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Should Obama be playing golf during crisis?
Golf Digest ^ | 3/25/11 | Sam Weinman

Posted on 03/25/2011 6:57:07 PM PDT by Libloather

Should Obama be playing golf during crisis?
By Sam Weinman
Friday, March 25, 2011

It should come as little surprise that President Barack Obama's golf passion has come under increasing fire as so many world crises around him have unfolded.

Photos of Obama on the links have been easy fodder for the president's critics in the quieter times of his administration (not that he's had many of those); and now with everywhere from Libya to Japan in states of disarray, it seems the only palatable images of a president are the ones of him deep in thought at his desk, not crouching over an 8-foot putt.

John Dickerson argues otherwise in a thoughtful essay on Slate.com, acknowledging that while the President's golf habit is an inevitable target, it's actually irrelevant when judging his ability to lead.

"Golf jokes are not only intellectually lazy, but like teleprompter jokes, they encourage the audience to be lazy, too," Dickerson writes. "No one has to bother thinking about what a president actually does.

"(Newt) Gingrich hopes that golf will become a symbol for a vast catalog of problems with Obama. Every time you see Obama golf, Gingrich wants you get enraged. If things really work out for Republicans, golf will start coming up in David Axelrod's focus groups, and maybe Obama's advisers will have to suggest to the President that he stop playing."

Dickerson hopes the President and his advisers resist the urge to listen, if only because golf can be a necessary diversion when the tasks before a president risk overwhelming him.

"The golf course is one of the few places a president can escape the pressures and physical limitations of the office. George W. Bush was smart enough to have a ranch that allowed him to get out from under the scrutiny of the press. He was inside a perimeter, so the Secret Service could back off a little. You don't have to like golf to recognize that being able to walk in relative freedom and hang out with friends is an obvious pleasure and escape. The more tightly someone is confined, the more necessary it is to escape. One of the great problems for any president is a loss of perspective. A distraction, even for a moment, from the constant and attention-shredding duties of the day is one way to gain perspective."

As Dickerson and others have noted, this is hardly a new balancing act for a Commander-in-Chief. When George W. Bush revealed he was giving up golf as a gesture of sacrifice toward the troops in combat in Iraq and Afghanistan, he was lauded in some corners for maintaining proper perspective. Others, including Golf World's Bill Fields, said it was a misplaced gesture.

"I couldn't care less whether a President chops wood or plays Chopin in his free time. If he happens to enjoy golf, hail to the chief for that, multiple mulligans and all (Gerald Ford seems to have been the presidential exception in not utilizing breakfast balls). I want a president to have his eye on the ball and keep his head down when he is in the Oval Office," Fields wrote in 2008. "Whether George W. Bush played golf or not throughout his presidency while his war raged--CBS News says his last round was nearly two months after the round he cited, by the way--doesn't matter. Golf is not the problem."


TOPICS: Crime/Corruption; Editorial; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: crisis; duffer; golf; hellno; obama
Never let a tee time go to waste.


1 posted on 03/25/2011 6:57:12 PM PDT by Libloather
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To: Libloather

That idiot shouldn’t be president during a crisis.


2 posted on 03/25/2011 6:59:18 PM PDT by FreeAtlanta (Obama and the left are making a mockery of our country.)
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To: Libloather

As a country, we’re better off when he’s playing golf, rather than ‘playing President’.....


3 posted on 03/25/2011 7:01:41 PM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: FreeAtlanta

That idiot shouldn’t be president.

I fixed it for you.


4 posted on 03/25/2011 7:02:08 PM PDT by luv2ndamend (Same party, different letter.)
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To: Libloather
Bush 41 played golf while the Gulf boiled over. He was criticized by the liberal media. His defense was that he played "speed golf" and finished his round quickly. This is a BS issue and not worth the effort when real issues demand attention.

If the only thing you have to criticize obama for is playing golf, then you're not paying attention.

5 posted on 03/25/2011 7:02:15 PM PDT by hinckley buzzard
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To: Libloather

After the 2012 elections he will be able to spend all his time on the links ... wait, he already does!


6 posted on 03/25/2011 7:04:39 PM PDT by doc1019 ( The quieter you become, the more you are able to hear.)
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To: FreeAtlanta

ZeroBama is the first unqualified idiot this country has as president. And he IS a communist and anti-american liar.


7 posted on 03/25/2011 7:05:45 PM PDT by bibletruth
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To: Libloather
acknowledging that while the President's golf habit is an inevitable target, it's actually irrelevant when judging his ability to lead.

His complete lack of leadership ability is a pretty good indicator for judging his ability to lead. He can't even lead his own meetings with his senior advisors. Valerie Jarrett does that for him while he sits still not daring to say anything.

8 posted on 03/25/2011 7:06:39 PM PDT by Hoodat (Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us. - (Rom 8:37))
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To: Libloather

Obama’s advisers will have to suggest to the President that he stop playing.”
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Keep the Prozac and the booze handy

Keep lots of ciggies onhand too...


9 posted on 03/25/2011 7:09:39 PM PDT by Tennessee Nana
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To: Libloather
"Golf jokes are not only intellectually lazy, but like teleprompter jokes, they encourage the audience to be lazy, too," Dickerson writes

Thank you. You've connect most of the dots - that's the point - it portrays laziness.

10 posted on 03/25/2011 7:12:32 PM PDT by Sax
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To: Libloather
obama is going to do whatever he wants. He has no respect for the office, IMO.


11 posted on 03/25/2011 7:12:42 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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12 posted on 03/25/2011 7:13:49 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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Try holding your hand in that position. It's not comfortable...

13 posted on 03/25/2011 7:15:47 PM PDT by Dr. Scarpetta
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To: Libloather

14 posted on 03/25/2011 7:19:07 PM PDT by Zuben Elgenubi
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To: Libloather

Correct me if I’m wrong (this is FR, after all), but didn’t W mostly quit golf when he was criticized for golfing during an emergency?

And he was constantly flamed whenever he took even two days off. “ANOTHER weekend at Camp David for Mr. Bush, while the price of gas approaches TWO dollars!”


15 posted on 03/25/2011 7:28:09 PM PDT by DBrow
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To: Libloather

I want him to play 36 holes a day every day. The more time he spends on the links, the less damage he can do the country.


16 posted on 03/25/2011 7:32:34 PM PDT by Huntress ("Politicians exploit economic illiteracy." --Walter Williams)
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To: Libloather
War or no war...

..with that swing and those cargo pants, he's better off not playing at all.

17 posted on 03/25/2011 7:35:43 PM PDT by Baynative (Truth is treason in an empire of lies)
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To: Libloather
Should Obama be playing golf during crisis?

Is this a trick question? Many people think James Buchanan was the worst President of them all. In addition to destroying the United States, Obama wants to prove Buchanan didn't know the first thing about earning disrespect.

18 posted on 03/25/2011 7:40:10 PM PDT by stevem
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To: FreeAtlanta

He should be relieved of his duties so he can concentrate on his golf, NCAA brackets and eating ice cream.


19 posted on 03/25/2011 7:46:19 PM PDT by ProtectOurFreedom
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To: Libloather
MSM following Obama on the golf course. MSM asks, "How many crises are you currently managing?"

Obama thinks to himself, Libya, Japan, US economy, Egypt.

He then answers, "Fore!"

20 posted on 03/25/2011 7:48:40 PM PDT by mlocher (Is it time to cash in before I am taxed out?)
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To: Libloather

Full disclosure: I’ve been a golfer for over 40 years. I was in Mgt. at a major defense contractor and often worked 12 hours or so before going home and working another 5 or 6 hours. Whenever possible, I’d play golf on the weekends and doing so probably kept me from having ulcers or a heart attack. Golf is a tremendous stress reliever and helps to clear the mind.

While I agree that Obama is an idiot, I don’t begrudge him playing a round of golf when the opportunity arises; other than the fact that he and his Secret Service entourage severely hamper the ability of those serving in the military to play golf on the base courses. He is still in contact with those who really run the government and still has the “football” nearby.

I have inlaws that live right on a private golf course North of Little Rock AR. When Clinton was Prez, he used to frequently play there. All residents went through background checks. The course would be closed. SS agents would be scattered all through the course, scouting for nefarious folks ahead of Clinton as he played. My inlaws could watch all of this from a balcony at their house. Clinton was an ass!

Dubya’s ranch house in Crawford TX had all of the communication means of probably AF-One. When he was there, he did do ranch work, bike riding, etc., but he also continued to conduct the business of the nation. He was wrongly criticized for his trips to the ranch, because he did not shirk his duties as President while there.

Sorry for the long posting. It just irks me that so many critics berate others in stressful jobs for finding a way to relax occasionally.

Obama’s stress, of course, derives from the fact that he entered office with no executive experience and he still doesn’t have a clue of what to say or do, until someone in his inner circle or a union leader tells him.


21 posted on 03/25/2011 7:58:22 PM PDT by octex
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To: Uncle Ike

“As a country, we’re better off when he’s playing golf, rather than ‘playing President’.....”

You beat me too it. LOL!


22 posted on 03/25/2011 8:22:49 PM PDT by Georgia Girl 2 (The only purpose of a pistol is to fight your way back to the rifle you should never have dropped.)
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To: Libloather

I don’t give a rat’s rear end or a tinker’s dam or what in the h-e-double hockey sticks he does. As long as he’s golfing, or shooting baskets, he isn’t signing executive orders.


23 posted on 03/25/2011 8:24:17 PM PDT by Twinkie (WHERE ARE OBAMA'S RECORDS? ALL of them.)
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To: Libloather

Yes, Zippy should be playing more golf.


24 posted on 03/25/2011 10:23:45 PM PDT by Mike Darancette (The heresy of heresies was common sense - Orwell)
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