Just days after President Barack Obama acknowledged on NBC’s Meet The Press that he “should’ve anticipated the optics” of going to play golf immediately after denouncing the terrorist beheading of American journalist James Foley last month, New York’s NBC affiliate is reporting that several elite golf courses in Westchester County declined the president’s requests for a tee time during Labor Day weekend.
Citing unnamed sources, the report said that Trump National Golf Club in Briarcliff Manor, Winged Foot Golf Club in Mamaroneck and Willow Ridge Country Club in Harrison were among the clubs that rebuffed inquiries regarding a Saturday morning tee time from Obama’s advance team.
The report added that club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-paying members by shutting down their courses on Saturday of Labor Day weekend.
As much as I love golf and like Obama, his golf-while-in-office habit has gotten out of hand. As a father of two young children with a full-time job, I’ve managed to squeeze in three golf outings this summer, only one of which was 18 holes. Meanwhile the leader of the free world is sneaking out for a round at seemingly every turn.
Although the president is entitled to recreation and respite from the demands of his 24-7 job, playing once or twice a month would certainly sit better with me, and likely most other working Americans. Especially since he’ll have plenty of time to tee it up when he leaves office in 2017.