Category: Barack Obama


February 20, 2013

Rush Limbaugh says Obama-Tiger secrecy due to Tiger's wealth, not scandal

Posted at 1:57 PM by Cameron Morfit

Obama_golfRush Limbaugh explained to the world on Tuesday the reason why there weren't pictures of President Barack Obama playing golf with Tiger Woods at the Floridian last weekend. It would have been bad publicity for President Obama, Limbaugh said on his radio show, but not for the reason you might think.

“Tiger’s a one percenter. The fear of the photo op had nothing to do with the fact that Tiger’s had a whole bunch of different girlfriends.”

“If you are a successful, national-level politician, and Obama claims to be that, then you can’t afford to hang around with people who aren’t going to give you money. You must hang around with the wealthy. But you don’t want pictures of it, because that just rams it down the throats of the middle class, that you actually aren’t one of them, and that you don’t want to be one of them, and that you don’t want to hang out with them.”

“I think it’s safe to say, folks, that Obama’s now spent more time with Tiger Woods than he has with the Republican leadership.”

Photo: Getty Images
February 19, 2013

White House reporters ask Obama: Did you beat Tiger?

Posted at 1:54 PM by Mike Walker

PrezclubsWhen President Barack Obama returned from his golf weekend in Florida, the White House press corps only wanted to know one thing: Did the president beat Tiger Woods? From The Daily Caller:

After a golf weekend in Florida avoiding the press, President Barack Obama returned to the White House Monday night, where he faced screaming reporters trying to hold him accountable by asking, in unison, “Did you beat Tiger?”

According to the White House pool report, Obama returned to the White House at 8:10 p.m. on Marine One. As he exited the helicopter on the South Lawn and made his way towards the South Portico, a group of reporters demanded to know whether the president vanquished golfing legend Tiger Woods, his Sunday golf companion.

The president appeared to have heard the question and cracked a smile, according to the pool report, but just continued on his way.

The answer to this pressing question is no. Obama and Woods played together and won their match, according to Houston Astros owner Jim Crane, who was on the losing side. In an interview with Fox 26 Houston, Crane, who owns the Floridian course that hosted the Woods-Obama round, said he was impressed with the president's game.

"We were down at the Floridian," Crane told FOX 26 Sports. "We got a request for the President to stay there. He came in Friday night.

"I got to play nine holes with him yesterday. Today we got to play 18 with he, Tiger Woods and Ron Kirk. We had a fun day.

As Crane pointed out, playing golf with the President and Tiger Woods, it does not get much better than that.

"It's unbelievable," Crane said. "One of the best players in the world, if not the best player in the world and the President.

"He's so gracious and so kind and he worked very hard to include everybody, very friendly. He loves the game and he's a good athlete. He hit a lot of great shots today.

Crane, who is a scratch golfer in his own right, was impressed with the President's game.

"He played pretty good," Crane said. "He made a bunch of pars. I don't think he made a birdie. He putts the ball well. He strikes it well. "I think if he had a little time, he'd probably get pretty proficient at it."

Obama made a smart choice for his partner for the match as well, Crane said.

"Ron Kirk and I played them," Crane said. "They did put it on us pretty good."

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Photo: President Obama's golf clubs outside the White House (Getty Images).

 

 

February 17, 2013

Report: President Obama to play golf with Tiger Woods in Florida

Posted at 1:34 PM by Mike Walker

Tiger-ObamaTalk about the ultimate buddies trip!

President Obama is finishing his golf vacation to Florida this Presidents Day weekend with a round of golf with Tiger Woods, according to Golf World senior writer Tim Rosaforte.

Obama has never before played with Woods, who gave a speech in support of the military during Obama inauguration celebrations in 2009.A passionate golfer, Obama is on a boys' weekend in Florida with friends, staying at a hotel in Port St. Lucie and playing golf at the Floridian, a private course owned by businessman and Houston Astros owner Jim Crane. In addition to playing with Woods, Obama also got a golf lesson from Woods's former swing coach Butch Harmon, and played some holes with Harmon.

According to the Associated Press, Obama played golf on Saturday with Eric Whitaker, a friend from Chicago, and White House trip director Marvin Nicholson, a regular in Obama's foursomes at the golf course at Andrews Joint Air Base in Maryland. Obama also played Saturday with Ron Kirk, the outgoing U.S. trade representative, and Houston businessman Tony Chase.

Obama has embraced golf since becoming president, playing more than 100 rounds since taking office in 2009. He took a break from the game during his re-election campaign, but this Florida vacation might indicate that the president intends to play more in 2013.

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(Photos: Stephen Dunn/Getty Images, Chris Carlson/AP)
February 14, 2013

President Obama to get golf lesson from Butch Harmon

Posted at 10:30 PM by Mike Walker

Obama_golfNow that he's delivered his State of the Union address, President Barack Obama is now looking to improve the state of his golf swing.

According to GolfWorld's Tim Rosaforte, Obama will get a golf lesson from Butch Harmon and his son Claude Harmon III this weekend in Palm City, Fla.

The President's golfing weekend at The Floridian GC in Palm City, Fla., will include more than golf on a Tom Fazio course or an afternoon of ball beating at the Harmon School of Golf on campus. The Harmons, Butch and son Claude III, are flying in to work with President Obama, who inquired through an aide if they would be on property during his stay.

"I've played golf with Ike, Nixon, Ford and President Bush 41," Harmon said from his golf school in Henderson, Nev. "I never played with President Clinton. I met him in the Oval Office. It'll be interesting. I know the President is a real keen golfer. I'm looking forward to it. It should be fun."

Obama has become a passionate golfer, playing more than 100 rounds since taking office in 2008. He took a break from the game during his re-election campaign, but this visit to see the Harmons indicates that the president intends to play more in 2013.

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January 11, 2013

Truth & Rumors: Donald Trump invites President Obama to play golf

Posted at 1:47 PM by Samantha Glover

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During an interview with Sean Hannity of Fox News, Donald Trump invited President Obama to play golf at his Washington D.C. course, according to a report by Newshounds.

Trump said he hopes that in six years, when Obama is presumably retired and playing golf, “hopefully at Trump National in Washington, because I have the best course in Washington," that he'd "love" to "have (Obama) there."

The invitation comes just months after Trump offered to donate $5 million to President Obama's charity of choice in exchange for his birth certificate.


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(Photo: Vincent Laforet)

January 03, 2013

Truth & Rumors: President Obama hits the links in Hawaii

Posted at 4:40 PM by Samantha Glover

Just 30 minutes after the House voted to avoid the fiscal cliff late Tuesday night, President Obama boarded Air Force One and returned to Hawaii, according to a report by USA Today.

After landing in Honolulu, the President hit the gym and visited his Kailua rental home before playing a round of golf at the Marine Corps Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course.

Obama arrived in Hawaii on Friday, Dec. 21, to begin the Obama family's fifth annual Christmas vacation, He returned to Washington D.C., without his family, on Dec. 27 to tend to the fiscal cliff debate.

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President Obama waves as he returns from golf and a walk on the beach on Dec. 26. (Gerald Herbert/AP)

December 05, 2012

Truth & Rumors: White House won't comment on result of Obama-Clinton match

Posted at 3:20 PM by Samantha Glover

Clinton_obamaPresident Obama and former President Clinton play golf at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland in September 2011. (AP Photo)

President Obama and former President Clinton hit the links on Sunday at Joint Base Andrews in Maryland, home of Air Force One, but the result of that match is an open question and White House spokesman Jay Carney isn't talking, according to the Weekly Standard.

Q: Did President Clinton have any advice or suggestions for President Obama yesterday during their golf game on the fiscal cliff? Might there have been some discussion about the fiscal cliff when he played golf?

MR. CARNEY: For reasons that would be apparent to anybody who has seen me swing a golf club, I was not there and therefore do not know.

Q: No readout on the golf game?

MR. CARNEY: I know that President Obama enjoyed the session. But beyond that, I don't have anything else for you.

Q: Who won?

MR. CARNEY: Doesn't the sitting President always win?

Obama and Clinton played their first round of golf together in 2011. According to the New Yorker, that round helped Obama get Clinton's support for his 2012 campaign.

Obama phoned Clinton and invited him out for a round. Several Clinton associates say that this was the moment they realized that Obama truly wanted to win in 2012. Why else would he spend hours on a golf course being lectured by Clinton?

The Presidential round was played at Andrews Air Force Base on September 24, 2011, and since then Clinton has become a visible and vigorous champion of Obama’s reëlection. Clinton agreed to participate in several fund-raisers; he was in a documentary, released on March 15th, attesting to Obama’s sound judgment in ordering the raid on Osama bin Laden; and he recently appeared in an Obama campaign ad. “President Obama has a plan to rebuild America from the ground up,” Clinton says. “It only works if there is a strong middle class. That’s what happened when I was President. We need to keep going with his plan.” Behind the scenes, Clinton has been involved in detailed discussions about campaign strategy.

A full transcript of Press Secretary Carney's briefing is available at whitehouse.gov.

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December 03, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Did Obama and Clinton discuss fiscal cliff on the golf course?

Posted at 11:50 AM by Samantha Glover

President Barack Obama and former President Bill Clinton spent Sunday on the golf course at Joint Base Andrews, according to Peter Baker of The New York Times Caucus blog. Chances are, they were talking shop between shots.

White House officials did not know what the president and the former president talked about, but they presumed that the looming fiscal crisis would come up. Mr. Clinton, after all, is the last Democratic president to engage in eye-to-eye confrontations with Congressional Republicans over spending and tax issues, and he is rarely shy about offering advice.

They were joined by Terry McAuliffe, who is running for governor of Virginia, and Ron Kirk, Obama's trade representative.

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November 20, 2012

Truth & Rumors: Biden says Obama wants golf trip to Ireland

Posted at 11:39 AM by Mark Dee

Whitehouse_2009President Obama and Vice President Biden on the White House putting green in April 2009. White House photo.

Vice President Joe Biden is trying his hand at international relations -- by keeping his boss's golf game at home.

According to the Washington Examiner, Biden told President Obama that he is planning a trip to his ancestral Ireland -- and the president tried to horn in, for a little links time:

“I turned to him, I said, “Barack, now that this election’s over, I’m going to Ireland,” Biden told the patrons of Benny Tudino’s Pizzeria, per the pool report. “You know what he said to me? He said, ‘Would you take me with you? I want to play golf.’ I said, ‘I’m not so sure. But I’m going. I’m going to see where my mother is from and my mother’s father and my mother’s mother.’”

At T&R, we're OK with Obama staying in town. We've consulted the rule book, and hitting one over a fiscal cliff is worth a few hundred billion penalty strokes.

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November 12, 2012

Truth & Rumors: President Obama returns to the golf course after three months

Posted at 3:31 PM by Samantha Glover

After taking a break from golf during the last few months of his campaign for reelection, President Obama returned to the course on Saturday, according to the Weekly Standard.

"Motorcade arrived at Andrews Air Force Base at 11:01 am after an uneventful ride," the pool report reads. "President Obama is playing golf with three White House aides: Eugene Kang, Joe Paulson and trip director Marvin Nicholson, according to a White House official. Pool is holding at the Andrews fast food court for the next few hours."

Obama is a passionate golfer, playing more than 100 rounds since he became president. However, the presidential campaign had taken him away from the links; prior to Saturday, Obama last played golf on Aug. 4, his 51st birthday.

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