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Obama Takes a Three-Day Golf Vacation in Palm Springs

I know what you’re thinking. Should he really be doing this given that the economy is just so-so and the world is in crisis? But look, it’s been six weeks since he had a vacation. I mean, give the guy a break.

President Obama is taking a three-day golf vacation in Palm Springs, California. Obama arrived there Saturday after a quick flight from San Francisco, where he a had two “official” events and a fundraiser.

While the events in San Francisco were legitimate, it is also legitimate to ask whether he schedules them out in California so he can get his golf vacation in without any bad PR.

He played Saturday at the Sunnylands retreat in Rancho Mirage, where he has visited now four times since 2013. At your expense.

Obama golfed with three old friends – Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme, who flew in from Hawaii, and Marty Nesbitt, who is from Chicago. Given the amount of time he spent on the links, it looks like he might have racked up 27 holes or so circling the nine-hole course. It was his third time golfing this year and the 216th of his presidency.

As he has before, Obama is staying at the home of his interior decorator, Michael Smith, and Smith’s partner, James Costos, who is the U.S. Ambassador to Spain.

Michelle Obama was reportedly expected in Aspen, where she usually skis Presidents’ Day Weekend, although I haven’t seen any confirmation that she arrived.

Obama Not Complaining About Global Warming Today

Because it’s still early February, and he went to play golf.

It’s nearly 60 degrees in the Washington DC area today. He’s playing at Joint Base Andrews with three of his usual partners, White House aides Mike Brush, Joe Paulsen, and Marvin Nicholson

It’s Obama’s second time playing this year and the 215th outing of his presidency.

Obama Played Golf 56 Times in 2014

Well, it’s a new record.

President Obama last year played golf 56 times, easily bulldozing his previous marking, set just last year, of 46 times in a year and belying claims that he needs lots of golf to relax.

This year’s total is about 28 more outings than he averaged annually during his first term, when the pressure must have really been on an inexperienced new president facing the worst economic crisis since the Great Depression.

He played only 19 times during 2012, when he was juggling the presidency and a reelection campaign. Somehow, he made it through with minimal attention to his “relaxation” needs.

The fact is that Obama is now safely reelected and feels more secure messing around on the golf course than he did when he had to face voters. Sure, it may relax him, but he clearly plays because he likes it and is unconcerned about it looks for a the self-proclaimed battler for income equality to be striding lush greens, even as millions have suffered under his lackluster economy.

Critics have noted that he seems more and more uninterested in his job, paying even less attention than he had before. This seems to be reflected in the number of excursions, which clock in at about four to five hours, he is taking to the fairways.

And, methinks he smokes on the golf course, with his friends and low-level staffers sworn to silence. Really, that’s just a guess. But it might explain some of the obsession.

On Janaury 2, before departing Hawaii, he got in one more round, the ninth of his vacation and his first of 2015, bringing his total rounds as president to 214.

Obama Goes Two for Two

President Obama today went golfing for the second time in two days of vacation, playing with aide Joe Paulsen, longtime Hawaii friend Bobby Titcomb, and someone named Preston Heard.

It’s his 50th time playing this year and the 207th time as president.

Obama Already Playing Golf

Just 30 hours or so after holding a White House press conference, President Obama is in Hawaii playing golf.

His partners are two junior White House aides, Mike Brush and Joe Paulsen, as well as Hawaii friend Bobby Titcomb.

It’s Obama’s 49th golf excursion of the year and the 206th of his presidency.

Video || Obama Purchases Books with Sasha and Malia

President Obama and his daughters plugged Small Business Saturday with a trip to a local Washington bookstore.

These are the books they bought:

– Being Mortal: Medicine and What Matters in the End – Atul Gawande
– Junie B. Jones and a Little Monkey Business (Junie B. Jones Series #2) – Barbara Park
– A Barnyard Collection: Click, Clack, Moo and More – Doreen Cronin
– I Spy Sticker Book and Picture Riddles by Jean Marzollo
– Nuts to You – Lynn Rae Perkins
– Junie B. Jones and the Stupid Smelly Bus (Junie B. Jones Series #1) – Barbara Park
– Brown Girl Dreaming – Jacqueline Woodson
– Redwall (Redwall Series #1) – Brian Jacques
– Mossflower (Redwall Series #2) – Brian Jacques
– Mattimeo – Brian Jacques (Redwall Series #3)
– Cartwheeling in Thunderstorms – Katherine Rundell
– The Narrow Road to the Deep North – Richard Flanagan
– The Laughing Monsters – Denis Johnson
– All the Light We Cannot See – Anthony Doerr
– Heart of Darkness – Joseph Conrad
– Nora Webster – Colm Toibin
– Age of Ambition: Chasing Fortune, Truth and Faith in the New China – Evan Osnos

And on Sunday, the president went golfing at Joint Base Andrews. Looks like some of the usual White House aides were with him.

Not counting a brief trip to the driving range the Sunday before, this is Obama’s 48th golf outing of the year and the 205th of his presidency.

Is This The Real Reason Obama Announced the Order in Vegas?

President Obama today is playing golf at the Shadow Creek golf club in North Las Vegas, reputed to be the most exclusive golf course in the world. It’s 55 degrees and mostly sunny.

At 44 degrees, it’s a little too cold today in the Washington area for a comfortable round.

This is the 47th time he’s played this year and the 204th outing of his presidency.

Obama today is playing with baseball great Derek Jeter, businessman Stephen Cloobeck, and Las Vegas Sun owner Brian Greenspun.

Obama Playing Golf in 50-degree Weather

I think he will play in the snow. It’s sunny in the Washington area though, so it’s not so bad. President Obama is playing golf today with a few of his usual crew of younger White House aides. It’s the 46th time he’s played this year and the 203rd of his presidency.

Michael Jordan: The President is a Hack. At Golf.

Oh no. All that practice, all that playing, and one of the world’s greatest athletes in history thinks you’re still no good at golf. This can’t be welcome news for President Obama. “He’s a hack. Man, I’d be all day playing with him,” said basketball great and frequent golfer Michael Jordan during an interview with former footballContinue Reading

Obama Doing the Golf Thing

President Obama is playing golf today at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Usual crew – junior White House aides Mike Brush, Joe Paulsen, and Marvin Nicholson. It’s his 45th outing of the year and the 202nd of his career as president.

Obama on the Fairways

President Obama is playing golf today at Fort Belvoir in Virginia. His partners are two of the usual junior White House aides, Joe Paulsen and Marvin Nicholson, and sportswriter Tony Kornheiser. It’s the 44th time the 44th president has played this year and outing #201 of his presidency.

Obama Plays Golf for the 200th Time

President Obama today played golf for the 200th time of his presidency, a milestone that for many is emblematic of a president who has frequently seemed detached from his job, his colleagues in Washington, and the American people. The president’s 200th trip to an oasis of fairways comes at a particularly turbulent time. The usual problemsContinue Reading