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Can we please stop talking about the number of rounds Obama has played?

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This shouldn’t come as a shock to anyone, but the President of the United States enjoys a round of golf. How do we know this? Well if you were paying any attention to him when he first took over office last year, you would have noticed that dearth of photos and articles discussing President Obama’s affinity for the game.

Could Barack Obama be a golf addict? He could be. But then again, you’d probably see him out on the course every waking moment of the day. And we all know the POTUS doesn’t have enough time in his schedule to work on his short game as much as he’d like.

When Obama took office, he became the 15th president in the last 18 to play the sport. That statistical trend right there shows you how much the game and the presidency are intertwined. Dwight D. Eisenhower had a putting green outside the Oval Office; Woodrow Wilson loved the game so much, he played in the snow with a black ball; and both Bushes enjoyed the game as well.

So if the sport has been a part of politics for so long, why now is it becoming such a problem? Read the rest of this entry »


Written by Jonathan Wall

04/22/2010 at 5:08 pm

Posted in Barack Obama, Media