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King Obama Holiday: $45 million, Weddings Moved, Kicked Off Beaches

King Obama Holiday: $45 million, Weddings Moved, Kicked Off Beaches

Family has spent $44,351,777.12 in taxpayer cash on travel expenses

Make Way For The King! People Kicked Off Beaches, Weddings Moved For Obama Holiday

“I’m not a king,” President Obama has said more than 20 times recently in an effort to dissuade Americans from revolting against his executive rule phone and pen barrage.

The President’s actions in his downtime might make many take another look, however, as it emerged this week that an entire beach was closed down to make way for the first family, as well as a happy couple having to relocate their entire wedding so his highness could play golf.

On their umpteenth holiday this year alone, secret service agents this week made sure that the Obamas had a Hawaiian beach in Kailua completely to themselves, shooing tourists away and cordoning off areas of water so the president could go for a dip without the riff raff getting anywhere near him.

“The officers could be seen telling different groups at the popular spot to turn around, as they sectioned off part of the water.” reports the Daily Mail, displaying pictures of black helmeted jack boots on jet skis harassing people.

Local police were also called in to surveill the area and make sure the first family were undisturbed.

Another embarrassing incident played out Monday as a couple who planned to get married on the 16th hole of an exclusive golf course were forced to relocate their nuptials so Obama could finish his round.

“It was emotional, especially for her — she’s the bride and in less than 24 hours they had to change everything they had planned,” Jamie McCarthy, the bride’s sister, told Bloomberg.

The couple, both serving members of the military, an institution with which Obama’s favourability is at an all time low, instead moved the wedding to a lawn near the home of their commanding officer.

The President later called the bride to apologize, according to reports – most likely realizing that being exposed as acting like a monarch AGAIN wouldn’t sit too well with the American people.

Senator Rand Paul tweeted out a jibe at the President’s actions, noting that even when he’s playing golf now, he is managing to ruin people’s lives:

The Obamas are no strangers to luxury holidays. Last year independent government watchdog group Judicial Watch filed a Freedom of Information lawsuit against the U.S. Secret Service to obtain details of the cost of such lavish holidays taken by Obama at the tax payer’s expense.

The group found that the Obamas racked up nearly $16 million on one vacation to Africa and on a Christmas vacation to Honolulu last year. An earlier finding In February, revealed that the Obama family’s vacation to Martha’s Vineyard in August 2013 hit taxpayers with an approximate $1.1 million bill for flying expenses.

As of this Summer, the Obamas are said to have spent $44,351,777.12 in taxpayer cash on travel expenses, accruing 31 vacations since the president took office in 2009.

Florida warns beachgoers of flesh-eating bacteria in state waters

Florida warns beachgoers of flesh-eating bacteria in state waters

By Rob Quinn

Florida warns beachgoers of flesh-eating bacteria in state waters

A medium-hazard flag warns Miami beachgoers to be cautious of moderate surf and currents.AP Photo/Alan DiazCrash-landing planes aren’t the only hazard on Florida beaches: The state has warned that high levels of flesh-eating Vibrio bacteria have been detected in its waters, Gawker reports.The naturally-occurring bacteria, which thrives in warm, moderately salty water, causes around 80,000 illnesses and 100 deaths in the US yearly and killed at least 11 people in Florida last year, according to Florida Today.

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Effects of flesh eating bacteria

Health officials say the bacteria is especially dangerous to people with weak immune systems and is fatal around 50% of the time when it gets into people’s bloodstreams, the Broward-Palm Beach New Times reports.

“A person can contract the virus by eating tainted raw shellfish and oysters,” a Florida health official says. “And people who swim in seawater who have open wounds are also vulnerable to the bacteria.”

Symptoms of infection include fever, chills, and skin lesions, the New Times notes, explaining that while many people have probably already swum in bacteria-infested waters and been OK, people with weak immune systems should probably steer clear of Florida waters for now.

Researchers say that illnesses caused by Vibrio bacteria are set to rise as the oceans get warmer. (In Oregon recently, a woman contracted another type of flesh-eating bacteria after falling off her bike.)

Alabama beaches closed due to shark influx

Alabama beaches closed due to shark influx

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Black dots: Hundreds of sharks have gathered off the shores of Alabama’s coastline closing beaches.

A school of sharks swimming just off the coast of Alabama led to the closure of some beaches on Monday. Exposing their dorsal fins, large numbers of sharks were swimming in shallow waters around Alabama Point at Perdido Pass, US. Double red flags flying at the beach were supposed to alert swimmers to stay out of the water; they may be fined in case of disobedience. No attacks have been reported yet.

Video: Alabama shark infested beaches

Tycoons Take Hit In Crimea Crisis

Russ FlagRussia’s most powerful businessmen waited for over an hour Thursday to hear from President Vladimir Putin, whose decision to annex the Crimean Peninsula has cost their companies hundreds of millions of dollars in market value.

When Putin finally showed up, he spoke to them for five minutes — and gave them no reassurances that they or their companies will get any respite from the uncertainty created by the takeover of a piece of land of little value to them beyond national pride. (more)

Source: Huffington Post/AP

Contributor: Joseph St. John

News Tracker:   Ukraine

Ukraine in Crisis: President and VP go on Vacation

In spite of the ongoing crisis in the Ukraine, Both President Obama and Vice President Biden are keeping their weekend vacation plans.  Undeterred by over 30,000 troops in Crimea, both individuals felt no need to change their schedule.  White House officials stated that they were comfortable that President Obama could handle any upcoming crisis away from the White House.

The White House brushed off concerns Friday that, with the crisis in Crimea intensifying, now might not be the best time for President Obama — and his vice president — to go on vacation.

The travel schedules of both the president and Vice President Biden have come under scrutiny, given the rapidly changing situation in Ukraine. Obama, already in Florida to talk about education, was planning to spend some family time this weekend in Key Largo, Fla., where he arrived late in the day. Biden, meanwhile, will be in the Virgin Islands. 

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Source: FoxNews             Contributor: Joseph St. John
News Tracker:  Ukraine