“Shared sacrifice”: that means you and I sacrifice to send the president on a million-dollar golf weekend

It's good to be king - not so good to have one

It’s good to be king – not so good to have one

No wonder the White House wouldn’t allow the press anywhere near the putting green.

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.


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33 responses to ““Shared sacrifice”: that means you and I sacrifice to send the president on a million-dollar golf weekend

  1. Mazama

    President Obama has returned to Washington, from his solo vacation. He finally talked with the press on the ride back.

    Via the pool report:

    “AF1 wheels down Andrews at 7:45pm. POTUS came back to have a 10-minute off the record talk with pool at the end of the flight.

    Reggie Love departed AF1 soon after POTUS, apparently a guest for the weekend. “

  2. sunbeam43

    Just wait for the fat-ass’ bill! That ought to be mind-numbing!

  3. Anonymous

    And wait until the bill comes in for Michelle’s And Girls little jaunt to Aspen; its reported she took a group of friends, had private ski lessons, and the worst, they had to close airspace at Pitkin Airport while FLOTUS and gang landed and took off, leaving other private plane owners with their panties in a bunch. Life among the middle class is tough for Michelle.

    Whiny little Michelle told Rachel Ray that her new bangs hairdo was her midlife crisis because she couldn’t get a fun new sportscar. [violin]

  4. iAnon

    I think what galls most Americans is how utterly hypocritical the Obama’s are. They go on the airwaves espousing fair share crap, asking Americans to pony up for this and that, yet at no time has either one of them shown any restraint in their lifestyle. I get physically ill seeing either of them. Hate W for his policies if you must, but under his political skin was a man of integrity, deep love of his family, and an understanding of hard work. Reagan too, who found nothing more relaxing than riding horses on his own ranch. The Obama’s are the worst example of nouveau that I have seen in my lifetime.

  5. Cobra

    Obozo’s reelection sturmtruppen apparently borrowed Malloy’s tactics. Here’s the tip of the fecal iceberg: http://www.foxnews.com/politics/2013/02/19/ohio-poll-worker-obama-supporter-investigated-for-potentially-voting-six-times/

  6. He has made us all equal….highly handicapped….

  7. Anonymous

    i’m going to send obama a bill for $0.009, since that’s my approximate pro rata share of the expense which i did not explicitly approve as a u.s. taxpayer.

  8. Anonymous2

    Sadly, Mr. and Mrs. Obama have yet to learn that understatement and reserve are the true indications of the secure gentry and aristocracy.

    • sunbeam43

      They will never learn! They are both trash! I have never been so embarrassed of our nation that people(?) as gross as the two of them are contaminating our WH and destroying our republic! Feculence personified!

  9. Balzac

    Obama is on the TV now, presenting once more his view of the choices we face. To paraphrase:

    “Now the Republicans have a choice: either participate in human society by looking fondly on children and pets, while sharing love with all members of the human and other races, preserving mother earth in her beauty for future generations, OR slaughtering, burning and starving 99% of the planet’s people, strip-mining all the national parks, tripling all taxes on everyone who doesn’t own a private equity fund, eliminating all safety-net programs and taking all the world’s gold to their private estates in the Cayman Islands.

    Personally, as President, I favor a balanced approach…….”

    Well gee, he certainly presents a balanced, thoughtful version of Republican ideas, doesn’t he? The man can say the most outrageous things with the calmest, soothing tone.

  10. anonymous

    Two of the “Worlds Shortest Books” just got longer: “Blacks I Have Met Downhill Skiing,” and “Blacks I Have Met on Posh Florida Golf Courses.” fire away…

  11. meridenite

    At the par four 7th hole obama hit his 8th shot within forty feet of the pin picked up his ball and said thats a gimme and wrote down a 4 on his scorecard.

  12. Reality of Riverside

    So you’re telling me that if you were in their shoes, you wouldn’t take full advantage of all the perks of office? Don’t make me laugh! Utter hypocricy.

    • Statesmen don’t “take advantage of the perks of office” – grubby, up from the gutter thuggish low lifes do. Obama is no statesman.

      • Riverside Chick

        I hope Scott Frantz makes his way up the ranks quickly. I watched him being interviewed last week and he’s such a breath of fresh air to listen to. People on both sides can relate to him. Go Scott!!!

    • iAnon

      You are completely missing the point RoR. It’s that in one breath the O’s demand we sacrifice our vacation, our taxes, our healthcare, but then don’t give a flying fig and laugh in our pathetic faces as they go off and squander our money. The NUMBER ONE PERK OF THE OFFICE is the privilege of living in the White House, the house of the people, and the privilege of representing the people of the greatest nation in the world. NOT making us bend over. We might as well all change our names to Patsy.

    • AJ

      Let them eat cake!

  13. AJ

    Has anyone seen the Kim Kardashian — apparently royalty as she got to bypass JFK airport security — porno tape. She seems to be the focus of all media attention as to what “livin’ the life” should look like and something to aspire to. To see the video, and be forewarned it is hardcore, albeit dull, porn in every sense of the word. Rather than provide the link, I’ll direct you to google where if you type in kim kardashian sex tape vimeo, you’ll find it as the first result. CF, whenever I click on comments my browser goes into compatibility view making it so that I can’t see what I’m typing and difficult to post comments.

  14. AJ

    And now for something really obscene:

    ‘Abolish The Income Tax: You Won’t Believe Who Is Getting Away With Paying Zero Taxes While The Middle Class Gets Hammered’

    “The federal income tax is a bad joke and it needs to be abolished. All over the nation, hard working American families are being absolutely crushed by oppressive levels of taxation, and our politicians are constantly coming up with new ways to extract money from all of us every single year. Meanwhile, many ultra-wealthy Americans and many of the most profitable corporations in the country pay little to nothing in taxes. In fact, as you will see below, there are dozens of very prominent corporations that make billions of dollars in profits and yet don’t pay a dime in taxes. Tax avoidance has become a multi-billion dollar industry in the United States. Those that have the resources to “play the game” use shell companies, offshore tax havens and the thousands of loopholes in our tax code to minimize their tax burdens as much as possible. Meanwhile, the rest of us get absolutely hammered…”


  15. iAnon

    Biden’s got his own malarkey going on today, telling women to get a shotgun and if an intruder comes in, shoot a couple times to scare him off (so he can flee and break in someone else’s house?). Anyway, a tweetpic with that subject in mind from @redsteeze had me on the floor laughing.

  16. Anonymous Citizenette

    I always get this visual of these two discussing their next decadent extravagant vacation, just thinking of ways they can stick it up our butts, and the more people complain, the more they laugh and laugh……and the press makes a big deal about a republican taking a sip of water