Obamateurism of the Day

posted at 8:05 am on April 12, 2011 by Ed Morrissey

Barack Obama wants people to know that his golf habit isn’t his fault.  He has nowhere else to go in his apparently copious free time:

President Barack Obama wants you to know that he is not a golf addict.

He spends so much time unwinding on the links because security restrictions mean he can’t go out for long walks or go to the carwash or the grocery store. …

“It’s the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch,” he said.

I’ve been to the carwash and the grocery store.  They’re overrated experiences, believe me.  But if Obama wanted to get some walking time, why not go to Camp David?  Visit a military base and meet some of the troops?  Take the kids to a national park?  As excuses to get to the links go, “you all make me golf” doesn’t quite cut it.

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whiner-in-chief

cmsinaz on April 12, 2011 at 8:08 AM

I’m surprised he didn’t blame this on Bush.

fossten on April 12, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Poor feller…

Karmi on April 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM

And this fits into his announcement that he wants to run for reelection how exactly?

apostic on April 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM

Better yet, HE could just resign. “Problem solved.

Dingbat63 on April 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM

He should have gone with: “I golf because I’m a patriot.”

- Newt Gingrich

pain train on April 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM

I have a great idea. Next time let’s elect an adult with an IQ larger than his/her shoe size.

Cody1991 on April 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

I feel better knowing that I bear the sins for the One so that he can be clean.

ted c on April 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

I understand that every stroke he takes while reluctantly playing 18 holes really hurts him badly.

He’d soooo much rather be rubbing elbows with us bitter clingers while out shopping for the freshest daily aragula, if only he could do so without being pummeled by the proles seeking only to touch the hem of his garment.

Poor baby!

VelvetElvis on April 12, 2011 at 8:13 AM

180 degrees from W on this one fer sure…

cmsinaz on April 12, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Oh waaaaaa! Take off your mom jeans and grow a pair you tw@t!

csdeven on April 12, 2011 at 8:13 AM

Didn’t he want this job?

lukespapa on April 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

You could do something more worthwhile, Scooter, to “get outside”. Like, go visit our wounded soldiers at Walter Reed Hospital, without the cameras, like President Bush did.

kingsjester on April 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

He doesn’t have a golf problem, he has a leadership problem….He can’t and he will not lead.

dthorny on April 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Plus it is damn near impossible to give yourself a fat lip with your elbow while playing golf.

Limerick on April 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

We really should be thanking him.

Mord on April 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

kingsjester on April 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

Ed got the memo :)

cmsinaz on April 12, 2011 at 8:15 AM

well you wouldn’t let him eat his waffle so…

/

cmsinaz on April 12, 2011 at 8:17 AM

I’m surprised he didn’t blame this on Bush.

fossten on April 12, 2011 at 8:10 AM

Yeah, you know he has to beat Bush’s scores, but can’t quite get there.

tinkerthinker on April 12, 2011 at 8:18 AM

Yeaaaaah, PBHO can’t take a walk but he can golf 18 holes at a wide open venue surrounded by buildings and houses, covered with trees, laced with hollows and low areas, someplace that must give the Secret Service fits.

WTF did he think the job was going to be like, life as normal? Moron.

Bishop on April 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM

This just in: Obama says he isn’t into golfing all that much. See also “preferred lies.”

apostic on April 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM

cmsinaz on April 12, 2011 at 8:15 AM

Great minds, I suppose….his, anyways.

kingsjester on April 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM

I could be wrong but I think his comments about wanting to be anonymous could be his McCain Town Hall moment.

Giving some of his supporters the all clear to see his heart isn’t in it (ala McCain when he said at that Minnesota Town Hall that we had nothing to fear from a Obama Presidency).

PappyD61 on April 12, 2011 at 8:21 AM

I guess he doesn’t want to get his hands dirty in Michelle’s garden. Since he is acting like a child, maybe he go play on that %15000 swing set he bought for his girls.

Beaglemom on April 12, 2011 at 8:22 AM

kingsjester on April 12, 2011 at 8:20 AM

it goes perfectly with today’s OOTD

cmsinaz on April 12, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Not shrimp?
Not ice cream?
Not swimming in the gulf?
Not his cheeseburger?
Not his date night in New York?
Not his flyover of New York scaring his minions below?
Not keep his Blackberry?
Not his iPod he claims he doens’t know how to use?

He sure lies alot.

dthorny on April 12, 2011 at 8:23 AM

Should go and $.

Beaglemom on April 12, 2011 at 8:23 AM

I have a great idea. Next time let’s elect an adult with an IQ larger than his/her shoe size.

Cody1991 on April 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM

Don’t you mean golf handicap?

mechkiller_k on April 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Or scoop up poop, the one job he is good at, I bet.

dthorny on April 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM

Barry also misses “squeezing the fruit”. The manchild has some seriously loose screws. It’s a bizarre thing to say at the outset and that’s before we even get to the double entendres. And for the life of me, I can’t figure out what squeezing fruit has to do with playing golf. Surely if he really, really wants to squeeze fruit he can get himself a juicer for the family quarters.

Buy Danish on April 12, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Marion Barry’s excuse, I just had to get away…

right2bright on April 12, 2011 at 8:25 AM

I have a great idea. Next time let’s elect an adult with an IQ larger than his/her shoe size.

Cody1991 on April 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM
Don’t you mean golf handicap?

mechkiller_k on April 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM

His “special Olympics or something” bowling score?

dthorny on April 12, 2011 at 8:26 AM

Gee, wonder what he would have done if his passion had been bowling?

pilamaye on April 12, 2011 at 8:27 AM

If the job is so tough he absolutely needs four hours outside to unwind, maybe he should work on delegating more. Perhaps he could let Democrat congressional leaders handle all his major policy initiatives for him. Let someone else worry about running the war he launched.

All of these things would probably go a long way toward lessening the burdens of office.

Stephen Macklin on April 12, 2011 at 8:28 AM

The golf course is the one place he can smoke in private.

tommyboy on April 12, 2011 at 8:31 AM

We sure are lucky to have a President who can manage three wars, a malaise plagued economy and a looming debt armegeddon and still have time to play golf. Clearly he is the best President there has ever been or ever will be. If only he could be El Presidente for Life, we would all be reassured that everything is A-OK every time he tees off.

trubble on April 12, 2011 at 8:31 AM

Mr. President, this is an easy problem to solve. Just resign right now, and you’ll have all the time and privacy to do whatever you want. We’ll all be better for it. Come on, Mr. President — do it for your sake.

jwolf on April 12, 2011 at 8:32 AM

Ya know who thought golf was silly? Winston Churchill. Just sayin’.

apostic on April 12, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Hey, I’m going to try that excuse on my wife… let’s see what happens…

WordsMatter on April 12, 2011 at 8:33 AM

Anything to perpetuate the victim in servitude mythology.
.
“Y’all elected me to this office and I’m doing the best I can even though times have been real tough since Bush didn’t leave a me a perfect situation, you know, so, even though I’m workin’ real hard I can’t gib up mah oudoh thime!”

ExpressoBold on April 12, 2011 at 8:34 AM

Better yet, HE could just resign. “Problem solved.

Dingbat63 on April 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM

+10000000000

NoFanofLibs on April 12, 2011 at 8:38 AM

“Golf is a good walk spoiled.” (Mark Twain, or someone like him)

NeighborhoodCatLady on April 12, 2011 at 8:39 AM

Tee & Divots

Limerick on April 12, 2011 at 8:40 AM

Par for the course.

publiuspen on April 12, 2011 at 8:44 AM

Barack Obama wants people to know that his golf habit isn’t his fault. He has nowhere else to go in his apparently copious free time:

these are problems that he should’ve contended with before he sought the office.

ted c on April 12, 2011 at 8:46 AM

On the upside for real players, I believe Toonces has made the game so distasteful by his association with it that it has resulted in tee-times that are plentiful, and cheap.

Joe Mama on April 12, 2011 at 8:49 AM

Bogus

dont taze me bro on April 12, 2011 at 8:50 AM

Obama should just declare golf an unfunded entitlement, along with filling the gas tank, blow the lid off the national debt limit, and raise taxes on the rich by 100%. Problem solved.

Rovin on April 12, 2011 at 8:51 AM

he can’t go …to the carwash

That’s a real shame. Washing my car is all I think he’s qualified to do.

Tommy_G on April 12, 2011 at 8:56 AM

If your game is giving only giving you eight working days a year, you might want to think about a trade-in…

apostic on April 12, 2011 at 8:58 AM

I have a great idea. Next time let’s elect an adult with an IQ larger than his/her shoe size.

Cody1991 on April 12, 2011 at 8:12 AM
Don’t you mean golf handicap?

mechkiller_k on April 12, 2011 at 8:24 AM
His “special Olympics or something” bowling score?

dthorny on April 12, 2011 at 8:26 AM

His sperm count

darwin-t on April 12, 2011 at 9:02 AM

Four hours at a stretch? As we spend our lives working, raising kids and keeping everybody clean, fed and clothed, most of us measure our ‘me-time’ in minutes, not hours. Where on earth did he get the idea that he should be able to wander off for four hours at a time whenever he wants?

I’m starting to doubt he was born in Hawaii too. I think we need to start looking for that birth certificate in an entirely different galaxy.

Dee2008 on April 12, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Didn’t he want this job?

lukespapa on April 12, 2011 at 8:14 AM

He loves the job it’s the work he hates.

abcurtis on April 12, 2011 at 9:18 AM

On the afternoon of January 20th, 2013, he won’t have to whine about not having any free time.

ChuckTX on April 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

” Presidentin’ is hard…but this bro been buggin’ an’ fakin’ jacks since I got elected…you know it.”

coldwarrior on April 12, 2011 at 9:21 AM

He should have gone with: “I golf because I’m a patriot.”

- Newt Gingrich

pain train on April 12, 2011 at 8:11 AM

LOL X 1,000,000!

Mutnodjmet on April 12, 2011 at 9:36 AM

Awww poor guy. I guess he forgot to tell us that he didn’t actually want the hard stuff when he claimed the Presidency. He just wanted the perks. booooooooooo freakin hooooooo.

capejasmine on April 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

I suspect this chestnut will be Obamateurism of the Week, too. However, given the history of the Once, there may be something even more inane develop before the week is out.

Mutnodjmet on April 12, 2011 at 9:38 AM

“It’s the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch,” he said.

Me: Knock. Knock.

BHO: Who’s there?

Me: Boo.

BHO: Boo who?

Me: Well, you don’t have to cry about it!

GrannyDee on April 12, 2011 at 9:45 AM

Barry also misses “squeezing the fruit”. The manchild has some seriously loose screws. It’s a bizarre thing to say at the outset and that’s before we even get to the double entendres.

Buy Danish on April 12, 2011 at 8:25 AM

Barry likes squeezing fruit? Something like the song about “really love your peaches wanna shake your tree?”

“It’s the only excuse I have to get outside for four hours at a stretch,” he said.

Ya know, Barry, we the peons of America who work 8 hours a day, plus commuting time warming the globe in our cars, if we spent another 4 hours outside, it gets dark.

Steve Z on April 12, 2011 at 9:47 AM

Don’t worry about that phone ringing at 3 AM in the White House. What if it rings at 3 PM while Tiger Woods Wannabe is teeing off into a sand trap?

Steve Z on April 12, 2011 at 9:49 AM

Refreshing honesty from someone who previously couldn’t admit he wasn’t up to the job.

James on April 12, 2011 at 9:55 AM

Excuse me
You’re wearing out my joie de vie
Grabbing those good years again
I want to be alone
.

Excuse me
I’m not the man I used to be
Someone else crept in again
I want to be alone
.

Excuse me please
I’m looking for Lost Angeles
Soaking up the sin again
I want to be alone
.

You got the money back, that’s okay
Who needs a Cadillac anyway
I got the medicine, make you see the light
Call me in Alaska if it all turns out right (Allright)
.

Excuse me please
You’re standing on my memories
Stealing souvenirs again
I want to be alone
Leave me alone, I wanna be alone…

.

You got the money back, that’s okay
Who needs a Cadillac anyway
I got the medicine, (to) make you see the light
Call me in Alaska, if it all turns out right

mizflame98 on April 12, 2011 at 10:05 AM

So take a long walk.

Off a short pier.

CurtZHP on April 12, 2011 at 10:09 AM

So the golf course isn’t “secured” when Barry plays?

Since when does POTUS wash his own car and grocery shop? Isn’t there White House staff PAID to do that?

What’s your next excuse Barry?

GarandFan on April 12, 2011 at 10:21 AM

I thought that’s what Camp David was for — so the President could run. Or he could head over to the Naval Observatory and run around Biden’s Place for a bit. Or, how about the White House Gym? I understand there’s plenty of equipment.

I’m glad our President is so active and healthy — I just wish I didn’t have to pay for it on April 15.

unclesmrgol on April 12, 2011 at 10:36 AM

Remember, the white house sits on 18 acres. He has plenty of room to run around with the dog.

mizflame98 on April 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Poor Obama….Forced to Golf, Eat Kobi Beef, have an army of chef’s and servants cater to his every need.

You people have no empathy!!!

Tim_CA on April 12, 2011 at 11:29 AM

Remember, the white house sits on 18 acres. He has plenty of room to run around with the dog.

mizflame98 on April 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM

They also have a pooch.

slickwillie2001 on April 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Next thing you know, Obama’s going to complain all those (family) vacations he’s been forced to take since he took office.

It is ALL our fault.

Sir Napsalot on April 12, 2011 at 11:45 AM

mizflame98 on April 12, 2011 at 11:15 AM

Moooooslems think dogs are unclean. Have you seen the dog actually as a beloved family pet, ever?

Me, neither.

Sir Napsalot on April 12, 2011 at 11:47 AM

Release the scorecards! Or at least make Barry hide his, like he’s done with all other records of past achievements. If he’s been golfing at taxpayer expense, then the public has a right to know his scores.

Christien on April 12, 2011 at 12:22 PM

I’m surprised he didn’t blame this on Bush.

fossten on April 12, 2011 at 8:10 AM

President Bush didn’t golf during the war…

Khun Joe on April 12, 2011 at 12:25 PM

“I want my life back”– Tony Hayward Barack Obama

mrt721 on April 12, 2011 at 12:35 PM

I thought I heard of every excuse to go golfing until now, so I’ll give Barry a solid B+ for originality.

HellCat on April 12, 2011 at 12:41 PM

They also have a pooch.

slickwillie2001 on April 12, 2011 at 11:40 AM

Ahahaha! Made me laugh out loud! :D

Alana on April 12, 2011 at 12:42 PM

He could always walk in the shoes of a true leader.

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

Every night “Michelle, I’m the president of America; pinch me”

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2011 at 12:56 PM

Question1: Every second Obama is on the golf course is a second away from the Oval Office…that’s a good thing, right? I’d rather pay him to golf than to enact **ANY** of his policies.

Question2: If Obamacare has mandatory 4 hour stretches of golfing (or whatever), shouldn’t we consider giving it another look?

Question3: Can we get a daily 4 hour moratorium on gubment spending?

Question4: Over/Under on Michelle giving Barack a swift kick to the ‘boys’ upon hearing he’d rather golf than spend those 4 hours with her?

Geministorm on April 12, 2011 at 12:57 PM

It’s always tee time!

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2011 at 12:59 PM

Not much imagination – that one.

Pablo Snooze on April 12, 2011 at 1:16 PM

He could always walk in the shoes of a true leader.

Schadenfreude on April 12, 2011 at 12:54 PM

LMAO

Tim_CA on April 12, 2011 at 1:21 PM

4 whole hours? Alone? I wonder what that’s like?

I’m just wondering how President Bush managed to get out for bike rides and runs and still manage to do his job if security prevents Obama from going on a walk.

Common Sense on April 12, 2011 at 2:21 PM

Are you telling me that the FBI can secure an entire golf course (with its sand, water and trees) but not say a 2 mile area (walk both ways to get 4 miles)? And if he needs more time outside, how about a trampoline? A bike? (yeah okay he looked stupid on that)a basket ball court? How about he visit a military base – those are secure!

Geez, it’s sooooooooooo hard being President of the USA. If only Obambi could be president of China! I’m sure he’s not envious of Japan.

katablog.com on April 12, 2011 at 6:59 PM

Given ObaMao’s actions when he’s not out swatting balls, I wish he would golf more.

Slowburn on April 12, 2011 at 7:23 PM

“We make men without chests and expect of them virtue and enterprise. We laugh at honor and are shocked to find traitors in our midst. We castrate and then bid the geldings to be fruitful.”

~ C.S. Lewis, “The Abolition of Man”

The Hack in Chief proves Lewis’ thesis.

Freelancer on April 12, 2011 at 8:50 PM