President Obama went golfing in Hawaii yesterday and called the press over when he reached the 18th hole. The commander in chief then made what ABC News describes as a 40-foot chip shot:
WATCH: @POTUS sinks 40-foot chip on the 18th hole during Hawaii vacation: https://t.co/0rTiM4OPec https://t.co/7fDeoSHZko— ABC News Politics (@ABCPolitics) December 22, 2015
The press rewarded Obama with cheers.Read more
The Professional Golfers' Association of America will move its annual Grand Slam of Golf tournament from a Los Angeles-area golf course owned by New York businessman and Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump. The tournament, which features the winners of the four major championships, was scheduled to be held at the Trump National Golf Club in Rancho Palos Verdes this October.Read more
Well, Tiger Woods answered yesterday’s question – can he find the magic again? – and did so emphatically. In a field of 156 golfers, one of them 15 years old, only two finished behind Tiger who shot an 80. There was no one thing wrong with his game. It was a total wreck and it left the broadcasters feeling embarrassed and borderline speechless.Read more
When he steps onto the first tee today, Tiger Woods will be coming off some of the worst rounds of his career and a last place finish in a tournament that he was accustomed to winning. In golf, as in all sport, anyone can have a bad day. But for Tiger Woods, this was something different. You wonder if he even bothered to pick up the check for his winnings of $12,276.Read more
Hillary Clinton will announce today that she is running for president. The tension is … well, bearable. Evidently she will be making this announcement on social media and that’s fine just so long as it doesn’t get in the way of those of us who will be following Dan Jenkins, tweeting from the Masters.Read more
Today, at 1:48 EST, Tiger Woods will be teeing it up at the Masters. It has been a long time since he has played in a tournament. Longer still since he has won. His round today will be closely scrutinized by fans of golf and millions of others whose interest in the game pretty much begins and ends with Woods and how he is doing.Read more
President Obama and his family will head this evening to Hawaii, where he's expected to vacation until the new year.
"On Friday, December 19, President Obama and the First Family will travel to Honolulu, Hawai’i. The arrival of Air Force One is open to pre-credentialed media and closed to the public," the White House said in a statement.Read more
The White House pool report notes President Obama is golfing with Derek Jeter and that the White House condemns today's terror attack in Kenya:
Subject: Travel pool report No 3 - golf partners, statement on Nairobi attack
Golf partners, per WH:
Statement by NSC Spokesperson Bernadette Meehan on the Nairobi-Bound Bus Attack:Read more
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).Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
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:
Preston HeardRead more
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."
That didn't take long: @BarackObama has arrived at a golf course here in Edgartown.Read more
The Bidens are arriving today in the Hamptons to start their third vacation in a month.Read more
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."Read more
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.Read more
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.Read more
President Obama delivered about an 8 minute statement on Egypt this morning, then went straight to the links. Via the pool report:Read more
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. Read more
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:Read more
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.Read more
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