3:31 PM, Aug 26, 2014 • By JEFFREY H. ANDERSON
During President Obama’s second term, about the only thing more common than seeing him out on the golf course has been seeing polls highlighting the striking unpopularity of his signature legislation. Obama has golfed a reported 79 times so far in his second term (compared to a reported 24 times for President George W. Bush in both of his terms combined). But even Obama’s inordinate determination to hit the links hasn’t remotely been able to keep pace with the publication of polls indicating Americans’ opposition to Obamacare. According to Real Clear Politics, in Obama’s second term alone, 140 polls have found Obamacare to be unpopular. The number finding it to be popular? Zero.
On average, these 140 polls have shown that just 40 percent of Americans favor Obamacare, while 52 percent oppose it. So, for Obamacare, a double-digit deficit is the norm. (Of the 140 polls, 102 have shown double-digit deficits.) The half-dozen polls taken since July 4 of this year have shown Obamacare faring even a bit worse, as they have shown an average tally of 41 percent in favor of it and 55 percent opposed.
Moreover, Real Clear Politics understandably doesn’t even list results from the notoriously left-leaning Kaiser Health Tracking Poll. Yet even Kaiser has found Obamacare to be unpopular in all 16 of its polls taken during Obama’s second term. And Kaiser’s most recent poll, from July, found Obamacare to be less popular than at any prior point in Obama’s second term — with only 37 percent favoring it and 53 percent opposed. So adding Kaiser’s polling to the polling listed by RCP yields a second-term tally of 156 polls showing opposition to Obamacare and not a single poll showing support for it.
When it comes to Obamacare, Americans clearly want a mulligan. And they deserve one, since they never wanted Obamacare to be teed up in the first place.
A well-conceived conservative alternative — one that repeals all of Obamacare and finally fixes what the government had broken even before Obamacare was passed — would lower health costs, secure liberty, and make it possible for any American who wants to buy health insurance to do so. It’s time for the American people to be given a clear choice between playing such an alternative and hacking on through the deep rough with Obamacare. The people’s verdict will be clear, and those who advance such an alternative will end up signing the winning scorecard.
1:35 PM, Aug 26, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
In politics, the preferred way to deal with a negative story is, of course, to ignore it. Act as though it is of such slight importance, so obviously untrue, and peddled by such disreputable sources that it isn’t worth your attention. You have far more important things to do. Much loftier challenges. A country to run. And so forth.
Liberals make excuses for ObamaSep 1, 2014, Vol. 19, No. 47 • By NOEMIE EMERY
All of a sudden, people have noticed that we are in trouble, and many are saying it isn’t the president’s fault. All the bad news, from Iraq to Ukraine, from Libya and Syria to the Mexican border, just seems to have happened: Obama was standing there, golfing or shaking hands with donors, and, like a burst of bad weather, the winds blew, the skies opened, and things went to hell. Mysterious forces conspired against him, terrible setbacks occurred for no reason, and we were left with effects without a cause.
1:18 PM, Aug 21, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The world is exploding, as Defense Secretary Chuck Hagel said last week. But President Obama is going golfing -- again.
Via the pool report:
Admit it. You all made small-dollar bets that POTUS would be playing golf today. And ... you would be right! We are at the Farm Neck Golf Club at 1:13 pm. and POTUS is hitting the links again.
The White House sends the following: Partners:
1:11 PM, Aug 14, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama went directly from giving remarks on Iraq and the ongoing situation in Ferguson, Missouri to the golf course.
"That didn't take long," tweeted White House reporter Jonathan Karl, "@BarackObama has arrived at a golf course here in Edgartown."
10:01 AM, Aug 12, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
The Bidens are arriving today in the Hamptons to start their third vacation in a month.
10:05 AM, Jun 12, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
Lee Trevino was once asked about the pressure in some gaudy PGA tournament he was playing and recalled his days husting golf in Texas, "You don't know what pressure is,” he famously said, "until you've played for $5 a hole with only $2 in your pocket."
10:37 AM, Jan 29, 2014 • By GEOFFREY NORMAN
According to Gallup among the 50 states, the president’s highest approval rating is in Hawaii where it is just above 60 percent. Understandable, since he was born there, spends a lot of time and plays a lot of golf in the islands, and has enough history with Hawaii that he could call it home.
1:12 PM, Aug 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Barack Obama went to the beach with his family this morning, and now he's golfing with comedian Larry David. Via the pool report:
After spending two and a half hours on the beach, POTUS's motorcade was rolling again at 12.31pm and arrived at Farm Neck Golf Club at 12.43pm.
His playing partners are Glen Hutchins, Larry David and Ron Kirk, according to the White House.
It is POTUS's fifth round of the vacation, although he only played nine holes instead of the full 18 on Thursday.
11:19 AM, Aug 15, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama delivered about an 8 minute statement on Egypt this morning, then went straight to the links. Via the pool report:
11:28 AM, Aug 14, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is golfing today on Martha's Vineyard. The foursome is made up of the following individuals, according to the White House pool reporter:
Per the WH, the president's golf partners are:
Jim Kim, president of the World Bank
Brian Roberts, chief executive of Comcast.
Ron Kirk, former US Trade Representative.
Comcast owns NBC and MSNBC.
12:03 PM, Jul 7, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Reuters columnist David Rohde said this morning on CBS that it was "terrible optics" for President Obama to go golfing and Secretary of State John Kerry to go yachting as the Egyptian leader was overthrown:
9:54 AM, Jul 5, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
President Obama is spending today, the day after the Fourth of July holiday, hitting the links. Via the pool reporter, he's with his buddies Martin Nesbitt and Dr. Eric Whitaker:
7:43 AM, Jun 17, 2013 • By DANIEL HALPER
Speaking this morning in Belfast, President Obama took the opportunity to mix in a little golf talk as he addressed Northern Irish youth.
"Northern Ireland is hosting the World Police and Fire Games later this year -- (applause) -- which Dame Mary Peters is helping to organize. (Applause.)," Obama said, according to the official White House transcript.