At what cost?8:14 AM, Sep 10, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
A new report from NBC claims that President Obama couldn't get a tee time during a recent visit to New York. So he packed up and went home (before returning to New York the next night for a private wedding).
"President Obama was turned down at several top golf courses in Westchester while he was visiting the area over Labor Day weekend, sources tell NBC 4 New York," the report states.
"Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president. The president was in town Aug. 29, a Friday, for fundraising events in New York and Rhode Island. He had been scheduled to stay overnight in Westchester County in order to attend the Saturday evening wedding of MSNBC host Alex Wagner and White House chef Sam Kass at Blue Hill Farm."
So Obama went home.
On Aug. 28, White House officials announced the president was changing his plans and that he would return to Washington Friday night instead of staying over in New York.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained the change that Friday as a last-minute decision by Obama to "make the late evening flight back here home to the White House."
"He can sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family and then travel back to New York tomorrow evening to attend a private event," he said,
But the change of plans likely came with a considerable price tag. "Changes to the schedule resulted in the cancellation of some hotel rooms and a re-routing of police security details. The President returned to Westchester Saturday afternoon with a round-trip flight on Air Force One from Washington to New York, the second in as many days."
12:25 PM, Sep 7, 2014 • By DANIEL HALPER
This morning in an interview with NBC's Meet the Press, President Obama defended his decision to golf immediately after making a statement on the beheading of American journalist James Foley. "[T]here's always going to be some tough news somewhere," he said.
But the president did have some regret. He should have, he admits, better "anticipated the optics."
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 sec
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.