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The Real Obama: Gone golfin'

This is a rush transcript from "Hannity," April 17, 2012. This copy may not be in its final form and may be updated.

SEAN HANNITY, HOST: And tonight as we vet the president in "The Real Obama" we shine the spotlight on the leisurely life of our 44th president; the man who will no doubt set records for the number of rounds of golf played while in office.

He has already teed off a whopping 94 times since taking the oath. That is 70 more rounds than his predecessor. Yes, R&R is something that this president has mastered and apparently, he never stops planning, well, his next trip.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, APRIL 14)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: I want to thank President Santos and the people of Colombia for the extraordinary hospitality in the beautiful city of Cartagena. We're having a wonderful time. Usually when I take these summit trips, part of my job is to scout out where I may want to bring Michelle back later for vacation. So we'll make sure to come back sometime in the near future.

(END VIDEO CLIP)

HANNITY: Make no mistake, the first family has circled the globe on their private, luxurious vacations since 2009. Destinations including but certainly not limited to Mount Rushmore, Hawaii, Vail, Aspen, Panama City, Martha's Vineyard, Maine, North Carolina and even Spain.

Now while the president himself wasn't on all of those trips, security concerns will prevent us from ever knowing the exact cost, but some estimates do exist. According to the HawaiiReporter.com, their 17-day Christmas vacation in 2010 cost you, the taxpayer, more than $4 million.

In other words, the GSA has nothing on this White House.

Joining me now with more as we continue to vet the president, the mainstream media won't do it, Stuart Varney from the Fox Business Network and Amilya Antonetti from AMA Productions, good to see you both.

You know, let me just show what he said about corporate fat cats. Watch this, flying to Vegas. This is what Obama said.

(BEGIN VIDEO CLIP, FEB. 9, 2009)

PRESIDENT OBAMA: You are not going to be able to give out these big bonuses until you pay taxpayers back. You can't get corporate jets, you can't go take a trip to Vegas or go down to the Super Bowl on the taxpayers' dime.

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HANNITY: We have $5 trillion in new Obama debt. He's taken a lot of trips himself.

STUART VARNEY, FOX BUSINESS NETWORK: You know, look, sometimes when you see the record of this president, maybe he should spend more time playing golf. Keep him out of the Oval Office, look what he has done.

HANNITY: Good point.

VARNEY: All joking aside, GSA, the junket to Las Vegas, that's the kind of thing you get when you vastly expand the scope and scale and spending of government. It's massive government, massive spending, massive junketing, that is what you get.

It's such a contrast when you look at what the president does on these vacations, the lavish vacation. At the same time, we have a faltering economy, massive unemployment and running up the massive debt. It's a real clash between the lavish lifestyle, the time spent vacationing and what is going on with the economy and his record.

HANNITY: How many vacations do you take a year, because I don't take that many vacations?

VARNEY: Very few.

HANNITY: Whatever time I take it's usually my kids sporting event or school event or whatever it is. Amilya, do you ever play golf?

AMILYA ANTONETTI, AMA PRODUCTIONS: No, I don't have time for golf.

HANNITY: I don't have time for golf. I play once in a while. The ball is in the woods because I can't hit the stupid ball because I don't practice because I don't have time to play 94 times in three years. Your reaction.

ANTONETTI: I am at the global summit right now. I'm at the global economic summit right now. I'm telling you I'm booked 20 hours out of the day because I'm maximizing the opportunity to sit across the table with world leaders from Israel, Panama, Cuba, Colombia. To be able to get in their brain and say how do we work together? Listen to somebody taking vacation time and not maximizing the opportunity is bad leadership.

HANNITY: Yes, I think that's what it comes down to.

VARNEY: Is this a good political strategy to go after the president for playing golf and taking lavish vacations?

HANNITY: And basketball.

VARNEY: And basketball, is that a good strategy? I think it would be better to concentrate on the president's record. The record is very, very poor.

HANNITY: Don't you combine it, thought?

It looks like a clash, doesn't it? It looks like lavishness on the part of the president with a weak economy. But you know, you could look kind of small and almost -- if you chase down the president --

HANNITY: He plays class warfare every day. You know, it's not cheap to play golf. He is the one lecturing, you know, these corporations to get off the corporate jets and stop taking trips to Vegas until they pay back the taxpayers. He's accumulated $5 trillion in new debt.

VARNEY: Does America begrudge its chief executive playing a lot of golf and flying around on Air Force One? Probably yes when it's so lavish and the country is in such bad shape. We have $5 trillion of extra debt.

HANNITY: Look, when you take a vacation, every two months, a little over two months, Amilya, that seems to me to be excessive. I don't begrudge any president a vacation, but in tough economic times, forcing taxpayers to pay for this, beating up, quote, "wealthy Americans," class warfare. Doesn't it seem like a huge contradiction?

ANTONETTI: And it's nothing that a CEO would do. Meaning, as the CEO of my company, that when the company needs me I am focused and drilled down until I get it to the next point of positive, forward moving that is provable on paper. I would never insult my employees to take time off when they needed me the most. It is disgraceful.

HANNITY: All right, Amilya, good luck at the summit. I hope you do well there. I'm not so sure about opening up the trade with Cuba but good luck. Stuart, thank you for being with us.

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