Grim milestone: Semi-retired president plays 200th round of golf in office

posted at 11:21 am on October 13, 2014 by Allahpundit

The optics may be bad but you can’t argue with the results, am I right?

Two hundred sounds like a lot but it’s small potatoes compared to what the most avid presidential golfer racked up. Woodrow Wilson managed to damage America in all sorts of durable ways while golfing a mind-boggling estimated 1,200 rounds in just six and a half years. (He was incapacitated for the last 18 months or so of his presidency due to a major stroke.) That’s roughly 3.5 rounds a week for every week of his presidency while he was able-bodied; Obama, by comparison, has racked up a meager 0.67 rounds per week, meaning he’s out there not quite every weekend but every two out of three.

He’s been golfing more as he slips further into lame-duckery too, as you might imagine. Per this site, he was out there around 30 times a year during the first three years of his presidency, then cut back to a slim 18 outings in the all-important reelection year of 2012. (If presidential golfing is all about relief from the stresses of the job, shouldn’t he need to golf more often when he’s juggling the job plus a national presidential campaign? That’s intense stress squared.) Once that was past him he started making up for lost time, golfing 45 times last year and at least 35 this year with two and a half months still to go. Running the world’s most powerful country can be done partly from the golf course, even when ISIS is threatening Baghdad and the CDC’s reporting the first confirmed Ebola transmission on U.S. soil, but truly important tasks like a reelection campaign evidently require 24/7 focus. Just worth bearing all of that in mind for reference later, when the next Republican president takes some R&R and it’s Democrats’ turn to complain about how he’s lost focus.

Anyway, yeah.


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If they found Obola on the golf course I bet he’d stop the incoming flights.

ConstantineXI on October 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Semi-retarded

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

Let’s see if he can make 400 by 2016…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2014 at 11:22 AM

That’s what you do when you’ve solved all the problems.

rogerb on October 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

obama success stories:

ISO succeeds, exponentially

1%rs are richer than ever, incl. him.

Ebola

Name any others, I triple dare you.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

Golf…but he ain’t good at it…just wastes lots of hours on the courses, pretending.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:23 AM

America, you stupid land, in the majority.

This is who represents you, an utter turkey.

Mitt lost to this oaf.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Meanwhile in Chicago ——–

Only 3 dead and 17 wounded this weekend. Must’ve gotten cold there.

One or two ass-shootings, as per the norm :)

WhirledPeas on October 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Nonfactor, you fool, he’s not a “thug”.

Thugs have a spine.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

And he doesn’t pay for a single round…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2014 at 11:24 AM

Who cares. At least it keeps him out of the office. Can you imagine what would be happening if he really paid attention?

Walter L. Newton on October 13, 2014 at 11:25 AM

No one ever mentions his score or handicap…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Has NIH studied the link between golf and stroke….?

d1carter on October 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM

No one ever mentions his handicap…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

I think it’s because of the ADA……………

VegasRick on October 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

I think it’s because of the ADA……………

VegasRick on October 13, 2014 at 11:28 AM

LOL…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

Yes, 200 rounds but has his score improved?

diogenes on October 13, 2014 at 11:30 AM

I have to wonder when he leaves office, will he then play more or less golf?

SC.Charlie on October 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

It’s hard to believe Wilson played that many rounds of golf, just know how affected he was by high blood pressure, especially in his later years (while in the White House).

Ward Cleaver on October 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

…and he’s up to 10 detailed CIA briefings. Double-digits, yay!

RBMN on October 13, 2014 at 11:32 AM

Would you critics leave His Awesomeness alone already? He needs time (and privacy) to eat his waffle, buy some shrimp, indulge in shave(d) ice. A little card-playing time with Reg, tee-vee viewing, practice with the X-box, and par-taying is in order, too. Is it time for another overseas vacay?

onlineanalyst on October 13, 2014 at 11:33 AM

With those scrawny arms he probably uses a driver for any shot over 100 yds.

fogw on October 13, 2014 at 11:35 AM

Did you see his clean desk? Not a spec of dust or paper on it, not even a post it note. Just a phone and a pen.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:36 AM

spec = speck

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

“are in order”

onlineanalyst on October 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Has NIH studied the link between golf and stroke….?

d1carter on October 13, 2014 at 11:27 AM

They’ll get to it after they finish their study on the link between score and handicap.

bgibbs1000 on October 13, 2014 at 11:37 AM

Woodrow Wilson managed to damage America in all sorts of durable ways while golfing a mind-boggling estimated 1,200 rounds in just six and a half years. (He was incapacitated for the last 18 months or so of his presidency due to a major stroke.)

Yeah, and Wilson’s wife was allegedly running the show during that timeframe. Obama hasn’t even suffered a stroke and he’s had a woman(Valerie, not Moochelle) running things for nearly 6 years.

Doughboy on October 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

I have to wonder when he leaves office, will he then play more or less golf?

SC.Charlie on October 13, 2014 at 11:31 AM

Do they have a golf course at Leavenworth?

celtic warrior on October 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

So which golf equipment manufacturer is going to sign O up as a spokesman once his term is over?

Marcola on October 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Happy Columbus Day America!!!

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Fiddle-dee-dee!

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM

In Wilson’s time there was no way to control anyone’s blood pressure. In fact the good hypertension drugs we currently have is a relatively recent development in the last fifty years or less.

SC.Charlie on October 13, 2014 at 11:41 AM

I have older friends who are in fact retired and devoted to golf who haven’t played that many rounds in the same time period. TFG is disgusting.

MTF on October 13, 2014 at 11:43 AM

But Susan Rice is taking care of things while he golfs. Or maybe not.

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kcewa on October 13, 2014 at 11:45 AM

Happy Columbus Day America!!!

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Racist.

kcewa on October 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

No one ever mentions his handicap…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

He plays to about a 16, from what I understand…depending on how you look at it, that’s either pretty decent (he got into golf later in life, and rumors of him being an athlete are suspect at best) or truly awful (he averages 30 rounds a year, has a putting green in his backyard, and has gotten instruction from the likes of Butch Harmon. I’d be single digits by now if I had options like those!)

I went from a 24 to a 16 in about a year…but I’m a bit younger, and my job (NCO in the Army) only requires about 60 hours a week.

Sgt Steve on October 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

Racist.

kcewa on October 13, 2014 at 11:46 AM

I helped more blacks than obama.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:47 AM

Latest senate polls not going Dead Pecker’s way.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

My comment from the Headlines thread

Has his handicap improved? If it has, that would be his greatest presidential accomplishment.

Along those same lines, Bill Cunningham tossed out a great line last night: “Joe Biden said that Iraq would be one of Obama’s greatest foreign policy accomplishments. He was right.”

NOMOBO on October 13, 2014 at 9:59 AM

I thought the salient point was the Cunningham line.

NOMOBO on October 13, 2014 at 11:53 AM

In Obama’s first days transitioning from a candidate to the nation’s chief executive, Americans last week caught a glimpse of Obama’s immediate family priorities that could translate into social policy initiatives from an Obama administration.

It was leadership by example.

Last year on Father’s Day, Obama delivered a speech at the Apostolic Church of God on Chicago’s South Side where he appealed to black fathers to be more engaged in the lives of their children

From an article titled “Will President Obama, the Family Man, Inspire Black Dads?” in November 2008, By: Michael H. Cottman, BlackAmericaWeb.com

That was before he spent over 1000 hours away from his family on the golf course

Ditkaca on October 13, 2014 at 11:54 AM

Give King Barack a break! President Jarrett is running things at the White House.

GarandFan on October 13, 2014 at 11:55 AM

Oct. sure is full of surprises, none good for obama and his azzdwellers.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:56 AM

Obama obsession with golf is due to a complex of inferiority… Golf historically is the game played by rich and powerful white men and Obama is obsessed to show that he is equal and even better than rich and powerful white men…

mnjg on October 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

Appropriate musical interlude

Shy Guy on October 13, 2014 at 11:59 AM

Woodrow Wilson managed to damage America in all sorts of durable ways while golfing a mind-boggling estimated 1,200 rounds in just six and a half years.

You are not seriously comparing the nature and role of the Presidency in the early 20th century with the Post-WWII role and nature are you? Totally different requirements.

That does it. Allahpundit…. look at the pretty flowers.

Happy Nomad on October 13, 2014 at 12:04 PM

Obama obsession with golf is due to a complex of inferiority… Golf historically is the game played by rich and powerful white men and Obama is obsessed to show that he is equal and even better than rich and powerful white men…

mnjg on October 13, 2014 at 11:58 AM

But Asians play best. Kim Jung Il got four holes-in-one the very first time he played golf.

I’m guessing that Obama’s golf scores are as accurate as the economic projections coming out of his administration.

Happy Nomad on October 13, 2014 at 12:06 PM

Woodrow Wilson managed to damage America in all sorts of durable ways while golfing a mind-boggling estimated 1,200 rounds in just six and a half years.

My guess, though, and it is just a guess, is that Wilson’s golf schedule wasn’t hampered by presidential duties such as fundraising trips and celebrity get-togethers, like Obama’s schedule is.

Dusty on October 13, 2014 at 12:07 PM

I cant believe he only played 200 rounds.

Blake on October 13, 2014 at 12:08 PM

Can we talk about all this fundraising? I know W did it but he at least did some kind of b.s. presidential stuff to make it look legit. This guy doesn’t even bother and charges it off to the taxpayer.

Cindy Munford on October 13, 2014 at 12:09 PM

six

davidk on October 13, 2014 at 12:11 PM

Why not? Valerie’s in charge.

TerryW on October 13, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Meet new victims of so-called ‘marriage equality’

Dozens of Christians prosecuted, fined for non-participation in same-sex weddings

http://www.wnd.com/2014/10/christian-vendors-locked-out-of-wedding-business/

davidk on October 13, 2014 at 12:17 PM

Focus

Obamacare premiums aren’t rising everywhere. They just have a way of finding the states with the biggest Senate races. And that could be very bad timing for Democrats in two of the party’s key contests.

Double-digit rate hikes for individual health insurance plans have become an issue in the Louisiana and Iowa Senate races over the past week, where the Republican candidates are hammering their Democratic opponents for the steep premium increases on the way next year for some customers under the Affordable Care Act.

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

When I worked in consulting, the sales guys used golf to break the ice with big guys in a potential client and build a relationship. So here’s my question…

WHO is he playing golf with?

dominigan on October 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

Intolerance

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 12:24 PM

When I worked in consulting, the sales guys used golf to break the ice with big guys in a potential client and build a relationship. So here’s my question…

WHO is he playing golf with?

dominigan on October 13, 2014 at 12:21 PM

The devil—what do I win?

hillsoftx on October 13, 2014 at 12:29 PM

No one ever mentions his score or handicap…

PatriotRider on October 13, 2014 at 11:26 AM

Yea … kind of like his collegiate GPA and for you LIVeral’s that means Grade Point Average.
Which if it is ever revealed (and whoever does this will be sent to the NEW IMPROVED GITMO) will offer background for the pathetic performance of our FIRST Affirmative Action (al taqiyya) President Present.

Missilengr on October 13, 2014 at 12:30 PM

You keep misspelling retarded. That should be semi-retarded.

bbinfl on October 13, 2014 at 12:41 PM

Folks, when you account for the logistics of each outing, our dear leader has devoted 100 days (3-1/3 months!) to lowering his handicap.

Imagine where we’d be if he spent even a fraction of that time lowering the debt, lowering real unemployment, or decreasing any one of a growing number of threats from Ebola, ISIS, Illegals, etc.

HotJavaJack on October 13, 2014 at 12:43 PM

Azzhole in Chief

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 12:49 PM

But Asians play best. Kim Jung Il got four holes-in-one the very first time he played golf.

It was probably miniature golf, and the fairway length was measured in millimeters. That way Krazy Kim couldn’t miss!

As for King Putt, why don’t we send him for Round 201 in Fallujah?

Steve Z on October 13, 2014 at 1:05 PM

“President Obama went to the bank to cash a check and he didn’t have his ID. And the teller said you’ve got to prove who you are.

“He said, ‘How should I do that?’ She said the other day Phil Mickelson came in, he didn’t have his ID but he set up a little cup on the ground, took a golf ball, putted it right into that cup so they knew it was Phil Mickelson. They cashed his check.

“And then Andre Agassi came in. And Andre Agassi didn’t have his ID either. He put a little target on the wall, took a tennis ball and racquet — hit it onto that target time. We knew that was Andre Agassi so we cashed his check.

“And she said to him, ‘Is there anything you can do to prove who you are?’ And [Obama] said, ‘I don’t have a clue.’

“And she said, ‘Well, Mr. President, do you want your money in small bills or large bills?'”

I just read this joke that Romney told about Obama. Hahaha

bobthm3 on October 13, 2014 at 1:10 PM

Wonder if anyone has ever set up a petition on the White House website demanding he stop playing golf. I suppose it wouldn’t matter anyway; he’d just up the minimum signatures to 18 bazillion.

dtb on October 13, 2014 at 1:15 PM

At the end of the day, that is one heck of a stressful job. I wouldn’t begrudge the guy a round of golf every weekend. I’ve known other guys that did that as their stress reliever every Sunday.

What bugs me is that when re-election time comes he lays off and really hits the campaign trail. A focus he doesn’t show when it’s just America’s problems and not raising money for himself/cronies.

WitchDoctor on October 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

Shouldn’t you be calling him mostly retired instead of semi retired?

cat_owner on October 13, 2014 at 1:28 PM

He’s played more rounds of golf than the number of days he showed up to do his job when he was a Senator.

Good Lt on October 13, 2014 at 1:49 PM

Screw Iraq.
Tired of hearing about that hell hole since 2003.
Keep golfing Mr. President.
Hater gonna hate.
Ned Pepper on August 11, 2014 at 4:20 PM

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 1:55 PM

Woodrow Wilson. Another of the worst presidents we have had. Was the world falling apart as he golfed?

dogsoldier on October 13, 2014 at 3:12 PM

WitchDoctor on October 13, 2014 at 1:23 PM

I begrudge him the golfing.

A. He does nothing when he should be working. Does he even drag his sorry ass out of bed before 9?

B. All he does is attend fundraisers, make speeches, travel and vacation. Does he work with congress? Well no. He insists he’s the “idea” guy and never bothers to roll up his sleeves.

He never performed the job he was hired for.

dogsoldier on October 13, 2014 at 3:16 PM

Woodrow Wilson: the Stooge of Staunton

Arnold Yabenson on October 13, 2014 at 3:17 PM

Happy Columbus Day America!!!

Schadenfreude on October 13, 2014 at 11:39 AM

Ditto ! Happy Thanksgiving fellow Canadians !

cableguy615 on October 13, 2014 at 3:28 PM

Wilson was at the beginning of the ‘progressive era,’ when government wasn’t so big.

Obama has golfed more in office than all other post-WWII Presidents combined.

Adjoran on October 13, 2014 at 4:29 PM

Too many rounds of golf apparently doesn’t leave him much time to eat. Has anyone noticed how much weight our Beanpole President has lost in recent months?

UPNorthWolf on October 13, 2014 at 5:00 PM