As of now, I am in control here, in the White House

Is Obama’s Golf Cancelled?

President Obama has been playing golf at a furious pace this year – already heading out more times than during any year of his presidency – but the government shutdown raises the prospect that his favorite leisure activity is about to be suspended.

It’s unclear how a presidential golf outing could be justified as “essential,” which is the general standard for government activities that continue during the shutdown.

When Obama is in Washington, he plays at one of two publicly funded courses – either the links at Andrews Air Force Base or at Fort Belvoir. His rounds are paid for out of the public kitty.

What’s more, the public must pay for the nearly half hour trip by the large motorcade that shuttles the president to his golf destination, costs that involve the logistics of the movement as well as staff and Secret Service who must accompany Obama.

But beyond the actual costs, a golf excursion by Obama when the government is supposedly trimming costs and while furloughed federal workers are going without pay would be extremely bad public relations for a president waging a shutdown public opinion war against Republicans.

Obama generally plays every Saturday, most recently this past Saturday when he went out even as the government headed toward a shutdown. It was the 35th time he has played this year, eclipsing his 2011 record of 34 outings.

Thank you for reading White House Dossier! Today I’m reminding everyone that you may also subscribe. Just enter your email address here. You’ll receive the free OBAMAGRAM newsletter and updates on breaking White House news. No spam, and we won’t share your email address.

Share on FacebookTweet about this on TwitterShare on RedditShare on LinkedInEmail this to someone

178 Responses to Is Obama’s Golf Cancelled?

  1. Obama is willing to barricade WWII memorial against vets, I hardly think PR is something President Asterisk concerns himself with.

    This old “oh look at me, I can go golfing while Rome burns” is wearing thin. Quite frankly I don’t give a d*mn.

  2. I told my husband this morning – I bet he doesn’t play golf Saturday and I bet they go to church Sunday – that is if he hasn’t left yet for his trip to Asia. I know he delayed a couple legs of it, but I don’t recall when he now leaves for what he is attending. They make it sound like they are really sacrificing by not going early and sending Kerry instead – still costs lots of money no matter who goes. The Secret Service agents that were part of the advance team have long been gone. Don’t be fooled people – the costs are still there.

    • Right, WMP – they will go to church at St. John’s, walking across the street from the WH holding hands. Meanwhile every Sunday they NEVER go to church. All for show – ALWAYS for show, but we’ve got their number.

  3. Ultimate in ARROGANCE if allowed…!!!
    But, I fully EXPECT to see vid/pics of this activity soon…
    Look only as far as Reids’ comment concerning responsibility to further understand why…

  4. What’s the obsession with golf? Seems like every president plays golf. I’m thinking maybe the job is hard enough that destressers are kind of important. Golf happens to be a generally accepted destresser.

  5. Ok. So the gov’t is only supposed to be ‘open’ for essential services for ‘national security’ purposes. Ok. SO WHY ARE THE OBAMACARE EXCHANGES OPEN?????? Since when is signing up for healthcare a part of national security?

    • Actually why are the insurance exchange web sites open but the US Commerce Bureau’s web site is down with this following message – oh and the IRS web site is still up.

      “Due to the lapse in government funding, census.gov sites, services, and all online survey collection requests will be unavailable until further notice.”

      I think Commerce is more essential than insurance exchanges.

      • Census data = essential? Care for your fellow Americans including children who are sick and in need of medical services = nonessential?

        What a world, what a world.

  6. House dems voted down funding vets, Smithsonian, and a few other things.

    check out legalinsurrectionDOTcom

    This after Obama talks about how important these things are. “News reporters” should be asking a few questions but I guess they are too busy with their heads up Obama’s ass.

    C. S. Lewis quotes:

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    “But we’re not going to accomplish those things if one party to this conversation says that the only way that they come to the table is if they get 100 percent of what they want and if they don’t, they threaten to burn down the house.” – Barrack Obama Sept 30, 2012
    Maybe I am wrong but aren’t Obama and the Senate demanding 100% of what they want and since they didn’t get it we have the govt shutdown now?

    • Honestly, I think he reads these comment boards because we said exactly something like that about the libertarians when they cost the Republicans the election in 2012. It was something to the effect of if they don’t like the sofa they burn the house down. Meaning they couldn’t accept a little less than perfect candidate and therefore handed the election to Obama effectively burning the house down. That is exactly what we are seeing now. Thanks nut jobs for subjecting us to 4 more even more miserable years of continuing unemployment, whacked out theories of how to “fix” things and racism at every turn. The president who watches TV and knows more about trending events and then inserts himself into it all. In other words, an incompetent boob.

    • Yeah, NO bias on that website alright. Our Congressmen are acting in a manner that promotes themselves and are NOT helping any of their constituents. They are our elected officials and should be focused on what they can do to help the American people-NOT their political party. Why don’t they just vote on it now and get it over with? Oh yeah, POLITICS yet again. Thanks, Ted Cruz and the TEA Party.

  7. House dems voted down funding vets, Smithsonian, and a few other things.

    check out legalinsurrectionDOTcom

    This after Obama talks about how important these things are. “News reporters” should be asking a few questions but I guess they are too busy with their heads up Obama’s rear

    C. S. Lewis quotes:

    Of all tyrannies a tyranny sincerely exercised for the good of its victim may be the most oppressive. It may be better to live under robber barons than under omnipotent moral busybodies. The robber baron’s cruelty may sometimes sleep, his cupidity may at some point be satiated, but those who torment us for our own good will torment us without end for they do so with the approval of their own conscience.

    “But we’re not going to accomplish those things if one party to this conversation says that the only way that they come to the table is if they get 100 percent of what they want and if they don’t, they threaten to burn down the house.” – Barrack Obama Sept 30, 2012
    Maybe I am wrong but aren’t Obama and the Senate demanding 100% of what they want and since they didn’t get it we have the govt shutdown now?

          • His color, his race(s), his religion, his parents’ ethnicities don’t matter.

            The fact that he is a dictatorial tyrant wanna-be is what matters.

        • The Laws at the time of Barry’s birth, having a British father, AUTOMATICALLY made little Barry a British Citizen REGARDLESS of the Citizenship of his mother. Furthermore, according to SR511 and the Constitution (If you can comprehend English) you must be born of 2 American Citizen Parents to be a Natural Born Citizen (Hence the Grandfathers Clause for the first few Presidents). But, as always with this Administration, why let facts and Laws get in the way?

          • There is not a word in the US Constitution that requires two or even one citizen parents. Not a word. In fact, parents are not mentioned at all. A person must be a “Natural Born Citizen,” but the meaning of the Natural Born part of that comes from the common law—which the writers of the Constitution were highly familiar with since they were mainly lawyers and justices. And in the common law every child born in the country except for the children of foreign diplomats is a Natural Born Citizen.

            No, the term does NOT come from Vattel, who is not even mentioned once in the Federalist Papers, while the common law is mentioned about twenty times.

            SR511 is not even a law, and all that it did was to say that because John McCain had two citizen parents AND was born on US soil (a US naval base is US soil) that he should for sure be considered a Natural Born Citizen, meaning that he was a NBC as was Obama. It does not say that two citizen parents are required or that Obama was not a NBC. Nor, for that matter does the Minor v. Happersett Supreme Court ruling say that two citizen parents (or one citizen parent) is REQUIRED. It only pointed out that since Virginia Minor had both citizen parents and was born in the country she was for sure, without a doubt, a Natural Born Citizen.

            “Under the longstanding English common-law principle of jus soli, persons born within the territory of the sovereign (other than children of enemy aliens or foreign diplomats) are citizens from birth. Thus, those persons born within the United States are “natural born citizens” and eligible to be President. Much less certain, however, is whether children born abroad of United States citizens are “natural born citizens” eligible to serve as President …”—- Edwin Meese, et al, THE HERITAGE GUIDE TO THE CONSTITUTION (2005) [Edwin Meese was Ronald Reagan’s attorney general, and the Heritage Foundation is a well-known Conservative organization.]

  8. Obama is sending more guards to the WWII memorial to block our nations’ war heros from entering than he sent to the Benghazi compound to stop the terrorists!

    • This group is dangerous! They are radical extremists.
      We must be constantly vigilant of people like this.
      The “storming” of the WW!! Memorial is a serious
      threat. They will knock it over with their canes and
      walkers. This band of brothers did for this country
      what Barry can only dream about. Our dimwit
      president simply cannot think beyond himself.
      To deny Vets is to deny America. What a lousy
      and disrespectful Commander in Chief. God deliver us!

        • Now he will leave town like he always does when it gets hot in the kitchen and nothing will come of this travesty just like nothing comes of any of the other messes he’s made. It’s nice to have a complicit blind adoring media in your back pocket. Spin, spin, spin, it’s someone else’s fault you know. Feel sorry for the poor underdog. We need to get back to celebrating winners.

  9. We need that cadre of wonderful bikers there now in DC to protect the rights of their fellow soldiers. Come back, bikers.
    Maybe we need Jerry Seinfeld’s Uncle Leo to ask his son to intervene. Personally, I’ll take a patriotic biker over a parks department worker anytime. I’m ashamed of my government for how they are treating these courageous gentlemen.

  10. If Hussein is half as successful as putting a golf ball in the hole as he is at doing the same to our economy, Tiger Woods better look out!

    • If Barry could play golf well, you can bet that we would be hearing about his “four-under-par” rounds. That we haven’t speaks volumes.

  11. All of you children need to grow up. Golf outings? Is that what anyone that affected by the government shutdown cares about? Hell no. POTUS Obama has his job. Its not up to him to propose a budget. Its not up to him to oversee a vote. Right now the government is shutdown, what did you do on snow days when your school/jobs were closed? It darn sure wasn’t homework or work! You went outside, made snowmen, had snowball fights, and went sledding. If I was POTUS, I would continue with already planned trips and golf outings that have been on my calander for months. Now if congress and HOR can pull their heads out of their butts long enough to vote on a budget and agree, I, as POTUS wouldn’t have a problem cutting my golfing short to sign it.

    • Have you realized that there are other threads today and they’re not about golf?

      Now, go report to your bosse, Jesse Lee, and find some more essential work to do.

    • Perhaps the democrat President should prevail upon the democrat Senate to actually pass a budget. That is unless Harry Reid is actually telling Obama what to do when.

      When a budget is returned to the normal course of business and when the law of the land – Obamacare is either repealed or enforced in full without exemption – then maybe Obama might not be ridiculed for fiddling on the course while Rome burns.

    • Do you know that the average cost of a Barry golf outing is $20 million? That’s why they should’ve stopped at sequestration, if not simply out of respect for families of soldiers during war time. Do you care about the $100 million plus monthly vacations either?

    • “I will not negotiate.”
      The president is president of all the people and
      it is he who must bring opposing sides together.
      That is the job of the president. Barry seems
      annoyed and bored with the whole thing.
      His comments so far have been stupid and
      arrogant. I suggest we extend the shut down
      to include Barry’ mouth. (you could add Reid’s
      and Pelosi’s as well)

  12. Stop, stop stop! I’m getting misty eyed just thinking that Pres–ent Obama might not get to play golf round, (what is it now, round 5,000?) and actually be on the job. Now I’m really worried! Me thinks that when he’s actually not on the job, “US” is safer!

  13. The Vacation and Golf president can’t go play. Boo Who. Maybe just maybe if he would quit being a little Bitch and work getting the Awful care act fixed the American people would not care.

  14. I would gladly give him a (1) golf game if he will personally go to the barrycaded WWII Veterans monument to prevent the WWII Veterans from visiting AND explain to them and the world why it is so important to block them, considering it is an unstaffed monument.
    All with full press coverage of course.

  15. When playing golf at Andrews AFB…The President has his choice of two golf courses, either the East or the West Course…as there are two located on the base. And as far as cost…back in the reign of GHW Bush, I was working at Andrews AFB and had a wild encounter on the golf course one day!

    I was almost finished with my round…perhaps the 16th hole…I looked up and dozens of blue-jacketed Secret Service people were coming at me..telling me that I had to leave…right now…boom! Just pick up my ball and clubs and get out…no reimbursement… nothing …then I sat and watched as Bush The Elder flew in with two Marine One Helo’s and loads of Senators, etc. It was a vulgar display of power and wealth that I will never forget…

    One time…Bush was scheduled to drive into the base and the mile -long road to get to AF One was a little bumpy, a little worn out….I swear…in three days time, they ripped out the entire road, sidewalks, poles..etc….and replaced everything so that the President’s ride was a little smoother and patriotic as they has flags flying on every new pole!….what a joke!

    However…the great part was that I ran the Burger King at Andrews AFB and we used to serve the SS every morning with the Presidential Limo’s on the lot..and then they eventually gave me a personal tour of AF One….! Talk about spending some cash…Ha!

    Idiots..corrupt idiots all around…

    Regards,

    RJ O’Guillory
    Author-
    Webster Groves – The Life of an Insane Family

  16. Just how much does it cost the tax payer every time Obama goes to play golf? Transport, security, logistics, staff, etc… It must cost us $250,000 every time he tees up. Disgusting that this pleb bans visits to the white house and closes public memorials to veterans, yet has the gall to play golf on the tax payer’s dime.

  17. This President is vicious shutting out WW2 vets from a memorial funded by private funds, Yet he will fly off to Bali on IMPORTANT (sure) govt businessand I’ll bet his golf outings are not cancelled!

  18. This president is vicious saying no to WW2 vets to enter a memorial funded by private funds that is outdoors. I hope his gol outing are cancelled.

  19. While Obama golfs, the WWII Vets should get an arc-welder and take all the “Barry-cades” around the Lincoln Memorial and others and weld them into a giant sculpture with an American Flag on top, perhaps the “Don’t Tread on Me” flag would be good here.

    Yes, I know, it’s government property, but it’s property these Vets paid for with their service and their blood, the lives of their friends, the time they spent away from loved ones, and they saved the world from tyranny. God bless them! Keep fighting the good fight.

  20. So he’ll probably play 40 rounds a year! Nice, he is definitely totally in touch with middle-class America no doubt, evidence by the the health care bill (look at all the companies making adjustments to shed full time workers, remove spouses from health care, etc) and regulations galore (all the jobs lost at coal power plants)……of course he cares about jobs and the country…..America got what it voted for….looks like he fooled a lot of people not once but twice…

  21. He’s on pace for over 50 rounds in one year. I have been playing golf for 20 years and that is a LOT of golf, for even a good amateur or scratch player. Golf typically takes 4-5 hours to play a round, not counting warming up, travel to and from course, etc. If I was the CEO of a company that was broke, losing money, high unemployment, etc…I would be relieving stress in other ways