President Obama tapped taxpayers for a weekend golf trip to Florida -- and merriment flowed aboard Air Force One.
The president split a cold and windy D.C. (temps were in the 30s) and jumped aboard the presidential plane with a throng of friends and support aides. Just minutes later, beers were being tapped. A reporter wrote in a press pool report: "You can tell this is a non work trip ... someone forward of the press cabin ordered 3 beers at 9:26 a.m."
Saturday's round will be Obama 222nd round of golf as president --and the family has taken some 39 vacations since January 2009. According to Air Force documents, Air Force One costs $228,288 per hour to fly, putting the round trip price tag at more than $850,000. And that's just the air fare!
The president headed to Palm City, where he'll play a few rounds at the Floridian National Golf Club and overnight at the plush resort hotel. This is the same course Obama played two years ago, teeing it up with Tiger Woods.
Nice for him. But not so nice for the press forced to tag along. "Tthe pool will hold on the grounds of the golf course until the early evening. This was the a result of a democratic vote by the pool to hold as close as possible to POTUS," Wall Street Journal reporter Byron Tau wrote.
"(The other option was a hotel about 15 miles away.) Despite the lid, pool voted to stay on site. Pool is holding in a maintenance shed."
Without anotherr election to win, sounds about right.