From March 7–9, the First Family spent Spring Break at Key Largo, Florida’s, exclusive Ocean Reef Club, where members must have a minimum net worth of $35 million to join. According to its website, “the Club boasts two championship 18-hole courses, a rarity in the Florida Keys … a salon and spa, more than a dozen restaurants, a 175-slip marina, a private airport, and so much more.” Ironically, the costly Spring Break vacation took place on the heels of Obama’s State of the Union Address in which he focused on income inequality.
There is no doubt the Obamas continually abuse the perks of the president’s office. And it is particularly laughable that Obama has chosen to take not one but two luxury vacations back-to-back while inveighing against “income equality.” While too many Americans are struggling to make ends meet and fund a debt-ridden government, President Obama is laughing all the way to the 18th hole.
According to records we obtained through FOIA requests and subsequent lawsuits, the Obamas and Bidens have spent more than $40 million taxpayer dollars on trips since 2009, beginning with the Obamas’ much-publicized New York City “date night” in 2009 up through the president’s most recent Palm Springs and Key Largo golf outings.
The most lavish expenditure so far on record was the Africa trip and a Honolulu vacation, which cost taxpayers $15,885,585.30 in flight expenses alone. The single largest expense for accommodations was for Michelle Obama’s side-trip to Dublin, Ireland, during the 2013 G-8 conference in Belfast, when she and her entourage booked 30 rooms at the five-star Shelbourne Hotel, with the first lady staying in the 1500 square-foot Princess Grace suite at a cost of $3,500 a night. The total cost to taxpayers for the Obamas’ Ireland trip was $7,921,638.66.