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Obama Plays Golf for the 100th Time of his Presidency

Updated 5:40 pm

President Obama rolled out of his Kenwood, Chicago home Sunday morning and headed to out to play his 100th round of golf since becoming president.

Obama played at the Beverly Country Club with two old pals, Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt, as well as regular golf companion Marvin Nicholson, the White House trip director.

Obama has already played golf eight times this year. He actually is a little off his normal pace – perhaps campaigning is intruding on golf. The president golfed 28 times in 2009, 30 times in 2010, and an incredible 34 times in 2011.

Obama’s golfing takes about five hours, including the motorcades back and forth from the fairways. If one thinks of this as taking up  much of the day – include getting ready to go and cooling off afterward – it’s fair to say that Obama has spent more than three months of his presidency golfing.

While golf is played by millions of Americans and extends its reach well into the middle class, it is also perceived as a game of the idle rich and is generally unavailable to the poor, putting Obama’s frequent outings at odds with his image as a man of “hope” for the dispossessed.

The White House carefully downplays Obama’s golfing, rarely talking about it and releasing few pictures of the president swinging away. A search of the White House uploads on the Flickr photo-sharing website finds only a handful of shots of the president playing golf, compared to nearly two dozen of him playing basketball, which he spends far less time at.

Many argue that golf provides a badly needed source of relaxation for Obama, a refuge and a respite from extraordinary demands of the presidency. And most or all of Obama’s golf days have been on weekends or during scheduled vacations.

But others say the president could find another way to relax, and that golfing sends the wrong message to the poor and to the troops during a time of economic struggle and war.

George W. Bush gave up golfing in 2003, explaining his rationale five years later in an interview with POLITICO, saying it was wrong to play during wartime:

I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.

Obama clearly disagrees and has been unperturbed by criticism of his golf, maintaining a steady pace even during an election year.

Obama Plays Golf for the 99th Time

President Obama this afternoon went golfing for the 99th time of his presidency.

Obama is on the links at Fort Belvoir with White House staffers Mike Brush and Marvin Nicholson, and Joe Paulson.

This is Obama’s seventh time golfing this year.

Obama Immediately Goes Golfing

Now we’re talking.

Less than 24 hours after landing on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama is on one of its golf courses. Obama is out with his friend Eric Whitaker, White House trip director Miarvin Nicholson – one of his regular partners – and Michael Brush, who is in charge of advance work on trips.

It’s Obama’s 19th time on the links this year and the 77th outing of his presidency.

They’re at the Vineyard Golf Club, which says it is “reputed to be the most environmentally sensitive golf course in the world.” With a straight face.

Nice, too.

Heres’ a view from on the course . . .

And from inside the kitchen . . .

Well, What a Bad Idea This Was

With unemployment at 9.1 percent and the White House and Congress supposedly busy closing the deficit so our Treasury notes don’t head toward junk bond status and our economy doesn’t descend into Hellenic-style Hell, is this really what Americans want to see? Our leaders joshing it up in the clubhouse?

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How ostentatiously tone deaf are these people? Golfing. And for what? To satisfy some kind of frat boy wager between President Obama and Speaker Boehner?

I don’t care if you can get on a public course for $12. Golf is perceived as – and so often is – the sport of the Lexus set, the retired, and the leisure minded. Doing it every weekend, as Obama does, is a middle finger sent skyward to the many in this economy who are struggling to eat decently. And the sight of the four of these characters putting away in their goofy country club outfits is indeed a reflection of Nero fiddling.

The transparency White House apparently isn’t even giving out the scores. From the pool report:

This was provided on background from the White House with approval from the Speaker’s office:

The foursome had great time and really enjoyed playing golf at Joint Base Andrews today. The President and Speaker Boehner teamed up to beat the Vice President and Governor Kasich. The match was won on the 18th hole – the President and the Speaker won $2 each.

After finishing their round, the President, Speaker Boehner, the Vice President and Governor Kasich went to the patio of the clubhouse where they enjoyed a cold drink, some of the U.S. Open coverage and visited with service members.

On background, I’ll just tell you that I’m so glad they had a great time.

Obama, Boehner Begin Golf Smackdown

President Obama, Speaker Boehner, Vice President Biden, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich (R) roared out of the White House gates at 9:04 am on this somewhat hot and muggy morning and headed out to the Andrews Air Force Base golf course for 18 holes of Fairway Diplomacy.

The motorcade, which is carrying the president, the first in line to the presidency and the second in line, employed the incognito method of transport, obeying the speed limit and stopping politely at red lights. Black SUVs generally substitute for the limos.

I’ve never completely understood the rationale for this strategy, which is often used on weekends, but given the importance of the cargo being ferried, I assume there is one.

The press pool was permitted to observe action on the first green. It appears Biden has already fallen behind, but this could well be temporary. He’s good.

For the record, this is the 12th weekend in a row Obama has made it onto a golf course. He’s been out 15 times this year and 73 times since Inauguration Day.

From the pool report:

On the first green, Gov. Kasich, wearing long pants and an Ohio State University, missed a 30-foot putt but tapped in for par (scores are unconfirmed but an official’s estimation).

Next up, VPOTUS drained a 15-footer to make what we believe is bogey on the par 5 first hole.

POTUS putted next. Wearing long pants and a white polo, he crouched down to line up his shot before just missing a 12-footer. He tapped in for par.

The Speaker, who apparerntly hit a nice approach shot, putted last, hitting a short putt for par.

After holing out, the foursome walked back to their carts with POTUS patting Boehner on the back. They are riding together while VPOTUS and Kasich ride in the other cart.

Pool watched from about 100 feet away. Now heading to the food court.

Obama Golfs for the Eighth Weekend in a Row

President Obama is on the golf course once again, the eighth weekend in a row he has played.

Indeed, it’s an absolutely gorgeous day here in Washington. He will probably play 36 holes.

This is the 11th time this year that the president has hit the links and the 69th time of his presidency.

Will Obama Go Golfing Twice This Weekend?

Updated 4:05 pm ET

The White House is calling for the press pool to arrive both Saturday and Sunday at about the time he usually heads out.

He did the family thing Friday, as everyone accompanied him to Alabama and then to Cape Canaveral.

AND  . . . it’s about 70 degrees here in the Washington area both days. Perfect weather.

I say he goes out both days. What do you think?

UPDATE: No golf Saturday. He will golf Sunday, and I don’t need a Magic 8 Ball to know it.

 

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