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Obama golf trips cost $3 million of taxpayer money

Associated Press

Associated Press

Two of President Barack Obama’s golf outings this year have cost close to $3 million in flight expenses alone — and all on the taxpayers dime — documents from Judicial Watch show.

According to flight records obtained by the organization from the United States Air Force, President Obama’s trips to golf oases in Palm Springs, Calif., and Key Largo, Fla., cost $2.9 million — for the flight aboard Air Force One.

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

The president jetted to Palm Springs for three days in February for an event to highlight the Golden State’s water crisis. His trip, though, was quickly overshadowed by his rounds of golf at the Sunnyland estate and Porcupine Creek. According to the Air Force, the 10-hour trip out west aboard Air Force One cost $210,877 an hour — $2.06 million total.

President Obama’s trip to California came less than a month after his State of the Union address, where he called for an end to income inequality and emboldened Congress to “give America a raise” by increasing the federal minimum wage to $10.10 an hour.

On the heels of his trip to California, President Obama and the First Family flew south to Key Largo, Fla., for a short spring break getaway from March 7-9. The Obamas stayed at the exclusive Ocean Reef Club, where the president also golfed. The Air Force reported the four-hour flight to Florida cost $210,877 an hour for a grand total of $885,683. President Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama did discuss education at Coral Reef High School in Miami, Fla., before heading to the resort.

Judicial Watch reported President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have spent more than $40 million on trips since they took office in 2009.

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