Carrying On a Presidential Tradition, One Leisurely Round at a Time
Posted on Thursday, January 02, 2014 10:47:54 AM by kristinn
No one should ever question President Obama’s passion for golf. He has played some of the country’s most picturesque courses, held a debt-limit “golf summit” with Speaker John A. Boehner, taken on Tiger Woods and found time to steal away for a round in political good times and bad.
The extent of Mr. Obama’s love of golf has been on display during his winter vacation in Hawaii, where he has played seven out of his 12 days here, for as much as six hours at a time. On one outing, he played so slowly he could get in only 17 holes before it became too dark to continue.
“I don’t know how he can play so much freaking golf, man,” said Howard Dashefsky, the director of sales and communications at Pacific Links Hawaii. “My back would fall off.”
Mr. Obama’s dedication has not gone unnoticed by Republicans, who have deployed it politically. In its gimmicky list of recommended New Year’s resolutions for Mr. Obama, the Republican National Committee offered this one: “I resolve to spend less time on the golf course.”
Historically, Mr. Obama is hardly alone on the putting green. If horse racing is the “sport of kings,” golf is the sport of American presidents. Fifteen of the past 18 of them have played, and their approach to the game has often illustrated their character in office.
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