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Obama's played 41 rounds of golf

Ya... 41 rounds:

President Barack Obama has played a remarkable 41 rounds of golf since becoming president, easily outpacing his predecessor and possibly damaging his ability to portray himself in 2012 as a populist advocate of average folks.

With the excursions lasting on average at least five hours, the president has devoted a total of more than 200 hours to golf, not counting time spent on the White House putting green. That's the equivalent of twenty five eight-hour work days, or five work weeks spent smacking golf balls.

The former community organizer's 41 trips around the links - a standard of recreational activity well beyond the budgets of most Americans - compares to only 24 total outings for former President George W. Bush, according to statistics compiled by White House chronicler Mark Knoller of CBS News. Bush, whose golf outings were used to help deride him as a callow, lazy, rich boy, played his 24th and last round on Oct. 13, 2003, saying he was ending the practice out of respect for the families of Americans killed in Iraq.

Since the April 20 explosion that killed 11 rig workers and started the Gulf oil spill, Obama has teed up seven times, according to White House Dossier's count. This includes back to back sessions April 23 and 24 while on vacation at the Grove Park Resort & Spa in Asheville, NC, just days after the crisis began.

Obama's focus on golf borders on obsession. Startled reporters follow him out to the course in the motorcade in the broiling Washington heat and then wait in the air conditioning while he puts in 18 holes. Rarely does he play any less.

Some of you might remember that Obama likes to use the phrase "I will not rest"...  and if you don't, perhaps this, via Bookworm in email, will help jog your memory:

He will not rest... he will play golf.


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Comments (11)

Frankly Rick ,your looking ... (Below threshold)
rich K:

Frankly Rick ,your looking at this wrong. If he's golfing he aint screwing up my country as much so as far a I'm concerned he can golf till his arms fall off!

R.I.P. Burrock....... (Below threshold)



Hyena's run in pack's... (Below threshold)

Hyena's run in pack's

I have to say, it actually ... (Below threshold)
Upset Old Guy:

I have to say, it actually looks like he's been keeping himself quite busy.

It also looks like he has delegated all the stuff he doesn't want/like to do and thrown himself totally into doing the things at which he's good (a sure sign of superior executive talent). Probably he just turned his list of priorities over to Rahm and said, "If you need me I'll be on the golf course. Or maybe the basketball court. Vacation. Making a speech. Fund raising in NV. Whatever, just call me if you have some good news."

Yeah, yeah, I'm being sarcastic again. I'm old, give me a break.

Looks like the President sp... (Below threshold)

Looks like the President spends more time golfing than actually reading the bills he signs. Just what does he do when he's actually on the job? 200+ hrs of golf, parties, dinners, vacations, campaign style trips, etc.

All style, no substance, al... (Below threshold)

All style, no substance, all the time. Just what one expects from an empty suit, affirmative action president.

If I didn't know better i'd... (Below threshold)

If I didn't know better i'd say they look kinda Kenyan?

Hey, lighten up on Obama. H... (Below threshold)
Jay Guevara:

Hey, lighten up on Obama. Have you seen his swing? God knows he needs all the practice he can get.

Besides which, he does less damage to the country on the links than when pretending he's President, when he takes huge divots out of the economy with decision.

"Besides which, he does les... (Below threshold)

"Besides which, he does less damage to the country on the links than when pretending he's President, when he takes huge divots out of the economy with decision."

I bet the gopher from caddyshack would do a better job. Hard to see it being worse.

I agree. Keep Obama away fr... (Below threshold)

I agree. Keep Obama away from the White House. The country will be better off for it. ww

I for one, have grown conce... (Below threshold)

I for one, have grown concerned for the welfare of my president. He has continually stated that he 'will not rest'. Perhaps it is the near exhaustion that is damaging his performance. We should insist that the man take a nap!






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