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Barack Obama -- The Price of Love

5/31/2009 11:32 AM PDT BY TMZ STAFF

Want to do "date night" like the Obamas? Just get your hands on an unlimited budget, a private Gulfstream jet, and the United States Secret Service. Dinner and a movie is for suckers.

Barack Obama, Michelle Obama
President Barack Obama and his wife Michelle hopped a jet to New York last night to see a Broadway play and then grabbed some dinner at a chic West Village restaurant.

Barack Obama -- launch photosThe only problem, Barack critics say, is that it's the American taxpayers who footed the bill for the private planes that shuttled the Obamas back and forth (Air Force One got the night off). Obama sprung for the theater tix out of his own pocket.

With the economy in the crapper, the Prez can't even enjoy a night on the town without it being a national issue.

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Gina    

To Vicky:

Not everyone is a Republican that didn't vote for Obama. I'm not and you are one of the ignorant people that classify "everyone" in the same box. Who would want to be a Republican or a Democrat. Neither party has a grip on reality. I wouldn't go near either party as a member. Your comment is just one of many that prove your emotions rule any logic.

1880 days ago
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cherryblossoms    

Who cares if they went out seriously? Some people are way too judgemental and dont have lives of their own, if this is news then thats sad. Most people go out a couple times a week, do people realize that he has like the hardest job in the world? Most jobs are hard but seriously that guy works like crazy he should definitely get more then one night out, and he gets one night out and people complain? Get some lives people.

1880 days ago
18.

Khara    

It isn't okay for Obama, either Bush, Clinton, etc. to spend TAXPAYER money in this fashion. There is no excuse for either party doing this. Stop treating politicians like Royalty people. Remember the Revolutionary War. This is what we were trying to ESCAPE. Unfortunately, people do not learn from history.

1880 days ago
19.

Fiona    

What an a$$. He keeps telling the country to tighten their belts. No wonder - he needs OUR money to take his wife out. A-hole!

1880 days ago
20.

momvader    

Little known fact. The prez even pays for the use of Air Force One when it is used for personal business. This private jet was paid for by Obama, not the taxpayers. Check your facts!!!

1880 days ago
21.

observer    

This was written by someone who wrote about what happened to them:

I was at Blockbusters on Saturday renting videos, and I was going along the wall and there was a video called "Obama". I told the men next to me that I wouldn't waste my time. We talked about Obama. These guys were Arabs and I asked them why they thought Michele Obama headed home following her visit in France instead of traveling on to Saudi Arabia and Turkey with her husband. They said she couldn't go to Saudi Arabia , Turkey or Iraq . I said "Laura Bush went to Saudia Arabia, Turkey , Dubai ."

They said that Obama is a Muslim and by Muslim law he would not be allowed to bring his wife into the countries that accept Sharia Law. Just thought it was interesting that the Arabs at Blockbuster's accept the idea that we're being led by a Muslim who follows the Islamic creed. They also said that's the reason he bowed to the King of Saudi Arabia . It was a signal to the Muslim world. Just thought you would like to know.

1880 days ago
22.

sayy it aint so    

ALL OF YOU SORRY HATERS GET A DAM LIFE THE PRESIDENT AND THE FIRST LADY HAS BEEN THROUGHT THE FIRE TO GET TO WHERE THEY ARE. THEY BOTH PULLED THEMSELVES UP BY THEIR BOOTH STRAPS AND WORKED THEIR BUTTS OFF TO JUST MAKE IT IN TIMES THAT HARD IF YOU WORK ON A JOB HE GAVE EACH OF YOU A RAISE IN ARPIL, IF YOU ARE ON SOCIAL SECURITY YOU GOT A ONE TIME 250 DOLLAR CHECK WHAT HAVE THE GOVERNMENT DID FOR ANY OF YOU LATELY, NOT A DAM THING ITS NOT THE PRESIDENTS FAULT THAT THE WAR IS GOING ON IT STARTED BEFORE HE BECAME THE PRESIDENT , THERE WAS A BUSH IN THE WHITE HOUSE BEFORE HE CAME AND NONE OF YOU OPEN YOUR DAM MOUTHS , AND NOW ALL OF YOUR SORRY BUTTS WANTS TO START TALKING AT ONCE , HELL HE TURNED THE PLAN DOWN FOR A NEW JET AND THAT SAVED MILLIONS OF DOLLARS FOR OUR COUNTRY, AND THE JET HAD BEEN OFFERED UP A LONG TIME AGO FOR HIM AND THE FIRST FAMILY, LEAVE THEM ALONG AND MR PRESIDENT I NEED TO SOCK YOU FOR PAYING FOR YOUR OUTING, BECAUSE YOU AND THE FIRST LADY DESERVES TO ENJOY YOURSELF SOME TIME , AND ALL OF YOU WHO DO NOT LIKE OUR PRESIDENT, AND THE FIRST LADY SWAGGER THEN TURN THE PAGE GO OUTSIDE AND BOX THE BIG TREE IN THE YARD UNTIL YOU GET TIRED AND LEAVE OUR FRIST FAMILY THE HELL ALONG. THERES A LOT OF OUR MONEY GOING TO FUND THIS WAR THAT THE PRESIDENT DID NOT WANT FROM DAY ONE, YOU LEAVE HIM AND THE FRIST LADY ALONG WITH YOUR HOOKED ON STUPID BUTTS.

1880 days ago
23.

Moderate    

I recall the press did the same thing when George Bush played Golf or had a vacation. Being President does not mean you can't have a vacation or rest time here and there. So yes they are entitled. Stop blaming the Republicans ...it's the news media blabbing not the Republicans.

1880 days ago
24.

idaho potato    

WE PAID FOR THIS DATE! HE PAID FOR THE TICKETS?!? HA! SHOW US THE RECEIPT, KING OBAMA. WE PAID FOR THE TRANSPORTATION, MASSIVE SECURITY, THE FOOD AND BEVERAGES ON THE PLANE, ETC. OBAMA FIDDLES WHILE THE ECONOMY BURNS. SHAME ON HIM. SHAME!!! THIS WAS NOT THE TIME FOR SUCH ONE-SIDED SELFISH EXTRAGENCE. I AM LIVID! (Can you tell?)

This has got to stop. We are one nation, right?! Then Obama... make due with less. Don't take our money as YOUR promise to YOUR wife. He's spreading the wealth his way on this one. Last week he flew with Air Force One to several cities in the western U.S. to attend party fundraisers. We paid for that little trip(s) too. We paid to put money (millions?) in the Democratic Party Headquarters' pockets.

Was it good for you?!

1880 days ago
25.

Lenn K.    

TMZ, just imagine this was Bush and the liberal socialist media would be call him every name in the book. Remember, he still being blame for all of Obama's problems.

1880 days ago
26.

Erika    

I am so SICK of seeing the prez and his wife being portrayed as Hollywood stars... That "hot" couple is supposedly in charge of the entire USA. They are a JOKE! I can't stand Prez Obama... Muslim-Arab-lover!

1880 days ago
27.

sara    

Our last president spent 487 days on vacation. Wonder who bought all them burgers/

FOUR
HUNDRED
EIGHTY
SEVEN
DAYS

mmmkay?

1880 days ago
28.

Khara    

Actaully, Obama did NOT pull himself up from his bootstraps. Obama had someone pay his way through law school (a person whom I am sure Obama owes a favor or two to). He has never worked a day in his life (ask a farmer, construction worker, etc. what a hard day of work is). He has never run a business. He was bred from the Chicago political machine. Wise up, people. The world is full of suckers. Do you really want to make the sucker count a little higher? He is a politician. Period.

1880 days ago
29.

idaho potato    

Reality check... the President of the U.S. never takes a vacation. You live on Mars? You ever read the headlines in your local newspaper? Whether it's Obama traveling back to Chicago or Bush traveling back to Texas, or Carter traveling back to Georgia, it's ALL work. However, when the President of the U.S. takes a private trip to New York City for his private benefit and enjoyment and that of his wife, that is a vacation day paid for by the U.S. Taxpayers. Me and You. You don't object... fine. I do!

Obama didn't pay for this trip. People, wrong is wrong. And this was wrong.

1880 days ago
30.

Maureen    

This president sure does not practice what he preaches.
As for you people talking about what other presidents did, this is a different time. Everyone is feeling how bad it is.
This president certainly does not care about anybody but himself and what else he can do for his family.
God help us all when Obama's policies are through with us. I never thought I would live in a socialistic America.

1880 days ago
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