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Obama’s Golf Gets the Axe

by Keith Koffler on October 5, 2013, 1:55 pm

This must be pure torture.

Apparently, at least for now, President Obama has decided that golf is not an “essential” government function. Or, more likely, he’s decided he can’t get away with it as a PR matter during his current standoff with Republicans.

The White House has informed the press that it should expect no further public presidential activity today. Obama’s weekly Saturday golf is off.

Right now it’s in the upper 80s and sunny at Fort Belvioir, where Obama has been playing lately. None of the usual Washington humidity. That is, it’s a bad day not to be playing golf.

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Kathryn October 5, 2013 at 2:03 pm

He’ll just get nasty and spiteful and take it out on all of us.

I just looked at your Rose Garden escapade, Keith. Good work! but what I sorry looking bunch of people in charge. Those poot dufusses he had herded in there don’t seem to realize what he is doing to them.
I fear for my dear counttry and am so unhappy with the state of things.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 2:05 pm

One of the few times I have been delighted to be wrong.

People should tweet pix of themselves golfing to Barrycade.

jerry October 5, 2013 at 4:00 pm

Maybe instead of Kool Aid…we should call the stuff Barry Aid…

rulierose October 7, 2013 at 6:31 pm

you’re probably not reading this thread anymore, but if you are, this is an insanely wonderful idea. I love it.

veritaseequitas October 5, 2013 at 2:18 pm

Oh well, he will just have to indulge himself in his indoor sport of sniffin’ coke.

Island Girl October 6, 2013 at 4:42 am


Sadie October 5, 2013 at 2:20 pm

No trip to Asia. No golf. Nobama.

It’s a short ride from, “Yes We Can” to No You Can’t.

cindy lou October 5, 2013 at 2:32 pm


srdem65 October 5, 2013 at 2:54 pm

lol. ouch, that hurts. snicker

Susan October 5, 2013 at 3:10 pm

Good one, Sadie.

rawheadrex October 5, 2013 at 2:25 pm

He’ll probably board AF1 and just cruise to spite Americans.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 2:45 pm

If anything will get Obama to compromise this is it.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 2:59 pm

It occurs to me. If the oceans are closed where will Obama go to walk?

Julie Brueckheimer October 5, 2013 at 6:11 pm

: – ))

Ellen Hack October 6, 2013 at 6:24 pm

Good one, Grace! Can’t walk the links OR the ocean.

Susan October 5, 2013 at 3:30 pm

Wise move to skip the golf, since he shut down every other business except the golf course on military bases. My dear niece and her husband are new parents living in base housing in Lakehurst, New Jersey. This weasel shut down their commissary and every other business on the base, so they have to travel ten miles to do their shopping.

Island Girl October 6, 2013 at 4:39 am

Just so very wrong Susan, pathetic this president..

AZ Granny October 5, 2013 at 3:36 pm

Obama knows his approval rating is tanking. That’s the only reason he’s staying off the golf course.

Darkangel October 5, 2013 at 3:41 pm

No joke. If he hits the links on a military post, with everything else shut down, he’d be playing with fire. Voters WOULD remember that. What with the mid-terms taking place in just over 13 months, if he did any more l’etat c’est moi BS, he’d lose the Senate in a thumpin’.

anneinarkansas October 5, 2013 at 9:24 pm

Do you think he will parade his lovely (?) family across the park to church tomorrow?

nellyq October 5, 2013 at 10:37 pm

Most likely & he’ll borrow ole Bill’s big ole Bible!! You know, the one he made sure that it’s title showed when he went to church during the Monica scandel.

AFVet October 5, 2013 at 9:30 pm

“lose the senate in a thumpin’”.
I think he already has.

Tyler October 6, 2013 at 9:36 pm

So jumping 5 points is proof his approval rating is tanking.

Typical anti-obama behavior disregarding facts and making up your own.

AZ Granny October 5, 2013 at 4:02 pm

NPS blocked the turn outs along the road so people can’t stop and look at Mt. Rushmore.

100 campgrounds in AZ were closed, campers removed, yet the campgrounds receive no federal funding, are operated by a private business that actually pays rent to the feds.

A Colonial Farm in Virginia was shut down by the feds. People were escorted out despite a fundraiser taking place. The farm doesn’t have NPS workers, nor federal resources.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Busload of vets violate barrycade to Iwo Jima Memorial. Nice pix below. Good on them. Obama is beclowning himself with all these closings.

AZ Granny October 5, 2013 at 5:03 pm

That’s a great picture of the Vets at the memorial, very inspiring!

Susan October 5, 2013 at 5:26 pm

It is a great picture. God Bless those great heroes!

AFVet October 5, 2013 at 9:42 pm

Well done grace.
I will make sure that gets on some other blogs.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

thx I linked it at Twitchy.

Susan October 5, 2013 at 5:16 pm

At some point these park police are going to have to look themselves in the mirror and ask, “Is my job worth violating the natural rights of my fellow Americans?” If the answer is, “Yes, it is. I’m invested in the job.”, then please research the Nuremberg Defense – “I was only following orders.” It won’t work here either.

srdem65 October 5, 2013 at 5:34 pm

Interesting points, @Susan.
What I find inexpliciable is the sheepish and obedient way Americans can be pushed around by some low-level government flunkys.
Is there no one with the fortitude to remove the orange cones that block the turn-off areas near Mt.Rushmore, or no one to tell the Feds they won’t leave the restaurant until the affair is over? Military veterans who faced machine guns, grenades and evil are kept from viewing their memorials by park personnel armed with, what, shovels?

I recall some years ago, a neighborhood in the NE that kept pulling out “no parking” signs the local government had placed on the street in front of their homes until the city gave up.
Even the weird OWS people defied NYC laws and ordinances to pitch their tents and lived to tell about it.
Are we really just a nation of sheeple now?

Star October 5, 2013 at 6:35 pm

Some can stop you from looking into the distance–can shield a mountain? Are they going to poke your eyes out. This is lunacy!

Susan October 5, 2013 at 6:52 pm

We have been groomed to be sheeple, srdem. Most of us have never been rabble-rousers, so it doesn’t come naturally. This federal government crackdown on the American people has stunned the country and awakened many from their comfortable conformist lives. Only time will tell if they stay awake.

Aileen October 5, 2013 at 9:22 pm

I am not a sheeple. I am an American.
I will not live in fear of my own government.
I watch and read with disgust that the Veterans of our great country are prohibited from visiting their ownmmemorials.
I will stand – for our country and on behalf of these brave Americans.
I will stand – as a senior citizen.
Who has the balls to stand with me and other brave Americans? Is there anyone who will stand with me?

AFVet October 5, 2013 at 9:48 pm

Oh many more than you think are awake, and we will be awake for a long time.
The last 5 years have been a severe jolt to those that were paying attention.

Mandy Manners October 5, 2013 at 9:27 pm

Not many people have the cash to retain an attorney to fight charges in federal court. That’s just the beginning.

If one owned a business, she’d have the panolpy of the regulatory agencies–IRS, EPA, OSHA, ad nauseum–up her butt for years if she weren’t bankrupted first.

What if the person were just an employee? How soon would he have a job after being arrested? Sure, he might survive if his employer were local and had similar beliefs, but what if he worked for a corporation that does business with the feds, or one that just didn’t like bad publicity?

How soon would the state wait to get involved in the form of CPS? Sure, she’d likely not lose custody of her children immediately, but it’d be one of the most terrifying ordeals of her adult life just to know that some intrusive smart ass with a masters in sociology wanted to look in her pantry and refrigerator, and ask innumberable questions about her private life.

I’ll stop now before I throw something and start babbling.

DMcG October 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

He must be absolutely blind with rage. These are not smart decisions, even beyond Alinskyism.

AZ Granny October 5, 2013 at 4:13 pm

Oh good gravy… the Feds tried to close the ocean! Wonder what will be shut down next?

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

All the governors should do what Gov. Scott Walker. State funds allow the openings. Refuses to shut down. Scott Walker, FL, and all other governors should do same. All this “asking” of the federal government is ridiculous.

Apologies for posting frenzy but I am incensed. And I ain’t feeling too friendly about the NPS who don’t have the good sense to get the flu and stay home.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 4:17 pm

Scott Walker, FL, Ooops. Governor Scott, FL. I always do this. Wishful thinking I suppose.

Otis Driftwood October 5, 2013 at 4:52 pm

it’s ok to get confused, but yes Gov Walker (WI) did tell the feds to take a flying leap and refused to close state parks inside federal property.

AZ Granny October 5, 2013 at 5:06 pm

I agree that the governors should refuse to shut down like Walker did. This is OUR land, not Obama’s kingdom.

AFVet October 5, 2013 at 11:18 pm

That’s right, even if the feds claim it, WE PAID FOR IT !

Star October 5, 2013 at 4:15 pm

Let’s face it–the mind is closed.

Sadie October 5, 2013 at 5:12 pm

If you can’t walk on water – make it inaccessible.

Lizzy October 6, 2013 at 1:06 pm

Must be Obama’s need to part the sea again;-(

Mandy Manners October 5, 2013 at 4:26 pm

His hatred of the GOP must be increasing exponentially.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm

Lots of foot stompi

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 4:29 pm

oops — lots of footstomping temper tantrums in WH I suspect. And not the girls either.

Julie Brueckheimer October 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

You just better hope she doesn’t start stomping her feet.

Mandy Manners October 5, 2013 at 4:36 pm

Stomping hismz widdle feetsies.

Julie Brueckheimer October 5, 2013 at 6:10 pm

Here we go:

Lots of foot stompi
lots of foot stomping tantrums
hiz widdle feetsies.

Thanks to Grace and Mandy.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 6:23 pm

The height of Haiku — after a long hiatus! Ha Ha.

Thanks Julie.

Mandy Manners October 5, 2013 at 9:32 pm

The hissy-fit of a malignant narcissist is something to behold.

Knothead the Not Nabob October 5, 2013 at 9:04 pm

” exponentially”
Nice, had to refer to Merriam-Webster for that definition. Clever use of an adverb.

Mandy Manners October 5, 2013 at 9:34 pm

Thanks! It’s one of my favs.

Mr. T. October 5, 2013 at 5:38 pm

He found time to weigh in on changing the nickname of the Washington Redskins…you know, because of sensitivity issues. He said if he owned the team, he would consider changing it. Of course, if he owned the team, they’d be bankrupt!

Mandy Manners October 5, 2013 at 9:35 pm

They’d not be allowed to play hard ’cause that would show their exceptionalism.

Julie Brueckheimer October 5, 2013 at 6:04 pm

Right about now Obama and Yeti must really be getting on each others nerves.

lnadiab October 5, 2013 at 6:05 pm

Are you sure he didn’t go golfing? Always sneaked out to see “friends”
. I don’t believe it for a minute. She always sneaks out to eat burgers,fries and wings

Mandy Manners October 5, 2013 at 9:45 pm

Such a large motorcade as he needs would attract attention.

Squirrel Hill October 5, 2013 at 6:20 pm

* Obama supporters will go hysterical over this well sourced list of 315 examples of his lying, lawbreaking, corruption, cronyism, etc.

DMcG October 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

Gee, I thought Fox News just made all that stuff up over lunch.

gracepmc October 5, 2013 at 6:26 pm

Oh dear. My last few comments have not been posted. And no warnings. So…thanks Julie…brilliant!

srdem65 October 5, 2013 at 7:15 pm

OT: Two thousand Hispanics marched through the streets of Phoenix this afternoon demanding that Congress pass comprehensive immigration reform.

The carried signs, and wore red t-shirts. All the signs were written in Spanish, and the logo/writing on the t-shirts were in Spanish, too.
They aren’t even pretending that they will assimilate into our English speaking America.

MarjoJimbo October 5, 2013 at 7:43 pm

You know, this really, really tics me off. If you live in the USA, you speak English or learn to speak English. They were probably illegals anyway, so they don’t have to speak English.

Aileen October 5, 2013 at 9:16 pm

Interesting that other countries require English lessons in their schooling. REQUIRE a passable fluency in English. Perhaps the Mexicans should come to a realization that many, many other countries expect fluency in a common language…English.

Mandy Manners October 5, 2013 at 9:47 pm

France requires English languages?

Susan October 5, 2013 at 7:45 pm

It might give you a bit of encouragement to read the Breitbart article on Sarah Palin. She is challenging the GOP money machine for the amnesty, among other things, they are paying the Republicans to sponsor. She really takes it to them.

Anne October 5, 2013 at 8:53 pm

He’s snuck out before. I wouldn’t be at ALL surprised if we find out a few days or weeks from now that he snuck out, the bastard.

Will October 5, 2013 at 9:31 pm

Friends – Is it just me, or does it seem like O and his henchmen are recasting the shutdown as defending against insurrection rather than simply closing down the government? I think it is time for Dave to shut down Hal.

Aileen October 5, 2013 at 9:39 pm

Like, Like, Agree

Susan October 5, 2013 at 10:00 pm

Just like Hal, Preezy Revenge and his regime won’t go gentle into that good night…

srdem65 October 5, 2013 at 10:16 pm

Yes, the Dems see any attempt to reduce the size of the federal government as some kind of insurgent radicalism that will destroy America.
Don’t think for one moment they haven’t noticed several counties in different states that want to secede and form new conservative areas.
They might talk like they represent a majority and the country is as progressively liberal as they are, but they know, they really know, that conservatives are growing in numbers.
They’re scared, why else would they throw around names like arsonists, anti-American, terrorist, or taliban when they talk about the Repubs.

DMcG October 5, 2013 at 9:43 pm

That’s today. Maybe it explains him trying to prevent people from even viewing Mt. Rushmore from the State (not Federal) highways that surround the national monument. That’s about the pissiest, grumpiest move he’s made.

But there’s always tomorrow.

Lizzy October 6, 2013 at 11:23 am

Remember when all the construction was going on to upgrade the
West Wing and the underground bunker? I think they installed a nine hole golf course probably with real grass!

Sol October 6, 2013 at 1:19 pm

Hmmm – ‘obama’ and “gets the axe” in the same sentence…
Well, ANYTHING with a sharp edge actually.

Misscheryl October 6, 2013 at 4:42 pm

If he thinks this is going to help his 41% approval rate..forget about it!

Lizzy October 6, 2013 at 5:06 pm

They should defund NPR and PBS the federal money they get let the
generous donors fund it for a change. IMO these shouldn’t get funds from the gov at all.

Sharon Rondeau October 6, 2013 at 11:00 pm

Poor baby!!

Grandma Di October 6, 2013 at 11:24 pm

I have a Dear Friend, who is a Yellow Dog Democrat.Who thinks Republicans & the Tea Party, is & has been responsible for America’s problems. What and How can I challenge her… to open her tunnel vision? She is an intelligent Woman..but can’t think past her Democratic upbringing.

Tony October 8, 2013 at 4:21 am

The golf at Andrews is still open !!!

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