Obama’s 2014 Golf Outings Cost Taxpayers Nearly $3M

April 30, 2014 - 11:05 AM

 

President Barack Obama on the Golf Course

President Barack Obama at the Farm Neck Golf Club in Oak Bluffs, Mass., on Aug. 11, 2013. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin)

(CNSNews.com) - President Obama’s golf outings in 2014 cost taxpayers nearly $3 million - $2,952,278 - for just flight expenses alone, according to records from the Department of the Air Force obtained by 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,” according to Judicial Watch. “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 $855,683.40 for flight expenses.”

The trip in Key Largo was spent at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club, which “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,” according to its website, and members must have a minimum net worth of $35 million to join, according to the Washington Times.

Not only are these trips a cost to taxpayers, but the Obama Administration claimed Obama’s President’s Day weekend trip was to focus on the state’s water drought, yet the White House official schedule shows that the president spent only four hours on drought-related events, and then spent the next three days playing at an exclusive golf resort.

“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.”