Barack Obama played his 100th game of golf as President, today in Chicago, and Granny Jan has produced another outstanding video to mark the historic event:
Keith Koffler of White House Dossier, who has been keeping close track of Obama’s golfing since the beginning of his presidency, filed this report:
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 – its fair to say that Obama has spent more than three months of his presidency golfing.
Emily Miller at The Washington Times estimated that it’s even more: the equivalent of four months of time spent on the golf course.
That’s quite a milestone in just 3 1/2 years. As it takes him about six hours to drive to the greens and complete 18 holes, Mr. Obama has spent the equivalent of four months’ worth of work time golfing. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy has been stuck in a sand trap.
I don’t usually rag on the President for playing golf because, really – who cares what the guy does in his spare time? But doesn’t it seem just a tad hypocritical that this Occupy-supporting, class-warfare promoting, hopey-changey “Man of the People” would have such a preference for what is widely seen as a sport of the 1%?
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.
Then there’s the media double standard… I still remember how savagely George W. Bush was attacked for playing a few rounds of golf, early in his presidency.
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.
Well – uh – congratulations, there, Mr. President, on your 100th round of golf.
Photoshop via Brutally Honest
Hat tip: Granny Jan