The Taxpayer Cost To Maintain Obama's Golf Handicap: Over $3 Million

Tyler Durden's picture

As the nation shivered through February and March and saw it's gross domestic product collapse as humans hibernated, President Obama sought sunnier climes to ensure US supremacy on the world-leader's golf handicap rankings. As The Washington Times reports, however, Obama’s trips this year to the golfing playgrounds of Palm Springs and Key Largo cost taxpayers nearly $3 million for flight expenses alone on Air Force One.




And much, much, much more


As The Washington Times reports,

The activist group Judicial Watch said the trips in February and March cost $2,952,278 for flight expenses of Air Force One.


Mr. Obama combined his trip to Palm Springs with an event to highlight California’s severe drought. Critics noted he spent the rest of the weekend golfing on exclusive courses in the desert that use about 1 million gallons of water per day to keep them green.


During March 7-9, the First Family spent Spring Break at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club in Key Largo, Fla., where members must have a minimum net worth of $35 million to join. Other expenses of that trip have not been made public.


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 Freedom of Information Act requests and lawsuits, the Obamas and Vice President Joseph R. Biden and wife Jill have spent more than $40 million taxpayer dollars on trips since 2009.

Well, it's not like there was anything else going in the world...?!

But there's always time to relax...


Action man: Vladimir Putin is often pictured partaking in various sporting activities - often topless - such as horse riding in southern Siberia's Tuva region
Topless: Russia's president Vladimir Putin went topless during a fishing trip to a national nature reserve in Tuva, Russia
Topless: Russia's president Vladimir Putin went topless during a fishing trip to a national nature reserve in Tuva, Russia
He landed a 21kg pike on a trip to Siberia.

Russia's president Putin with binoculars on the vacation

Reindeer me! Putin was also introduced to some local reindeer when he reached dry land

Russian President Vladimir Putin
Russia's President Vladimir Putin holding a pistol during his visit to a newly-built headquarters of the Russian General Staff's Main Intelligence Department (GRU) in Moscow.

Need for speed: Vladimir Putin driving a Renault Formula One car on a special racing track in the Leningrad region outside St. Petersburg

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Arius's picture

how much is the daily interest paid by Treasury on the debt? 4, 5 6 billion a day?

Who creas for a few millions here and there ...He is the PRESIDENT of this country and the leader of the Free World for crying out loud .... get a hold of yourselves people ... what next he is going to be charged for coffes???

why would any of the young people dream to become President if this is how the President will be scrutinized and diminished ...killing the dream!

Keyser's picture

I find your stance rather naive considering how dear leader blocked tourists from visiting the white house due to the cost, and banning veterans from memorials to their dead, again, due to the cost... It was announced this week that the government sequester cost a total of 1 federal employee their job... This was after every democrat this side of the moon swore it would be the end of the world...  I could go on, but you get the point... This guy doesn't deserve American's respect... 


Arius's picture

from what i have seen of him, I dont belive it for a second that he would ban people to visit the White House to save costs ...


so he loves golf ... what is he going to do, quit it because he is President?  in order to perform the best you would want him to relax and play what he likes wouldnt you?  Why is this so different from the freebies private companies like GOOGLE were offering to their employers like great food and stuff so they could perform best ...

look, performance debate on issues is another thing, debating on how much he spent on coffee and golf in my book is BS

IridiumRebel's picture

Oh sweet Jeebus....someone drop some links on this fool.

Manthong's picture

Way more fun to be at the range with Vlad than on the links with Choomster.

..and a golf course is a waste of a perfectly good rifle range

IridiumRebel's picture

Combine them. Make that par 4 a little tougher to hit while being strafed from a 1000 yds out.

economics9698's picture

Arius are you still in junior high?

chinoslims's picture

There is nothing like playing golf paid by the redistribution of wealth.  How fucking socialist.

TexasAggie's picture

Bring this up in 2016 when Hitlery reminds us that she dodged bullets when her hubby was presidents in the former Yougosoliva.

hoos bin pharteen's picture

Actually, she just heard the shots to Vince Foster's head.

erg's picture

I heard he shot a 38 or something in his first round ever. Including six holes-in-one.

Most of his handicap is in his skull.

buyingsterling's picture

I've seen live footage. He swings the club like a 10-year-old girl. As in all things, America's president is an embarassment.

Pool Shark's picture



I wouldn''t even mind the cost so much if he could actually play the game.

However, his golf game is an embarrassment...


BigJim's picture

Golf is renowned for its healthgiving properties and promotion of mind-body wellness! $3M is a TINY sum to spend to improve the wellbeing of His Imperial Majesty!

I'm sure I speak for all ZeroHedgers when I say I would gladly donate both kidneys to help pay for Obama's golfing. He is, after all, our leader, and deserves all the love, respect and golf that he can eat.

FredFlintstone's picture

Obama is a freaking liar by omission there is no way his swing can yield a 16 or 17 handicap. No fucking way. He should be impeached for cheating/lying about his score. The USGA should investigate.

CuttingEdge's picture

Gotta look at the bright side. Every minute Obummer is thrashing around the golf course is a minute he isn't focussed on fucking over the US masses at the behest of his paymasters.

Imagine how bad things would be if he didn't play golf...

BurningFuld's picture

This ^^


Best thing for him to do is nothing and keep this mouth (teleprompter) shut (off).

Aussie V's picture

It is the way he holds his club.


He grips with a limp wrist!

nmewn's picture

Sure thing IR:

"As President Obama was hitting the links in Maryland on Saturday, many members of his family were in Boston, mourning the death of the woman he once called Auntie, according to a report by the New York Times.

Zeituni Onyango, the half-sister of the president’s father, died in a South Boston nursing home this month. Her family gathered her things at her nearby apartment and discussed raising money to send her body back to Kenya, the report said.

“Mr. Obama helped pay funeral expenses and sent a condolence note, Ms. Onyango’s family members said, but the president did not attend, as he was golfing,” the report said."

Cuz he's, sooo passionate and adoring of his Aunt Zeituni or sumpin.

Oh, yeah:

Sayin ;-)

Arius's picture

pure BS  0 you dont agree with his politics, that is another thing...not sure if other Presidents have not done the same

btw, the President needs to be relaxed deciding on all what is going on the World ... that is all my point

Confused's picture

I can't tell if you are trolling, or really that naive. 


Needs to be relaxed? Are you 12? 

buyingsterling's picture

Take Obama's rancid cock out of your mouth. You sound like the corporate media.

TexasAggie's picture

Is this guy trying to the WH Press Secretary after Jay?

nmewn's picture

Yes, I don't agree with his politics, I've never hidden that.

Do you agree with him signing a law forcing young people to buy health insurance? Do you agree with him ordering a US citizen killed overseas by a drone? Do you agree with jumping on any & every race bait story that is dragged through the MSM thus "leveraging" racial hostility? Do you agree with him accepting funds from Goldman? Do you agree with his energy policy (such as it is)?

Tell me Arius, has his fucking GOLF GAME improved to the point where he can make a rational decision on anything or does he need more time to work on it?

Arius's picture

You give the President way too much power.  there are many checks and balances along the way...

I can see that many people do not agree, but I think it is because of the difficult times, and people want to blame somebody ... i guess 3 million will do the trick, at the same time that Treasury spents 5-6 billion a day on interest alone

Tell me you really think the President alone is responsible for the 3000 pages of healthcase law they passed ?

I just think of him more as a figure head than a real decision maker ... things are in motion for 20-30 years before they become reality under the watch of some President who cannot stop anything ... thats my view anyway, people tend to give the President too much credit for successes (like Bill Clinton) or blame Obama too mich for failures of Wall Streets and others.


LISTEN: you got one quadrillion of dollars out there in derivatives about to explode (ot may be a 1000 quadrillion for that matter, it does not makes a difference) ....

what do you want the President to do about it? wave some magic wand ?  yeah go look after 3 million what happen...

nmewn's picture

"Tell me you really think the President alone is responsible for the 3000 pages of healthcase law they passed ?"

WTF is wrong with you? It doesn't "pass" unless HE signs it!!!

SCOTUS says its a tax so, OK, he signed a massive tax increase on young people and you want to pawn that off on Pelosi & Reid?

Fine, there is your "rule of law" dead...climb into the coffin with the corpse.

Arius's picture

whatever man ... you believe what you want to believe.... i just dont think of him as that powerful, remember that picture in the Oval Office watching the seals team going to Osama house in Pakistan .... he was sitting in a corner ... yes, he is the President, he got power, but still...

BigJim's picture

I can't tell whether you're being satirical or are truly that devoted a Statist. Well done!

BTW - You say that he has little/no power, and thus shouldn't be held responsible for anything .gov does... but also say he needs to spend a lot of time playing golf so he can relax and run the world. You don't see a tiny weeny dissonance arising from holding both of those beliefs?

Supafly's picture

Besides, nobody forced him to be president.  Or did they?

sleigher's picture

Maybe the president has just accepted the fact that if he doesn't do what he is told they will JFK him.  So he might as well golf and try to forget about it right?  If I typed what I was thinking right now the SS would be here in no time.

BustainMovealota's picture

The position of the president is powerful.  Obama has that position and he is a puppet.  Obama himself is a tool and has no experience or qualifications to be president  The Federal Reserve and IMF/EU control that position and whoever  occupies that position.  What better puppet to have at your disposal then a "yes man".  So, I don't blame him,,, I would take vacations, play golf, skip meetings, etc.  He, himself,  is not running anything and has no say.

Confused's picture

 "in order to perform the best you would want him to relax and play what he likes wouldnt you?"


"I just think of him more as a figure head than a real decision maker .."


"btw, the President needs to be relaxed deciding on all what is going on the World ... that is all my point"


Figure heads have it rough. They need to relax.

Arius's picture

yeah you got me, now about the quadrillion in derivatives what do you think we are going to do?  i guess thats what should matter to you not the 2-3 milions on coffee...

Confused's picture

Or the out right theft of tax payer money. To play 



Keyser's picture

Arius, just wander back over the HuffPo, that is where you belong... On this site people talk about the REAL POTUS, not some figment of your imagination...

Raging Debate's picture

Arius - There was plenty he could have done like pull Malcom X on his banker overlords, ordered the FBI and Justice Department to investigate them. Called on on Congress to audit the Federal Reserve.

I had this same argument with a black gentleman a few months back that also stated Obama was powerless that if he did the things I suggested he would get assassinated. I said yeah well Martin Luther King Jr. was willing to take a bullet for freedom for both black and white. He was quiet after this comment.

Leaving the people to remove the parasite requires burning the house down, Obama would have had the entire country behind him if he did the things I mentioned and if he took a bullet for doing so, it would have ignited the people to rally and remove the parasites with little or no bloodshed.
We all die someday. He could have been remembered as a hero but now he will be remembered as a traitor like Clinton and Bush Jr.

jmcadg's picture

He's had enough of a ride. He could go out a hero.
Ain't gonna happen is it! Always to be remembered as a douche.
What a waste.

medium giraffe's picture

nmwen, your are the conscience of ZH mate and I applaud you for it, but agreeably...

ON WHAT FUCKING PLANET IS MURDER OK?  Bastards. Dirty fucking bastards.  Gnnn....

nmewn's picture

Murder is never ok, killing your own citizens from a position of power without trial is treasonous to the oath he took and playing golf & flying around the world on exotic vacations while the people suffer is just rubbing "authority" in our face.

Not that I expected anything else from the man.

Arius's picture

the government is there to protect you!

Confused's picture

Ok, so clearly trolling right? Save yourself from having a stroke. 

nmewn's picture

Sure...but if we're just going to select "figure heads", why not Biden? ;-)

sleigher's picture

Agree.  Biden would have made a much more entertaining president.  

vulcanraven's picture

"The government is there to protect you."

From who?

(Trick question)

BigJim's picture

From evil men like Heisenberg, obviously.