Obama`s Played 24 Rounds Of Golf In Office
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October 27, 2009, 03:10 AM
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You hear all the time about Obama playing basketball, but he`s also enjoyed a sizable amount of time indulging in a less cool sport. From Mark Knoller of CBS`s Twitter:
  • And by my count it`s Obama`s 24th round of golf since taking office. Today he`s at Ft. Belvoir in Va.
  • Today - Obama ties Pres. Bush in the number of rounds of golf played in office: 24. Took Bush 2 yrs & 10 months.
(Bush decided to give up playing golf in 2003 as a symbolic sacrifice for being a wartime President.)

I`ve managed to squeeze in two rounds of golf so far this year, but I guess the President has more time on his hands.

This is by no means a record for a President. Bill Clinton`s goal for his last year in office was to break Dwight Eisenhower`s Presidential record of a little over 100 rounds in a year in his final year. But since a round of golf and all the ancillary activities takes about six hours, this seems like rather a lot for a first year President.

From Don Van Natta Jr.`s February 2009 article in Golf Digest:

For Obama, golf was appealing because he believed the game would help him connect with his colleagues in the state Senate as well as his constituents in far-flung places like downstate Illinois. Much to his surprise, he soon fell hard for the game`s charms. Friends say he became as devoted to golf as he is to his beloved basketball. "Basketball and golf are his one-two," Marvin Nicholson says. "Now, he wants to play all the best courses: St. Andrews, Pebble Beach, Bethpage Black.

"He usually shoots in the mid-90s, sometimes the low 90s," Nicholson says. "He`d be better if he could play more. . . . He`s pretty long off the tee . . . very good around the greens, a real good short game. The clubs that give him the most trouble are his long irons . . . or he`d shoot around 90 pretty consistently."