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Obama Teams With Tiger; Collects $7.50

by Keith Koffler on February 19, 2013, 9:05 am

No doubt invoking presidential prerogative, President Obama teamed with Tiger Woods during Sunday’s round at the Floridian golf resort to defeat the hapless pair of U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Floridian owner Jim Crane, a Houston businessman.

According to Golf Digest, Woods birdied the first hole and it was probably downhill from there for Kirk and Crane, who were forced to part with $15 after losing the round. Assuming Obama and Woods split their winnings, the president pocketed $7.50.

The group played 18 holes before Woods took his leave, but Obama played on for another nine.

Crane later suggested to a Houston Fox News affiliate that while Obama played well, he doesn’t play quite that well.

“I think if he had a little time, he’d probably get pretty proficient at it,” Crane said, noting that Obama failed to sink any birdies.

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Troy C February 19, 2013 at 9:12 am

Not bad. Spend $1,000,000 to win $7.50. Just like solyndra! Oh yeah, He spent our money, not his.

Susan February 19, 2013 at 9:51 am

The separate his and her vacations for the grifters cost US a heck of a lot more than $1,000,000.

Moe February 19, 2013 at 10:44 am
DeniseVB February 19, 2013 at 11:19 am

Interesting read, thank goodness for the UK papers. Also noticed the Obama entourage went to the head of the lift lines. Didn’t Princess Di and her boys always wait in the lines of Disney and ski trips to teach them values ? Oh well, didn’t look like they closed the slope this year, but not sure why they closed the airspace the whole weekend ?

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 10:37 am

: – D

Stevie February 19, 2013 at 2:02 pm

Yes, but he “didn’t win that on his own.”

Shofar February 19, 2013 at 9:13 am

As much as he has played over the past four years, you would think he would be much better. Guess he will have to up his practice time before he leaves office.

He’s got to be ready to go on the Seniors Tour in 2016.

65andcounting February 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

I know reports are out for the cost we taxpayers paid for Obama’s golf outing. Any word yet on what it cost us for Michelle to ski?

Car in February 19, 2013 at 9:19 am

We’re completely uninterested in the private vacations of Michelle Obama – despite the fact that they closed down an entire mountain for her.

Not important.

Car in February 19, 2013 at 9:17 am

It’s not my fault. My vote in November was for him to have plenty of time for him to practice golf all day long.

srdem65 February 19, 2013 at 9:27 am

Of course MrObama’s “team” won
He cheated by chosing Tiger Woods, arguably the best professional golfer of all time, as his golfing partner while playing against weekend duffers..

MrObama and MrWoods should be ashamed to take the amateur’s money.

owen_kellogg February 19, 2013 at 10:49 am

The part I can’t figure out is how Jim Crane was able to go golfing with three black guys.

DeniseVB February 19, 2013 at 9:30 am
srdem65 February 19, 2013 at 10:09 am

Well, there is is; proof that access to MrObama renders formerly principled, intelligent journalists into ‘red carpet’ fans.

The question, itself, begs MrObama to announce to the world that he can best the best golfer in the world, because he is magical and invincible.
I wish that the journalists could look at themselves from our prospective; they wouldn’t like what they see.

srdem65 February 19, 2013 at 10:11 am

oops. *perspective”

Frederick February 19, 2013 at 9:40 am

I think we’d all be better off if Mr Obama played golf every day.

Guillermo Grande February 19, 2013 at 10:36 am

Someone should alert him that his winnings are taxable. It would be unfortunate to be smeared or removed from office for tax evasi…oh forget about it. He’s a Libby prog. Taxes are for everyone else.

Girly1 February 19, 2013 at 10:48 am

Rumors are flying! Obama announces the formation of a new Cabinet post – Golf Director. Tiger Woods is awaiting Senate confirmation. Reggie Love is in the running for top caddy position.

William February 19, 2013 at 10:53 am

Was he gambling and making money? Hasn’t he, at some point, made enough money?

Susan February 19, 2013 at 7:35 pm

If the law hasn’t been changed, it’s also illegal to gamble on a game of golf in Florida.

“Gambling Among Players/ Games of Skill
What about “innocent” wagers between individuals on the outcome of a bocce game or shuffleboard match? What if two players at the community tennis court or golf course want to make a friendly wager for a small amount of money, or even lunch at the clubhouse, on the result of the match? Florida law prohibits even this level of gambling. Section 849.14 (2004) states:
Whoever stakes, bets or wagers any money or other thing of value upon the result of any trial or contest of skill, speed or power or endurance of human or beast, or whoever receives in any manner whatsoever any money or other thing of value staked, bet or wagered, or offered for the purpose of being staked, bet or wagered, by or for any other person upon any such result, or whoever knowingly becomes the custodian or depositary of any money or other thing of value so staked, bet, or wagered upon any such result, or whoever aids, or assists, or abets in any manner in any of such acts all of which are hereby forbidden, shall be guilty of a misdemeanor of the second degree, punishable as provided in §775.082 or §775.083.

There is no operative distinction between a game in which the participants wager among themselves and a game upon which spectators place bets, and unless conducted in a licensed pari-mutuel wagering facility licensed under F. S. §550, both types of bets are prohibited by law. Although the Florida Supreme Court case that gives us this impression is more than a century old,31 it has been favorably adopted in more recent opinions of the Florida attorney general.32 Therefore, even wagering on your own performance is a violation of Florida law.

Although there may be an element of chance inherent in many athletic games, if the game is generally and widely accepted as a game of skill (such as golf), as opposed to a game of chance (such as dice, cards, or roulette), it will fall under the prohibitions contained in §849.14 (2004). Wagering on the result of a game of golf, bocce, or any other sport or contest clearly falls under the prohibitions enumerated in §849.14.”

http://www.floridabar.org/divcom/jn/jnjournal01.nsf/Author/E31A79605D74076E85257088006BBF4F

MichelleIndependent February 19, 2013 at 11:28 am

Reggie Love was there. One million for Barry’s Love weekend.

Julie Brueckheimer February 19, 2013 at 11:37 am

The whole affair is extreme “in your face”. A million dollars for a three day weekend, and as we write, he is in front of the cameras surrounded by “emergency workers” (oh, the fear is palpable!) asking for more taxes in place of spending cuts.

Quintis Arrius February 19, 2013 at 2:46 pm

And this just in…Tiger and Barack took 2 Mulligans between them…Candi and Tiphani Mulligan.

ImNoDhimmi February 19, 2013 at 4:51 pm

Tiger, maybe. Barry, no way.

Dave February 19, 2013 at 4:05 pm

I’m betting the $15.00 won was not split 50-50. After all, Tiger is a multi-millionaire, and per the President, the rich aren’t entitled to keep what they earn.

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