President Obama is skipping church this morning to head to out to the golf course, playing with two of his usual mates – White House staffers Ben Finkenbinder and Marvin Nicholson – as well as guest player Ron Kirk, the U.S. Trade Negotiator.
Okay, I shouldn’t say the president is skipping church. It’s not fair. Because actually, the president never goes to church, so he can’t exactly be said to be skipping it.
Gosh, I’m really being hypocritical now, because the fact is, I don’t go to church either. But at least I have a pretty good excuse: I’m Jewish.
Kirk, BTW, has failed in nearly two and a half years as USTR to negotiate any new free trade agreements – or to move any of the ones Bush negotiated through Congress – so perhaps he should have been seizing the free time this morning to get some work done.
For those of you keeping score at home, this is also the tenth time this year the president has been out, and the 68th time he had golfed as president.