Versailles on the Potomac
The Obamas’ lavish lifestyle mocks supposedly sequester-starved Americans.


Deroy Murdock

‘Shared sacrifice” is one of Obama’s favorite mantras. Translation: The White House shares your money while you sacrifice.

Amid the alleged horrors of the sequester, truly shared sacrifice is the last thing on Obama’s mind. The American people are enduring 0.4 percent GDP growth and 7.6 percent unemployment, and the slowest pace of job creation in nine months — just 88,000 people were hired in March. A record 48 million citizens are on food stamps. Meanwhile, those in America’s royal palace are enduring tropical beaches, country clubs, and ski resorts.

As Joseph Curl recalled in Sunday’s Washington Times, the Obamas rang in 2013 in a 6,000-square-foot, $8 million estate in Oahu’s Paradise Point. That’s when Obama played his 100th presidential golf round, one of five during the first family’s 17-day Hawaiian getaway.

The Obamas rented this five-bedroom estate in Kailua, Oahu, in December 2011. They stayed in a
similar Hawaiian property for 17 days last Christmas/New Year’s season. Photo: David Dunham

The first lady and her daughters skied Aspen, Colo., in February. But some like it hot, so Obama rode Air Force One to Palm City, Fla., where he swung his clubs with Earth’s No. 1 golfer, Tiger Woods.

Not to be outdone, Clown Prince Biden greeted 2013 in the Virgin Islands. He slid down the slopes of Snowmass, Colo., in February. That month, Biden visited Europe. He and his entourage invested $459,338.65 in tax money for 136 rooms tied to Biden’s one-evening sleepover in London. Biden also stopped overnight in Paris. Rather than rely on, say, the U.S. embassy’s car fleet, Team Biden spent $321,665 for limousine rentals in the French capital. This reportedly was just for Biden’s party; Biden himself appropriately used his secure official vehicle, which was flown with him.

The American ambassador’s residence in Paris (above) was not good enough for Vice President Biden, who bunked instead at the Hotel Intercontinental. Photo: Henry Bourne, Harper’s Bazaar.

Meanwhile, Uncle Joe could have stayed, essentially for free, at the magnificent, 60,000-square-foot American ambassador’s residence. Or he might have checked into the Paris Hilton. Instead, Team Biden bunked at No. 2 Rue Scribe, the Hotel Intercontinental Paris Le Grand. That one night cost taxpayers $585,000.50.


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