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Golf is Back! Obama’s 60th Outing as President

Well, the mercury has crept back up above 60 degrees here in Washington, and so it’s time once again for President Obama to head out to the golf course.

This is the president’s 60th time golfing as president, meaning Obama has spent two months of his presidency on the golf course.

The rounds usually take about five hours, including motorcading back an forth to the course.

According to statistics compiled by CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, who keeps close tabs on the president’s activities, Obama played 30 rounds in 2010, 28 rounds in 2009, and two this year, including today.

George W. Bush gave up golfing in 2003, explaining why he did it in a 2008 interview with POLITICO.

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.”

Some think Obama should follow Bush’s example. But Obama clearly is addicted to the game and probably feels he needs to play to get his mind off of Washington, generally choosing the company of young administration staffers instead of lawmakers or senior aides.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is an avid golfer too, and unlike Obama, plays with lobbyists.

Obama’s on the links with his usual posse. From the pool report:

The president, in a black cap and light black jacket, emerged from the White House at 1 p.m. for what I believe is the President’s first golf outing this year stateside. A 10-vehicle motorcade departed a minute later and stopped at all stop signs and mixed with traffic for the uneventful 22-minute ride to Andrews AFB.

POTUS’ golfing buddies today include Ben Finkenbinder of the press office, Marvin Nicholson, the president’s trip director and David Katz, a Dept of Energy staffer.

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544 Responses to Golf is Back! Obama’s 60th Outing as President

  1. Disgusting – while the rest of America is struggling with unemployment, escalating gas prices, increasing food costs, and on and on…..Definitely is not “one of us”!

  2. No way this hack plays a four hour round of golf – unless he is shaving points! At this rate, with all the parties, motown like events and hollywood hob-knobbing, he just might win Entertainer of the Year to go along with his pathetic Nobel Peace Prize. What an elitist.

  3. So go play golf. He needs to get away from it all whenever possible. He’s weaker than George W. Bush in that regard. So you get what you get.

  4. Well, America this is what you get when you elect a Marxist, POTUS.

    He bans offshore drilling in America while he LOANS Brazil TWO BILLION OF OUR MONEY to do the exact same thing off the coast of Brazil… while the price of oil hits $100, and the cost of everything we buy from gasoline to groceries rises.

    And he has no problem “playing golf” while we are at war…

    How’s that “hope & changey” thing workin’ out for everybody…

    Only 22 more months ’til we evict the Marxist from the Oval Office & cancel “Amateur Hour” at the White House.

    NOBAMA 2012

  5. Again, president Barry Obama, rather Soetoro, is fiddling, rather, golfing in this case, while Rome burns. It’s clear that he doesn’t give a damn about us Americans, his supporters who voted him in, nor the 22% jobless folks nationwide.

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    • Now now be nice The First Lady just wants you to be healthy and tell us what to eat while she munches on Ribs, Burgers, Fries and quenches them down with Coke Classic.

    • bush is an intelligent man whose military IQ test score was 135. he is not slick, phony, or arrogant. he speaks from the heart without reading words written by others on idiot screens. he is a genuine man who gave his all towards being a good president, good decisions and bad ones. in other words, he is normal and real. how we miss that.

  6. he is a joke…here’s to all the stupid morons who voted for this albatross. it serves you right…hope, change, battling the lengths…you deserve to have a country that is becoming royally f___ed up…

  7. And this is the man who promised that he wouldn’t rest until he solved the unemployment problem.

    More and more he is sounding like OJ Simpson who was going to spend all his time searching for the killer of his wife, and also spent a great deal of time on the golf course.

    But what is worse, is when you mention that this looks bad and people that voted for this man, say he is entitled to some r and r.

  8. F’ING ridiculous.. the Middle East burns, oil prices sky rocket, unemployment is still about 12%.. but we get to have MOTOWN in Bro-Town.. and Golf Outings and Ski Vacations?

    • There’s actually been something Obama hasn’t lied about – during his campaign he promised that utility and gasoline prices would skyrocket, and that he would bankrupt the coal industry. Prices ARE skyrocketing and he plays golf, Michelle goes skiing, goes to Spain and they host Motown parties. It makes perfect sense, as things are going according to his (or Soros’) game plan.

      How anyone voted for him after saying what he did about utilities, gas and the coal industry is beyond comprehension. Truly 1/2 this country was in a fog when they voted for this sham of a man.

      • Apt description of what he did to the oil industry. It does make one wonder how that oil spill happened in the first place – amazing timing of it, and how the prez did nothing for nine days, then of course banned all drilling. A little too convenient, too little negative press coverage and all goes according to his plan.

  9. He might as well play golf, he hasnt done anything constructive for our country. In fact keep him on the golf course, he’ll do less damage to our country! So by all means… Let him play!

  10. Oprah wanted him in so bad , i remember when she said theres a beautiful black man making history , she got him elected with all her billions , tell her to fix this country its her fault its in this mess !!!!

  11. A man who does not care about the men and women he has in combat is a man who should be sent packing. This is clearly a man who does not understand what his job as President entails.

    • Anyone remember right after he was sworn in as prez there was a news story of how he and Michelle “escaped” the WH and went to a local elementary school or library (can’t remember which) and spoke to the little kids about how bored they were.

      Unbelievable.

  12. What exactly does this president do for this country? Go on vacation, golf, have parties, criticize us to the rest of the world, stay as uninvolved as possible in major crises in our country and around the world, reads from teleprompters in a monotone about his deep emotions, raises more money for the ever present campaigning, and brags that he’s done so much to help us all. Gas is $4 a gallon and beginning to cripple the nation, jobs still are non existent, stocks are all over the place, unions are trying to control all the money. So again, what is this president doing? Destroying us. That’s what.

  13. It was business. He had his “trip director” with him to plan his and Michelle’s next vacation. Glad the country is not at war today and things are going so well the Man of the People can take a day off.

  14. The President can basically do anything and the media will spin it, ignore it, or find someone else to compare it too to make it look okay. The people that voted for him obviously were not paying attention when they cast their votes and probably wont next year either. The media will do their usual pull for the democrats 60 days before the next election even if it means committing a ‘Dan Rather style fall on their sword act’ to get their party in power.

  15. He’s a classless thuggish jerk, and we all know it. Like the guy said, when you’re pumping gas and sending your 75.00 to the terrorist oil countries, remember Obama and the Democrat party. Express your thanks in November 2012 and send Dear Leader and his wife on their final taxpayer vacation….home to Chicago, where the people truly deserve them.

  16. I haven’t had a raise in 4 years.
    My health insurance costs are rising.
    My food costs are rising.
    My property taxes are rising.
    My heating bills are rising.
    My electric bill is rising.
    The price of gasoline to enable my wife and I to get to our jobs is rising so quickly that we are now cutting back on food.
    When my daughter is hungry, and the food just isn’t there, it finally validates my parents description of “The Great Depression”

  17. Hey – love the way you sneak in the snarky comment about Boehner in there, White House! Keeping it classy and civil, I see!

    Morons.

  18. HACK – in every aspect…Golf Hack —- Presedential Hack ——- Community Organizer Hack —– Deceiver Hack—– It is the stupidity of the American public not to see how overt this Asyrian is in his lies and support of the Muslim brotherhood…remember his remarks “I am one of you” indeed he is….. oh BTW…..and yes…his golf game sucks too…right up there with his basketball

  19. He should play more! Every time he’s away from the office, he can’tpush more of his Socialist agenda!!! Play more basketball too! Thank God that the clock is running until we get this incompetent person out of office.

  20. Folks, this is “in your face” arrogance and disdain for America, it’s citizens, and it’s way of life. Obama’s exists to deliver the country to the International Communist Party. Early in 2013, we will begin our climb back to the top.

  21. I like to golf and I make about 20,000 a year. We drink beer and have a great time. Bush probably sucked at golf. This post can be disproved just by the fact that a golf game takes less than a full day. Does anyone have a calculator app on there phone? People can no longer trust media like this. Its a clear smear campaign.

  22. Will someone pleazeeeee put this so called leader of the free-world in a corner and put a dunce cap on him. He is not leading and his mental capacities seem to be diminished.

  23. its as if he knew all along there was to be no second term. hes not very involved in the job is he?…never has been. he was to be the first black president and nothing more….he knew it going in. i just wonder who is next.

  24. Perhaps it is better that this president plays golf. Think of it this way: When he is on the golf course, he is not busy bankrupting businesses, socializing medicine, making asinine statements, or trampling upon the Constitution. I say, play golf for the rest of your term, and go home to Kenya… err Hawaii and let your Republican successor try to salvage the Nation

  25. We don’t have a President we have a king and queen. He is like Nero partying it up while Rome was burning. He is the MOST selfish individual who’s supposed to be a leader. Sadly we don’t have any leadership from him at all. He talks about Americans need to tighten their belts and what does he do take a 10 vehicle motorcade to play some holes of Golf. Its seriously sickening.

  26. DRILL NOW BABY, DRILL NOW!

    I KNOW WHO STOPPED THE DRILLING
    $4 A GALLON WILL CAST MY VOTE, COME ELECTION 2012

    WHO STOPPED THE DRILLING BABY? THE DEMOCRATS DID BABY
    GOLFING VACATION WHILE I’M PAYING $4 A GALLON?

    OH YES BABY, $4 A GALLON WILL CAST MY VOTE, COME ELECTION 2012
    DRILL NOW BABY
    DRILL BABY DRILL

  27. it’s all about how you spin and this kofler can roll around in a pile of crap with the best of them. bush, on one hand, makes the right choice by being an example. this guy in the white house is basically saying to the american people go phuck yourself and koffler seems to be saying the same when he makes the dishonest comparison of boehner by saying even tho the president shouldn’t be playing golf, at least he’s not playing with the wrong crowd. to liberals, if it feels good, do it. conscience be damned.

  28. The reason the Japanese took up golf is because they understood that BUSINESS is often concluded over a golf game. Golf is a great sport to achieve something while unwinding.

    And if you want to compare total vacation time between Obama and Bush, then Obama will have to take the next two years off just to stay within sight of GW.

  29. I wish Obama spent ALL of his time on the golf course. Then, at least, he wouldn’t be screwing up the economy, the budget, U.S. foreign policy, jobs, business, the military, education, the lives of border agents, the art of speaking, he wouldn’t be making excuses for the U.S., he wouldn’t be kissing the asses of Saudi royals in public, and I wouldn’t have to look at HIS ugly ass on the news. We need more golf!