FLOTUS MIchelle Obama took a separate flight five hours earlier from the White House to Martha's Vineyard with her daughters at taxpayers' expense, including motorcades. The First Family is hanging out at the $50,000 a week Blue Heron Farm at Martha's Vineyard as the nation faces the economy in crisis.
While photo-ops of the president "working" on vacation were released, no cameras were allowed on the presidential golf match at the Vineyard Country Club. The Obamas enjoyed a fancy meal out their first full day in the Vineyard.
The extra transport to get the the First Lady to the island for only a few more hours of vacation time will have cost taxpayers thousands in additional expenses.
The costs related to Mrs Obama’s solo trip mainly include the flight on the specially designed military aircraft she took instead of Air Force One, as well as any extra staff and Secret Service that had to be enlisted to go with her.
She would also have had her own motorcade from the airport to her vacation residence.
The President had already drawn scorn for using two helicopters and Air Force One to get to Martha's Vineyard.
He yesterday left the White House aboard Marine One on his way to Andrews Air Force base to hitch a lift aboard Air Force One - along with First Dog Bo.
After landing at Cape Cod Coast Guard Air Station, he then took a final helicopter to his holiday destination to complete the remarkable 500-mile journey.