From Daily Mail: President Barack Obama dined out with his family and friends at hip Honolulu Asian fusion restaurant Nobu on Wednesday night. Obama received a round of applause from other guests as he walked through the restaurant, a video posted to Instagram shows.
Earlier in the day Obama hit the gym and played a round of golf with his childhood companions. He spent the afternoon at the Shangri La Islamic arts center built by tobacco heiress and socialite Doris Duke.
The first family has been in Hawaii, enjoying their last taxpayer subsidized vacation, for nearly two weeks. They’re parked there until after the New Year holiday.
A report published yesterday afternoon puts the price tag of their travel over the last eight years at $96 million. It excluded most government business but included a trip to Cuba and Argentina the first family accompanied the president on in March.
In Argentina, the first family took a side trip to Bariloche go sightseeing after the president finished his White House meetings in Buenos Aires. They went on a walk of Old Havana in Cuba. Flights and security cost $7,146,015.18, the watchdog organization that obtained the records, Judicial Watch, said.
The Obamas pay for their food and lodging out of pocket when they’re on personal travel and ate out last night at celebrity chef Nobu Matsuhisa’s Honolulu location. Nobu was co-founded by Hollywood favorite Robert Dinero and has locations around the world in Los Angeles, London, New York, Malibu, Hong Kong, Milan and Bejing.
The restaurant boasts on its website that Titanic actress Kate Winslet rated its food ‘heaven on earth and sex on a plate.’ Dishes on the menu include a ‘Monkfish Pate with Caviar and Karashi Su-Miso Sauce,’ ‘Shaved Ice Ceviche’ and ‘Lobster Inaniwa Pasta.’ Sushi at Nobu sells for $5.75 a piece on average, not including the fish the restaurant lists at market price.
A crowd of more than 100 people gathered outside while the Obamas were eating last night, hoping to catch a glimpse of the Hawaiian-born president, who spent his afternoon on the green with high school buddies Greg Orme, Bobby Titcomb and Mike Ramos.
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