Just imagine that headline and indignant howls of feigned outrage if a heartless Republican were to go play golf and luxuriate at a $9 million mansion in Hawaii while the continental United States shivered in the wake of record cold. Heck, I didn't know this guy had ever picked up a golf club before. Heaven help us if we have to go through Clinton-like stories about his links prowess while he racks up 18 mulligans every round.
Obama, a left-handed golfer, sported black shades and wore a white polo shirt, brown cargo shorts, short white socks and golf shoes. About midway through the course, Obama stopped by the snack bar, where he purchased two hot dogs, two passion-orange sodas, one Powerade and one Coke. He also bought two Spam musubi, a sushi-like Hawaiian delicacy consisting of Spam and fried egg on a slab of rice, all held together with a dried seaweed wrap. (He paid a total of $17.75, but it was unclear whether the president-elect ate a Spam musubi.)Now what kind of message does it send to those now out of work that this man of the people is living extra large at a $9 million mansion?
At the clubhouse, Obama unexpectedly bumped into a pool of reporters, who asked how his game was going. He smiled and conceded: "I'm not that good."
When he arrived at the driving range earlier, he spotted the reporters and cameras about 15 feet away on the other side of a fence and said: "OK guys, come on. How many shots do you need?"
While on vacation in Hawaii, the Obama family is staying in a $9-million single-storey oceanfront home in a laid-back neighbourhood over the mountain from downtown Honolulu where the president-elect grew up.Such elitism. It doesn't say who owns the home.
The five-bedroom wood-frame house sits on almost half a hectare of land fronting Kailua Beach, a favourite spot for windsurfers, kayakers and dog walkers.
The white sand in front of the house is public land, just like all beaches under state law. The Obamas may see neighbours out for a walk or jog.
Don Dymond, owner of the nearby Kalapawai Cafe and Kalapawai Market, said it is particularly thrilling because Mr. Obama "knows enough about the state and the island that he would know if there's a better spot."
Photographs from a 2007 real-estate listing show a stone-encircled swimming pool and an open-air sitting room with views of a grassy lawn and the ocean. City tax records show a Houston man bought the property in January for $9-million (U.S.).Thanks to Hot Air for the link.
The home is among the most expensive on a block where shoreline lots go for a minimum of $3-million and non-beachfront properties easily top $1-million.
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