President Obama played his 100th round of golf as President on Father’s Day in Chicago, making the media discuss his hobby.
(Image Source: The Gateway Pundit ) BY KERRY LEARY ANCHOR CHRISTINA HARTMAN U.S. President Barack Obama has picked up a new nick-name from some in the media, Golfer-In-Chief, after Mr. Obama played his 100th round of golf as president on Father’s Day. A blogger for White House Dossier says , all of the time Obama has spent golfing during his term adds up pretty quickly. “Obama’s golfing takes about five hours, including the motorcades back and forth from the fairways. If one thinks of this as taking up much of the day – include getting ready to go and cooling off afterward – its fair to say that Obama has spent more than three months of his presidency golfing.” Mr. Obama’s golf outings have sparked the interests of some anti-Obama groups. One even created a website documenting his outings. So is it really that bad? ABC news reports 15 of the 18 presidents since Theodore Roosevelt spent time golfing --- but who golfed the most during their presidential term? “That [Golfer in Chief] title falls to Woodrow Wilson, who reportedly played about 1,200 rounds during his presidency. Dwight Eisenhower is the runner-up at 800, according to his memorial commission.” And golf has become symbolism to some Americans. George W. Bush stopped playing golf after 24 times on the green in solidarity for those soldiers fighting in Iraq, according to Fox News. “One day, he felt like it is not fair for me as commander in chief when I have asked young men and women to be in harm’s way, that I’m out golfing and he put that aside.” GOP challenger Mitt Romney is seizing on that symbolism, suggesting Mr. Obama do the same thing Mr. Bush did. But CNN spoke with a Democratic strategist who says Mr. Obama should keep playing golf until Mr. Romney finishes renovations on his house. “It’s ridiculous for Mitt Romney to talk about being insensitive to the unemployed when you have him building an 11,000 square foot addition to his second, third or fourth home — I don’t know, I’ve lost track.” The New York Times spoke with golf pros who say they’re not surprised — the president could use the time on the green to relax and level his head. PGA pro Paul Casey noted, Mr. Obama’s hobby could actually spur the economy. “If he’s losing lots and lots of golf balls, then he’ll have to buy a lot of new ones, and maybe that will spur growth. And people will find his lost golf balls and sell those as collector’s items. More growth, right?” President Obama has said in the past that golf simply gives him a sense of freedom.