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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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46.

Hussie    

Obama has an obligation to the American people, which he SWORE to uphold...
And, "We, the People..." should not have to take a backseat to his wifey on date night...
This was yet another blatant slap in the face to American's by an administration that has already cost us far more than any other...Obama cannot expect everyone else to sacrifice in these tough times, while he abuses his position and the luxuries it affords...Antics like this only cement the notion that he's a self-serving eliteist, who only wanted the title...

1968 days ago
47.

SB    

The best Presidential couple ever. Classy, handsome, intelligent, smart, educated and most importantly they know how to balance personal and business life. I love you Obama's.

1968 days ago
48.

angela    

NO LIE...LEAVE THEM ALONE... BUSH WAS ALWAYS ON VACATION PLAYING GOLF AND VISITING DADDY... AT LEAST OBAMA GIVE A @#*% ABOUT THE CURRENT ISSUES.. HE DESERVES TO ENJOY A NITE WITH HIS WIFE. ITS TRUE...ITS NOT HIS FAULT HE NEEDS TO TAKE A PRIVATE JET..HE'S THE PRESIDENT U IDIOTS..WHAT DO U THINK???? AT LEAST HE PAID FOR HIS OWN TICKET..HE WANTS TO BE AS NORMAL AS POSSIBLE... SO ALL U OBAMA HATERS..KEEP HATING....IT WONT CHANGE THAT HE OUR PRESIDENT OF THE UNITED STATES..... AS FAR AS ALL THIS CRYING ABOUT HOW ITS OUR TAX DOLLARS HE SPENDING....GO GET ANOTHER JOB SO U CAN KEEP SUPPORTING HIS NITES OUT WITH HIS WIFE...LOL..LOL... GO OBAMA...HANDLE IT MR.PRESIDENT OBAMA..... KEEP HATING U HATERS....UR STILL PAYING FOR IT..LOL..LOL..LOL...LOL

1968 days ago
49.

rminva    

So much for being a representative "of the people." The arrogance of the current administration is mind boggling. Shuttling to New York at taxpayer expense for a night out. Telling the media what they can and cannot ask. Where will it end?

1968 days ago
50.

carriss    

I'm all for keeping promises, but to what degree do you keep them? If it means being away from the White House.... again... when you're sort of, ya know, the President, and you're more-than-likely spending taxypayer money to do it, not to mention the security required for this to all happen; don't you find that a tad, umm... irresponsible? Probably not, since Mr. Obama is the "peoples President", and has spent more time on vacation and touring Muslim countries, than he has actually leading this country. I hope you enjoyed your dinner Barry, and I hope you saved about 800 million peoples' worth of leftovers, since it was OUR money you used to get it.

1968 days ago
51.

Angry Democrat 'Sky Blu' from LMFAO attack GOP Romney on Purpose .    

Democrat Bobby Rush (just) Supported a Violent Dictator Fidel Castro. Democrat Bill Delahunt supports Hugo Chavez , who is Now known as South American 1st Fascist leader. Both these Dictators perform Unspeakable acts of TORTURE (Chavez & Castro) against Innocnet Civilians that dare speak out against them without reason. Clearly One can see that some Democrats SUPPORT Torture based on the region or Dictator doing it. The point is that with these recent
trips to visit Chavez or Castro , the democrats have LOST much of their MORAL Authority. Hugo Chavez has Not only put in Jail or terminated his political foes (last one 'Rosales' escaped to Peru) BUT Hugo Chavez is Now considered South America's rogue Fascist Leader.

1968 days ago
52.

annmarie from Texas    

seems to me he and his wife should pay for the flight -- this is unfair that the economy is in the toilet and he's spending taxpayer money to travel. something is soooo wrong with this picture.

1968 days ago
53.

tmzjunkie    

what's up with that dress? makes her look W I D E!

1968 days ago
54.

Stew    

Just like a Stinking Socialist

1968 days ago
55.

NObama    

hmm, idk, shouldnt he STOP going out on dates, and STOP appearing on Oprah to chitchat, and maybe START trying to fix the country???? Being the president means being busy and not always having time for this stuff. I understand hes a beginner in this stuff, but seriously, at least Bush had his priorities straight.

1968 days ago
56.

Done    

#61, 62- Personal gain thru Tax Payer burden? A flight to NYC, vs. mandatory, unquestionable gifts $10 BILLION to Halliburton/subsidiaries/Blackwater? 879 DAYS 'VACATIONING' = GWB. Try to think before you speak.

1968 days ago
57.

mch    

We are in a Depression, having lost an average of 600,000 jobs a month, we will see 8.4million Americans without jobs by end of 2009, NOT COUNTING the 6 million that are looking for jobs, and others who have lost their jobs, their homes, and are living in tents. We are looking at 20million Americans with no jobs.

Obama's bailouts to Wall Street, and his friends, have ended America in debt of $ 63million. All Obama and his wife, wants to do is ride on his Air Force One planes, big or small,
All this, we American taxpapers will be paying for.

Obama couldn't just have a night out with his wife in Wash DC?

Is this behavior appropriate for President Obama? It is outrageous. Obama will only be a 1 term President, so I guess he and his wife, Michelle is lapping it up in luxury, at the expense of the American People.

Obama's money czar, Tim Geithner, did not even have to pay his IRS taxes, and will get a $100million job, from one of the banks, when he leaves office.

Just terrible behavior.

1968 days ago
58.

Clinton    

So, it's NOT alright if the banks abuse the government's money but it IS if the government abuses OURS?

1968 days ago
59.

JustFineInAL    

The plane wouldn't be required if Secret Service was not present. Thus, the plane was used as SS is a requirement. Is that so hard to understand? It is so funny to see the naysayers moan all while the proof of success for Obama is evident. The economy is turning around- all thanks to Obama.

1968 days ago
60.

rminva    


The fact that everyone is defending BO by saying it's "business as
usual" IS the problem!! Barack Obama ran on a platform of "change."

The changes that have come are not good. Read read some
international papers once in awhile....his presidency is already one
big joke because we are quickly becoming a socialist state, and so
few people are speaking out about it. Yeah, Bush left a mess, but BO
has mired us even further, to the point that 100% taxation won't even
dig us out of the mess. And what is with his press secretary telling
the news media what they can and cannot ask?

Do your homework on groups like ACORN....scary stuff. BO and your
tax dollars, yes YOUR tax dollars, support them! Voter fraud is just
the tip of the iceberg.

It really is time for a 3rd "grassroots party" in this
country...neither the Dems or the Reps are getting it right these
days!

1968 days ago
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