And that number is just for the airfare…

In its latest attempt to shut down media coverage, the White House Saturday dismissed reporters to their Florida hotel by declaring a news “lid” even though President Obama was just beginning his golf game — but the press pool voted to stay.

After a two hour flight, Obama motorcaded to the posh Floridian National Golf Club in Palm City to play a round and also stay.

At that point, the pool reporter, Byron Tau of the Wall Street Journal, wrote in his report to other correspondents, “The White House has called a lid. Pool does not anticipate news or POTUS sightings until tomorrow’s departure of Air Force One.”

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