Skip to comments.Barack Obama Golfs While the Middle East Burns
Posted on 06/16/2014 4:25:44 PM PDT by kristinn
Last weekend Barack Obama played his 175th and 176th rounds of golf as president. He played first at Sunnylands, the famously private course on the Rancho Mirage, California estate of the late billionaire Walter Annenberg. Obama next played at Porcupine Creek, the equally private course on the nearby estate of the very-much-alive tech billionaire Larry Ellison.
The White House said Obama received regular briefings on the worsening crisis in Iraq during his golf weekend. "The president directed [National Security Adviser Susan Rice] to continue to keep him apprised of the latest developments," said spokesman Josh Earnest, "as his national security team continues to meet through the weekend to review potential options."
Earnest's report was the latest in a long tradition of presidents trying to assure the public they're on top of things even as they hit the links for a leisurely round, sometimes in fabulously luxurious settings. Presidential golf can be a sensitive subject, especially if there is an international crisis at hand. Nevertheless, Obama continues to play, even as fears grow that events in Iraq, Syria, Ukraine and elsewhere have brought the world to a very dangerous point.
Obama has never made the golf missteps Bush did, in part because he would never allow the public a good look at him playing what some still consider a frivolous, rich guy's sport. "Like JFK, he had downplayed his love of golf during the  campaign for political reasons," wrote sympathetic journalist Jonathan Alter in The Promise, a book about Obama's first year in office. "Obama barred cameras from the course when he played. Wrong Image."
Now, perhaps more than ever, it's still the wrong Image. Will the president keep playing while his and the world's problems mount?
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Just out of curiosity, what ‘missteps’ did Bush make in regards to golf? IIRC, he stopped playing when we had our military in harm’s way. GWB never stood up for himself and the Media is still walking all over him.
Just watching the "community organizing" part of his job description!
Not to worry. All is under control.
He is “monitoring.”
Too stupid to play the violin, barely plays golf......
I don't know which is more pathetic, that the president is being "apprised" by Susan Rice who has lied to a whole nation five times in one day or that he has chosen a spokesman, Josh Earnest, whose very name says he is an oxymoron.
Franz Kafka could not have written this better.
He is a very very sorry specimen for the Office of President of the United States. He’ll go down in the history books as an example of what NOT TO BE as President!
Dana Perino said on The Five the other day that she would advise GWB not even to leave the WH for a walk or a bike ride if something was up.
“The president directed [National Security Adviser Susan Rice] to continue to keep him apprised of the latest developments...”
Oh good. Susan Rice is his eyes and ears. Nothing to worry about.
Obama golfs and vacays, Rice and Earnest are merely lackeys following the script. So, who is really running things? I think we all know.
Why did he spend Fathers Day golfing with some of his queer buddies instead of being with his kids?
I’m afraid those history books will one day have a chapter entitled:
“The United States, The American Experiment That Failed. 1783-2017”
He is Nero of all US president we ever had
Hell, I’d start a collection for his green fees if he’d just stay out there..