When you are not accountable to the other branches of government, it is quite easy to find time for just about anything you want to do. Obama certainly is not strained by that lack of accountability. He uses golf as one of the many things he does with the extra time not talking to the Republicans and independents who share a very different view of the world.
Just how much golf has Obama played and how long does each outing take? Let’s see what Keith Koffler from The White House Dossier had to say:
Obama has already played golf eight times this year. He actually is a little off his normal pace – perhaps campaigning is intruding on golf. The president golfed 28 times in 2009, 30 times in 2010, and an incredible 34 times in 2011.
Obama’s golfing takes about five hours, including the motorcades back and forth from the fairways. If one thinks of this as taking up much of the day – include getting ready to go and cooling off afterward – its fair to say that Obama has spent more than three months of his presidency golfing. (Link to full article in sources below.)
Now – I see Obama as mad, angry and otherwise rattled that people just don’t let him do what he wants to do without getting in his way with questions or a balance of powers. Friday’s issue with the reporter who interrupted showed just how on the edge this man really is. Perhaps had he looked at the deals that could have been cut with the Republicans on jobs and the economy instead of spending so much time playing golf, Obama would be less testy and less in need of the escape of a gold course.
Read Keith Koffler’s story on Obama’s 100th Round in The White House Dossier store HERE.