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

  1. needs to play to get his mind off of Washington,

    LOL when is his mind in Washington, Between Golf, Parties at the White House and Vacations the man never seems to do anything but read prompter speeches.

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

    I have no idea what relevance this has to a story about Obama. I guess being a media Marxist you had to throw something in about a Republican any Republican. But I do agree Boner is a tool and a gutless House leader.

  2. This man has no idea of what is going on around him. Without his teleprompter — he sounds like a person who can’t “think on his feet”.
    A very important question “Does he have his teleprompter with him when he plays golf, to tell him which club he should use?” This so called politician is just a farce and it shows more and more each day just how inept he is
    as President of The United States.

  3. Golf is NOT a rich man’s game. I am not rich and I play golf a lot. It’s a rich man’s game if you are going to play at some country club somewhere. I play public courses that are relatively cheap. Amazing the bias people like Tom have against things they do not like or understand.

    Fact is, I don’t have an issue with Obama playing golf. A president is not ever out of touch with the world even on the golf course. I would also say a president needs some down time from the stress of his job too. I say this and I am NOT an Obama supporter.

  4. The White House has and continues to be “Party Central,” with nonstop, week after week lavish partying and cavorting with big wigs, sports starts, Hollywood and media celebrities, lobbyists and political cronies. Toss in a never ending series of worldwide, cost is no object, exclusive vacations and expensive shopping trips for Michelle, e.g.: $700.00 sneakers, etc. and endless basketball and golf games for Barack. Curiously, you never hear a peep about any of this from the mainstream media. If this was George and Laura Bush even in great economic times, much less in this horrible economy, the media would excoriate and filet the Bush’s as heartless, let them eat cake, uncaring elites. The drum beat would be loud, merciless and without end or restraint. There would be an endless production barrage of media castigation of every stripe, filled with breathless and feigned horror about the homeless and unemployed, etc., etc. ad nauseam, ad infinitum. Have you ever noticed that the homeless only get press when a Republican is in office (they must go into hiding when Democrats are in control)? To witness this is tantamount to watching a bad car accident – you don’t want to see it, but you can’t take your eyes off it. This is absolutely the worst and most damaging, classless, circus that has ever invaded the White House (truly an accomplishment after the Clinton carnival). Although attributed to Lincoln (and Barnum), who ever said it was right: You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you cannot fool all of the people all of the time. I would add that you only have to fool them on election day and they did…..

  5. The way in which the Obamas party while the rest of the country sucks wind is disgusting, How much gas did he use to go out to the course while we are paying $4 per gallon.
    One pundit called it the ‘WALDO PRESIDENCY” since Obama was missing from so many important issues. now we knoe where Waldo is- on the putting green!

  6. It amazes me that this author has to take a jab at the Speaker when writing about the President. Didn’t see where he gave stats about the speaker just threw that in there. GW was right to say and do what he did. The world is going to hellooooooo and we have a wet behind the ears man who is playing a fiddle while Rome is burning and at the same time throwing gas on it with the unions and DOMA move by the justice department. The man is not constitutionally fit to do his job period rejecting the law of the land. It doesn’t make a difference what the public says until there is a repleal of the law it stands period. Did I hear someone say the I word the other day?????? Good for them it would be the right thing to do.

  7. what an a88hole. G.W. Bush had respect for the soldiers so he stayed with them. POS muslim hussein obama “wants to get his mind off washington” ????

    WHAT??? a president should keep his mind ON washington.. THAT is a presidents job.

    This POS is NO president.

    IMPEACH his muslim traitorous a88

  8. It appears n moochelle needs to golf but she needs to walk to get rid of that enormous buttocks she is pulling behind her and Obama looks more like a caddy not a golfer shouldn’t he be caddying or shining shoes at the club

  9. This country is a mess. The middle east is falling apart. We are still fighting two wars. And, our President is out golfing. This is not quite the change I had hoped for.

  10. At least while he is playing golf he isn’t appointing any czars or pumping socialist legislation. Hell, I wish he’d play golf every day!

  11. The more time Obama spends on the golf course, the better off the country is. It would be great if he’d play all day – every day.

  12. As a disabled vet of WW11 we used to have a name for bums like Obummer of course now it would be politically incorrect to say it!!

  13. This article makes it sound like all he does is play golf. Not true. He also spends a lot of time bowing to third world thugs and throwing parties for his friends

  14. What a total douchebag,Obama is the most incompetent leader this nation has ever had and should be fully investigated for the illegal actions that he has subjected the american public to.He ignores federal judges orders,He ignores the constitution,He refuses to enforce federal laws that are on the books which his vow of office directs him to,His administration has falsified documents in order to stop drilling in the gulf.Anytime there is strife in the world you can find his useless ass on the golf course
    Time to start the impeachment process.

  15. The Presidnet deserves some rest time, but with everything that is going on domestically and world wide, five hours for his golf outtings seems excessive.

    Some benefits might result if he included Rush Limbaugh in his foursome.

  16. We need to all send it to the same email at the msm so if anybody got abc CBS and NBC’s email so if u got it give it up or we could do like the wacky lefties and picket outside their homes

  17. Obama, please play as many rounds of golf that you can, you despicable little man, for I hope you get to be so good that your score matches the same level as your I.Q.!

  18. He wiil get the black vote Mexican vote and dumbass vote let’s just hope their are enough people left to defeat him it appears the dumbasses outnumber everybody since this cocaine addict, non citizen, boob, divider, community organizer and all out Fraud

  19. Our president is in so far over his head that he cannot stand to be in the White House more than a few minutes each day to do his sworn duties. What negligence and ineptness.

  20. This is an absent president. He’d rather play, eat, spend our money riding high than to take care of this country which is HIS JOB! I didn’t vote for the Sand Man, so I am not surprised that he lives on the Golf Course flittering away his time instead of taking care of business….but oh I forgot, he hates business of any kind. He wants them to fail so the government will take care of us. Keep on flittering away Sand Man, and Good Riddance in 2012!

  21. He’s proven that he is not ready for the responsibilities of President, has no interest in defending the principles of our Constitution or protect our Bill of Rights as he took an oath to. Gas prices are blowing up; OPEC, which is run by muslims has the US by the balls, the middle east is flushing itself down the toilet it dwells in, has no plan to balance the country’s budget but is willing to spend like a drunken sailor in a brothel, inserts himself into any controversy that he has no business getting in the middle of. And he goes golfing. He’s a blatent liar, an affirmative action placement, our Traitor in Chief. Impeachment is the only answer to begin solving this country’s problems, then a cleansing of both house and senate to get people in there who actually care about this country and its future. Pink-slips for all who screwed us.

  22. Again, clear proof that this man is out of touch with reality. At least Bush , like him or not had the dignity to act like a a president and not treat the office as his personal entertainment facility. This guy does not get it or he chooses not to. Please cna this man just go away befre he does more damage

  23. The country would be much better off if Obama would spend every day on the golf course. I still can’t believe this great country elected a fool like Obama. It’ll take decades to fix the damage this guy has done. Annual budget deficits approaching two trillion dollars… our mighty watch dog media spins this as a positive and not the travesty it really is… we may never recover.


  25. Isn’t it wonderful how “The One” can escape reality and responsibility by simply pretending that the world is not in crisis? I’ll bet everyone who has lost their job or their home wishes they could join Barry on the links.

  26. yes bush couldn’t see golfing when our boys were dying..considering he was responsible for them dying..he should have put a bag over his head

  27. Maybe some one will yell ‘Bush’ or ‘Qaddafi’ or even ‘Michelle’ on a backswing or putt… That would give an excuse for his less than perfect score… or performance, as golfer turned President later.

  28. Unfortunately barack, barry, steve or whatever his name is has taken on the role of being king, being dictator. He sends in his communist czars to do the work while he and his wife wolf down Japanese steak and Maine Lobster. Funny though, those that helped get him into the WH are still eating Ramen noodles and mac and cheese. I guess they are just too drunk on that kool-aid to see they were just a means to an end. shame.

    However on the up side, a lot of people are waking up and this next election will be different. The big thing the Republicans need to watch is the lying, thieving, stealing, intimidation (remember holder doesn’t want to demean his ‘people’ so it is all right to threaten “Crackers” with a night stick or to kill their children) that will go on during the campaign and election. I can hardly believe I am writing about my own country, the United States of America. What has this man done?

    God Bless America and may she always be free from tyranny.

  29. This guy is oblivious to the fact that the public sees this kind of stuff. While the Mideast burns he holds a concert in the W.H. While an oil crisis is in force he golfs while his admn refuses new deep water drilling permits. While millions are out of work his wife takes a holiday overseas.

    It’s just a joke. They don’t care what people think.

    But sadly – millions will vote for this moron to get another four years.

  30. Concerning President Obama… we’re talking a man in way over his head. That’s not a partisan critique; I’m simply calling it as I see it.

    Concerning former President Bush… the “no more golfing” decision he made… classic “Good Bush.” I’m presently reading “Decision Points” and from paragraph to paragraph my perception of Bush switches from “love” to “hate” to “respect” to “contempt.” Say what you will about the guy’s policies, but on a human “gut” level… there’s a great deal to respect and admire about George W. Bush the man.

    Concerning Boehner playing golf with lobbyists… as long as his meetings with lobbyists are publicly identified as such I have no problem. Same with lobbyists seeing President Obama, Vice President Biden, top administration officials, and individual members of the House and Senate.

    Show me who a person “hangs” with and that’s often enough to tell me what I need to know.


  31. Having served in the United States Navy with Jimmy Carter as my commander in chief. And now seeing what president Obama is doing (or lack of ) it is imperative that we make this sitting persident a one term president!! we have hero’s in harms way and he’s playing golf. Mr president with all do respect SHAME ON YOU!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  32. yep, the world is in a turmoil , gas prices highest ever, food prices up up up and he goes golfing. Who were the idiots that said soc sec recipients didnt need a cola adjustment, lol, they live on another planet I guess

    Bill H

  33. For the last time Obie is not a golfer. It does not take 5 hours to play around. Besides that he doesn’t keep score… IMO it’s like his presidency, while he make look like he’s actually performing the act…it’s just that, an act

  34. The reason Barack Hussein Sotero Obama plays golf is NOT because he is good at it, it is because it feeds his overblown ego. The Big Zero is under the false assumption that he is the king of the USA, when in fact he is only the king of his gargantuan ego. This under qualified, under talented ‘faux’ president is a huge embarassment to this great country andhe and his administration should be removed from ‘service to this country’ ASAP.

  35. You teabagging bigots — why can not the president enjoy a relaxing game away from the pressures of his job — a job that was made tougher by the eight years of Bush excesses??? I say go to it, Obama! Enjoy the spoils of the office while you can. The people support you!

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