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Obama Playing Golf

Well, the White House finally released Obama’s actual schedule for the day. It’s golf.

The man does make the most of his weekends. I could learn a thing or two.

Not that it’s the weekend yet.

The president today is playing with some of his usual relatively junior White House aides. But instead of the customary military base course, he’s at Columbia Country Club in Chevy Chase, Md.

Columbia golf

What’s not to like?

Obama is maintaining a blistering golf pace this year, with today’s outing marking the the 22nd time he has played in 2015. That’s about 110 hours devoted to the golf, if we include the trips to and from the courses, or nearly three weeks of 40-hour work weeks. He has now played 235 times as president.

UPDATE: After being rained out Saturday, Obama played again on Sunday, marking his 23rd outing of 2015 and the 236th of his presidency.

The Latest Obama Golf Update

President Obama is playing golf today at the lovely TPC Potomac club in Potomac, Md. The president usually plays at one of the military installation courses, like the one at Joint Base Andrews, but today he decided on a private club instead.


Not bad. From the website:

Less than 20 miles from the nation’s capital is a pure golf experience waiting for you at TPC Potomac at Avenel Farm. Located on 220 acres of rolling wooded countryside in Montgomery County, Md., TPC Potomac redefines the private golf club membership experience.

This championship golf course, formerly known as TPC Avenel, was a familiar stop on the PGA TOUR for several years.

Haven’t covered much of Obama’s golf lately, so just to update you, he has played the last six weekends, including this one, bringing his total for the year to 17 outings. He has played 230 times since becoming president.

Saturday Golf

President Obama is out playing his usual Saturday round of golf. He’s at the Joint Base Andrews course, where the forecast is sunny and beautiful.

He’s playing with some of the usual junior White House aides. It’s Obama’s 11th round of the year and 224th of this presidency.

Obama Golf Update

Just, for the record, want to make sure you are aware that President Obama has not been missing any golf.

He played the last two weekends even though he spent half of this past weekend in Panama. Both outings were at the Joint Base Andrews course, mainly with the junior White House aides who usually accompany him onto the greens.

The president has already completed ten rounds this year, and we’re only just into spring. He has golfed 223 times since becoming president.

All-Star Golf Lineup for Obama in Florida

Updated March 30 at 5:00 am ET.

President Obama today is playing golf at the Floridian National Golf Course with former basketball great Alonzo Mourning, former football great Ahmad Rashad, and someone named Cy Walker.

Rashad, who is now a broadcaster, is dating Valerie Jarrett. Or was. I’m not keeping track of it. Cy Walker is Valerie Jarrett’s cousin. Or was. I’m not keeping track of that either.

The Floridian:

Floridian Golf

We’re just barely out of winter and it was already Obama’s seventh time golfing this year, having played in Hawaii in January, in California last month, and on a warm day near Washington this month. It was the 220th outing of his presidency.

UPDATE: Obama played again Sunday for his eighth round of the year and the 221st of his president.

President to Play Golf While Fate of World Decided

It’s the final, tense days of 18 months of negotiations over one of the most critical treaties of modern times – the terms under which Iran will either be permitted or not permitted to obtain a nuclear weapon.

It will be permitted to obtain one, but stick with me here.

The president’s emissaries, led by his Secretary of State, are in Switzerland feverishly negotiating the final details, hoping to ensure the toughest bargain possible to prevent the advent of an historic new peril to the world: Nuclear weapons in the hands of Iran’s crazed Islamist theocrats.

The president this weekend will be hunkered down in the Situation Room, in constant touch with his envoy, issuing last-minute orders and ensuring that his careful instruction are complied with and none of his red lines are crossed.

This just in now from the “pool” reporters covering the president:

On a sunny and beautiful, if chilly morning, the president left the White House residence at 9:30am, wearing a light blue button-up shirt with no tie, a navy blazer and khaki slacks.  He waved to the pool but didn’t respond to your pooler’s shouted question about the new Indiana religious freedom law.  The president got into Marine One . . . The helicopter was wheels-up to Joint Base Andrews at 9:34am. Handing over now to the travel pool . . .

Marine One touched down at Joint Base Andrews at 9:41 a.m. POTUS bounded down the steps at 9:45. We’re headed for warmer climes. Up the AF1 steps moments later. You can tell this is a non-work trip (because) someone forward of the press cabin ordered 3 beers at 9:26 am.


Obama is headed to the Floridian golf club in Palm City for two days of golf, according to local news outlets. Not that he didn’t just have a golf extravaganza in California last month.

This is beyond appearances, symbolism, optics, and so forth. This is a genuine statement about the care, attention and seriousness being given the Iran nuclear issue, perhaps the gravest problem confronting the United States and, indeed, the world.

obama goofy

It is not possible to completely compartmentalize your life. When you are on vacation, there is a different attitude that takes hold, one that doesn’t want to be bothered with too many details or critical issues. It is not merely disgraceful that the president is on a golf junket this weekend. It’s frightening.

If Ayatollah Khamenei is out playing golf or shuffleboard or competing in a backgammon tournament or whatever the Hell they do over there for recreation, I’d be very surprised.

This deadline for a nuclear deal has been scheduled for many months. This is no surprise.

Neither, sad to say, is Obama’s choice of priorities.

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… Continue Reading

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… Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading

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. Continue Reading