Just two of Barack Obama's golf outings last spring cost taxpayers more than $1.8 million, according to government expense documents released by the watchdog agency Judicial Watch.
While additional political fundraising junkets in the same period boosted costs to taxpayers above $4.4 million.
And that's just for transportation. It does not include expenses for security, which the Secret Service refuses to divulge.
"Taxpayers should be outraged," said Judicial Watch president, Tom Fitton, who acquired the expense reports through two Freedom of Information requests to the Air Force, which operates Air Force One.
In February, Obama spent President's Weekend golfing with male friends in Palm Springs. At $206,000 per flight hour, that trip set taxpayers back $1.03 million.
In March, Obama flew down to Palm City, Florida for another long golf weekend with friends. Those flights cost $805,000. The Washington Examiner calculated the airplane costs at $20,406 per hole played on the exclusive courses.
Such spending on personal travel continues a nearly seven-year pattern of high living and lush travel by Obama, his wife Michelle and vice president, Joe Biden. Next month Obama is off again to the Middle East and Southeast Asia.Read the rest of this Andrew Malcolm op-ed HERE.
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