooms for staff and Secret Service.

Obama contentOf  course, Obama threw in “official” events at each stop so he could claim the flights were justified. While in California he did an event on local drought conditions and met with Jordan’s King Abdullah, who actually flew out from Washington to see the president. Then Obama played golf for three days with friends who had flown in to join him.

In Florida, the president and the first lady did a little education event in Miami before hopscotching over to Key Largo, where Obama golfed for two days with former basketball players Cyrus Walker and Alonzo Mourning and and former football star Ahmad Rashad.

A little downtime while working? Or official events thrown in so Obama could play some winter golf in beautiful destinations? You be the judge.

But here’s a hint.

The California trip was about the drought, right? But, lemme think, somehow the golf courses out there are . . . green! That’s why they call them greens.

According to Fox News:

The 124 golf courses in the Coachella Valley consume roughly 17 percent of all water there, and one quarter of the water pumped out of the region’s at-risk groundwater aquifer, according to the Coachella Valley Water District.

Statewide, roughly one percent of water goes to keep golf courses green. Each of the 124 Coachella Valley courses, on average, uses nearly 1 million gallons a day due to the hot and dry climate, 3-4 times more water per day than the average American golf course.

Sorry farmers.

Two questions:

1. Why does this president need so many vacations and why does he take them, given that he’s not paying for them.

Oh, wait a second, I think I answered my own question.

and

2. What kind of hypocrite make “income inequality” the supposed focus of the rest of his presidency while himself living like a Maharaja?

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DeniseVB April 30, 2014 at 12:59 pm

LOL, Keith you gotta take a peek over at MOTUS with a great post up about Michelle, the girls and friends spending the weekend at a luxury spa in Middleburg, VA. The story was leaked by the Washington Post!

I do think she can and will outspend BO this year !

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gracepmc April 30, 2014 at 1:10 pm

Thanks Denise. This one was really good.

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Sadie April 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

Lady Michelle needed her ‘ego massaged’ after all those bad reviews on her tv appearances.

Oops, just read that Barack is a Maharaja, which makes Mooch a Maharani – I love alliteration.

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ImNoDhimmi April 30, 2014 at 6:44 pm

Meet Me-Chelle, the most massively mooching Maharani ever!

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anneinarkansas April 30, 2014 at 1:18 pm

I read that earlier. Mooch really knows how to live it up. I would like to see pictures of the “wee wons” at the Virginia spa in the heart of wine and horse country side by side with those from China where they looked bored stiff.
Remember the venom spewed at Ann Romney over her horse?
Michelle could take a lesson from Ann on the value of class.

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AFVet April 30, 2014 at 1:26 pm

That’s enough to make you gag.

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Girly1 April 30, 2014 at 2:03 pm

Nice catch, Denise!

snipped from MOTUS:

“I think it’s really nice she came to town and was so under the radar,” said Punkin Lee, president of the Middleburg Business Association. Lee said she hadn’t heard about Obama’s weekend visit until it was over. “But that’s why people come here,” she added

“Under the radar”! Translation: She is a sneak! Of course she doesn’t want us to know about her secretive hedonistic lifestyle!
She did say in an interview that ppl would be shocked if they knew how much time she spent away from the WH.

She calls the WH a ‘prison’ and only uses it to charge her batteries, order room service, and make US Treasury withdrawals. Congress should put a GPS monitor around her ankle and force her to finish out her ‘prison term’ in isolation! Either that, or send her back to Chicago!

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Star April 30, 2014 at 2:37 pm

She may have been under the radar but they sure tweeted her fast! Punkin…oh, why bother on that one.

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AFVet April 30, 2014 at 2:42 pm

You go Girly1 !

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Jeff April 30, 2014 at 5:04 pm

MOTUS???

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ImNoDhimmi April 30, 2014 at 6:47 pm

MOTUS stands for Mirror of the United States. The website is a daily “must visit” for many of the posters here at WHD.

http://www.michellesmirror.com/

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AFVet April 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

To Keith,…can you determine what transport plane he is using ?
My guess, if it’s a C-17, it sucks more fuel than Obama’s ride.
Just curious, since we never see it.
If it is,…you can double the fuel expenses easily.
Thanks in advance.

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Keith Koffler April 30, 2014 at 8:45 pm

It is a C-17.

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AFVet April 30, 2014 at 9:07 pm

Well, that plus the helicopters, and the limos, mercy !
That’s one hell of a carbon footprint.
Then Mooch’s ride and her wheels,…..we’re getting into some big bucks here !
And he wants to take away our coal fired plants ?

Thanks Keith.

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Kimbly April 30, 2014 at 1:12 pm

This will only get worse after the 2012 elections. The “lame duck” vacationing will only increase. Truly no shame.

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Sadie April 30, 2014 at 1:14 pm

Wait til you see the ‘pardon list’ before he leaves office.

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anneinarkansas April 30, 2014 at 1:21 pm

He, Holder, Sebelius, Ben Rhodes, and the bi….tch from the IRS make head the list.
Can he pardon himself?

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AFVet April 30, 2014 at 1:30 pm

Someone has to convict them first.

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nellas April 30, 2014 at 1:37 pm

Bet he pardons former gov Blago! Has to be a reason he didn’t spill the beans on Obama while he was convicted.

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AFVet April 30, 2014 at 1:44 pm

If by some miracle Obama is impeached, he ain’t gonna pardon anybody.

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DeniseVB April 30, 2014 at 1:20 pm

May’s shaping up to be a doozy.

I recently read that Michelle will be in NYC next week for a ribbon cutting at the Met Art Museum for Anna Wintour’s new collection and a new costumes exhibit.

She’ll still be giving a speech in Kansas and delivering a commencement speech in NOLA. (Dillard University?)

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anneinarkansas April 30, 2014 at 1:32 pm

My son works at the Met in European Paintings. I am sure that he will be absent when she is there. Although he is a Democrat, Yale master’s degree explains why, he does not care for the Obama’s. He dislikes hypocrisy.

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AFVet April 30, 2014 at 1:41 pm

I don’t think the party designations mean much anymore anne.
My wife is a registered democrat but detests what the Obamas are doing to this Country and the hypocrisy that they expose almost everyday.
Ideology is what we must pay attention to.

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RastaBob April 30, 2014 at 2:00 pm

Hypocrisy – like cheering on the Bushies – Trillions for wars, drug programs, torture, ect, ect. You nutjobs are real losers.

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Girly1 April 30, 2014 at 2:17 pm

Like him or not, George Bush was our last American President. The WhiteHouse is now occupied by Marxist grifters who make no pretense of upholding the Constitution or executing the presidential oath of office, Obama, Valjar, and MOOCHelle – the (un)Holy Trinity.

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AFVet April 30, 2014 at 2:48 pm

If I were you,…I would vacate the site before you get your head handed to you.

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lc southern April 30, 2014 at 4:05 pm

They have truly elevated the art of hypocrisy.

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Sadie April 30, 2014 at 5:03 pm

LOL. Anybody(thing) who posts with “rasta” as prefix and anything that follows is “smoking kewl”. Like lint, just pick it off and ignore it.

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CiscoKid April 30, 2014 at 6:23 pm

Maybe he’s a former member of Obama choom gang.

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lc southern April 30, 2014 at 7:16 pm

Oh yes the Choom gang.

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ImNoDhimmi April 30, 2014 at 9:03 pm

Maybe his dreads are too tight.

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Girly1 April 30, 2014 at 2:24 pm

Oh no….I smell another (photoshopped) Vogue magazine cover spread!

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Michael April 30, 2014 at 2:07 pm

Clearly a racist rant, Keith.

You wouldn’t be saying that if Bush went golfing. But, of course, Bush never indulged himself in the excesses that Obama has.

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Jerry April 30, 2014 at 5:18 pm

Jerry, I guess BO and MO will keep doing this until our money runs out.

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Sportinlife10 April 30, 2014 at 6:32 pm

Judicial Watch is worth a donation. There are so few sites that are working on getting out the truth of this administration.

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apr_47 April 30, 2014 at 7:37 pm

Keith, I wonder how he compares to other presidents in the amount of money spent traveling. I know a lot of emphasis is placed on these trips and their cost but what about others. To me these are excesive trips on the Obamas’ part.

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Keith Koffler April 30, 2014 at 8:41 pm

It’s a fair question. I don’t remember this amount of travel by the Bushes. They tended to go to the ranch in Texas and sit there. The Obamas’ vacationing has a tone of luxuriating while the country is suffering. But I’d note, I wasn’t keeping track back then – I reported on other things – and if the Bushes did travel excessively, they shouldn’t have.

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So sad May 1, 2014 at 2:11 am

As in any “job” that of the president should be a set amount of time and money. The vacations should be confined to the United States and limited to immediate family. No paid for trips for anyone if the president is not part of the trip. Travel to foreign countries should be scheduled well in advance and approved by congress. A strict budget for personal vacations and travel. If friends and other “family” tags along they should be billed. Enough is enough why hasn’t something been done by congress about the extravagant trips spending and lifestyle?????

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Peggy May 2, 2014 at 11:10 am

Isn’t that just wonderful

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Peter Boddie May 2, 2014 at 11:40 am

Hey Keith -
I asked Jay Carney that question one year ago when I infiltrated a WH Press briefing.
http://punditpete.blogspot.com/2013/03/political-beat-pete-asks-tough-question.html

And I went back again in March this year.
http://punditpete.blogspot.com/2014/03/oops-he-did-it-again-pete-poses-tough.html

I’d like to interview you sometime for the book I’m writing.
http://punditpete.blogspot.com/2013/02/a-new-book-dc-media-elite-wont-want-you.html

Keep up the great work and God bless.
Peter Boddie (Pundit Pete)
Colorado

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george May 5, 2014 at 3:22 am

blackobama.beep.com

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The Secta is based on ordered relationship hierarchy.
The secta is led by a very little group of leaders, who hold the most of the economical power of the Subud.
For an example, they new HQ of the Subud was planned to be built in Jakarta. It would have a special „boat” shape with a huge chimney.

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