According to unofficial presidential statistician Mark Knoller of CBS News, Obama has left the White House to play basketball 16 times so far, in addition to the countless times he has played on his home court. He’s shot 44 rounds of golf, gone fishing and played tennis. Total sporting-related events hosted at the White House: 45. That’s about six times the number of news conferences he has held.
He’s been to see the Nationals twice this year, the last time in June with Malia and Sasha to see the Nats play Obama’s White Sox. Last week, he took Sasha to see the Washington Mystics of the WNBA at Verizon Center.
Obama’s foes have mocked him for playing golf more often than his sports-mad predecessor, who played only 24 rounds during his entire eight-year presidency. “Obama skips Polish funeral, heads to golf course,” was one Washington Times headline. Liberals who once mocked George W. Bush’s “watch this drive” moment on the golf course now speak of the need for Obama to clear his head.