President Obama is way off his usual pace of golfing, getting out on the links barely half as many times as he did last year.
According to a White House Dossier count, at this point in 2011, the president had played 17 times. This year Obama has made only ten appearances on the golf course.
In 2010 by this date, Obama had been golfing 13 times.
And what caused the drop off? Weekend negotiations with Congress on vital legislation? Meetings with economic advisers on ideas to fix the economy? Urgent discussions with world leaders about various world crises?
Of course not. It was his reelection effort, particularly his rampant fundraising.
Obama this year has held more than 100 fundraisers, some three times as many as George W. Bush had done by this time in 2004, the year he waged his reelection campaign.
Obama is so relentlessly focused on his reelection that he made a rare move during his most recent outing Sunday to mix work with golf, bringing along as part of his foursome political adviser David Plouffe.
When asked what gets deleted from his schedule because of campaigning, White House Press Secretary Jay Carney, not intending to be humorous, said “foreign travel.” He might have added to that meetings with members of Congress – there are almost none – serious legislative proposals, any sustained effort to pass tax reform, cut the deficit, or take other measures that might improve the economy, and so forth.
Obama today is headed to Texas for four fundraisers. He will return to the White House at 1:20 am.