August 21st, 2009
06:02 PM ET
5 years ago

On Obama's agenda next week: Golf

Obama is expected to play golf a 'number of times' while on vacation, said the White House.
Obama is expected to play golf a 'number of times' while on vacation, said the White House.

(CNN) - White House Press Secretary Robert Gibbs is giving few specifics on how President Obama will spend his week-long vacation on Martha's Vineyard.

But one thing seems certain: Obama will likely sneak in several rounds of golf, just as former President Bill Clinton did when he vacationed on the island in the 1990's.

"There are no official events scheduled in the weeks ahead," Gibbs said Friday. "I anticipate he'll play golf a number of times."

TIME: Barack Obama: America's (Not So Great) Golfer-in-Chief

According to the Boston Herald, rumored to be among his partners on the course is Tiger Woods, who is coming off a disappointing loss in the PGA championship last weekend. Woods is already set to be in the Boston area for the Deutsche Bank Championship.

But Gibbs said Friday he has no idea if the golfing legend will actually tee it up with Obama, who is estimated to be between a 16 and 24 handicap and has golfed several weekends in the Washington area over the summer.

"I think he is going to spend a decent part of his time relaxing with his family," said Gibbs. "I do not have anything that says he will play with Tiger Woods in the next few days."

But in between the rounds of golf and relaxing with his family, the president will continue to discuss the health care issue with lawmakers, GIbbs said.

"He'll continue to touch base with members of Congress in the House and the Senate on the Finance Committee to check in with them about progress that's being made," he said.


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soundoff (270 Responses)
  1. Annie, Atlanta

    Good for you, Mr. President. Now relax, and come back and do what we voted for you to do – give the insurance companies some competition and break their monopoly and resultant price gouging. Thank you.

    August 21, 2009 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  2. RealityKing

    576,000 people filed for unemployment this week...

    August 21, 2009 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  3. Deuce

    G>O>L>F. Gone on left field.. Yep that is Obama..

    August 21, 2009 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  4. Billy from NC

    What did Obama mean by saying "all wee weed up"? I don't understand. Is he saying that people should start smoking more weed?

    August 21, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  5. Tim

    Maybe they can play with Y. E. Yang and then follow it up with another "beer summit" to set aside any hard feelings after the PGA Championship...

    August 21, 2009 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  6. sherry

    Tee off Mr. President , you deserve a enjoyable and relaxing vacation.

    August 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  7. charlie in Maine

    And his handicap?

    Those idiot blue dogs.

    August 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  8. Mississippi Mike

    That picture makes him look like Peewee Herman. Sadly, I think Peewee would be just as good of a president. Bowtie and all.

    August 21, 2009 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  9. MD

    If ever someone deserved a vacation, it's our President. I hope they have a wonderful, relaxing, fun and most of all safe time. May God Bless them...

    August 21, 2009 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  10. david

    CNN should know better than to put an apostrophe in 1990s. It's not possessive. The apostrophe is used when you abbreviate the decade as the '90s (the apostrophe indicates the missing numerals). It's hard to teach college students when professional journalists get it wrong!

    August 21, 2009 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  11. Simp

    A vacation well deserved, whether he's golfing or just hanging out with his family. No matter what he does the haters will critize him, but what else is it for haters to do. Enjoy Mr President and first family.

    August 21, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  12. southerncousin

    I couldn't afford to take a vacation or play golf this year. I have to work to pay for all of the programs Obama has developed for those who don't work and pay taxes. What a lying jerk you idiots elected as president.

    August 21, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  13. now that would be fun

    have fun mr. pres

    I would enjoy playing a round with them, though at least Tiger would be a quite humbling experience, and of course and honor to play with them both

    some how Obama doesn't make me feel humbled however the same way Tiger would, more like just a great guy that is very smart, an every man

    August 21, 2009 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  14. BP

    Get back to work...

    August 21, 2009 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  15. Lenny

    Our tax dollars hard a work.

    August 21, 2009 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. PLUTO

    At least he won't be drunk in Crawford, Texas, "cutting the brush," or off "walking along the Appalachian Trail," or "taking a wide stance." Heck, he won't even be "raising the terror level."

    August 21, 2009 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  17. Consuela

    This while so many Americans are in such pain.

    August 21, 2009 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  18. CAL

    @ realityking

    and your point being what? Bush went to crawford while our young men and women were dying in Iraq. You idiots need to give it a rest. The President just like anybody else deserves a vacation. Congress is out for a whole month and they don't do a darn thing the whole time they are in session except try to find ways to go against whatever President Obama is trying to do. So shut up loser.

    August 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  19. Right Leaning Independent

    I am sure he will be hitting a draw to the LEFT the entire week!!! lol

    August 21, 2009 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  20. pam Eugene OR

    I hope the entire Obama family has a wonderful time on their much deserved vacation. At least he is spending time with his family instead of clearing brush.

    August 21, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  21. Deuce

    Why would I wonder why another CNN guy picks on a republican.
    You all work for barack Obama..

    August 21, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  22. Right Leaning Independent

    Oops, he looks like a lefty so he may be slicing to the LEFT all week.....

    August 21, 2009 03:52 pm at 3:52 pm |
  23. armymom1024

    And here I thought Obama said he needed to rent a house for $25K, and spend protection budget because he needed "quality time with [his] daughters" – silly me. Of course we couldn't expect him to relax and have quality time with his family in Rome, France, Africia, National Parks or maybe even Camp David.

    August 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  24. Deuce

    Barack Obama had at least two Golf-Pro's on scene. Just to get this phot right. "How to hold your Stick." "Did I hear Club???

    Obama always new how to hold his Club!!!! Beat it Obama...

    August 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  25. ANGIE IN PA

    Have Fun President Obama relax and refresh! spend quailty family time and be safe

    August 21, 2009 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
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