New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg Sunday dismissed criticism of President Obama’s frequent golf outings, saying he should instead step up the practice.
“They criticize him for going and playing golf with people who he’s gotta deal with,” Bloomberg said. “He should be doing that every weekend. You always can work better with somebody that you have a chance to build a social relationship with.”
Bloomberg spoke on CBS’s Face the Nation:
But Obama, who has already been golfing 116 times as president, rarely mixes business with pleasure, as Bloomberg suggests he does. Obama almost always plays with low level White House staffers who presumably admire the boss and need little schmoozing.
Bloomberg himself has been among those taken on rare Obama working sessions of golf, so he may assume that’s how the president usually rolls. The New York Mayor, who is one of the wealthiest men in America, also seems to not to recognize the adverse symbolism of a president constantly on the fairways while men and women are dying in Afghanistan and millions remain jobless.
But Bloomberg needn’t worry. With his reelection campaign behind him and Washington’s weather warming up, Obama will undoubtably hit the links nearly every weekend he’s in town or finds himself in the general area of a golf course.
Just, not with people he needs to work with.
H/T Huffington Post.