For the first weekend in three years – or some other long period of time – President Obama failed to go golfing. While there are just over six hours left in this weekend, the networks are already calling it.
Exit polls of White House staff leaving the West Wing today found that a majority believe pictures of Obama playing golf while pelicans caked in oil continue to emerge from the Gulf of Mexico might cause a catastrophic leakage in the president’s approval ratings.
In a desperate attempt the get himself on the links, Obama suggested that he be photographed removing tar balls from a sand trap. But White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs rejected the idea as “more contrived than the stuff White House communications operations are legally allowed to pull.”
The White House heatedly denied reports that President Obama had seized his daughters’ Playstation 3 in order to spend all day Sunday playing “Hot Shots Golf: Out of Bounds.”
UPDATE: The White House released a statement this evening on the president’s failure to play golf this weekend. The statement follows below:
President Obama indeed enjoys golf and really likes to play. But when it comes to a choice between golf and the American people, the president will choose the American people every time.