Judicial Watch • JW Obtains Records Revealing Obama’s 2014 Palm Springs and Key Largo Golf Outings Cost Taxpayers $2,952,278 for Flight Expenses Alone

JW Obtains Records Revealing Obama’s 2014 Palm Springs and Key Largo Golf Outings Cost Taxpayers $2,952,278 for Flight Expenses Alone

JW Obtains Records Revealing Obama’s 2014 Palm Springs and Key Largo Golf Outings Cost Taxpayers $2,952,278 for Flight Expenses Alone

APRIL 30, 2014

(Washington, DC) – Judicial Watch announced today, it has obtained records from the U.S. Department of the Air Force revealing that President Obama’s February 2014 Palm Springs, California, and March 2014 Key Largo, Florida, golf outings cost the taxpayers $2,952,278 for flight expenses alone.

  • 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.

Though the administration billed the President’s Day weekend trip to California as an effort to highlight the state’s severe water drought, the White House official schedule showed the president spent just four hours at three drought-related events on the afternoon of Friday, February 14. He then spent much of the next three days playing golf at some of Coachella Valley, California’s, most exclusive golf courses, which, according to Fox News, “consume roughly 17 percent of all water there, and one quarter of the water pumped out of the region’s at-risk groundwater aquifer.” Each course uses nearly 1 million gallons of water a day.

During 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 joinAccording 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.” 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.

“It is clear that the Obamas continually abuse the perks of the president’s office at taxpayer expense,” said Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton. “And it is particularly interesting that Obama has chosen to take not one but two luxury vacations back-to-back while inveighing against ‘income equality.’  President Obama’s waste of the hard-earned tax dollars of working Americans on unnecessary luxury travel is an abuse of office.”

According to records obtained by Judicial Watch, 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 for the Obamas’ 2013 Africa trip and 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.

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  • ProudInfidel

    What I want to know is how much Michelle’s trip to China cost and what the supposed reason for it was. Not too many people have heard about the trip because the press was banned from going with her.

  • wTallaksen

    Steve you poor man! Did you know people that Stalin enslaved in gulags in Siberia actually cried in grief when they heard that Dear Leader had died? You I think are one of them maybe? Your Emperor has no clothes on the little boy said…

  • Imaginemore

    All one needs to remember is that mentality of a ‘community organizer’ is justification in spending OPM vs the mind of a responsible patriot which is responsibility, accountability and sensibility when spending someone’s else’s $$$$. Whether it is OBBama, Biden, Hillary Clinton, Al Sharpton, Jesse Jackson, Charlie Rangel or their hierarchy, the same mentality persists.

  • Will Rogers

    They attack the rich while living the rich life on our money.

  • Cindy

    Typical entitlement people.

  • http://www.facebook.com/noldaker Nikki Oldaker

    How and where is he an Biden getting the money to pay for these trips? Are they expensing (taking) it from other Federal Dept’s budgets? By law -the President earns a $400,000 annual salary, along with a $50,000 annual expense
    account, a $100,000 non-taxable travel account and $19,000 for entertainment.
    The most recent raise in salary was approved by Congress and President Bill Clinton
    in 1999 as part of the Treasury and General Government Appropriations Act (Public
    Law 106-58), which went into effect in 2001.

  • CopperDollar

    When we take the Senate Congress should commence impeachment proceedings against the Kenyan born imposter and Bidenboy. Boehner has got to go…..along with Cantor.

  • eastedie33510

    Those who Obama has enslaved with entitlements on the back of taxpayers will always vote for their “King”. He lives like a Kenyan potentate. This week, arrogant little man is pulling Amerika into the sewers.

  • ** Defiant Soul **

    We can thank all the people that voted him in…. twice.

  • pupsncats

    The aristocracy reigns today in America’s political class, particularly obvious since Obama moved into the White House. To them, the rules and standards they design to benefit themselves above everyone else is the way the aristocracy has always been. The common people are to be thankful for the privilege of supporting their betters, giving them all the luxuries and comfort imagineable and dare not object.

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