Updated 5:40 pm
President Obama rolled out of his Kenwood, Chicago home Sunday morning and headed to out to play his 100th round of golf since becoming president.
Obama played at the Beverly Country Club with two old pals, Eric Whitaker and Marty Nesbitt, as well as regular golf companion Marvin Nicholson, the White House trip director.
Obama has already played golf eight times this year. He actually is a little off his normal pace – perhaps campaigning is intruding on golf. The president golfed 28 times in 2009, 30 times in 2010, and an incredible 34 times in 2011.
Obama’s golfing takes about five hours, including the motorcades back and forth from the fairways. If one thinks of this as taking up much of the day – include getting ready to go and cooling off afterward – it’s fair to say that Obama has spent more than three months of his presidency golfing.
While golf is played by millions of Americans and extends its reach well into the middle class, it is also perceived as a game of the idle rich and is generally unavailable to the poor, putting Obama’s frequent outings at odds with his image as a man of “hope” for the dispossessed.
The White House carefully downplays Obama’s golfing, rarely talking about it and releasing few pictures of the president swinging away. A search of the White House uploads on the Flickr photo-sharing website finds only a handful of shots of the president playing golf, compared to nearly two dozen of him playing basketball, which he spends far less time at.
Many argue that golf provides a badly needed source of relaxation for Obama, a refuge and a respite from extraordinary demands of the presidency. And most or all of Obama’s golf days have been on weekends or during scheduled vacations.
But others say the president could find another way to relax, and that golfing sends the wrong message to the poor and to the troops during a time of economic struggle and war.
George W. Bush gave up golfing in 2003, explaining his rationale five years later in an interview with POLITICO, saying it was wrong to play during wartime:
I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf. 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.
Obama clearly disagrees and has been unperturbed by criticism of his golf, maintaining a steady pace even during an election year.
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Must be nice to have a job where you have the time to play that much. And even better, one that allows you to play free on some great courses. Oh it is nice to be KING!
I only fault Obama due his own criticism of Bush. Obama is a hypocrite!!!
I fault the media for providing cover for our lying chump-in-chief! It’s not the administration giving him cover – is the lame-stream media… and they are becoming more irrelevant every day…. Thank God for the New Media!
This is one thing Obama can’t blame Bush for. After 9/11, Bush gave up golf because thought, rightly, that it would make him appear to be out of touch.
Such a great father. He’s been doing nothing but campaigning nonstop, and now his kids were flying off with MO for a week’s vacation while he goes to Mexico for the G-20, BUT how does he choose to spend his last five or six hours today, Father’s Day? NOT with his kids or his wife:
President Barack Obama played 18 holes at the Beverly Country Club at 87th and Western, wrapping up near 4 p.m. cst after about five hours on the course, according to the pool report.
President Barack Obama wrapped up his weekend in Chicago and departed Sunday early evening from O’Hare Airport on Air Force One for the G-20 economic Summit in Los Cabos, Mexico. First Lady Michelle Obama is heading to Oregon, where she will deliver a graduation address Monday at Oregon State University where her brother, Craig is the men’s basketball coach.
It’s not official but her mom Marian Robinson and daughters Malia and Sasha are likely with her: the family–including Mrs. Robinson–were all in Chicago for the Saturday wedding of Laura Jarrett, the daughter of Senior White House advisor Valerie Jarrett.
From the pool report: <b<"POTUS left his house in Kenwood at 6 pm headed to helos.
If I had 2 daughters and traveled as much as he did, I would spend my time with them instead of wasting it on a golf course. Mr. family guy would rather spend time playing golf than spending time with his family, time that is very precious in his position. That activity says more about his narcissistic and selfish tendencies than anything else. It’s all about him. If he doesn’t care about his own family, what makes you think he cares about the rest of the country.
If I recall correctly it is Mr. Whitaker who Reverend Wright said offered him $150,000 to just shut up. Does this imply that the golf course for Obama is the new smoke filled room, deals can be hammered out where no one else can hear them and there is plausible deniability?
The new “transparency” you can see me but don’t you peons dare ask me anything I did not approve in advance.
Biggest Spender, Most Golf, First Marxist, Most Economic Illiterate, Most Divisive, Biggest Blamer, Most Narcissistic, Worst President – Obama sure has set some high standards.
I do believe he plays a lot of golf. Most Americans would not care if he were an excellent CIC!
This guy loves to dictate to everyone else how to live, the need to sacrifice, the “bad” rich and how they should be taxed, blah blah blah.
It is the elite lifestyle and rich friends this man hangs out with and his “pretending” to know the middle class, that makes him such an offense in our eyes.
That, and the fact if he worked for any large private company as a CEO, he would have been fired long ago.
Out of reach of the poor? Are there no caddies?
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Remember the outrage by the incompetent main stream media when Bush played golf while soldiers were dying in Iraq. Remember the daily counter of the dead. Today Obama spends his hundredth day on the golf course….. crickets and the families of soldiers killed in Iraq and Afghanistan are lucky if their sons and daughters are scrolled, once on the bottom of the screen.
Liberal Hypocrisy at its finest. David Axelrod hammers GWB for playing golf while the countries economy falters. How ironic that President Obama has played more golf in 3-1/2 years than any other President……………….while the economy not only falters but also tanks into depression.
Playing golf every other week? Eisenhower played every other day. Maybe 100 times a year would be excessive.
I want to know how much time he spends watching ESPN.
All the guy has to do is read the speeches that Plouffe and Axlerod write for him; maybe he could take up polo, or is that a racist comment?
Yes, but is his game better off than it was four years ago?
so it goes… different standards for a Dimorat President…when Bush was president the press crucified him for playing golf but what does anyone expect from an out of touch pandering liar like Obama who sat there and said the “private sector is dong FINE”!!
The more this socialist is on the golf course the less damage he can do to our country. November can’t come soon enough. After he loses in November maybe he can run for office in FRANCE…
I don’t like Obama’s policies or leadership than most conservatives… However, why nit pick on this issue… Being in a stressful job and playing 100 rounds of golf in approx 200 weeks of service does not seem to me the thing to be focusing on. Come on… complain about the real reasons to complain about our national leadership or lack thereof…
Good or bad at golf we all know he’s new at the game and a hundred rounds in 4 years means he has had nothing to do in all this time, but golf. Perhaps the nation going down the tubes was what he wantd after all.
You know, we’re in such a great recovery the Private Sector is going so well and doesn’t need any help. Might as well do nothing but play golf…the last 3 and a half years. Wait. He needs 4 more years to complete the job, though. I remember now. Do you understand? I don’t either.
How about some context ?BO fits in right in the middle of past Presidents in regard to Golf outings… Stop undermining our Great Leader.
David…..IF he was a leader would be one thing, but I don’t think he could lead kindergartners to the bathroom. He has caused gas prices to double since his inaugaration, deficit has increased FIVE TRILLION DOLLARS, unemployment close to double digit, 3200 NEW regulations on small business. OVER 50% are on some form of Federal Relief, under 50% pay taxes…so can you point out ANYTHING that makes your point…THOUGHT SO
My daughter was born 4 and a half years ago. I was afforded two days off (unpaid). Now that I’ve seen your tax-payer paid vacations,the choice is clear. Thanks for making my vote so easy.
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Wow. A hundred rounds? Let’s see. Four to five hours per round. Another hour or so to drop by Five Guys Burgers. Hmmmmmm? Four to five hundred hours away from the harpie and his job. What’s not to love. Every day is fathers day. Well done president slacker. Do you need a caddie? Probably not, libs are well known cheaters.
All this spending and getting around the constitution is stressful… Golf is crucial for our President to decompress.
The failed, racist, wee-weed up, America-hating, golf-vacationing, one-term-is-one-too-many, socialist, media-anointed Obamessiah could not be more desperately out of touch with the unemployed American Middle Class.
PRESIDENT OBAMA NEED SOME TIME TO HAVE RECREATION TOO. HE WORKS WORKS WORKS ALL OF THE TIME SO YOU NEED TO CHECK THE TRUTH. THE TRUTH IS THAT HE HARDLY EVER GETS ANY TIME TO RELAX AND VPLAY GOLF. PRESIDENT OBAMA HELPS MILLIONS OF PEOPLE IN OUR WORLD ALL OF THE TIME.
Do you have Cratsman tattoed on your forehead…YOU are the biggest TOOL
Obviously a product of a wonderful government education.
100 TIMES OUT OF ABOUT 1100 eleven hundred days not A lot because he need to be physically fit too SO HE SHOULD REALLY BE PLAYING 2 TIMES A WEEK TO GET A WORK OUT BUT HE WORKS ON HIS JOB AND TRAVELS TO AND FROM WORK ABOUT 80 HOURS AWEEK. IF HE WERE TO PLAY 2 TIMES A WEEK THAT WOULD BE BETTER FOR HIS HEALTH, THAT WOULD BE 104 TIMES PER YEAR. HE IS SUPPOSED TO PLAY GOLF TWICE A WEEK FOR BUILDING MUSCLES ETC.
gosh Dcinnamin, I had no idea Obama’s doctor prescribed golf twice a week for him. Do you know there is a gym in the White House where Obama can work out and do strength training to build muscles? It would be more effective, less time wasted and less people inconvenienced than his indulgent games of golf, tying up the golf course for hours and keeping other people away.
To answer your earlier post, Obama plays golf an average of every 12 days, as previously mentioned in the comments. How much more time off does he need? He doesn’t start work til nearly noon most days and campaigns several days a week so he really isn’t doing very much work he was hired to do.
I THOUGHT THIS EMPTY SUIT WAS A CHRISTIAN (WHAT A TOTAL JOKE THAT IS!!!). SERIOUSLY, HE AND HIS WIFE CONTINUE TO TELL US THAT THEY ARE CHRISTIANS.
I KNOW OF NO CHRISTIANS, ABSOLUTELY NONE, THAT SUPPORT THE KILLING OF INNOCENT CHILDREN IN THE WOMB AND SAME SEX MARRIAGE. ALSO, MOST CHRISTIANS THAT I KNOW OF GO TO CHURCH PRETTY MUCH EVER WEEK UNLESS THEY ARE EXTREMELY SICK OR IF AN EMERGENCY COMES UP.
WHEN IS THE LAST TIME THE SO-CALLED CHRISTIAN ATTENDED SERVICE, ABOUT THREE MONTHS AGO OR SO. HE FINDS TIME TO GO GOL,FING, ATTEND WEDDINGS, AND GO ON VACATION YET HE CANNOT FIND TIME FOR THE LORD.
I SEE RIGHT THROUGH THIS PHONY AND I’M SURE THAT GOD CAN AS WELL.
Where was the headline “George W Bush” Spent 1/3 of his time In Office on Vacation”?
Not sure why that would be important to the issues we’re facing in 2012. If you insist on living in the past, I’d suggest checking the MSM archives from 2000-2008…I’m sure you’ll find what you’re looking for.
And according to his staff, he never went on vacation. He would take a few hours a day to work outside with his hands when he was on the farm, but unlike this guy in the WH right now, he actually was at his desk by 7:00 am while in Crawford or at the WH.
Bush couldn’t even play one round without the sack of dog crap media giving him grief. Whatever Obama does they slobber all over him. It’s disgusting.
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Obvious typo in your first sentence. Please fix it. Feel free to delete this comment.
Let’s run the numbers. …..
50 weeks a year at 40 hours per week for 3 years is 6000 hours (let’s allow 2 weeks of vacation). If BHO played 100 rounds while in office and (by all accounts) a round of golf takes 4 hours, that’s 400 hours playing golf or 6% of his time in office. He’s got a lot of catching up to do to beat the progressive democrat Woodrow Wilson … who btw, sold out the USA to the Federal Reserve.
My Father defined golf as, “the useless way of prolonging the life of a worthless man”.
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History repeats itself. The same comments were made about Eisenhower during his presidency.
Yeah . . . well, at least Eisenhower actually did something during his life. Even with having the title of President, Obama hasn’t done anything but mess up everything. He is an embarrassment.
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Let them eat cake, (while I’m busy golfing). Come on, lt’s hear the liberals say he need to unwind. Fortunately for him, maybe he can plan a long vacation beginning next January.
A round of golf probably takes about 6 hours with travel time, prep time, a meal, and interference with other activities. 100 x 6 = 600 hours. 600 divided by a 40 hour work week = 15 weeks. 15 weeks of “time off from work” is a lot in 3 and a half years. I haven’t played 100 rounds of golf in my life. Since I have my own business in the last 3 years I haven’t played a single round of golf. I just don’t have time, yet the President has time for 100 rounds. Unbelievable.
He played this round of golf, and many of the others, on a weekend – not during your 40-hour work week. How does that make it “time off from work”? Your equation is flawed.
So did Pres. Bush . . . but the lefties still blasted him. Now, Obama . . . he just gets a free pass.
Funny thing about Obama. When he was running for president he played basketball, now he plays golf??????
James K. Polk is an underrated and under-appreciated President. On top of being one of the highest achievers in office, he also said some remarkable things. Here is one that is apropos:
“No president who performs his duties faithfully and conscientiously can have any leisure.”
Polk, at the time, was our youngest elected President. He died three months after leaving office at the age of 53.
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Wish he’d played golf everyday, then he wouldn’t have time to destroy the US economy and rid the country of jobs. Barack Crybaby Oblame-O, says it’s Bushs fault hes on the links, Oblame-O trying to beat Bushs score. HAHA
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Presidential welfare, all on the Tax payer’s tab.
Q: What’s more worthless than Barack?
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That’s great. When he’s playing golf he won’t have time to further screw up the country.
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