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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. So…you want your President to work 24/7, with no time off to relax a little from the incredible pressure of the job? Through years of testing, even the 10 hour day shows an great loss of quality production and thought. I’ve yet to understand why these types of articles are even news. Bush took more vvacations than any President I recall, but…that’s ok, eh?

  2. Of course, he’s playing golf. Why wouldn’t he?
    How would NY Times, cbs, nbc, msnbc, etc…react if W spent a trillion to keep unemployment “below” 8% and then played this much G?!?!

    Does this guy even care how he looks or does he just think there are SOOOOO many people DEPENDANT on his handouts that he can get re-elected? Harry Reid won, Nancy won!
    Maybe we are THAT dumb!!!

  3. Our prez deserves a break now & then,with all the “heavy lifting” he’s been doing working on the budget,supporting recalitrant state legislators,criticizing federal judges for not following his mandates and raising money for his friends…….what?……is something going on overseas?…..just send Joe to give ’em some money.

  4. What the hell is the Bumbler in chief doing on the golf course? I thought we all had to “sacrifice” and spread the wealth. I’m a retired person and use to be an avid golfer. But since Obumbler has arrived I have had to all but quit playing gold..due to the economy. Hey Pres get your self back to 1600 Penn ave and take care of business. You ain’t a “Community organizer” any more.I AND MY RETIRED FRIENDS HAVE HAD TO SCALE BACK ON OUR GOLF WAY LESS THAN 60 ROUNDS!!AND WE AINT “RUNNING” (?) A COUNTRY!!!. Say Mr Pres. why don’t you invite some of us old timers to join you in a round a golf say at Andrews or Army-Navy Golf club? I sure we could help you geet your mind off of “Washington”!

  5. Don’t you people know that on the golf course is where Obama does his best work? He is relaxed when he is running around chasing little white balls. Because, as we all know, when in the White House, he has no balls!

  6. This man is and has been all his life, a playboy. He knows nothing about responsibility . Anyone that cannot give a sppech without two teleprompters is pathethic.

  7. I have noticed that many posters are critical of President Obama. Aren’t we all in this together? If the President succeeds don’t we all win? Well then, don’t you think your constant complaining might just be holding him back from a historic first term achievement??? Have you thought of that? Did you know that Mr. Obama is about to do what no other American President has ever done? Yes, when Mr. Obama was sworn into office his golf handicap was an unimpressive 22! Now, in just 26 short months he’s a 6 AND IS LIKELY TO BE THE FIRST PRESIDENT TO BREAK 80 AT PEBBLE BEACH! But how can he “keep his head in the game” if whiners like YOU are always b1tching???!!! “OHHH Mr. President the illegals are killing us! OOOH Mr. President unemployment in my state is 14% and I haven’t worked for over a year!! Mr. President, Mr. President your policies are bankrupting the country!!! Have YOU ever tried to line-up a 30 foot putt with Hillary harping about some mid-east thingy??? Huh?? And how’s the President going to enjoy his spring concert series when deadbeats like you are crying about having your homes foreclosed?? Michelle needs to rest-up from her vacations to Spain, the Gulf Coast and Martha’s Vineyard so she can enjoy some R&R at Camp David while Barack is nursing a nasty golfing callous on his left hand – really – can’t you cut these two some slack????

  8. Obama doesn’t give a rat’s about being a leader of the free world. The only thing he wants to do is lead the press around by the nuts.

  9. Bush spent 1,020 days of his presidency on vacation. To put this into context, John F. Kennedy spent fewer days in office, 1000, than George W. Bush spent on vacation. Bush spent 487 days at Camp David, 490 days at his Crawford ranch, and 43 days in Kennebunkport. George W. Bush spent 69 days in Crawford during his first year in office. In contrast, according to FactCheck.org, Obama spent all, or part of, 26 days of his first year in office on vacation. This was less than all three previous Republican presidents, Ronald Reagan, George H.W. Bush, and George W. Bush, but more than the two previous Democratic presidents, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton.
    –from politicalusa dot com

  10. The arrogance of the O’Bama’s is incredible. Somewhat like Marie Antoinnette and her “let them eat cake then” remark.

  11. Economy tepid, real unemployment and underemployment at 9 and 17%, and all the while we are asked to “suck it up.”
    While the president and his family vacation and recreate to their heart’s content.
    Who cares—-let them eat cake!

  12. That article is totally biased BS. Obama has been in office for over two years. So he plays golf once every other week. So what?

    There appear to be a bunch of low life, ignorant, fools who comment on this site.

    What is it, jealousy, racism, or what?

  13. I like it when the Barry is knocking that little white ball around those manicured courses. If he could stay right their and give up the idea that he knows how to govern that would be even better.

  14. […] 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.”MORE […]

  15. Obama has been in office two years now and has yet to meet one on one w/ half of his cabinet. He delegated Obamacare to Pelosi & Reid. Now Biden is in charge of dealing w/ the Reps on the Budget. What does this guy do all day?

    Wait, he is probably going through all of that legislation he’s crammed down our throats line by line.

  16. TIMES.THAT.TRY.MENS.SOULS.13.lyx

    Why Knock Naive American Entertainers, Poorly Educated like most folks from the Deliberately Planned Mis-educating Public Schools, when folks like the Prime Minister of Britain was sucking up to Gadaffi, and so was the Head of the Famed London School of Economics, US State Department Traditional Traitors, etc., Since we Now Know that Gadaffi was Personally Responsible for ordering the US Pan Am Jet blown up over Lockerbie–Killing Hundreds of US Passengers, and the Bar where all the US Service men celebrated in Germany, injuring many, where is the US Commander in Chief, what is he waiting on! Russia does not even want the US to set up a No Fly Zone, they hope to sell more weapons to Gadaffi; KaPutin and Medievalev are the Real Creeps hoping to profit off of the Lybian Peoples Misery, as did Britain, and the US Western and US Eastern, and British, Anglo-American Oil Men!

    When is Obama going to send in the Troops and turn those little Tin Can Soviet Era Armored Tanks into Death Ovens, and Roast Gadaffi and his Murderous Gangsters alive?

    If Obama Ignores this New Evidence that Gadaffi Blew Up the US Pan Am Jet at Lockerbie, this will be a Major, perhaps the Major Campaign Issue in 2012! Pacifist Obama is now on course to get the MILLENNIAl Vote in 2012, but the Greatest Generation was also Isolationist until Attacked: Having been attacked; I predict that they will desert a Pacifist Obama in droves, as they admire Franklind Delano Roosevelt who responded very forcefully when attacked! To Win Obama is going to have to shift gears from the Franklin Roosevelt of the 1930’s and become the Franklin Roosevelt of the 1940s who responded so forcefully to Pearl Harbor! This is a time which tries mens souls, especially those of Leaders and Corrupt Businessmen!

  17. Lets keep him on the golf course and away from the White House and congress!! That way, the only thing that he can screw up is his game and not our country!!!!

  18. He will never put America first he and his wife have made it very clear to we
    mere mortal American’s are not first. The small bubble of ego and lack of leadership is where the Obama’s live and enjoy the dates, parties and trips
    because they feel nothing of the pain of regular American’s or those in war.
    You don’t have to wonder why those in Libya call for Bush they know there is nothing to fear from this administration.

  19. Why do Republicans worry so much about how the media portrays them? Soldiers are dying in Iraq and Afghanistan as we speak and POTUS keeps his game on. The media doesn’t question him on it in any meaningful way and President Obama doesn’t care anyway.

    One can only wonder how much better a golfer President Bush could have been if he had only only stayed the course….golf course that is. 8 years and so many missed tee times….

  20. You have to remember if Gadhafi is ousted, Obama loses a friend and supporter. Gadhafi visited Obama’s Church at the request of Obama’s ex-minister Jeremiah Wright. This is why England is now involved because the US under Obama would never do anything to upset Louis Farrakhan and the radical Muslims in this country. Louis Farrakhan has described Gadhafi as a brother and great leader and humanitarian.