With unemployment at 9.1 percent and the White House and Congress supposedly busy closing the deficit so our Treasury notes don’t head toward junk bond status and our economy doesn’t descend into Hellenic-style Hell, is this really what Americans want to see? Our leaders joshing it up in the clubhouse?
How ostentatiously tone deaf are these people? Golfing. And for what? To satisfy some kind of frat boy wager between President Obama and Speaker Boehner?
I don’t care if you can get on a public course for $12. Golf is perceived as – and so often is – the sport of the Lexus set, the retired, and the leisure minded. Doing it every weekend, as Obama does, is a middle finger sent skyward to the many in this economy who are struggling to eat decently. And the sight of the four of these characters putting away in their goofy country club outfits is indeed a reflection of Nero fiddling.
The transparency White House apparently isn’t even giving out the scores. From the pool report:
This was provided on background from the White House with approval from the Speaker’s office:
The foursome had great time and really enjoyed playing golf at Joint Base Andrews today. The President and Speaker Boehner teamed up to beat the Vice President and Governor Kasich. The match was won on the 18th hole – the President and the Speaker won $2 each.
After finishing their round, the President, Speaker Boehner, the Vice President and Governor Kasich went to the patio of the clubhouse where they enjoyed a cold drink, some of the U.S. Open coverage and visited with service members.
On background, I’ll just tell you that I’m so glad they had a great time.