Category: George W. Bush


November 04, 2013

In W's World, Life After the White House Is Fairways and Greens

Posted at 11:00 AM by Josh Sens
George W. Bush
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For former President George W. Bush, retirement from politics looks a lot like, well, retirement.

He paints. He spends time with his grandkids. And according to story in The New York Times this week, he plays a lot of golf.

"He's a golf-aholic now," Bush's friend, Charlie Younger, told the Times.

After mothballing his sticks during his presidency, paying deference, he said, to American troops, W has taken up the game with renewed fervor. He's often out with the early-birds at courses close to his Dallas home, including Brook Hollow Golf Club and Las Colinas Country Club. He hosts a charity golf tournament to raise funds for wounded military veterans. And he has built a putting green outside his house.

In today's political climate, sitting U.S. presidents routinely catch flack for playing golf (as Barack Obama has surely learned), but post-White House life is a different story.

The Times story presents a picture of a relaxed former president, largely removed from politics and unconcerned about his legacy. Not that he's entirely stress-free. According to the story, W worries privately about the rise of the Tea Party and what he sees as America's growing isolationism.

Who knows? He may even struggle with his putting, too.

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September 23, 2013

President Bush: Barack Obama should play golf

Posted at 1:48 PM by Pete Madden

In what could be the biggest display of bipartisanship since President Barack Obama took office, former president George W. Bush endorsed his successor's golf game.

Sitting down with the Golf Channel's Jimmy Roberts, Bush crossed the proverbial aisle:

“I’ve seen our President criticized for playing golf. I don’t. I think he ought to play golf. I know what it is like to be in the bubble and I know the pressures of the job. To be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the President. It is a good outlet.”

Several presidents, dating all the way back to William Howard Taft, have been avid players, but our Top 100 Teacher Brady Riggs crowned Bush (whose great grandfather served as USGA president and lent his name to the Walker Cup) "Golfer-in-Chief" with the "best presidential swing I've seen."

President Obama has played 145 rounds of golf since taking office, 103 of them, according to TIME, with Marvin Nicholson, Obama's trip director and "First Bro," but as this three-putt indicates, he still has some work to do.

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