This has been a nightmare week for Barack Obama, without a doubt the worst of his presidency so far. Steven T. Miller, acting commissioner of the Internal Revenue Service has resigned over his agency’s targeting of conservative groups, which even The Washington Post labeled this morning a “horror story”. Yesterday Obama’s Attorney General Eric Holder testified before the House Judiciary Committee on a host of issues including the Benghazi debacle, in what can only be described as a [...]
Obama played at exclusive Florida course on Sunday with Tiger Woods
President refused to say if he had been beaten by the champion golfer
Cost of Air Force One trips to and from Florida, along with hotel rooms, greens fees and exclusive golf lessons comes to $989,207
Tried to mend fraught relationship with traveling press corps by ‘hanging out’ with them for 10 minutes on the flight back
The weekend is the latest in [...]
President Barack Obama spent last year’s Presidents Day weekend at the White House. This year, he lined up a trip with friends to an exclusive Florida golf course owned by a campaign supporter.
Obama golfed today with course owner Jim Crane, U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk, Chicago friend Eric Whitaker and businessmen Anthony Chase and Milton Carroll, according to White House spokesman Josh Earnest. Obama also played “a few holes” with Tiger Woods’ former coach Butch Harmon, who designed the club’s instructional facility, Earnest [...]
President Barack Obama will fly over 9 hours tomorrow, round-trip from Washington, D.C. to Las Vegas, Nevada, just to deliver a speech on immigration, according to the president’s White House schedule. With Air Force One estimated to cost $182,000 per hour in flight, Obama’s trip–that is, only his travel to and from Vegas–will cost taxpayers over $1.6 million.
“In the morning, the President will depart the White House en route Las [...]
Michelle Obama recently revealed that she and President Obama don’t give Christmas gifts to each other. They merely say, “We’re in Hawaii,” and that’s Christmas gift enough.
But actually the present is from taxpayers, and it’s an expensive one.
The total cost to taxpayers of Obama’s vacations to Hawaii since becoming president is likely in excess of $20 million, and possibly much, much more. During a time of budget deficits that threaten [...]
The real estate website does know that the First Family remains on Paradise Point, however, where homes cost approximately $25,000 a week. The Obamas pay this fee out of their personal funds. But according to Keith Koffler at the White House Dossier blog, Obama’s Hawaii vacation has cost taxpayers $7 million, due to the costs of flying Air Force One and an extensive security operation.
In a move that is rich in irony, President Obama agreed Tuesday night to sign an emergency deficit reduction bill that does almost nothing to rein in spending and then jetted out to Hawaii to resume his vacation at an extra cost of more than $3 million to taxpayers.
The price tag is in addition to more than $4 million that is already being spent on the Obamas’ Hawaii idyll, bringing [...]
President Obama is offering a proposal to Senate GOP leaders that would prevent looming tax hikes and spending cuts, according to Sen. Scott Brown (R-Mass.).
Brown said in messages on Twitter and Facebook that he had “learned” of the proposal.
“Heading back to dc. Just learned that the Pres. reached out to Senate GOP leadership with a proposal,” Brown wrote on Facebook. “It is the first such proposal to be put forth. [...]
The White House yesterday denied it edited talking points about the terrorist attack that killed the American ambassador to Libya — contradicting remarks made a day earlier by disgraced ex-CIA chief David Petraeus.
“The only edit that was made by the White House and also by the State Department was to change the word ‘consulate’ to the word ‘diplomatic facility,’ since the facility in Benghazi was not formally a consulate,” Deputy [...]
The White House on Friday said it will miss the legal deadline for delivering a report to Congress on the spending cuts from sequestration that are scheduled to take effect in 2013.
Spokesman Jay Carney told reporters on Air Force One that the report will be coming next week.
Under the terms of the Sequestration Transparency Act signed in August, President Obama was to tell Congress by Friday how the administration plans [...]
Whilst the President inhabits the luxurious surroundings of the Oval Office and flies aboard Air Force One, his half-brother George Obama lives in a notorious African slum
George Obama has battled addictions to drink and drugs for most of his life at the same time as his relative has enjoyed a meteoric rise to power
The 30-year-old, who was once hooked on cocaine, says that his surname is frequently a burden to [...]
President Obama and his campaign made a desperate last minute push to close the July books on the highest note possible, resorting to a seemingly endless series of gimmicks and pleadings to prod supporters to contribute.
The Obama campaign long ago abandoned hope that it could raise $1 billion, and probably won’t make it’s downgraded goal of $750 billion either. It was outraised by the Romney campaign for the previous two [...]
White House press secretary Jay Carney said he was unaware about defense cuts that will close an Air Force base in Ohio–where President Obama will be landing tomorrow aboard Air Force One. Here’s the video, from the White House press briefing:
The United States on Wednesday confirmed the defections of two more senior Syrian diplomats, describing this as further evidence that President Bashar al-Assad’s days are “numbered.”
“We can confirm the defections of Syrian ambassadors to both the UAE and Cyprus,” White House spokesman Jay Carney told reporters aboard Air Force One. Earlier, sources had told AFP the two envoys had defected from the regime.
Carney said the move showed that “senior officials around the Assad inner circle are fleeing the government because [...]
As second quarter fundraising reports start to trickle in, the Obama campaign is already warning that it may have lost its edge in the campaign money wars.
Publicly, the campaign has tried to turn its fundraising disadvantage into a political opportunity, raising the reliable specters of Karl Rove and the Koch brothers to scare liberal donors into forking over more cash. On Friday, the President, basking in the glow of his [...]
Barack Obama has issued a plea for wealthy supporters to give him more money and stop his re-election campaign being outspent by Mitt Romney and the Republican’s billionaire backers.
In a phone call from Air Force One, the President reportedly told a group of top donors “I can’t do this by myself” and urged them to open their cheque books to “meet or exceed what you did in 2008″.
Noting that most had “maxed [...]
Leaked details of a plaintive phone call from President Obama to some of his biggest donors this weekend offered a rare and revealing look into the typically private rituals of big-dollar campaign fundraising.
The pitch also affirmed the campaign’s anxiety about lagging behind in the money race.
In the conference call made late Friday from a special campaign phone on Air Force One, a recording of which was obtained by the Daily Beast, Obama bemoaned [...]
President combines trip to WTC with two fundraising events
Attends A-list gala at Sarah Jessica Parker’s house then party at Plaza
Official status of visit means public must pay for part of the trip
Obama re-election campaign raised $4.5million in the night
President Barack Obama brought Manhattan to a standstill last night as he held two star-studded fundraising events at exclusive addresses in the city – raising a total of $4.5 million.
However, the President’s [...]
ABOARD AIR FORCE ONE — The White House is insisting President Barack Obama will not extend the Bush-era tax cuts for wealthier Americans – even temporarily.
Obama spokesman Jay Carney said the president has been clear in his opposition to extending tax cuts for households with annual incomes above $250,000.
Tax cuts for people of all incomes are due to expire at year’s end.
Carney’s stand came after former President Bill Clinton caused [...]
Rocker Jon Bon Jovi got a lift Monday to New York on Air Force One with President Obama.
The Bon Jovi frontman was spotted by reporters rounding a corner at JFK airport in New York City. After he was spotted, the White House acknowledged that he joined the president on the flight. A White House official said he was traveling as a “guest of the President.”
Look about below, New York City commuters, there’s incoming. President Obama is parachuting in during the afternoon commute to lighten the wallets of as many New Yorkers as he can while stymying the rest of them in traffic.
Air Force One is scheduled to land at JFK airport in Queens at 4:35 pm – just as rush hour gets underway – and then race into town for a three-fundraiser romp through [...]
By Bart Jansen – USA Today
The next time airfare seems too expensive, consider the cost of Air Force One.
The plane that is used to carry the president, which is typically a Boeing 747, costs the Air Force $179,750 per hour to operate, according to a new Congressional Research Service report. Military planes are used for security and because of special equipment on board.
Costs for each trip are even higher when [...]
President’s war address will come exactly one year after special forces started a raid on bin Laden’s compound in Pakistan
‘I’m here to affirm the bond between our two countries and to thank Americans and Afghans who have sacrificed so much over these last ten years,’ said Mr. Obama.
‘Neither Americans nor the Afghan people asked for this war yet for a decade we’ve stood together,’ said the President.
Obama is in Afghanistan [...]
President Barack Obama has already held more than twice as many re-election fundraising events than President George W. Bush did in his entire 2004 re-election campaign.
According to Mark Knoller of CBS News, unofficial keeper of presidential statistics, Obama has held 124 fundraisers – about one every three days – since he launched his re-election bid last April compared to the 57 Bush held to raise cash for his re-election bid [...]
White House spokesman Jay Carney reacted to the publication of photos in the Los Angeles Times of U.S. soldiers posing with corpses in Afghanistan by saying the Obama administration is “disappointed.. [with] the decision to publish two years after the incident,” according to a pool report.
Carney is suggesting, it would seem, that the photos might put at risk U.S. soldiers fighting the war in Afghanistan. And that, since the photos were taken [...]