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

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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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Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:36 | 4747202 Arius
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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!

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:41 | 4747215 Keyser
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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... 

 

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:45 | 4747228 Arius
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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

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:45 | 4747236 IridiumRebel
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Oh sweet Jeebus....someone drop some links on this fool.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:54 | 4747260 Manthong
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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

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:57 | 4747275 IridiumRebel
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Combine them. Make that par 4 a little tougher to hit while being strafed from a 1000 yds out.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:38 | 4747367 economics9698
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Arius are you still in junior high?

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:55 | 4747572 franciscopendergrass
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There is nothing like playing golf paid by the redistribution of wealth.  How fucking socialist.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 02:15 | 4747628 Rubicon
Sun, 05/11/2014 - 12:14 | 4748168 Stackers
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It's good to be King !

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 11:08 | 4748024 TexasAggie
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Bring this up in 2016 when Hitlery reminds us that she dodged bullets when her hubby was presidents in the former Yougosoliva.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 13:49 | 4748348 hoos bin pharteen
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Actually, she just heard the shots to Vince Foster's head.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:56 | 4747268 erg
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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.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:13 | 4747311 buyingsterling
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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.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:08 | 4747435 Pool Shark
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I wouldn''t even mind the cost so much if he could actually play the game.

However, his golf game is an embarrassment...

 

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:41 | 4747692 BigJim
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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.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:19 | 4747455 FredFlintstone
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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.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 04:20 | 4747662 CuttingEdge
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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...

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 07:55 | 4747760 BurningFuld
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This ^^

 

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

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 07:18 | 4747742 Aussie V
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It is the way he holds his club.

 

He grips with a limp wrist!

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:20 | 4747458 FredFlintstone
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Miniature golf perhaps.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:01 | 4747282 nmewn
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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.

http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2014/apr/23/obama-goes-golfing-family-mourns-aunts-death-bosto/

Oh, yeah:

http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/05/06/obamas-aunt-zeituni-onyango-buried-in-muslim-cemetery-in-kenya/

Sayin ;-)

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:04 | 4747293 Arius
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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

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:09 | 4747300 Confused
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I can't tell if you are trolling, or really that naive. 

 

Needs to be relaxed? Are you 12? 

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:14 | 4747314 buyingsterling
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Take Obama's rancid cock out of your mouth. You sound like the corporate media.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 11:12 | 4748032 TexasAggie
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Is this guy trying to the WH Press Secretary after Jay?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:16 | 4747318 nmewn
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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?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:30 | 4747336 Arius
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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...

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:45 | 4747383 nmewn
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"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.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:52 | 4747397 Arius
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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...

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:47 | 4747693 BigJim
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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?

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:53 | 4747696 Serenity Now
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Ooh, good one.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 06:55 | 4747720 Supafly
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Besides, nobody forced him to be president.  Or did they?

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 08:53 | 4747815 sleigher
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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.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 15:06 | 4748522 BustainMovealota
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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.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:54 | 4747389 Confused
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 "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. 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=aLGbXHc-Ce0


Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:55 | 4747402 Arius
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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...

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:57 | 4747405 Confused
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Or the out right theft of tax payer money. To play golf....er....relax. 

 

Figurehead. 

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 08:26 | 4747795 Keyser
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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...

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:13 | 4747841 Raging Debate
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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.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:23 | 4747856 jmcadg
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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.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:29 | 4747349 medium giraffe
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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....

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:38 | 4747366 nmewn
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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.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:40 | 4747372 Arius
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the government is there to protect you!

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:47 | 4747386 nmewn
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Dumb fuck.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:55 | 4747400 Confused
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Ok, so clearly trolling right? Save yourself from having a stroke. 

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:08 | 4747434 nmewn
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Sure...but if we're just going to select "figure heads", why not Biden? ;-)

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 08:55 | 4747817 sleigher
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Agree.  Biden would have made a much more entertaining president.  

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:34 | 4747689 vulcanraven
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"The government is there to protect you."

From who?

(Trick question)

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:49 | 4747694 BigJim
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From evil men like Heisenberg, obviously.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 07:26 | 4747748 Aussie V
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the government is there to protect you!

 

You have it backwards. Who do you have to protect you from the Government?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:05 | 4747428 loonyleft
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exotic vacations? hawaii? golf? 

Lifestyles of the rich and famous. 

Lets be realistic. The golf rounds are a few hundred bucks at most. The hotels maybe a couple thousand. 

The millions is spent because the president is just a figure head and the cost is the security of keeping the president safe. 

The president isn't a person, it's an institution. First and foremost you keep the president alive, or the charade is severely damaged. 

I don't like Obama, I didn't like Bush, but I couldn't care less how much the vacations cost, especially when the bulk of it are costs that occur everyday to keep the president protected. 

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:11 | 4747440 Arius
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this is an example of madness of crowds ...dont try to reason ...

more to come, my guess is that will see plenty of scapegoating in the near future and going after small things and little people for things that do not matter ... at least you knwo what to expect ... better to learn it here

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 17:08 | 4748845 NoTTD
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Damn right, there's more to come, douche.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:20 | 4747459 nmewn
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I think Confused may be right, you left-wing moonbats are trying to give me a stroke, if only because you don't know what the fuck you're talking about.

Golf rounds ARE NOT a hundred bucks "at most" when a president plays and hotels ARE NOT a couple thousand. Entire regions of the economy are disrupted and shut down when he "decides" to play somewhere...LA is the latest example, get the fuck out so they can get on with THEIR life.

Security and Air Force One are not freeeee!!!

This country and its people are not HIS fucking sandbox.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:51 | 4747695 BigJim
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 This country and its people are not HIS fucking sandbox.

LOL, no, we're more like his farm animals.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:30 | 4747871 loonyleft
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holy fuck are you conservitards  are retarded...and you can't read or comprehend. 

go to school and learn something.

Golf IS a few hundred bucks. Hotels ARE a few thousand at most.

Glad you agree with me that the cost of the golf is the SECURITY measures taken in order to secure an area. 

These security measures happen no matter what where or when the President is doing anything.  

Furthermore, you CAN'T have the 'most powerful man in the world' holed up in the whitehouse, only allowed out for certain engagement at certain times. 

You HAVE to have the president going out all the time, meeting flying golfing, vacationing, eating dinners, going to engagements. ALL of them. 

You HAVE to have the president do these things as if they were normal, REGARDLESS of the cost. 

This is all to maintain the ILLUSION of the presidency. The presidency is not about a person, it's an institution, a symbol of power. 

I hope to fucking god almighty that a conservative president gets in because he/she will doe the EXACT SAME THINGS and spend tons of shit on stuff, and do things to piss off all you MURKINS. 

You show your true stupid blind sheep republitard mentality and should go back to sites where you can all circle jerk about Obama and how bad he and the demonrats are, cause it was so great when GW was in charge, and will be great again when President republitard is in power next. 

 

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 11:47 | 4748119 viahj
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and i'm sure that you pay more in fed taxes than what is required, correct?  "tax refund?  nah mate, give it to the prez!"

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 23:41 | 4749802 Confused
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Its not a left/right thing. Sadly, you have revealed yourself to be a state apologist, who just continues to perpetuate the false choice between two parties. 

Theft is theft. $40 million on golf is an unecessary expense, regardless if its made up of greens fees, hotel stays, security detail, airforce one flights.....doesn't fucking matter. Our money is paying for that. Money better spent elsewhere, or NOT spent at all. 

You are right. The presidency is NOT about the person. But the way you come out defending him, and then talking about 'repulitards' (as if anyone with a functioning frontal lobe would even believe they'd be any better) betrays your follow up statement: its an institution, a symbol of power. I agree with that, but clearly you do not actually believe it. Because if you did, you'd want that 'institution' or 'symbol of power' to be held to a higher standard.  

Lead by example. Not by decree. 

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 11:19 | 4748049 USA USA
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Congratulations Airiass, you are the "NEW FONESTAR"!!!!!

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 12:02 | 4748150 Arius
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i like your name too! you might want to consider the advise above...i think he meant it to help...

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:34 | 4747968 skm
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its fun being prez..can i be one plzz

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:51 | 4747255 Berspankme
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Can we debate how faggoty he looks when golfing?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:20 | 4747327 smlbizman
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we dont have to...thats already been decided......now if we want to add his pee wee herman bike and fag helmet, lets debate....

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:03 | 4747292 hairball48
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This Arius guy's just a moron or a troll, or likely is both. Not to worry about him.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:07 | 4747432 Arius
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ok got it!

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:29 | 4747352 SAT 800
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Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:49 | 4747566 A Nanny Moose
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You have a point. So long as the Fucktard in Chief is Golfing, we should be thankful. All that time golfing is time not spent illegally legislating from the Oval Orifice, or signing slightly less illegal legislation actually passed by CONgress.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 03:26 | 4747608 Bazza McKenzie
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Makes no difference, Jarrett does it whether he's there or on the golf course.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 07:11 | 4747734 DavidC
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Arius,
I've read your various comments below. I'm sorry, but you're talking (writing) rubbish.

DavidC

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 11:22 | 4748057 moneybots
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"look, performance debate on issues is another thing, debating on how much he spent on coffee and golf in my book is BS"

 

It didn't come out of his pocket, it came out of yours.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:46 | 4747239 Reaper
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He's earning further disrespect.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:21 | 4747529 williambanzai7
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Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:26 | 4747533 Seek_Truth
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Nice pike! Watch out for those bones!

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:46 | 4747241 Aussiekiwi
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Veterans! what you don't realize is the US government considers veterans to be a bit of a nuisance, they tend to have all sorts of common sense ideas based on their own experience that the administration does not want to hear. After all some guy who has never worked a day in his life and has amassed a couple of degrees paid for by Daddy is much more qualified to decide where the troops will go and foreign policy than someone who has actually lived and fought in foreign lands for their country.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:18 | 4747845 sleigher
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Point taken and with all due respect, for the next time you think the president sets foreign policy.

http://www.iamthewitness.com/books/Andrew.Carrington.Hitchcock/The.Histo...

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:49 | 4747248 nmewn
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He cut off the panda cam too...lol...its like, wut? Taxpayers are paying for a fucking panda cam?

Well thanks, there's something else to cut, however small.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:17 | 4747321 Seek_Truth
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Gotta pay for da golf games, while his handlers make all the actual decisions.

All going as planned.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:50 | 4747253 ThisIsBob
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Not an iota.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:13 | 4747445 Lord Koos
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Uh, that was the Republicans that shut the govt. down so that people could not go to the monuments in D.C.  Get your facts straight.

Anyway, this article is the typical ZH blood-in-the-water story which results in a feeding frenzy of ignorance.  All presidents run up huge bills at taxpayer expense... Bush took scores of vacations, flying Air Force One back to Texas.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 07:51 | 4747757 g'kar
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"Book Cites Obama White House for Sequestration

A 2012 book written by legendary newspaperman Bob Woodward of The Washington Post claimed the idea of sequestration originated with the Obama White House, but that congressional Republicans signed on to the idea eventually.

Woodward, writing in the newspaper in 2013, said: "... the automatic spending cuts were initiated by the White House and were the brainchild of Lew and White House congressional relations chief Rob Nabors — probably the foremost experts on budget issues in the senior ranks of the federal government."

"Obama personally approved of the plan for Lew and Nabors to propose the sequester to Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.). They did so at 2:30 p.m. July 27, 2011, according to interviews with two senior White House aides who were directly involved," Woodward wrote.

No matter. The week before the sequestration cuts were set to begin in 2013, public opinion polls showed nearly half of Americans were blaming congressional Republicans for failing to reach a deal on deficit reduction. Fewer than a third, 31 percent, were blaming Obama."

 

http://uspolitics.about.com/od/thefederalbudget/a/Whose-Idea-Was-Sequest...

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:44 | 4747235 IridiumRebel
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3 million could feed a lot of poor children. Your post is narcissistic like the Prez.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:54 | 4747697 BigJim
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I'm sure poor children derive far more satisfaction knowing their leader - His Imperial Majesty! - is relaxed and ready to run the world with a clear eye and a kindly heart.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:52 | 4747259 Relentless101
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Serious? This douche works for us. Tell me the last time you made more than your boss? People like you are why these fucks feel like they above those who put them in office in the first fucking place. You are crazy and should kick fucking rocks. This just points to the absolute hipocracy that this country thrives on. Throw up in my fucking mouth.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:15 | 4747315 XitSam
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"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!"

Which dream is that? The ability to put anyone, including US citizens, on a kill list?  The ability to detain anyone, without trial, at least as long as their presidency lasts?  You're damn right I want to kill that dream!

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:01 | 4747827 sleigher
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What he (Arius) is missing in that quote is that the dream only exists for those born into the bloodline.  When we start discussing that and how to change it we might begin to make progress.  Maybe.  Probably not...

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:16 | 4747319 SAT 800
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It's horrifying to read this. Your mind is so utterly trivial; so useless, so disfunctional; and there are so many of you.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:31 | 4747353 Emergency Ward
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What's the hissy fit about, arius?  Your fucking fearless leader is a shameless police statist and a mean spirited warmonger who laughs at you from the golf course.  How can you defend him when you have the option of mocking him?

Why would you encourage youngsters to emulate the Wedding-Bomber-in-Chief?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:01 | 4747419 drendebe10
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All you tax paying US citizen serfs and peasants cough it up til u bleed so yhe atrogant narcissist illegal alien sociopayhic liar in chief can maintain its grand imperial golf style.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 03:14 | 4747639 BeetleBailey
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Start using spell-check, fart breath.

Fuckbama is a cunt. He even LOOKS faggish attempting to play golf.

Your whole argument fails - just like the cocksucker that Fuckbama is.

 

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:00 | 4747916 Eireann go Brach
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Is Tyler RussIan? This sites gets more Russian love than a vodka factory!

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 11:52 | 4748131 viahj
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nah, "Tyler" is like the "Dred Pirate Roberts" of Princess Bride lore.  long retired, passed on the name.  the original crew are long gone and the site was sold to ABC Media.  Tyler, Marla, Project Mayhem and others made this blog and are missed.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 17:07 | 4748841 NoTTD
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Song for you, Arius (also love the way you left wing pussies always give yourself the noble screen name):    He's a Dick

 

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mntao_D74Cs

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 18:21 | 4749019 All Risk No Reward
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You still think you are free?

How quaint.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:36 | 4747206 nmewn
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#CommunityOrganizer

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 05:56 | 4747699 BigJim
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He didn't organize that.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:37 | 4747212 XenoFrog
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Since he fucks everything up that he gets involved in, perhaps it's best he spend lots of time playing where the worst damage he can do is putting divots in the grass.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:20 | 4747324 SAT 800
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Of course; I'd be gald to subsidize his Golf; IF he never did anything ELSE.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:20 | 4747326 XitSam
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I'd like to upvote you but I can't because Obama has hoards of obsequious toadies breathlessly waiting to carry out his slightest unconstitutional desires, even on the golf course.

 

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:25 | 4747344 SAT 800
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that;s alright, I understand; I definetely can't say what I regard as the actual best plan at this point.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:33 | 4747540 drendebe10
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Any bets the self absorbed arrogant illegal alien sociopayhic liar in chief cheats as much on yhr golf course as it has done all its life

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:47 | 4747902 pupdog1
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and worm burners.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:38 | 4747213 TheReplacement
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I gotta admit, Putin seems like a much cooler dictator than Obama.  Yeah, let's get him and make Hangover 4 with an adventure to Siberia.  That would be a riot.

Edit:  No, I did not mention that he seems to be infinitely more intelligent than Obama.  Didn't think the obvious needed pointing out.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:39 | 4747216 Confused
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In earlier times he would be refered to as a Snake Oil salesman. 

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:40 | 4747221 Aussiekiwi
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Putin looks pretty white, he could do with getting out in the sun a bit more, soak up some vit D, Obama needs the break, last thing the US needs is a stressed president now that world conquest has hit a bit of a hitch in the Ukraine.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:41 | 4747225 IridiumRebel
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This does not include the cost of maintaining the Doomsday Golfcart too!

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:48 | 4747244 Strat-O-Sphere
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Vlad looks tough and manly, Bazza looks lame and feminine. Maybe that's why he/she needs to play with little white balls.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:48 | 4747246 Seasmoke
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FORRRRRREWARD !!!!

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:49 | 4747250 Schmuck Raker
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"The Taxpayer Cost To Maintain Obama's Golf Handicap: Over $3 Million"

First tweeted as, "The Taxpayer Cost To Maintain Obama's GOLD Handicap: Over $3 Million"

Tyler's best Freudian slip to date! LOL

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:53 | 4747261 Chaos_Theory
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It's good to be the King.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:58 | 4747410 optimator
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Better to be the Playboy Prince and do whatever the real King says to do.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 21:53 | 4747262 Yen Cross
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 lol

You can take all the pictures of ZERO you want if he's golfing. The Oval Office, Situation Room, not so much.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:29 | 4747350 nmewn
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He was "to busy" and delegated HIS AUTHORITY as CnC to "others" according to Komrade Karney.

But what does it matter now?

 

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:12 | 4747307 SMC
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At this rate Putin could win the popular vote for the American presidency in 2016 if he was eligible.

America needs a leader who will kick a$$ and take names for real. Not another loser who brags about being good at killing people.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:23 | 4747335 SAT 800
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Why isn't he eligible; if we can have a Kenyan mulattoe for a Prez. why not an Aryan Russian? I'm sure he's not even remontely interested in being closely associated with this shit hole; next time I go to Europe, I'm telling everyone I'm Canadian.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:33 | 4747362 Arius
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according to US law the candidate for President has to be born in the USA

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:02 | 4747421 nmewn
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McCain was born outside the USA (Panama).

You need to brush up on law and what it is...and what is NOT.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:19 | 4747456 Arius
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you sure about it? 

btw, i dont work for obama ... dont get it so personally... obama is just another guy man, dont get hang up on him... my two cents

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:15 | 4747522 nmewn
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Yeah, his mom was pretty sure about it and she should know.

And I don't care "who you work for", you're not on our side by any stretch of the imagination.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 01:32 | 4747605 Bazza McKenzie
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Wasn't the canal zone US territory at the time?

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 08:24 | 4747794 nmewn
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Yes yes, plus one.

But I know his intent in his defense of Obozo's nationality (contiguous) so it doesn't really matter that his own parents claimed he was Indonesian in order to get him into a madrassa there does it?

He was raised by liars so lying comes naturally to him and people seem to love all lies lately, so lets just bend reality to whatever the hell we want it to be...right? ;-)

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:08 | 4747436 loonyleft
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you would never pass for Canadian

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:14 | 4747448 loonyleft
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I think America has done enough killing. I am pretty sure most of the world feels the same way.

What a typical retarded MURKIN thing to say. 

 

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 00:52 | 4747568 A Nanny Moose
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Leader of what? Why?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:19 | 4747322 medium giraffe
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Suck on my chocolate satly balls.

Put 'em in your mouth and suck'em.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:23 | 4747334 nmewn
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You might wanna go up and talk to Arius bruh, I think he's had too much KoolAid.

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:32 | 4747360 medium giraffe
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He'll understand when the teabagging really starts.   Life is an experience, wouldn't want him to miss out...

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:04 | 4747426 nmewn
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I'll have to take a pass but he might like it ;-)

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:36 | 4747453 medium giraffe
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meh. deleted. what's the use?

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 22:23 | 4747332 palmereldritch
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Air Fores!!!!!!!! Won

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:05 | 4747429 FredFlintstone
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POTUS and Arius = tone deaf cunts

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:11 | 4747441 loonyleft
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This article was like republitard candy. So funny to see how a little article causes such foaming at the mouth.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 03:09 | 4747637 BeetleBailey
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Fuck you.

Fuckbama needs a SHITLOAD more of "publicity" like this.

The guy is a cunt. His wife is a tranny. His whole "administration" is a fucking fraud.

This cocksucker gets coddled by the douchebag-gay obsessed asinine press, and ZH chooses to run this, and you comment that it's like "candy".

You ARE fuckin looney. Get help. Have someone punch you - hard - in the gut.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 11:19 | 4748051 loonyleft
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typic murkin intelligence here. 

u mad? 

Mon, 05/12/2014 - 23:28 | 4753455 BeetleBailey
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hell no....just tedious reading your shit.....go soak your head in cider...

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:39 | 4747486 nah
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Obama does not need money, let him eat white people

.

that should make his wife happy bitchez

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:43 | 4747493 AdvancingTime
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Mommas in America were discouraged in a song many years ago from letting their children grow up to be cowboys, it appears to have been a reasonable decision. Today after viewing the lifestyles associated with many career paths, politics and the route of so called "public service" seems to offer much potential.

A career in politics can grant you a lifestyle where you, and oftentimes your family will get to rub elbows with the ultra wealthy and the country's most powerful titans of business and industry. This career choice also has the benefit of sheltering you, and extending legal protection that covers you from the responsibilities of your actions. Flying about in private planes politicians are rewarded with generous pensions and superior healthcare benefits far outside the reach of the average citizen. More on this subject below.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2013/01/encourage-your-children-to-become...

Sat, 05/10/2014 - 23:51 | 4747499 AdvancingTime
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Of the many choices we make worse things could happen to you then becoming a "public servant" It is not uncommon to see our public servants, some as lowly as a mayor or agency head climbing out of  a limousine, being wined and dined, or on exotic visit or fact finding mission, all paid for by the taxpayer.

These public servants busy doing the work of the people often stay at the best hotels and are given private tours. Do not forget the expense accounts, solid health care coverage, and generous pensions. While the article below was written back in 2012 the bulk of it still holds true even if some of the players have moved on.

http://brucewilds.blogspot.com/2012/04/public-servant-or-new-elite.html

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 02:00 | 4747623 vincenze
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You should update Putin's photos.

He plays hockey now. 1,000 spectators, I assume $50 per ticket.

http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2625091/He-shoots-scores-Putin-t...

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 03:07 | 4747636 SpanishGoop
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Dollars, really ?

 

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 03:50 | 4747647 Atomizer
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The nigger has been golfing again. Well, he should of been attending Rancho Mirage conference.

Obogey - Obama Golf Game

 

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 08:55 | 4747819 diluted intelligence
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 other News:

"In a lengthy May 2 dispatch released only in Korean, Pyongyang's Korean Central News Agency published comments from a factory worker who said Obama has the "shape of a monkey" and made many other crude insults.

"It would be better for him to live with other monkeys at a wild animal park in Africa ... and licking bread crumbs thrown by onlookers," worker Kang Hyok at Chollima Steel Complex was quoted as saying."

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:08 | 4747831 Atomizer
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What I found most intriguing in Palm Springs, the same global nutters are going after their own party. The pinwheel’s are killing too many birds. Someone should write up a report. Those muppets are pissed off. The windmill farms have failed in providing the promised ROI. 

/LOL

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:20 | 4747850 jmcadg
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The amount of time he spends on the course and cost, he should be a scratch golfer by now FFS.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:26 | 4747859 Atomizer
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Obama limps by though MSM mulligans.

 

/winks

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:26 | 4747862 Psquared
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Interesting photo juxtaposition. All that is missing is a picture of Putin wrestling a bear.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:43 | 4747897 pupdog1
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Vlad's vacations don't look very expensive.

(For example, how much would it cost to rent that donkey he's riding?)

Obama does what he does best.

Scammin' the man.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 09:49 | 4747906 scattergun
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Arius is Monica Lewensky. Do some research.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:30 | 4747960 Spungo
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Putin might be evil, but he still has a certain way of getting respect. He actually earns his vacation time. Obama and Bush earned fuck all, and that's why it angers so many people when they do nothing but vacation all year. If the economy was doing great and everyone was prosperous, golfing every day and flying around the world wouldn't bother us so much.

Sun, 05/11/2014 - 10:49 | 4747987 d edwards
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Q: What is 0bamao's handicap?

 

A: His drive, chipping, putting and marxism.

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