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A Day at the Beach

Updated at 9:48 pm ET

President Obama and his entourage hit the beach today.

The president figured if he was going to be in sand traps anyway, he might as well be near the ocean.

Sorry. Couldn’t resist. Actually, information on Obama’s golf skills is very scant. For all I know he’s going to throw the election so he can get on the PGA tour.

From the pool report.

Presidential motorcade left Kailua rental compound at 11:33 a.m. local time and returned to Marine Corps Base Hawaii at Kaneohe Bay, passing through the gate 11:36 a.m.

A White House official said the First Family and friends would spend the afternoon at Pyramid Rock Beach at the Marine Base. No details were provided as to which friends.

UPDATE: A stop for frozen treats:

The presidential motorcade left Marine Corps Base Hawaii at 3:30 p.m. The motorcade had more than a dozen vehicles, including nine Chevrolet Suburbans.

At 3:35 p.m. the motorcade stopped at Island Snow in Kailua, a traditional stop for POTUS and family for shave ice. A throng of about 60 people gathered in the parking lot and on the sidewalk in front of a row of shops adjacent to Island Snow with cell phone cameras held over their heads to try to get a photo of the president.

POTUS was wearing a Chicago White Sox baseball cap and sunglasses.

“We’re going to see the president!” Byeong Yoon said to his daughter, 6-year-old Isabelle, as they watched from the parking lot. “For real?” his daughter said.

About 15 people got shave ice and then returned to motorcade vehicles. The motorcade left Island Snow at 3:58 p.m.

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37 Responses to A Day at the Beach

  1. I read that Obama spent 6 to 7 hours playing golf yesterday which is bad form in golf and against the rules…like OTHER people are waiting.

    He also spent 3 hours eating at Allen Wong’s and ordered some kind of butter for an appetizer according to someone on Twitter.

    Why can’t The Arrogant One get some excercise equipment iinstalled in his rented mansion instead of his daily shlep to the gym?

    • I’m sure he cleared the golf course so #1 no one would see what a rotten golfer he is and #2 since when does he care about anybody but himself.

    • I have seen pictures of the renta mansion and generally at that price
      point they have very nice gyms/workout rooms. Bet this one does he just prefers to be a pain in the ass whenever possible. You know nobody can see the King if he doesn’t mingle amongst the peasants.
      Or at least create a traffic jam and ruin several people’s day:)

    • My guess is he is a shitty hacker who would be lucky to break 90 after 90 rounds….why else is he so afraid to release his HC? He may be in the high 90’s w/o mulligans/footwedges/do-overs/give-me’s etc. It also says tons about his true character, as everybody else has to disclose their HC to play with others…..but he thinks he is extra special.

  2. Goodmorning to you here. Drudge Report linked to an interesting article in New York Times (!) this morning. The papers intention was of course not to paint a negative picture of Obama but the result was in my view puzzling. According to the facts in the article he seems to be a recluse with difficulties in connecting with other people, with a small social circle. He spends so much time away from the family and he said that he missed Reggie Love a lot so the rumours must be true. He has the skill that many good actors have, he shines when the spotlight is there, but otherwise he appears to be a boring guy, not well liked because he doesn´t like people himself. Could it be so difficult to win against a guy like that ?

    • Dear Swedish Lady,

      The article said that his new body man was Marvin Nicholson, “a former bartender and golf caddy.” How apropos given Obama’s proclivity for swinging a nine iron and swilling foo-foo drinks.

      • Hello there, Shofar, yes he has obviously learned to like golf during his presidency but I didn´t guess that he liked alkohol very much. I would have guessed other kind of stimulantia.

    • Yes, it can be difficult if such a person is carefully handled and people are willing to be fooled. Part of Obama’s initial appeal was that of the cold and aloof intellect — emotionally need people fall for that sort all the time. Being reserved is equated with intelligence in this culture, unfortunately.

      Do not overlook the power of his genetics: people of color voted for him because he was not white and because they yearned to see “one of theirs” in the White House. This has nothing to do with a discerning choice among candidates. He has his ravening defenders and they will vote for him this time and urge others to vote along color lines. Whites yearned to be labeled “good” by voting for him and making themselves part of a historic “advance.”

      In this nation we have had the stupid theory for a while that in order for a child to develop aspirations she/he must first see a person of his race doing the job. A black child sees a black doctor and decides, “I can do that.” Ridiculous, yes, but don’t underestimate how much of this wishful thinking was beind the dreaming of the “advance” of a black man in the White House.

      In other words, Swedish Lady, your reasoning is too intelligent and too rational.

      • Hello Anonna, yes he is certainly carefully handled and protected by his people and by most of the media. And your discussion about the race issue is absolutely right. But it must be possible to fight him with his own weapons.

        • I’d love to know how — really, with the potential opposing candidates, I wonder if The One and The Wife won’t be back in the White House for four more years.

    • A person with narcissistic personality disorder may:

      React to criticism with rage, shame, or humiliation

      Take advantage of other people to achieve his or her own goals

      Have excessive feelings of self-importance

      Exaggerate achievements and talents

      Be preoccupied with fantasies of success, power, beauty, intelligence, or ideal love

      Have unreasonable expectations of favorable treatment

      Need constant attention and admiration

      Disregard the feelings of others, and have little ability to feel empathy

      Have obsessive self-interest

      Pursue mainly selfish goals

      Remind you of anyone?

  3. Who writes these pool reports? Are they reviewed by the WH press secretary’s staff? They are all homogenized, non-offensive-as-vanilla-pudding, uninformative snippets. Where are the shoe leather reporters of old?

    • Yes, historians are going to have to dig deep to find anything useful in this descriptions of the kids’ clothing and acceptance of things such as “no details were provided as to which friends.”

      I would like very much to know which friends the Obamas have who can afford to tag along on this expensive vaycay. Are they Chicagoans? Who? Are they new people whom they’ve picked up during the last three years? Why are there almost never any white people among his gaggle of friends? I find it interesting that this post-racial President seems to have friends almost entirely of one racial background. President Obama doesn’t seem to be racist, in fact, he does seem to be open to people of all backgrounds, so who is driving this racially exclusionary socializing?

      • Now that you mention it…this stuff…
        “We’re going to see the president!” Byeong Yoon said to his daughter, 6-year-old Isabelle, as they watched from the parking lot. ”For real?” his daughter said.

        What the heck is that? The person next to the pool reporter might say, “Do you know why traffic is stopped?” Would the reporter–so-called–write that–or just this kind of goopy stuff?

  4. Good question, Annona..,,just who IS driving the ‘racially exclusionary socializing’! MOOshelle Obama, of course! Obama has no friends! All of the women and their children who travel EVERYWHERE

  5. Good question, Annona! Who is driving the ‘racially exclusionary socializing’? MOOshelle Obama, of course! From what I have researched over the past 4 years, 95% of the traveling companions are Chicago friends of the Mooch. Bobby Titcomb appears to be the only hanger-on from Obama’s Hawaii days. MOOshelle will not leave home without her entourage of ‘Black-only’ fellow travelers. Whites need not apply.

    Obama is a loner….and that should scare the pants off every single American!