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Barack Obama Golfs While the Middle East Burns
The Washington Examiner ^ | Monday, June 16, 2014 | Byron York

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.

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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 [2008] 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?

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtonexaminer.com ...


TOPICS: Editorial; Foreign Affairs; News/Current Events; War on Terror
KEYWORDS: golf; iraq; obama; obamagolf; obamavacation

1 posted on 06/16/2014 4:25:44 PM PDT by kristinn
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To: kristinn
"Barack Obama Golfs While Middle East Undergoes Fundamental Change"
2 posted on 06/16/2014 4:28:11 PM PDT by Steely Tom (How do you feel about robbing Peter's robot?)
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To: kristinn

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.


3 posted on 06/16/2014 4:30:22 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: Steely Tom; kristinn
"Barack Obama Golfs While Middle East Undergoes Fundamental Change"

Just watching the "community organizing" part of his job description!


4 posted on 06/16/2014 4:32:24 PM PDT by WVKayaker ("Every American should feel outrage at any injustice done to our veterans " -Sarah Palin 5/26/14)
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To: WVKayaker


5 posted on 06/16/2014 4:33:18 PM PDT by Iron Munro (The Obamas' Black skin has morphed into Teflon thanks to the Obama Media)
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To: kristinn

Not to worry. All is under control.

He is “monitoring.”


6 posted on 06/16/2014 4:33:41 PM PDT by William of Barsoom (In Omnia, Paratus)
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To: kristinn

Too stupid to play the violin, barely plays golf......


7 posted on 06/16/2014 4:35:13 PM PDT by S.O.S121.500 (Had ENOUGH Yet ? ........................ Enforce the Bill of Rights ......... It's the LAW !!!)
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To: kristinn
"The president directed [National Security Adviser Susan Rice] to continue to keep him apprised of the latest developments," said spokesman Josh Earnest,

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.


8 posted on 06/16/2014 4:36:29 PM PDT by nathanbedford ("Attack, repeat, attack!" Bull Halsey)
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To: kristinn

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!


9 posted on 06/16/2014 4:36:59 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: originalbuckeye

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.


10 posted on 06/16/2014 4:37:12 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: kristinn

“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.


11 posted on 06/16/2014 4:38:00 PM PDT by jiggyboy
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To: nathanbedford
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.

Obama golfs and vacays, Rice and Earnest are merely lackeys following the script. So, who is really running things? I think we all know.

12 posted on 06/16/2014 4:40:25 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: TADSLOS

Val JarJar?


13 posted on 06/16/2014 4:43:18 PM PDT by originalbuckeye (Moderation in temper is always a virtue; moderation in principle is always a vice. Paine)
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To: kristinn

Why did he spend Fathers Day golfing with some of his queer buddies instead of being with his kids?


14 posted on 06/16/2014 4:45:16 PM PDT by shelterguy
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To: Star Traveler

I’m afraid those history books will one day have a chapter entitled:

“The United States, The American Experiment That Failed. 1783-2017”


15 posted on 06/16/2014 4:48:23 PM PDT by MeganC (Never attribute to malice that which is adequately explained by stupidity.)
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To: kristinn

He is Nero of all US president we ever had


16 posted on 06/16/2014 4:52:42 PM PDT by SevenofNine (We are Freepers, all your media bases belong to us ,resistance is futile)
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To: kristinn

Embarrassing.


17 posted on 06/16/2014 4:53:10 PM PDT by Oldeconomybuyer (The problem with socialism is that you eventually run out of other people's money.)
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To: kristinn

Hell, I’d start a collection for his green fees if he’d just stay out there..


18 posted on 06/16/2014 4:53:28 PM PDT by CharleysPride (aut numquid tute es legere me translate)
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To: shelterguy
Instead he spends it with 2 male queers. As I recall, he didn't spend Father's Day with his kids a year ago as well.
19 posted on 06/16/2014 4:53:41 PM PDT by what's up
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To: Iron Munro

Do you think he will blame the Christians, while he fiddles, like Nero did? We might as well just start calling him Nero, he is trying to burn down America.


21 posted on 06/16/2014 4:57:26 PM PDT by Mark17 (Chicago Blackhawks: Stanley Cup champions 2010, 2013. Vietnam Vet 70-71 Msgt US Air Force, retired)
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To: kristinn

He loved golf before becoming president?

Could uh fooled me.

He sucks at it.


22 posted on 06/16/2014 5:00:21 PM PDT by Vendome (Don't take life so seriously-you won't live through it anyway-Enjoy Yourself ala Louis Prima)
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To: kristinn

Again, Obama plays with his putter and his balls while thousands die because of his stupidity, cowardice and treason.

Just another day of creating hell, by pajama boy.


23 posted on 06/16/2014 5:00:33 PM PDT by MadMax, the Grinning Reaper
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To: originalbuckeye

Please read the entire article to find out.


24 posted on 06/16/2014 5:05:00 PM PDT by kristinn (Welcome to the Soviet States of Obama)
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To: originalbuckeye

Among others. She’s the chief string puller and coordinator.


25 posted on 06/16/2014 5:07:55 PM PDT by TADSLOS (The Event Horizon has come and gone. Buckle up and hang on.)
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To: shelterguy

Its not a muslim holiday. Why would he celebrate it?


26 posted on 06/16/2014 5:10:58 PM PDT by Norm Lenhart (How's that 'lesser evil' workin' out for ya?)
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To: kristinn

when asked why he was golfing while the middle east burns, obama said “I’m not the president of the middle east.”


27 posted on 06/16/2014 5:12:48 PM PDT by Secret Agent Man (Gone Galt; Not averse to Going Bronson.)
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To: nathanbedford
Exactly why is Susan Rice NSA again?

Her jump shot in college?

She comes from a long line of Apparatchik?

28 posted on 06/16/2014 5:15:51 PM PDT by Rome2000
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To: kristinn

Just as the clown planned. he has no care for anyone but himself and communists that he works with.


29 posted on 06/16/2014 5:18:59 PM PDT by Busko (The only thing that is certain is that nothing is certain.)
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To: kristinn
Like JFK, he had downplayed his love of golf

Please.
30 posted on 06/16/2014 5:19:24 PM PDT by Genoa (Starve the beast.)
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To: Mark17

“Do you think he will blame the Christians, while he fiddles, like Nero did? We might as well just start calling him Nero, he is trying to burn down America.”

Since Nero rhymes with Zero, we could come up with a great bumper sticker.

“Nero and Zero, fiddling around while the world burns.

Nero fiddled while Rome burned;
Zero golfed while Iraq burned;
Blame the Christians and GWB!


31 posted on 06/16/2014 5:23:46 PM PDT by Gumdrop (~)
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To: kristinn

Anybody else notice a pattern here? Hmmmmm..?


32 posted on 06/16/2014 5:28:02 PM PDT by NormsRevenge (Semper Fi - Revolution is a'brewin!!!)
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To: kristinn

Do commies play golf?


33 posted on 06/16/2014 5:35:57 PM PDT by two23 (My Dad said they were all commies back in the 60's. He was right.)
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To: two23

Only if they can cheat and bend the rules so they win every hole.


34 posted on 06/16/2014 5:37:45 PM PDT by 1010RD (First, Do No Harm)
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To: Star Traveler

However, his dem base, the media, the latino ‘citizens in waiting’ all sing his praise...

We love him, we love him, we love him,

and what he says we’ll swallow, we’ll swallow


35 posted on 06/16/2014 5:39:05 PM PDT by ArtDodger
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To: shelterguy

“the bear is loose!” lol!


36 posted on 06/16/2014 5:41:11 PM PDT by Bluebird Singing
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To: 1010RD

Golf-—the American media would buy it.


37 posted on 06/16/2014 5:42:42 PM PDT by two23
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To: what's up
Instead he spends it with 2 male queers. As I recall, he didn't spend Father's Day with his kids a year ago as well.

Like the odd-looking dog, Sasha and Malia are just props for photos. Maybe they did spend Father's Day with their father(s).
38 posted on 06/16/2014 5:43:47 PM PDT by Nepeta
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To: kristinn

Golf is 0bama’s security blanket.


39 posted on 06/16/2014 5:50:32 PM PDT by TribalPrincess2U (0bama's agenda¬óDivide and conquer seems to be working.)
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To: kristinn

“You just let me know what’s up. You got this, right? Alright, I’ll be on hittn’ the links if you need me!. Later!”
Obowma, slacker in chief.


40 posted on 06/16/2014 5:51:57 PM PDT by vpintheak (I will not comply!)
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To: kristinn

Bammy has the world,s weakest Laser beam.


41 posted on 06/16/2014 6:30:13 PM PDT by Paladin2
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To: shelterguy

That question answers itself.


42 posted on 06/16/2014 6:32:54 PM PDT by Jane Long ("And when thou saidst, Seek ye my face; my heart said unto thee, Thy face, LORD, will I seek")
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To: Star Traveler

“He’ll go down in the history books as an example of what NOT TO BE as President!”

You’re wrong on that. Liberals write the history books that are used in schools. Obama will get important pages simply as the result of being the first “peep of color.” There won’t be a mention of the debacle of his reign.


43 posted on 06/16/2014 8:11:14 PM PDT by Rembrandt (Part of the 51% who pay Federal taxes)
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To: Rembrandt

Will there be “history” when the Messiah of Israel sets up his one-world government here on earth?

And that’s not too far off. Most of the people alive today, and who survive the coming disasters, will see that happen right in front of their eyes.


44 posted on 06/16/2014 8:19:05 PM PDT by Star Traveler (Remember to keep the Messiah of Israel in the One-World Government that we look forward to coming)
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To: kristinn

I hate to disagree, but it seems to me that America is at it’s safest when Obama is out playing golf.


45 posted on 06/16/2014 9:12:57 PM PDT by haroldeveryman
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