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Obama Goes Golfing!

Well, as I and most of you predicted, Obama has gone golfing. Whether, given the heat, this qualifies as pathological behavior is for the medical profession to decide.

Here are the current conditions and Andrews Air Force Base, where Obama has landed with his usual thirty-something junior staffer compadres, White House trip director Marvin Nicholson and former campaign photographer – and now Department Energy official – David Katz.

Temperature: 97°F
Feels Like: 106°
Warning: Dangerous heat index. Outdoor exposure should be limited.

The final tally of our poll on whether he would go this weekend: Twenty of you said Obama would indeed hit the links despite near-record heat, while one reader said he would stay within the air conditioned sanctuary of the White House residence.

This is the 42nd time Obama has gone golfing since become president, and the third time this month.