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Golf is Back! Obama’s 60th Outing as President

Well, the mercury has crept back up above 60 degrees here in Washington, and so it’s time once again for President Obama to head out to the golf course.

This is the president’s 60th time golfing as president, meaning Obama has spent two months of his presidency on the golf course.

The rounds usually take about five hours, including motorcading back an forth to the course.

According to statistics compiled by CBS News White House correspondent Mark Knoller, who keeps close tabs on the president’s activities, Obama played 30 rounds in 2010, 28 rounds in 2009, and two this year, including today.

George W. Bush gave up golfing in 2003, explaining why he did it in a 2008 interview with POLITICO.

“I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “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.”

Some think Obama should follow Bush’s example. But Obama clearly is addicted to the game and probably feels he needs to play to get his mind off of Washington, generally choosing the company of young administration staffers instead of lawmakers or senior aides.

House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is an avid golfer too, and unlike Obama, plays with lobbyists.

Obama’s on the links with his usual posse. From the pool report:

The president, in a black cap and light black jacket, emerged from the White House at 1 p.m. for what I believe is the President’s first golf outing this year stateside. A 10-vehicle motorcade departed a minute later and stopped at all stop signs and mixed with traffic for the uneventful 22-minute ride to Andrews AFB.

POTUS’ golfing buddies today include Ben Finkenbinder of the press office, Marvin Nicholson, the president’s trip director and David Katz, a Dept of Energy staffer.

544 thoughts on “Golf is Back! Obama’s 60th Outing as President”

  1. If YOU would READ the article, you wouldn’t emarass your self so! But, you Bush basher don’t care WHAT the facts are…….just don’t bash your dear sweet 0’bammy!
    Tom said….. When Bush played golf I despised it also, gritting my teeth because it showed how SO f—–g out of touch the rich, elite politicians are with the rest of America.
    George W. Bush gave up golfing in 2003, explaining why he did it in a 2008 interview with POLITICO.
    “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” he said. “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.”

    1. … and I respect President Bush for doing that. However, he should have KNOWN, as an adult, as a man, as the President, NOT to play the game while a war was on. Michael Moore did a great job showing what a fool he was playing after 9/11 … I despise Moore and the whole Marxist lot he hangs around with … but his movie showed the insanity of the Bush White House (and his handlers) after 9/11.

      However, stupidity is not exclusive to Democrats only … the elite, rich, uber-bumbling, cocktail-swilling Republicans suffer from the same politically transmitted disease: arrogance.

      1. And by the time he gave up playing golf while he was in office, he dared to play a whole whooping 4 times… 8 years, as compared to obamas 60 in just a bit over 2 years. At this rate obama has another 60 games to play.

  2. It’s just been announced The Haney Project Obama & Boehner next season on Golf Channel. Harry Reid will be at the Mustang Ranch.

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  4. Excellent! I want to send Obama a box of those long distance balls. He needs to stay on the golf course. Don’t start any more wars or try to police the world on the backs of broke taxpayers.

  5. Typical progressive democratic behavior, they take an oath to uphold the constitution and can’t be responsible enough to put away childish things

    1. Remember, Barry wanted to be ‘a’ ‘president’. NOT THE ‘President’. He is quite well suited for a Banana Republic or some God forsaken hell hole like Libya.

  6. It’s not whether he is rich or not, I don’t care what he & his wife have, But It’s the TIME he spent on playing golf.
    It takes too mach time to enjoy in this situation, Economy, Oil Price, Unemployment, soldiers dying in Afgan, Iraq., he just spending time to play golf,.
    At the time he playing golf, Poeple dying in Iraq, Afgan, Lybia etc for nothing.
    Enjoy golf, Mr. Obama.

  7. People, you have to understand. He’s doing the only thing he is capable of doing, next to scapegoating true Americans who happen to believe in the Tea Party. Now, those who voted for this “hope and change”, are you ready to “change out ” this failure? His next endeavor should be at the Comedy Club because his “act” as president is definitely a joke. I just wish it was funny.

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  10. please wake up. he’s not a bad man, just a rented suit. the choices the Obama’s have made have been pretty much lower middle class wants. It’s pretty obvious somebody else is in charge he does what he’s told goes out and sells it then he relaxes. Do a full 360′ if you’re looking for enemies.

  11. I like the “at least he’s better than Boehner because Boehner play with lobbyists” jab. Perhaps Obama would play with lobbyists too were it not for the unfortunate prospect of having lobbyists he met with recorded ( Now, I’m not a huge Boehner fan, but what does his golfing habits have to do with Obama and Bush? Why even put that in there, Keith, unless you’re trying to put a positive spin on otherwise disgusting news? Why not throw in the amount of time Pelosi spends under the knife or recovering from her stretch sessions?

  12. Ok, we know that Barry has gotten worse, if that’s possible, as president. Has his golf game improved any with all the practice he’s been getting on our dime. I’m surprised he hasn’t converted the National Mall to a golf course. Oh oh, maybe I just gave him an idea, sorry folks.

  13. It’s not uncommon for a president to go on leisure trips just before a military action. Sort of a head fake. God help us if that’s the case. God help us if it isn’t

    1. The speakers job is not the same as the president. I kinda think as speaker he needs to get out and see what’s going on out in the world. He does not have to listen to anything like proposals unless they are actually good for the United States. The president though is another matter. Spending way too much money while families lose their homes and kids go hungry and they still keep giving to illegals and no mention of cutting them in any way. The cartels here in our country. 1 beheading in Arizona that has been laid at the feet of the cartel. Coming to a town or city near you. Enjoy

  14. It is hard to express the disgust, the hatred, the contempt that Present Øbama must have towards us pieces of shiite people.

  15. So he “feels he needs to play to get his mind off of Washington” does he. That is precisely the problem, he doesn’t have his mind on his job most of the time.

  16. Oh my god this is so horrible! How can the president be allowed to relax ever? We should just go ahead and not let him sleep too that way he can always be working. By the way, the argument that golf is a rich man’s game is a bunch of bs. It may be a gentleman’s game, something you people don’t understand, but not everyone plays at a country club. In fact, the majority of golfers don’t.

    1. Why were your comments so short? You obviously forgot to blame G.W. Bush for something? We can never say anything negative about Leisure Suit Barry.

    2. Well I know family members who like golf but can’t afford to play. No matter where you play you have to pay and it just costs too much. Thanks Obama. More people are losing the ability to do just the most mundane things you take for granted because you are entitled. Can’t go fishing in your boat because of gas prices. Can’t go camping this year because of food prices. Everything is getting so costly. I hate to see where we will be at the end of the summer. But I will sleep easy tonight knowing this president can go on playing golf and his family vacationing any time or any where they want.

  17. Unbelievable that President Obama who have to impose a no flightzone to save lives of people in Libya, is just wasting our time and wasting lives. Just because he wants to play golf, with people who are not involved in decisionmaking in the middle east in cases of live or dead whatsoever. It looks like he is hiding for making tough decisions, or he simply lost it.

  18. A “10-vehicle motorcade”????? Just for a simple outing at the course?? Gas consuption at $3.50 per gallon….and the list could go on and on and on and on….would not one electric Volt have done the job?

  19. Hillary explained why we should not intervene in Libya. Left-wing bloggers are claiming we would be going in to steal their oil, just like we did in Iraq. That CIA is very clever. Stealing oil with no evisence of it happening. They must be using alien space craft! LOL Obama is affraid of being falsely charged like Bush was. It is good though. American hating Muslims killing American hating Muslims is good for the whole free world! But don’t tell Obama, he really loves Muslim terrorists. Its American oil employees he hates.

    1. Yes I never understood that. If we can go and save their behinds I always thought that they should pay with oil. That is something they have wrong. It is not the American peoples job to pay to keep this world under control. If countries want a police nation they should pay for it. Not us. All I see is that all nations suck whatever they want from the American people and we have just the administration that allows it. Maybe we should all show up and go golfing too. We deserve it.

  20. B.O. plays golf at the taxpayer’s expense. He flys a personal trainer in weekly at taxpayer’s expense. He has dinners and affairs at the taxpayer’s expense. He wastes obscene amounts of tax dollars.

    And? The news media looks the other way, refusing to ask how much this costs the taxpayer. Can’t do that – that’s racist. And no one cares. And it only matters if a white Republican is involved.

    Anything else? Oh, right: It’s all George W. Bush’s fault.

    1. Does anyone ever send emails to the news media complaining about the coverage they present to us? I do. They are crap in my eyes. They continue to put this administration forward like it was the best thing since sliced bread. I have no respect for them at all. The View is one of the worst programs. Whoopie has done more damage to herself. I will never watch a movie again if she’s in it. In the past white folks complained about a white president. Who cared about his color. But you can’t complain about the balck one. I think when you are a failure you deserve to be shown as such. No more ABC, NBC. CBS and I hope they go broke. I quit watching long ago.

  21. Obama reminds me of both Nero and Marie Antoinette…..One fiddled while his city was over run and the other cared so little about common people that when told they were straving said why “let them have cake”….I’m not sure we can wait to 2012 to oust this socialist wantabe golfer. (His swing sucks!)

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  23. The fact that Obama golf’s is the only thing I like about him…..I figure the more time on the course the less time he has to ruin the country!

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  25. From the author’s description of this blog:
    “I am veteran White House reporter Keith Koffler. White House Dossier is the only 24/7, independent, and totally unauthorized White House blog.”

    From the article:
    “House Speaker John Boehner (R-Ohio) is an avid golfer too, and unlike Obama, plays with lobbyists.”

    “Independent”? Hmmmm…

    1. I did not fall for him. I voted McCain Palin. I could see what he was. Too bad no one else did. Same as I can see what is happening with Charlie Sheen. Beware of the nuts out there. They can and do sometimes bite you.

  26. Well I guess if there isn’t anything important going on we should cut the guy some slack. He hasn’t had any breaks lately except for the Motown concert and handing out those medals to entertainers and campaigning in Florida…hey wait a second!

    1. What about the money they want to give to Egypt. Can we afford that? And the ships they sent to Libya. They told last week in an article that Billary told the United Nations we would stand with them on gun laws. I am so happy she has the say so on what I do. They ignore the Constitution. It is not up to them to make the American worker support the whole world. That’s why we are in such trouble. Look at all the illegals and their free stuff. They will not stop funding them but they will cut the disabled and you parents and grandparenst. And you too if you live long enough to retire when they raise the retirement age. Wake up out there.

  27. Enjoy it while you can #1 JackAss (Democrat) and Communist in Chief. I hope you present your Golf Driver to a Tea Party President in January of 2013. I just hope I live to see it.

  28. I wish he would put half as much effort towards addressing America’s problems as he does recreating. He is so out of touch he doesn’t know what it is like living in the real world where it takes a big chunk of your paycheck just to fill up the gas tank. The energy crisis he is manufacturing doesn’t appear to be putting a crimp on his entertainment or travel schedule. He thinks nothing of jetting off to Florida to do a little politicking, or taking a 10-vehicle motorcade for a game of golf. What is a trip director? Another czar position?

  29. Has this Barak Obama no shame? How in the world can he play golf publically, ignoring his responsibility, when our country needs serious leadership in critical matters. Obama has completely lost track of the role of President of the U.S.A. He has become immersed inhis own self-importance, and should be impeached and removed from office. Obama is a national disgrace..

  30. I think Tom needs to check out the fact that once the US went to war with Iraq George Bush STOPPED playing. He did not play a round for the last six years of his presidency. Grit your teeth on that.

  31. Did we count all of the times that Bush was cutting the endless brush on his property or the number of bike trips he made as president. Golf is just another form of exercise. So what.

    1. No one says a president should not have time to de stress. But Bush going to Crawford did not spend nearly as much as the Obama’s going to Hawaii or Europe and taking lots of friends on their vacations. Add to that when she leaves and goes seperately from him. Twice the air cost. I can’t even afford to drive 50 miles to my nearest dam and go trout fishing for the day. This administration is just having a hog wild time on our dime and that is in your face wrong.

  32. I am convinced that our Community Organizer-in-Chief is a puppet for Soros and friends, and the radical Democrats, and he does what he is told to do and say (via the teleprompters). In return for his services, he gets to fly wherever & whenever he wants to on Air Force One, have lavish parties at the White House, and play games whenever he wants to….all on the tax payers’ backs. His wife is allowed the same perks as long as she puts on a good show.

    All Obama has to do is bow to our enemies, apologize on behalf of America, cut off any possible growth in fossil fuel exploration (oil & coal), push ObamaCare in America’s face – despite a COURT INJUNCTION, do whatever the United Nations tells him to do, etc., etc.

    Meanwhile, we have no OFFICIAL records of his education in America, his birth certificate (the Official Long Form), his law practice history, or his detailed medical records, and more.

    Additionally, he and his Attorney General are driving a wedge between the races. Chaos…the plan is working out quite well in America.

    One more thing – do we ever hear about our American soldiers overseas anymore??? Two of them were just murdered in Germany.

    1. You got it Anneebananee! Parties, vacations, trips, all paid for by We The People…I have two jobs, my husband gas one…we gotta work harder so Barry and Mooshelle can have their way with Amerika.
      He is Soros’ puppet alright.

  33. The mainstream media hold most of the blame for purposely omitting information about Obama’s lack of any sort of leadership experience and not revealing his hateful, radical past; yet, this is no excuse for the American voters to have been so darn naive in 2008.

    Now the medias’ beloved leader shuts them out of news conferences and censors photographs from the White House….yet there is silence from the betrayed – the mainstream media still fawn over the man-child like teenagers worshiping a rock star.

    1. You do realize, that the MSM is composed of, and run by, the same anti-war, pro-socialists that were the anti war movement in the 60’s.
      Not to even mention academia……

    2. That’s because their allegiance to their religion is more important – the religion is radicalism and they worship at the altar of Marxism/communism. As long as Obama continues pushing that agenda, he’ll get a pass on shutting them out. They’re waiting for the federalization of the press so we can have a legitimate American Pravda. It’s actually what we have now with the msm, but unofficially.

    3. That’s because their allegiance to their religion is more important – the religion is radicalism and they worship at the altar of Marxism/communism. As long as Obama continues pushing that agenda, he’ll get a pass on shutting them out. They’re waiting for the federalization of the press so we can have a legitimate American Pravda. It’s actually what we have now with the msm, but unofficially.

  34. Meanwhile, back in the rest of the Nation, most private sector employees can’t afford the balls to play golf, much less the green fees.. Enjoy it while you can POTUS, you’re go’ion down in 2012..

  35. Obama Golfs like a girl, he is so uncoordinated.

    He swings the club like Helen Kelle.

    It’s so hard to believe this boy was elected the President of the USA with absolutely no experience in either business or Politics.

    Obama will be remembered as the worst mistake in American History.

    If he was 1/2 a man we would resign for the good of the country.

  36. Hey, give the man a break! He does some of his best work while on the golf course. Please remember, while he’s playing golf he can’t screw us very much.

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