Former PGA champion chides Obama on golf, jobs

posted at 6:45 pm on August 25, 2011 by Tina Korbe

Too funny. I’ve always liked Paul Azinger, friend to the late Payne Stewart (who rivaled Greg Norman for the title of my favorite golfer as a child) and Ryder Cup Captain of legend. I really like him now. The 1993 PGA championship winner tweeted this light-hearted slam earlier this afternoon (h/t Elisabeth Meinecke):

The guy has written books, developed an iPhone app (Golfplan, featuring 30-minute videos and other helpful aids to your golf game!) and, in 2008, led a group of Ryder Cup rookies to the U.S.’ first victory since 1999. He knows whereof he speaks when he addresses optics, leadership and entrepreneurship.

But no worries. The president, too, knows what he’s doing. He’s been consulting with CEOs while away at Martha’s Vineyard. CEOs like, oh, you guessed it, Jeffrey Immelt, the GE chief executive. American Express CEO Kenneth Chenault met with the president, as well. It sounds like they’ve come up with some very innovative ideas for that jobs speech the president plans to give soon. From the National Journal’s Need to Know memo: “Much of the conversation, according to the White House, centered on proposals to increase the number of engineering students from universities and a plan to put construction workers back to work retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient.”

Update: This post originally incorrectly referred to Jeffrey Immelt as the “former” CEO of GE, when, in fact, he is still the CEO. The post has been corrected above.


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LOL.

Paul better get ready for Far Left Protesters on the Golf course, and a couple of Tax Audits.

portlandon on August 25, 2011 at 6:49 PM

and a plan to put construction workers back to work retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient.

Uhhh…what? Whose buildings, mine, yours, whose? How will it be paid for? What is the timeframe for return on investment measured in energy dollars, 100 years?

PBHO is a jackoff.

Bishop on August 25, 2011 at 6:50 PM

Oh, and there is no plan, there never was a plan, and all the blab about creating a plan was pure shat. PBHO couldn’t formulate a “plan” on how best to mow my lawn, much less figure out the mess he’s made.

Bishop on August 25, 2011 at 6:52 PM

I’ve never had a golf hero. There is always a first.

CW on August 25, 2011 at 6:52 PM

Zinger is also a cancer survivor. Great guy.

pugwriter on August 25, 2011 at 6:53 PM

Yes my friends more stimulus dollars and temporary construction jobs given only to Union workers. That’s the answer….

sandee on August 25, 2011 at 6:54 PM

He’s been married nearly 30 years and he is a Christian.

He really will make the lefties’ heads spin.

CW on August 25, 2011 at 6:55 PM

Yes my friends more stimulus dollars and temporary construction jobs given only to Union workers. That’s the answer….

sandee on August 25, 2011 at 6:54 PM

Jobs that add little value and come with an enormous opportunity cost.

CW on August 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

“Much of the conversation, according to the White House, centered on proposals to increase the number of engineering students from universities…”

From the administration that created record unemployment in the engineering and computer science fields. So the purpose is to create jobs for tenured professors by grinding out engineers who cannot find a job.

batterup on August 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Jobs that add little value and come with an enormous opportunity cost.

CW on August 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

You got it….

sandee on August 25, 2011 at 6:57 PM

When did Jeff Immelt become GE’s former CEO?

therealfranklin on August 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM

Ridicule is the libtards’ favorite weapon. They hate it when used against them.

Mojave Mark on August 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM

He actually did Payne Stewarts eulogy. Very funny story about Stewart blowing up an outboard motor in his garage.

hawkdriver on August 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM

and a plan to put construction workers back to work retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient

This will no doubt be by government mandate, expect many building owners to go out of business and more meaningful jobs lost.

neuquenguy on August 25, 2011 at 7:00 PM

I figure every proposal starts with the question: “Will this benefit the unions?”

Also, why is he talking to Immelt about job creation? Hasn’t GE been shifting more and more jobs to China?

ReaganWasRight on August 25, 2011 at 7:02 PM

That’s what you call a class A Zinger.

katy on August 25, 2011 at 7:04 PM

What a minute. We mock the left for listening to celebrities bash GOP presidents. Shut up and sing and all that jazz. It doesn’t look good to line up behind a golfer.

Shut up and swing.

keep the change on August 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Cheers for Azinger, a super-achiever in an activity that purely rewards individual merit. That’s a concept totally alien to the grade-inflated, affirmative-actioned ruling class.

increase the number of engineering students from universities and a plan to put construction workers back to work retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient.”

So the big jobs ideas that are “coming into focus” (the media-parroted line of the day) will be to make more unemployable graduates, and relay our money to the construction trade unions so they can remodel structures that will afflict more people with Sick Building Syndrome. Great. If those ideas were deemed worthy enough to leak then it must be the best they can come up with. Going out on a limb and saying that the speech will go over like a lead balloon. I’m beginning to get the feeling that perhaps this president may like the sound of his own voice.

curved space on August 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM

keep the change on August 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Don’t worry, I’m sure the left has people standing by to say the same thing.

I’m tired of living by a standard we expect everyone to follow; that only we do.

hawkdriver on August 25, 2011 at 7:12 PM

I’d always not forgiven him for stealing that PGA from Greg; didn’t dislike him, just hadn’t forgiven him (unlike Faldo — that is just a total heartache)….

this goes some way toward softening my view of his past trespass

EastofEden on August 25, 2011 at 7:13 PM

This better be a real hum strummer of a speech because there has been a LOT of build up, if he and/or it fall flat he’ll be filleted in the media on FOX and Rush

Alden Pyle on August 25, 2011 at 7:18 PM

proposals to increase the number of engineering students from universities and a plan to put construction workers back to work retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient.”

So same old, same old. Yeah, “new” and “cutting edge” ideas. And the “engineering students” will be a “diverse group”. Right?

GarandFan on August 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

OH NO SHE DIDN’T….

Favorites “as a child”?

originalpechanga on August 25, 2011 at 7:25 PM

an enormous opportunity cost.

CW on August 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

There you go again, using a term that leftists don’t understand. I used that in a recent meeting with mostly progressives and all I got were vacant stares.

chemman on August 25, 2011 at 7:27 PM

Zinger’s always been conservative (as are most PGA Tour players). He boycotted visiting Clinton back in the 90s for Ryder Cup promos.

Thought I’d mention that to preempt the racism charges. LOl!

kevinkristy on August 25, 2011 at 7:31 PM

batterup on August 25, 2011 at 6:56 PM

Someone has to catch up to Law Schools in futility. The won hates anyone with a hard science major because they make his IQ look puny.

chemman on August 25, 2011 at 7:32 PM

What a minute. We mock the left for listening to celebrities bash GOP presidents. Shut up and sing and all that jazz. It doesn’t look good to line up behind a golfer.

Shut up and swing.

keep the change on August 25, 2011 at 7:08 PM

Did you miss the part about his pretty impressive non-golf background?

WitchDoctor on August 25, 2011 at 7:34 PM

A zinger from the Zinger. Met him once at the Western Open. Hell of a nice guy!

Ted Torgerson on August 25, 2011 at 7:36 PM

Excellent

cmsinaz on August 25, 2011 at 7:37 PM

Holder to investigate in 5….4….3….

cmsinaz on August 25, 2011 at 7:38 PM

Anyone think Obama fudges on the number of strokes he takes?

iamsaved on August 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Obama’s jobs plan=vocational schools and insulation.

RedRedRice on August 25, 2011 at 7:48 PM

Ha! Very good. The only person who has played more golf than POTUS is my son who plays just about every day.

Buy Danish on August 25, 2011 at 7:52 PM

Back in 04, they polled all the American born players in the PGA Championship field. Not one supported Kerry.

Nelsen on August 25, 2011 at 7:59 PM

Since when is Immelt the “former” GE CEO?

http://www.ge.com/company/leadership/ceo.html

Seems he’s still there (for some reason).

Like Zinger’s dig, though. Nice.

Pablo Snooze on August 25, 2011 at 8:10 PM

Where have I heard of that ‘retro-fitting buildings for energy efficiency’
before ?? Oh, yeah …

http://www.thenewamerican.com/economy/commentary-mainmenu-43/8654-stimulus-dollars-in-seattle-fail-to-create-green-jobs-as-promised

pambi on August 25, 2011 at 8:12 PM

But what about Obamy’s putter ready jobs?

esnap on August 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM

….and a plan to put construction workers back to work retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient.”

Oooooo….That’ll cause long lasting economic expansion, which in turn will create increased employment (sarcasm off). These people are dumber than a box of rocks.

tgharris on August 25, 2011 at 8:18 PM

I have always liked Paul Azinger..Good Job Paul..:)

Dire Straits on August 25, 2011 at 8:24 PM

and a plan to put construction workers back to work retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient.

Uhhh…what? Whose buildings, mine, yours, whose? How will it be paid for? What is the timeframe for return on investment measured in energy dollars, 100 years?

PBHO is a jackoff.

Bishop on August 25, 2011 at 6:50 PM

You have got to be fuc#ing kidding me. Government-funded make-work projects?! The Civilian-Environmental-Public-Employee-Union-Corps?

I am starting to think I’ve been understating Obama’s stupidity and incompetence…

Jaibones on August 25, 2011 at 8:41 PM

Anyone think Obama fudges on the number of strokes he takes?

iamsaved on August 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Why do you think his rounds are only open to a single WH photog. Or better yet why the press was kicked off the cours on the Earthquake day when he three putted the first hole.

cobrakai99 on August 25, 2011 at 8:50 PM

Note to self:

1. Start caring about professional golf
2. Make Paul Azinger be my favorite player

angryed on August 25, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Shut up and swing.

keep the change

Um, unlike the Dixie Chicks’ fans, a golf ball doesn’t care about your politics. Just sayin’

Knott Buyinit on August 25, 2011 at 9:04 PM

Obam the no plan man.

marybel on August 25, 2011 at 9:08 PM

“Much of the conversation, according to the White House, centered on proposals to increase the number of engineering students from universities and a plan to put construction workers back to work retrofitting buildings to make them more energy efficient.”

This is a joke right? Paging Electrongod, paging Electrongod! Engineers know what total bullsh*t this is!! We can’t find jobs as it is, I’m sure a whole bunch MORE of us trying to make windmills fly will make everything better!!
ugh, what a freaking idiot Obama is.

CambellBrown on August 25, 2011 at 9:24 PM

Note to self:

1. Start caring about professional golf…

angryed on August 25, 2011 at 8:56 PM

Tough assignment.

slickwillie2001 on August 25, 2011 at 9:40 PM

He plays what you say?

leftnomore on August 25, 2011 at 9:43 PM

What a crock of crap. I can’t believe anyone is so stupid as to allow this idiot to get away with talking about putting construction workers back to work by forcing them to begin a new area of specialization.

Hello, O’Clueless Administration? Anybody home? Anybody there ever work a construction job at any time in your sheltered lives?

What makes you think a person who pours concrete, draws up blueprints, erects sheetrock, lays carpet, paints, spackles ceilings,installs insulation or appliances or ductwork or plumbing fixtures or electrical conduit, or any of a hundred other tasks, will just drop everything in order to buy new tools and learn a new skill that is not yet maket-proven to be effective, necessary or correct?

In order for this to make any sense at all, he has to be dangling an immensely huge carrot in front of construction workers. Which takes this naive concept out of the realm of stupid and into the realm of corruption, economic sabotage and plain old obstinacy toward the TEA partiers.

rwenger43 on August 25, 2011 at 10:09 PM

Why does this idiot only care about construction workers?
Most of the unemployed are not ‘shovel ready’ people!

HellCat on August 25, 2011 at 10:30 PM

When did Jeff Immelt become GE’s former CEO?

therealfranklin on August 25, 2011 at 6:58 PM

I wish.

Missy on August 25, 2011 at 10:33 PM

Why does this idiot only care about construction workers?
Most of the unemployed are not ‘shovel ready’ people!

HellCat on August 25, 2011 at 10:30 PM

Because infrastructure polls well, because illegals can be employed, and because he likes the image of the New Deal (WPA, CCC, road construction, bridge construction, national park works, etc.).

Missy on August 25, 2011 at 10:49 PM

Update: This post originally incorrectly referred to Jeffrey Immelt as the “former” CEO of GE, when, in fact, he is still the CEO. The post has been corrected above.

I’d like to read, “Obama, former president of the US.”

Ward Cleaver on August 26, 2011 at 12:44 AM

Zinger! Very well played, sir.

Freelancer on August 26, 2011 at 1:47 AM

Anyone think Obama fudges on the number of strokes he takes?

iamsaved on August 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Love to have just one photo of him using his “foot wedge”. I have a feeling that “club” gets a lot of strokes per round.

SKYFOX on August 26, 2011 at 6:37 AM

nice set of clubs you got there dude….it’d be a shame if something happened to them./
/white house.

ted c on August 26, 2011 at 7:49 AM

Putting people to work retrofitting buildings.

Okay, fine. How long will that take? Up until November 2012?

Mr. President, Please try to look further out than your buddy’s pocketbook.

bridgetown on August 26, 2011 at 8:41 AM

Golf Club ready jobs

Wade on August 26, 2011 at 9:56 AM

Someone has to catch up to Law Schools in futility. The won hates anyone with a hard science major because they make his IQ look puny.

chemman on August 25, 2011 at 7:32 PM

A refrigerator thermometer reading makes his IQ look puny…

ontheright on August 26, 2011 at 1:06 PM

Anyone think Obama fudges on the number of strokes he takes?

iamsaved on August 25, 2011 at 7:43 PM

Why on earth would he need to? Not like they’re ever gonna release the scorecards.

runawayyyy on August 26, 2011 at 3:28 PM