The trip was far from a little getaway, as he made his way to the golf course by way of Chicago on Friday and that is when the costs started piling up.
ABC News reported that in 2012, it cost $179,750 per flight hour to run Air Force One.
Going off that rate- even though it is likely higher now since gas prices have risen- the cost of the flights to Florida and back to Washington on Monday totaled $943,687.50.
And the price tag quoted doesn’t even come close to covering the entire cost:
He rented out all three of the four-bedroom guest cottages on the grounds of The Floridian for the whole of the long weekend, as well about 20 hotel rooms from the nearby Holiday Inn- which is about 20 minutes drive from the course- for his traveling entourage of press and security.
Expectantly, their price differentials are significant, as one night in a guest cottage costs $1,500 while the Holiday Inn told MailOnline that they charged the government per-diem rate of $77 per room.
On top of the logistical expenses, the whole point of the trip was to relax on the golf course, which involves a whole host of expenses in itself.
Guest greens fees at The Floridian are $300 per person, and each player hires a caddy who costs $200 per round.
For three guests to play two rounds of golf over the weekend, greens fees come to $1,800 and the caddies fees for the foursome total $1,600.
The Floridian also features a gourmet dining room, full service spa and a marina with 68 boat slips so members can arrange to go on fishing outings during their stay. Because the press were banned from getting past the maintenance shed outside of the gates of the club, it is not known whether the President indulged in any of those amenities.
The golf club’s rules stipulate that all expenses incurred by guests are paid for by their member counter part. In this case, that means that the club’s owner Jim Crane- who is also a Democratic donor- likely paid for all of the charges and is being reimbursed either in full or part.
Another personal expense that Mr Obama racked up came from the eight hour one-on-one lesson with golf pro Mr Harmon. Since those lessons typically cost $3,000, that means that Mr Obama’s bill came to a tidy $24,000 after his intensive session on Saturday.
Is this a great country or what? An associate law school instructor turned community organizer with no appreciable talent can become President of the United States and start living like his new billionaire friends, private his and her jets, separate vacations for himself and his affirmative-action, equally untalented wife, million dollar weekend getaways, and a band that strikes up whenever he appears, all paid for by taxpayers. Fantastic.