If the headline read that a TARP funded bank CEO hopped on the corporate Gulfstream for a date night jaunt with his wife, at company --- er, taxpayer -- expense, the press (and Congress) would be going hog wild. So what if the CEO of the USA does the same thing? According to the NY Post, the Obama's hopped on a Gulfstream and spent an intimate date night in NYC, at an estimated cost of over $70k compliments of the American taxpayers. It's lovely that the president is fullfilling one of his campaign promises to Michelle, and he did economize by using a Gulfstream and not the way more expensive Air Force One, but they couldn't have planned a similar outing at a time when the President was scheduled to be in NYC on official business? The CEO of the U.S. in't exactly setting a great example. Per NY Post:
Obama's jet, a Gulfstream 500, served as a more modest Air Force One for the day in place of the customary presidential Boeing 747.
The White House declined to say how much the trip was costing taxpayers.
Obama Keeps His Big Apple Pledge - NY Post