One Hundred Rounds of Golf and Counting
President Barack Obama was on the golf course for about four hours on Father’s Day playing another round of golf. This time he was at the Beverly Country Club near Chicago with two friends and one aide. Since Obama has taken office, Sunday’s round was his 100th. It is obvious he loves the game but he has not spoken more than once or twice in public about it.
As peaceful as the sport can be, it certainly has created controversy, especially when an American president is playing it. Critics get infuriated with the president wanting to know why he is not busy working on the problems of the nation. It makes the President’s supporters defensive about the right he has to an occasional few hours of peaceful recreation.
Opponents believe they have the right to call a president who plays golf a slacker who is not focusing on the responsibilities his office requires. Supporters are quick to cheer him for the ability to enjoy a few hours to recharge and revitalize his energy.
The same sort of thing occurred when George W. Bush was the president. He made several (77 in all) visits to his Texas ranch that totaled over 490 days. Bush opponents said he should have stayed in the White House to work, while his supporters said no one should worry about his time there as he combines rest with work.
Bush also enjoyed 24 rounds of golf in just the first two years he was president. However, because of the Iraq war, he decided to stop. Overall, Presidents cannot work 24 hours a day 7 days a week and since it is hard to enjoy golf at night, we happen to see his golf game during working hours.