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Golfer-In-Chief (screw the economy along with those unemployed legal U.S. citizens)

President Obama notched his 100th round of golf on Father’s Day, Red Dog Report (click image to read post).

“Let me play!,” he demands (because he can). So here’s how President Obama really spent Father’s Day in 2012, the year that he must campaign to be re-elected president (but that is David Axelrod’s problem, isn’t it):

Early on Sunday, June 17th, Obama put Michelle and the girls on a plane to Oregon. He now had “alone time” — not for the duties of the presidency or his campaign — but to play golf with his favorite buddies on the fairways of an exclusive Chicago private club. The president’s White House staff, as usual, carried his golf bag and clubs.

From “Obama Plays Golf for the 100th Time of his Presidency,” White House Dossier blog, June 17, 2012:

President Obama rolled out of his Kenwood, Chicago home Sunday morning. … [playing] 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. …

A staff member carries the golf bag of US President Barack Obama at a landing zone in Chicago, Chicago Sun-Times.

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 [this takes up] much of the day – including getting ready to go and cooling off afterward … Obama has spent more than three months of his presidency golfing.

[Golfing] is 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. … (Read all.)

Just like the Chicago Sun-Times and CBS News, ABC News has published a report … much more tame (make that ass-kissing) than bloggers like White House Dossier‘s Keith Koffler.

ABC News’s title, however, carries a punch: “Golfer in Chief? Obama Hits 100th Time on the Links.”

The ABC News reporter provides additional background, some of it interesting albeit not challenging:

ABC News's photo purchased from Jewel Samad/AFP/Getty Images.

[...]

Like 15 of the 18 presidents since Theodore Roosevelt, Obama has used golf as a way to unwind outdoors, but away from the prying eyes of press and onlookers. And despite the fact that he had never golfed before taking office, his love of the game is well known.

On warm-weather weekends he frequently visits two courses in the Washington area, Andrews Air Force Base in Maryland and Fort Belvoir in Virginia. Typically close friends or junior aides join him as partners, as was the case today when he brought Marty Nesbitt, a chum and neighbor from this city.

Matching predecessors, he is also known to bring business to the green on occasion. Among others, New York Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former President Bill Clinton, and House Speaker John Boehner have all teed off with Obama at some point. …

The ABC News report also adds the viewpoints of Republicans, including Mitt Romney:

Republicans have attempted to target the president’s hobby as a sign of taking too much time off in an era of economic trouble for the country. In April, Mitt Romney, who does not play the game, told a conservative radio host it displayed a poor work ethic.

“I scratch my head at the capacity of the president to take four hours off on such a regular basis to go golfing,” he said. “I would think you could kind of suck it up for four years, particularly when the American people are out of work.

Amen to that, Mitt. In fact, I cannot fathom Mitt Romney, should he defeat Obama in November, ever taking so much time off from what is arguably the most critically important job in the world, with so many domestic and internationally issues that constantly require non-stop concentration, consultations and commitment. (That is, if one takes the job of the presidency with any seriousness.)

Koffler’s excellent post at White House Dossier puts the right finish on diagnosing what is so wrong with Obama’s self-centered priorities — e.g., how Obama chooses golf over presidential duty, even his campaign:

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.

  • daronlady620

    http://www.politicususa.com/cost-obama-christmas-vacation-bush/
    Bush quit playing gold after this aired:
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pJvRUL81ZU8
    Just to keep things in perspective.

  • lola828

    You cannot argue on substance so you got to bring up this BS.

    What is the point of this post. That Presidents should not be allowed to play golf. Complete BS. Almost every President has golfed. Obama is no different.

    And Romney should know a lot of business gets conducted on the golf course in this country.

    What has Romney done for this country for the last 6 years other than sitting on his ass and paying as little taxes as he could get away with.

    By the way Obama has taken far fewer vacation days than Bush.

    “A direct comparison places Obama squarely on middle ground of presidential vacation days used. Of the past five presidents, during their first year in office, only two, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton took less time off than Obama. Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and his son all spent much more time away from the White House than the current occupant. Obama’s retreat to Martha’s Vinyard in August 2011 sparked a particularly high number of criticisms, however at that point in his presidency he had only taken a total of 61 days off. Compared to that same time in office Ronald Reagan had spent 112 days on vacation and George W Bush had been away for a total of 180 days. Bill Clinton, at 28 days, had the least time off of recent presidents. Reagan held the total vacation day record of 436 until the younger Bush left office with a grand total of 977 days away from Washington, representing 1/3 of his presidency. “

    • scottymac54

      “And Romney should know a lot of business gets conducted on the golf course in this country.
      What has Romney done for this country for the last 6 years other than sitting on his ass and paying as little taxes as he could get away with…”
      The problem is, that Romney’s lifestyle is de rigeur for the “cocktail-party” Republicans he runs with. The folks that support him, know this, and will vote for him anyway, because they know what he’s about, going in, and it doesn’t matter to them…..or it does, but they think what he brings to the table outweighs these considerations.
      But I don’t think most Obama supporters, particularly independents, who supported him in 2008, got what they bargained for, because the campaign (against all reason) pushed the idea of Obama as a “man of the people”, “just like us”, “everyday folks”.
      In reality, they seem more like grifters, just in it all for the perks (at least that’s what they seem like to me).
      “By the way Obama has taken far fewer vacation days than Bush…”
      I have always despised Bush, and the time squandered at Crawford.
      But give his imagemakers their due.
      The optics of him “clearing the brush” and riding around his pickup truck proved to be politically clever in the long run, even if I thought it was all buffoonish and embarrassing.
      He didn’t SEEM to be rubbing his wealth in the faces of the American people.
      Comparing Obama to Bush is a false comparison, because they are both narcissistic personalities and failed presidents with startlingly similar, unconstitutional policies, but all you have to draw on are the stylistic differences.

      • lola828

        “Comparing Obama to Bush is a false comparison, because they are both narcissistic personalities and failed presidents with startlingly similar, unconstitutional policies, but all you have to draw on are the stylistic differences.”
        What planet are you on? Funny you start the sentence saying you should not compare the two and then go on and compare the two.
        Failed President? Really! We will see. His approval has held up very well, in fact, Obama’s approval has been above that of both Clinton and Reagan for most of his first term.
        Obama accomplished more in his first 3 1/2 years than either Reagan or Clinton and neither of those two had an opposition that tried to make him fail at ever turn.

        • Hokma

          Empty hyperbolic rant.

        • scottymac54

          I’m not sure Americans in general are satisfied with Barack Obama’s job performance in general, and that lack of confidence crosses party lines.
          I’m not seeing much enthusiasm for him. I can’t point to any one constituency where his popularity has gone up, and “approval” is a lot different than “willing to go out of my way to vote for”.
          A lack of enthusiasm will translate to low turnout of Dems, with the same to larger turnout on the right.
          Meanwhile, they’re not having an easy time raising funds, it’s summer and the campaign is having a hard time getting volunteers.
          This could mean a lot of things, but….

  • lola828

    You cannot argue the policy so you have bring up this bullshit.
    Not sure what the point of this post is. That Presidents should not play golf? All Presidents have played golf. They also use the time to meet and discuss issues with their golfing partners. That is how a lot of business is conducted in America. Romney should know that.
    And what has Romney done for the country over the last 6 years? Nothing but sit on his money and pay very little taxes.
    By the way Obama has taken far fewer vacation days than his predecessor George Bush.
    “A direct comparison places Obama squarely on middle ground of presidential vacation days used. Of the past five presidents, during their first year in office, only two, Jimmy Carter and Bill Clinton took less time off than Obama. Ronald Reagan, George HW Bush and his son all spent much more time away from the White House than the current occupant. Obama’s retreat to Martha’s Vinyard in August 2011 sparked a particularly high number of criticisms, however at that point in his presidency he had only taken a total of 61 days off. Compared to that same time in office Ronald Reagan had spent 112 days on vacation and George W Bush had been away for a total of 180 days. Bill Clinton, at 28 days, had the least time off of recent presidents. Reagan held the total vacation day record of 436 until the younger Bush left office with a grand total of 977 days away from Washington, representing 1/3 of his presidency. ”

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  • casey m

    Most of us need to relax/take a break to be good at our jobs.

    But Obama needs to relax/take a break from campaigning and/or spending time with Hollyweird.

  • stodghie

    look at putin’s actions and not diplomatic speak at the summit.what is russia really doing? doing nothing for obama.

  • Propertius

    I wish he’d golf more. In fact, I just wish he’d resign to go on the PGA tour.

  • foxyladi14

    I agree with Mitt.

  • HELENK2

    Roger Clements fount NOT guilty on all charges of lying to congress

    http://www.nbcsports.msnbc.com/id/47864639

    • Hokma

      “Clemons” – not “Clements” :)
      And he’s still not getting in the Hall of Fame.

  • HELENK2

    http://www.wnd.com/2012/06/obama-attorneys-argue-hes-not-dem-nominee/

    according to backtrack’s lawyers he is NOT the democratic nominee. Does that mean NO second term??? Why are we stuck paying the bills for the campaign of a NON nominee?????

    • FLDemFem

      He won’t officially, or legally, be the nominee until after the convention. Right now he is just the incumbent looking for a second term.

  • HELENK2
    • stodghie

      that nominee is a supporter of malik who will probably get a no confidence vote very soon. i look behind the headlines at what might really be going on. the repubs were holding him up too.

  • HELENK2
  • jrterrier

    there’s so much news that there’s hardly enough time to read and savor. this from buzzfeed:

    9 Tall Tales From Barack Obama’s Memoir
    David Maraniss’s new biography of Barack Obama challenges parts of Obama’s own memoir, Dreams from my Father, as BuzzFeed reported.

    http://www.buzzfeed.com/andrewkaczynski/9-tall-tales-from-barack-obamas-memoir

    of course, buzzfeed editor, ben smith was on cnn this morning saying it was all about creating creative conflict and selling books or some other excuse and not about plain old fabrication and lies.

  • HELENK2

    Obama says he and Putin share approach to resolving Iranian nuclear standoff, says there is still time for solution – @Reuters

    Submitted 5 mins ago

    by editor

    • HELENK2

      Putin says Russia, US have found “common points” on Syria, will continue discussions – @Reuters

      new BBFs

      • stodghie

        they are not bff’s. putin despises obama. he knows obama will be gone in a matter of months. it is let me call you barry. study the body lanaguage.putin wouldn’t even look at him. he kept staring off into space or at the ground.

  • samb1

    Not sure that I have this new
    Disqus thing figured out?
    I hope it turned out OK.

  • samb1

    I don’t know a whole lot about golf.
    Is he any good at it?
    Because if his golf playing is anything like
    the last three year he must be a bad golfer.

  • HELENK2

    http://pjmedia.com/victordavishanson/the-scandal-of-our-age/

    people are realizing just how much harm backtrack is doing to our country and allies by the national security leaks

  • Roninstia

    I used to think he used golf as an excuse to get out of the house and smoke. Michelle has said he quit in 2009. Can anyone verify that?

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Ha! I should add that to the post … I bet he goes behind a tree and lights up. (He has my sympathies for that since I am having a hard time not smoking…. will never stop loving cigarettes, sad to say, no matter how long it’s been since I lit one up.)

  • TeakWoodKite

    “Marty Nesbitt, a chum and neighbor from this city.”
    A Chum? ???

    • Roninstia

      I think they meant “choom”.

      • foxyladi14

        LOL

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Too much. You always catch things like that. Haven’t seen the word “chum” in a long time ’til ABC News’s reporter used it. Leave it to a member of the MSM to come up with a warm-sounding term for his pals.

      • TeakWoodKite

        Not only is he a “chum(p)”, he is the god-father of Obama’s daughters. So “chum” is not accurate. Nesbitt and his brother who worked(s) at Exelon are private “playas” of this “choom”…
        “another neighbor”// What like Bill Ayers?
        LOL! I am so disgusted with this Pothead-in Chief”.
        Makes my skin crawl with the unhinged lying he does.

  • jrterrier

    for the foreign affairs experts, some of what is happening in Syria & Iran with the US and Russia seemingly on a collission course on opposite sides reminds me of what I’ve read about the Cuban missile crisis and how Kruschev challenged JFK because he thought he could best him. Are we headed for a confrontation with Russia in the middle east?

  • MG6

    Well…Well…Well

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-2160715/Obamas-Harvard-law-professor-Roberto-Unger-says-defeated-2012.html

    and this was from the liberal idiots from Havard. I wonder if they would now release his school documents.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      OMG! This is big. I will make this a post and be sure to give you due credit for finding this. Wow … this blows my mind!

      • MG6

        I can’t wait to see what you make of this video. I am still mulling it over.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          Cool. And, until you pointed it out, I didn’t realize that farther down the page is a VIDEO! WOW! Thanks! Do you have my e-mail address? Better yet, let me check your account info via Disqus’s admin area and I can send you an e-mail.

          The post: I haven’t done it yet. Ahem. Got sidetracked by “real life” … and now my tummy is growling, damn it. Real bloggers don’t stop blogging to eat food! Real bloggers ignore noisy stomachs! I’d rather do this new post…. will do it soonest.

  • Flop_Flipper

    Yeah, Obama has it tough. When he isn’t out fundraising and pretending to be emperor he is hitting the links. It wouldn’t surprise me if he spent the rest of his time watching the LSM so his ego can get in it’s daily dose of praise.

    If the dude actually did the job he was elected for I wouldn’t mind him taking some time out to golf. Everyone needs a little R and R. The problem being that Obama seems to think that R & R is his job.

  • jrterrier

    While the President golfed . . .
    OT — this sounds ominous. “The U.N.’s Internet Power Grab

    Leaked documents show a real threat to the international flow of information.” http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303822204577470532859210296.html
    Several proposals would give the U.N. power to regulate online content for the first time, under the guise of protecting against computer malware or spam. Russia and some Arab countries want to be able to inspect private communications
    such as email. Russia and Iran propose new rules to measure Internet traffic along national borders and bill the originator of the traffic, as with international phone calls. That would result in new fees to local governments and less access to traffic from U.S. “originating” companies such as Google, Facebook and Apple. A similar idea has the support of European telecommunications companies, even though the Internet’s global packet switching makes national tolls an anachronistic idea.

    Another proposal would give the U.N. authority over allocating Internet addresses. It would replace Icann, the self-regulating body that helped ensure the stability of the Internet, under a contract from the U.S. Commerce Department.
    According to notes in the leaked document, the U.S. delegation filed some objections here and there—but politely. The U.S. calls the broad Chinese proposal on regulating the Internet “both unnecessary and beyond the appropriate
    scope” of U.N. regulation. “The U.S. looks forward to a further explanation from China with regard to the proposed amendments, and we note that we may have further reaction at that time.” Notes in the negotiating document say the U.S.
    delegation also objects to proposals in which “the text suggests that the ITU has a role in content-related issues. We do not believe it does.”

    • Flop_Flipper

      I would politely explain to China, a country not exactly known for engendering freedom among it’s citizenry, that they can fuck off. And just to make certain nothing is lost in translation, I would use sign language.

      • foxyladi14

        haha

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Good god.

      Well, it’s unfortunate that POTUS doesn’t have more time to deal with this kind of REAL threat.

      JRTERRIER: I really wish you’d stop finding information that unnerves me so much … well, at least you are on top of key stories, per usual.

    • HELENK2

      http://www.ritholtz.com/blog/2012/06/data-never-sleeps/

      do we really want the UN in control of this??????

  • KenoshaMarge

    I don’t think playing golf once in a while is a bad thing. Everyone needs something to help them unwind. But Obama has taken it to a new level. If nothing else it shows his arrogance in doing what he knows does not “play” well politically. One has to wonder how he finds time in between his fundraising and golfing to govern.

    • Anthony_1

      Oh, let him golf. Its not like he’s shown any other skills. I say keep him on the course until November. It’s better than having him “deciding” anything…

      • KenoshaMarge

        Hasn’t shown a whole lot of skill golfing either from what I’ve read.
        Agree that anytime he’s “deciding” anything it’s not a good thing for the country.

        • BronwynsHarbor

          You two (Anthony and Marge) are too funny!

      • foxyladi14

        Amen.

    • foxyladi14

      He doesn’t therin lies the problem.

  • http://www.theindependentview.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

    While I am typically one of Obama’s harshest critics, I do not see the point of criticizing Obama’s golfing any more than Kerry’s sailboarding or even Bush Jr. going bike riding. If this is done on weekends, what is there to complain about?

    Consider this, 52 weeks each year, that is 2 weekend days, so about 104, give or take. After 3-1/2 years, that is 354 weekend days. That Obama has golfed on roughly 25% of those weekend days is basicly a yawn. Personally, if I didn’t have to work on weekends trying to keep my business out of bankruptcy due to Obama’s destruction of the American economy, I’d be out bike riding or something similar every weekend. Wish I was as I’d be 25-40 pounds less.

    Even the elitist angle doesn’t work for me. Any president should be allowed to do whatever they want and can afford.

    Now, how about his using White House staff as personal servants to carry his golf bags? Hey, what about the reports that he flies, allegedly at his own expense, his personal Chicago barber to DC each week or so? Now, want to make an elitist, out-of-touch complaint, let’s explore this.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      So I disappointed you. Well … I’ll do my thing. You do yours.

    • FLDemFem

      It’s not always done on weekends. He has gone golfing several times in the middle of the week. Remember he was on the golf course while the Bin Ladin situation was coming to a head. Had to be dragged off it to make the decision, or go along with the one already made for him. So don’t give me that “if he plays on weekends, it’s ok” crap. He doesn’t just play on weekends, he plays when he should be WORKING!

    • scottymac54

      I think the golfing is just the tip of the iceberg that sets a nation in struggle off.
      Any leader has to exemplify a positive work ethic, or at least be able to venerate this quality among citizens who exemplify it.
      I think the real frustration comes from the over-the-top, extravagant vacations he and Michelle are forever jetting off on.
      I don’t think it’s jealousy on the part of the American people, or even the Republicans, that motivates the criticism.
      It’s their comfort level with the decadence, and conspicuous consumption, which is at complete odds with what most of his supporters claim to have been attracted by.
      There’s a lack of wholesomeness and modesty in these displays that “we, the people” just cannot reconcile with our expectations of what is “presidential”.
      It’s unseemly and runs counter to a true, egalitarian message (the basketball and the reported big-screen hypnotic gazing was at least believable).
      Golf is still associated with the robber barons and the leisure classes, and Obama’s easy identification with it has always indicated to me that he has never been interested in addressing the excesses of our culture’s hypermaterialists, as much as he’s wanted to replace them.
      He’s just not capable of leading a balanced life.
      And this is all unfortunate, because it will become the “new normal”, if not subject to critical review.

      • lola828

        Over the top vacations? BS. Like what? Go and look at the vacation record of the Obama’s. They took two outside the country and the rest were either Chicago or Hawaii where they are from.

        • scottymac54

          Lola, I don’t understand the relevance. If I live in New Jersey and go away to Wildwood or Cape May, that’s still a vacation.
          If I live in New York and go to Lake George or the Hamptons, that’s still a vacation.
          These two know full well that the rightbloggers (and, increasingly, exasperated Dem voices) are watching their every move and will comment on every overindulgence, every example of conspicuous consumption, every sign of the trappings of a decadent lifestyle, that Barky and Michelle choose, and STILL they choose to revel in it.
          Not only does this show an inability on their part to respond to criticism, it’s all incredibly insensitive to the American people, IMO. Most Americans are so preoccupied with the basics, they no longer can afford anything but a “stay-cation” at home, with the meager amount of off time American employers offer their workers.
          Compared to past presidents, they celebrate their own status as malingerers and do-littles, as if to thumb their nose at the naysayers. And it happens far too often to be ignored.

        • Hokma

          “the rest were either Chicago or Hawaii where they are from”
          Not according to his literary agent. While she is from Chicago, Barack is originally from Kenya. A statement he had to approve before its release.
          It is not so much the vacations as the apparent indifference to how it appears to average Americans as scottymac indicated.
          What is also upsetting is just how little time Obama spends in the Oval Office and how he chooses to spedn too much time campaigning over the past 2 years and playing endless rounds of golf.

    • samb1

      With golf comes food and golf merberships
      as well as airplane rides.
      Bike riding you can do anywhere
      and the ocean is merbership free.

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  • HARP2

    If only he had a son that looked like Tiger Woods.

    • BronwynsHarbor

      Ha! Maybe the girls can take up golf — if he makes time to give them the chance to play and practice with him.

      • TeakWoodKite

        That is an interesting point. Has he asked them if they would like to go golfing? Or does he not want to have them around?

    • http://www.theindependentview.com/ Matthew J. Weaver

      I’d like to hear more about his “two sons” he’s personally and repeatedly mentioned. Where is an inquiring press to dig to the bottom of this?

      • Flop_Flipper

        Where is an inquiring press to dig to the bottom of this?

        Thanks, I really needed a laugh.

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