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


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Deroy Murdock

Late March found the Obama daughters on spring break in the Bahamas. They enjoyed the Atlantis resort, which boasts three breeze-caressed beaches, 11 swimming pools, and a 141-acre water park.

After their fun in the sun, Malia and Sasha frolicked in the snow. “The Sun Valley Ski Patrol confirms the girls were enjoying the wonders of the mountain,” southern Idaho’s KMVT-TV revealed.

Easter found Biden on South Carolina’s posh Kiawah Island for five days. Located 15 miles from Charleston, Kiawah’s lush golf facilities are world-famous. These include the Ocean Course. Greens fees: $353.

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Obama whipped out his putter on Easter Eve. He and some pals played Andrews Air Force Base’s course. This was Obama’s first golf round since the sequester, his sixth in 2013’s first quarter, and his 115th as president of the United States.

No one begrudges Obama, Biden, and their families some relaxation from the pressures of their duties. And who can blame the Obama daughters for wanting to cavort with their schoolmates?

However, as Americans struggle by the millions, such self-indulgence is like devouring a double cheeseburger, fries, and a milkshake right in front of someone who is fasting on Yom Kippur. This soon grows unnecessary, unseemly, and uncaring. And expensive, as Secret Service agents, advance personnel, motorcades, helicopters, and jumbo jets facilitate such extravagance.

Obama literally endangers the American public by padlocking airport control towers and releasing criminal illegal aliens from federal custody, so that this country’s citizens squeal beneath the sequester. (Obama originally threatened to reduce Border Patrol deployment, but Homeland Security postponed its announced furloughs; Obama planned to limit federal meat inspection, until he recently signed a continuing resolution that included Missouri Republican senator Roy Blount’s amendment to restore such funds and prevent that public-health risk.) Instead, Obama should set an example and save taxpayers millions by tempering his and Biden’s monarchic lifestyles.

This gluttony would be easier to tolerate if Obama did his job. Instead, in violation of federal law, Obama’s budget is now two months overdue. The Budget and Accounting Act of 1921 requires that the president’s spending plan reach Congress by the first Monday in February. What on Earth have some 500 Office of Management and Budget employees done since February 4? If Obama won’t busy his OMB staffers with budgeting, they should conduct White House tours. Instead, troops of Girls Scouts touring Washington are barred from the Executive Mansion. Message: Let them eat cookies.

Obama now reigns over Versailles on the Potomac. And America’s taxpayers are the vassals who bankroll the opulence of King Louis-Barack and Michelle Antoinette.

— Deroy Murdock is a Manhattan-based Fox News contributor, a nationally syndicated columnist with the Scripps Howard News Service, and a media fellow with the Hoover Institution on War, Revolution and Peace at Stanford University.



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