Obama plays more golf than Bush – where’s the outrage?

Posted by: ST on October 26, 2009 at 11:18 am

The Politico reports (via Memeorandum):

President Barack Obama has only been in office for just over nine months, but he’s already hit the links as much as President Bush did in over two years.

CBS’ Mark Knoller — an unofficial documentarian and statistician of all things White House-related — wrote on his Twitter feed that, “Today – Obama ties Pres. Bush in the number of rounds of golf played in office: 24.

Took Bush 2 yrs & 10 months.”

Remember all the whining the left – including numerous members of Congress – did for years about how much “vacation time” President Bush allegedly took while in office, criticizing him on the basis of there being “too much to get done in Washington” for a President to take “so much” vacation? It was a dumb “issue,” considering 1) the fact that we all know that Presidents never really take “vacations” because they are available at all times of the day and night, and 2) the fact that the left didn’t approve of Bush’s agenda anyway and hated the fact that he was in Washington to begin with (no, I haven’t and never will forget the repeated cries of “stolen election!” and how many on the left never stopped believing that he was an illegitimate President). I also will not forget how the Usual Suspects ridiculed Bush for talking about how he had stopped golfing because he came to believe it was inappropriate for the CIC to be doing so during a time of war?

Well, there’s no guessing on how the left will react to the “issue” of Obama’s golfing excursions – in a nutshell, there be nothing but pure spin on this story, and it won’t be an issue for the left because they now apparently understand (ahem) that a President can be a President even when he’s not literally sitting in the Oval Office, although I’m curious to see how liberal Matthew Yglesias, who earlier this month blasted critics who suggested Obama wasn’t making the issue of Afghanistan a priority – and summarily lectured us all on the fact that Obama was a busy guy with a lot of issues on his plate like the “global recession” and cap and trade and that he would essentially get to the debate over Afghanistan when he could make time for it – will spin the number of golfing breaks Obama has taken over the last 9 months in the Oval Office in comparison with that “slacker” W who took nearly three years to reach the “24” number. Hey, if he’s got time to golf 24 times in 9 months – as well as time to schmooze with the Euro elite – surely he’d have been able to meet with Gen. McChrystal more than twice (here and here)? And maybe he can give him more than 25 minutes next time?

Any guesses on how the left will spin this? Make sure to post them in the comments.

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  • 14 Responses to “Obama plays more golf than Bush – where’s the outrage?”


    1. Carlos says:

      Ah, but you see, Bush was an idiot, a mental sluggard who should have put all his mental energies into his job. BO is a Hawvud grad, obviously a mental giant, and can multitask to boot.

      The fact that he was an affirmative action Hawvud law student acceptee, and an obviously affirmative action student, and a just as obviously Hawvud affirmative action graduate, has nothing to do with it, see?

      Bush, too, was a Hawvud grad, but he wasn’t affirmative action (although he MAY have been accepted on the basis of family), but he was graded as a regular student (not affirmative action) and a regular grad (graduated on the basis of his work, not his skin color). If that is a racist statement, so be it – the parameters were set by the racists with affirmative action.

      I wonder when all the liberal sleazebucketing will end? Never, I assume, because that is what, more than anything else, defines liberalism today.

    2. LC Gregory says:

      Okay, here’s my take on this. The left attacked Bush for golfing because it was an attack that was close at hand. They would never attack Obama the same way. The Right won’t attack Obama for golfing, because it DOES take him away from the Oval Office, and there’s a few hours where he’s probably not doing too terribly much harm.

      For the most part, I want presidents to golf almost as much as I would love to see the congresscritters serve on a part-time basis and have to get day jobs. The big difference is that presidents DO actually go golfing, while the other is just a dream.

      A beautiful, beautiful dream. Please don’t wake me.

    3. Bill says:

      I’m sure the Democratic Party’s propaganda ministries at CNN, ABC, NBC, and CBS, as well as the liberal blogs, will bury this story so the only place you will hear about it is at FOX or on the conservative blogs.

      And if it does get into the public mainstream, then they will try to deflect any criticism of their Chosen One by using their usual defense that this is nothing more than a right-wing conspiracy to discredit Obama.

    4. Mary says:

      No one in MSM will say anything because they don’t want to be called out by Gibbs or Rahm or Axelrod for not being a true news organization. No one wants to be put on that hit list!

      You bully the media and hint that anything less than favorable will not be tolerated.. and you don’t have to worry about little things like golfing when a decision on Afghanistan is needed NOW, or a remedy for 10% unemployment is needed NOW.

      Just keep making all your critics out as bad or evil or greedy and you can smoke and golf to your hearts content.

    5. Royce says:

      The spin from the left should be interesting. Reacting to past stories, the Washington Post claimed Obama playing golf while troops died “reflected a cool self-confidence”. Others called it being “unusually calm under pressure”.

      In August 2003, Bush said he decided to stop playing golf to show his respect for the men and women serving in Iraq and Afghanistan and their families. “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf,” Bush said in an interview with Politico and Yahoo News on May 13, 2008. “I feel I owe it to the families to be in solidarity as best I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal.” After being criticized for playing golf, he was then mocked by the media for quitting.

      Meanwhile, Obama golfed on May 25 after he spoke and placed a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Arlington Cemetery on Memorial Day. He also played golf on June 7, the day he returned from his trip to Egypt and Germany, where he visited Holocaust concentration camps, and Normandy, France, where as many as 6,000 American troops died when Allied Forces invaded the country during World War II.

      Obama released a statement to the press that on these occasions, he sometimes observes a moment of silence before teeing off. Isn’t it great to have such a cool, confident and caring leader?

    6. Jo says:

      Just one question: Is MSNBC going to have exclusive coverage of Obama walking on water out on the lake to retrieve any golf balls he mistakenly dunks in a rare moment of lack of steely focus or, perhaps, more dramatic and more proof of his inherent greatness, genius and untouchable annointee status, parting the waters to swagger through the dry ground to scoop it up and effortlessly toss it back onto the green???

    7. Brontefan says:

      He has time to golf. . . and make split second decisions to fly to Copenhagen, but he is taking his time to discern the prognoisis for Afghanistan, right?
      Just wanted to be sure I understood this correclty. Doesn’t he “walk on water?”

    8. Great White Rat says:

      Any guesses on how the left will spin this?

      I think Bill nailed it. There’s about a 95% chance that the usual suspects on the left and in the MSM (yes, I know that’s redundant) will do their best to have this disappear down the memory hole. I’m not even sure it will get any kind of play at FNC.

      But if it does get any attention, the responses will be, in order: (1) it’s another unpatriotic attempt by the VRWC to destroy Duh-1, (2) it’s a distraction to keep the people from appreciating how wonderful his plans are for bringing FREE government health care, unicorns, and other amazing things, and (3) if no one buys into the first two, the spin will be that it shows what a finely toned and completely cool alpha male athlete he is.

      If General McChrystal wants time with the president to discuss national security concerns, he should arrange to fill in for the White House caddy for a couple of days.

    9. Jo – I wouldn’t be surprised if they did! :))

    10. Terrence says:

      LINK has a good piece today “Fox News Obama’s Only Friend”

    11. Louis L. says:

      I have nothing against Obama playing so much golf, he has to do something active to stay young and strong… but golf? Out of all sports golf? While his country is working 2-3 jobs a day to eat hes out playing 3-5+ hours of golf like if he was on a vaca. Dont get me wrong I like the guy and I did vote for him but right now is not the time for him to be playing golf 2-3 times a month. HES THE PRESIDENT and WE AT WAR/DEPRESSION!!!

    12. Carmen says:

      Classic liberal – the entitlement disease. It is very prevalent with Democrats. It doesn’t matter that so many folks are losing their jobs; that the healthcare issue is still up in the air and they have no intention of fixing social security; that there are soldiers sent to war in another country that is waiting for more soldiers to assist; that more and more folks are criticizing THIS administration for all the spending and stupid, wasteful programs they create for their supporters. Is anyone surprised?