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As Crisis Unfolds, Obama Sets Personal Golf Record

by Keith Koffler on September 29, 2013, 8:10 am

As the House moved Saturday toward passing legislation that will likely result in a government shutdown, President Obama excused himself to play his customary Saturday golf, a round that set a record for most golf outings in a year since he became president.

It is perhaps emblematic of his declining influence on Capitol Hill that Obama chose not to work to affect the outcome of one of the most consequential pieces of legislation in years and instead engaged in his favorite recreational activity.

The House bill would maintain government funding only if Obamacare is delayed a year, setting up a likely government shutdown Monday at Midnight if as expected the Senate fails to agree. The White House has said Obama would veto the bill, which passed early Sunday.

Though the first year of a president’s second term is the most crucial for getting things done before lame duck status starts to set in, Obama as of Saturday has played golf golf 35 times in 2013, eclipsing the previous mark of 34 he set in 2011. And there’s still plenty of golf weather left in Washington. Meanwhile, he may well hit the links several times more once he gets to Hawaii for the Christmas holiday.

Last year, with an election to be won, Obama only played 19 times. He golfed 28 times in 2009 and 30 times in 2010.

Obama made no public remarks Saturday, leaving it to White House Press Secretary Jay Carney to issue a statement on the House bill while the White House released Obama’s his pre-recorded weekly address, which discussed his opposition to the House measure.

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Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 8:32 am

The golf club is the new fiddle.

veritaseequitas September 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

Good one.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 8:55 am

Thanks! I stole it from myself last night.

Aileen September 29, 2013 at 11:56 am

I noticed that… :-)

Langley Spook September 29, 2013 at 3:45 pm

Why does NO ONE on FNC (Hannity, O’Reilly, Bret Baier…) ever STRESS/MENTION how much Dear Leader Obama ‘plays’ golf…?!

veritaseequitas September 29, 2013 at 8:47 am

Because, you know, The Golf Game is non-negotiable.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 9:08 am

Gotta’ keep your priorities straight!

AFVet September 29, 2013 at 10:16 am

I wonder how many free drops he gets, or how many mulligans ?

Julie Brueckheimer September 29, 2013 at 10:23 am

Clinton was famous for his mulligans.

Julie Brueckheimer September 29, 2013 at 10:23 am


MarjoJimbo September 29, 2013 at 9:11 am

If, as you say, his influence on Capitol Hill is declining, why aren’t more Democratic members of Congress voting against MrO and his agenda?

DeniseVB September 29, 2013 at 9:24 am

Good question and I wonder about the 43% still approving him, are they not affected too ?

Julie Brueckheimer September 29, 2013 at 10:27 am

Some polls have him lower, 39% or 40%. I agree that MarjoJimbo asked a good question. Obamacare is widely unpopular, and all the Democrats in the House plus about 23 in the Senate are up for reelection. I would think they’d want to distance themselves from it. Maybe the thug has dirt on his supposed allies as well as on the Republicans.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 9:27 am

“.., why aren’t more Democratic members of Congress voting against MrO and his agenda?”

Perhaps because Democrats are not as split as the GOP. And, as the leaer of the minority, Pelosi still seems to have a lot of power in forcing Democrats to vote the way she wants them to vote.

AFVet September 29, 2013 at 10:21 am

Pelosi being influential to the house dems should indicate how intelligent they are.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 10:25 am

I dislike her intensely, but she seems to have the ability to keep her flock in line.

Julie Brueckheimer September 29, 2013 at 10:28 am

Bravado. I think many Democrats are shivering in their boots over next year’s election.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 11:03 am

I’m still looking for the break-down of the vote to see if any Democrats voted for it.

Julie Brueckheimer September 29, 2013 at 11:46 am

Two. The same two who voted with the Pubs on the first one.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 12:10 pm

I still can’t find the names.

Mandy Manners September 29, 2013 at 9:40 am

A new day for America begins on Tuesday? Good luck with that!

Buying health insurance will be as easy as purchasing a plane ticket or shopping on Amazon, the president has promised.

Maybe, but perhaps not on Tuesday — the day that millions of Americans are supposed to be able to start buying coverage under the sweeping law referred to as Obamacare.

Widespread reports of computer problems and logistical glitches are casting a pall over what many supporters envisioned would be a triumphant day for the embattled program. State and federal health officials have said in recent days that some key functions of the online insurance sites called “marketplaces” will not be ready right away. Some of the consumer guides meant to help people sign up for coverage are not yet certified to do so.

Some people who had planned events in conjunction with the opening of the marketplaces have called them off.


Julie Brueckheimer September 29, 2013 at 10:22 am

Isn’t any CR agreed on now likely to run out in mid-December? I can easily picture Obama going to Hawaii in the midst of a crisis.

Owen_Kellogg September 29, 2013 at 10:36 am

It is perhaps emblematic of his declining influence on Capitol Hill

Actually, it is indicative of his complete lack of leadership ability.

Girly1 September 29, 2013 at 10:41 am

It’s mortifying to see the leader of the Free World hanging out with the ‘help’ – a body man/ex-bartender/caddy and his brother plus the family chef. And it’s not just golf! He was playing Spades with Reggie during the alleged OBL raid! This begs the question: Who in G-d’s name does he ‘hang out’ with during his more than ample ‘free time’ – between the hours of noon and midnight? The visitor logs are sealed….what is he hiding?

srdem65 September 29, 2013 at 11:08 am

I agree, it’s unseemly that his main golfing partners are not his friends, but rather underlings who must feel they’re placed in an awkward position.
There are probably dozens of Dem Senators and Congressmen who would love to play a few rounds with the President. It could be just a pleasant outing with no political talk, or controversy.
Strange man, this Obama.

MarjoJimbo September 29, 2013 at 10:43 am

OT, I just saw Chris Mathews on Meet the Press. Is he normal? He looks like a looney.

Elaine September 29, 2013 at 2:27 pm

Chris Matthews normal? Have you been asleep for the past six years?

MarjoJimbo September 29, 2013 at 9:36 pm

Elaine, I don’t pay attention to MSNBC or any MSM for that manner. The TV was on in the hotel lobby and I saw him. I had never watched him perform before.

Julie Brueckheimer September 29, 2013 at 10:57 am

Maybe I’m trying my best to be optimistic, but I notice that all the talk is about Obama’s threat to veto this latest House proposal. It’s as if he expects it to reach his desk for signature. Well, we shall see. We know at least one Democratic Senator, Manchin, is inclined to vote for a one year delay.

srdem65 September 29, 2013 at 11:05 am

Are they really, REALLY, golfing or are they playing cards, drinkin’ and smokin’ at the “19th Hole”? No one who obviously plays badly could love to golf as much as he.

If it’s an excuse to get out of the house on a Sunday, or the only place he can go that isn’t politically harmful, then just say so.

Bob Baldwin September 29, 2013 at 11:30 am


HOW does this POS SLEEP at night ?

Elaine September 29, 2013 at 2:26 pm

I’ll bet there are some fund raisers today and the hosts are apologizing only for the fact their king does need time away from his grueling schedule keeping the Republicans at bay.

rulierose September 29, 2013 at 12:16 pm

back in the George W. Bush era, I was a registered Democrat (the scales hadn’t yet fallen from my eyes). I can remember my friends howling with indignation about the amount of golf Bush played.

when he made the announcement that he wasn’t going to play because the optics didn’t look good during a war, they hooted with laughter; “what a hypocrite!” was the general attitude.

now, however, with the world falling apart, those same people are just dandy with Obama’s obsession with the game.

and speaking of Bush…have you heard any liberal commentators giving W any credit for sticking up for Obama over the whole golf issue?

Elaine September 29, 2013 at 2:23 pm

Sorry rulierose but there is nothing more hypocritical than the Democratic (sic) Party.

Darkangel September 29, 2013 at 5:07 pm

My guess? W’s support was a piece of reverse psychology. Once ZeroCare starts falling apart, the GOP can then say, “By the way, America, we all voted against this, and the guy who’s shoving it down your throat is an irredeemable playboy. We want it gone as much as you do, and we won’t play 146 rounds of golf while the country’s hurting. Vote for us.”

Elaine September 29, 2013 at 2:22 pm

The king can’t be bothered with all this nonsense. The only important thing is his leisure and recreational time.

Question: what is the difference between the royals and aristocracy of merry old Europe and the royals and aristocracy of present day America?

Darkangel September 29, 2013 at 5:09 pm

Simple. European royalty cost the peasants less money than Obama costs US taxpayers today.

sportinlife10 September 29, 2013 at 3:00 pm

If the gov’t. shuts down, ill the golf courses be open? As if…

Otis Driftwood September 29, 2013 at 3:34 pm

nope.. with no Military budget they will shut down MWR facilities, however if Sir Putts-A-Lot were to snap his fingers the courses would be made available to him. Heaven forbid he pony up some $$ and go to a public or pvt course. Oh, wait, the govt Credit Card will not work, because we have no money in the acct.

Ok, lets see if this posts, I have not been able to post 99% of the time the past week or so.

mike boz September 29, 2013 at 7:44 pm

it’s a shame that the government is about to shut down he’s out playing golf what a shame.

Mandy September 30, 2013 at 10:54 am

That is almost a golf game a week. There are taxpaying employees that haven’t been able to get in that many games within 9 months and this man is suppose to be running the US government and leader of the “free” world. Democrat voters that support this administration and continue to vote Democrat straight ticket without becoming informed should be ashamed. Think of the “Children” you are leaving this massive debt to, Dem voters.

mark September 30, 2013 at 11:19 am

He might play golf while on Christmas vacation in Hawaii? GASP! How DARE he enjoy himself while in Hawaii . . .

ImNoDhimmi October 1, 2013 at 7:49 am

Don’t you see the disconnect here?
The American economy is in the toilet, Obamacare has caused a government shutdown, Barry’s cherished “legacy” is in deep trouble, the Middle East is heading towards all-out war,and all the man does is golf!

Just keep drinking that cherry-red koolaid, Cody.

GomeznSA October 1, 2013 at 8:10 pm

RATS! The headline led me to believe that he had ‘finally’ broken a hundred…………………;-)
No really, has anyone ever seen any of his scores? We all know that as ‘proud’ as he is about his personal ‘accomplishments’ he is if he had ‘good’ scores he’d be bragging about them all of the time.

David Crombie October 4, 2013 at 6:17 pm

Since when do Republicans hate golf? Whining about this just makes us look ridiculous. Grow up.

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