Monday, June 18, 2012

Obama 100th Round Of Golf

President Barack Obama’s love of golf hit a milestone today as he marked his 100th time on the links. 

His Father’s Day achievement was reached at the Beverly Country Club in his hometown, the windy city.

Mark Knoller, CBS radio correspondent and chronicler of all things presidential, pointed out the quiet occasion to the traveling press.

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.
But hey! At least he's not as bad as Woodrow Wilson, who is reported to have played 1200 rounds.

Is now a good time to recall this?
Video from 1994 has surfaced of David Axelrod, President Obama’s chief campaign strategist, calling former President George H.W. Bush “out of touch” for “tastelessly” playing golf while trying to convince voters that the economy is improving.

Oh, and Obama has played more than four times as many rounds of golf in 3 1/2 years as George W Bush played in 8!
Obama has played more rounds of golf in one term than President George W. Bush did in his entire eight years in office, ABC News reports. Bush played golf 24 times in eight years.

Bush told Politico in May 2008 why he stopped playing golf while in office.

“I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal,” Bush said. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander-in-chief playing golf.”
ABC News reports that Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized Obama’s golfing habits in April.

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

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