August 21st, 2009
06:02 PM ET
9 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. Patrick

    First, people complained when he had a beer. Then there was all the hoopla about his wife wearing shorts. Now, people are complaining because he took a vacation. Does becoming president make a person ineligible for relaxation? It's clear that he is a hard worker. This is all incredibly petty. Time for all of you chronic complainers to get a life. You evidently have way too much time on your hands. Oh, and whatever you do, don't have a beer, wear shorts or go on vacation.

    August 21, 2009 06:35 pm at 6:35 pm |
  2. Randy

    I know how I will be spending my "long" weekend. Working. I hope he has a GREAT vacation at our expense.

    If you think health care is expensive now, wait until it is free!!!!

    August 21, 2009 06:38 pm at 6:38 pm |
  3. Chris in MI

    What's the big deal? Seven days for goodness sake! The guy deserves it after inheriting the mess Dubya left him.
    In fact, maybe if Dubya would have stayed in DC in August '01 instead of clearing brush in Crawford AND paid attention to the information he was getting regarding Bin Laden and planes flying into major buildings, we wouldn't be in the mess we're in now...

    August 21, 2009 06:39 pm at 6:39 pm |
  4. david

    what's wrong with obama taking a vacation. no one said anything when bush took a vacation. (probably because we were better off with him away from his desk). bush took more vacation time than any president that i can recall.

    August 21, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  5. usualone

    Some day we will die when someone is having fun. Some day we will be having fun when someone is dying. Some days we will be losing jobs while others gain employment. I wonder why so many people are terribly bitter these days. That doesn't gain a thing. The President needs some free time in his life, and a President always has the red phone waiting. He never really has free moments as most of us have. He needs to help out Americans as we have elected him to do so. He is not our "slave" as these folk who resent him seem to suggest. The last President took more vacations than most previous presidents; and I don't recall people complaining bitterly as many do today. These bitter comments are easy to do. Hoping our President succeeds only helps out all of us, even those who write the bitter comments.

    August 21, 2009 06:42 pm at 6:42 pm |
  6. Penn Voter

    Think of as a micro-stimulas package.... Obama has a "moral obligation" to live it up, rubbing elbows with celebs, its good for our health that he is out and about and not in the office mucking up the nation.

    August 21, 2009 06:45 pm at 6:45 pm |
  7. stormerF

    Obama needs a vacation,he has hardly been out of the office since he took office...Or when was he in the office? has he been in the office? does he know where the office is?After Paris,Yellow Stone and Now Martha's Vineyard? and he has been the President for 200 Days?

    August 21, 2009 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  8. Hannah Stevens

    I am glad he is finally taking some time off. I think he works horrendous hours and weekends as well. He is the leader of our country and we want him to come back to work refreshed. He deserves a vacation.

    Bush in his first year took the whole month of August to cut brush at Crawford, while waiting for 9-11. bush only worked eight hour days if that and seldom worked weekends. He had the distinction of taking the most time off of any president in history. I truly believe that he was never present however and cheney was the true president calling the shots.

    I am so thankful for an intelligent hard working leader like President Obama.

    August 21, 2009 06:49 pm at 6:49 pm |
  9. sue

    Hope he has a great vacation and gets a good golf lesson from one of the best!

    August 21, 2009 06:50 pm at 6:50 pm |
  10. John james

    Presido has put in a lot of overtime... he needs a break...go kiss his black chite if it's a problem to you...PERIOD.

    August 21, 2009 06:52 pm at 6:52 pm |
  11. NWisconsin Boy

    It's amazing how many of people who don't agree with Obama's politics also simply hate the guy. I didn't acree with Bush but I never hated the guy. Geeze...he's a human being who needs to get away and have a vacation with his family. Everybody just lighten up!

    August 21, 2009 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  12. Nile

    Regarding the President’s proposed vacation:

    Okay, so Mr. Obama is leaving the WH for several days . . . has it every occurred to anyone that “Unofficially, he is paying his respects to our Senior Senator Mr. Kennedy – who was unable last week to attend his sister funeral due to his poor health?”

    Come on now –

    1. Taxes*
    2. Poor economy*
    3. Job loss*

    *Were started by the previous administration . . .

    Give the President a break . . . pointing the finger . . . does not get US . . . OUT THE PICKLE JAR!

    A divided nation . . . huh . . .

    Now what?

    August 21, 2009 06:54 pm at 6:54 pm |
  13. Alfred E. Neumann

    Hey, what me worry.

    August 21, 2009 06:55 pm at 6:55 pm |
  14. joe m

    look, from a PR standpoint this may not be the most savy plan. it seems to me that if the president were planning to go on vacation the WH needed to keep it more low key, espcially with the economic condition. still, everyone needs a vacation, and with a job that can easily be 24/7 i say let the man play his 18 holes. let's just hope that he comes back with better ideas and accomplish more.

    August 21, 2009 06:56 pm at 6:56 pm |
  15. Carole

    Bill Maher is right.

    Flip flopping on Public golf?????

    August 21, 2009 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  16. Lynne

    As usual a prevocative headline meant to bring the usual hateful comments about the President. Do you people read the hate you perculate unnecessarily?? Do you go home at night proud of the disaster you have all become when your try to call yourself "journalists"? Wolf Blitzer's biased grilling of the Scottish Health Secretary was one of the worst examples of an opinionated interview I have ever watched. What happened to objectivity??

    Please advise what the Republican leadership, Mitch and John, are doing for their vacation. They certainly have been awfully quite of late!!

    August 21, 2009 07:14 pm at 7:14 pm |
  17. annie s

    This President has worked harder and accomplished more good for the American people in his 7 months in office than certain former Presidents did in 8 years (3 of which they were on vacation at their ranch). A week of so on vacation is good to renew his energy and determination.

    Oh, and TomOhio, regarding tort reform – 41 states have enacted differing forms of tort reform since the early 1986 – here in Florida, we extensive reforms, including caps on damages, were passed in 1999. Guess what – no significant decrease in malpractice premiums have occurred as a result.

    August 21, 2009 07:15 pm at 7:15 pm |
  18. Ernie in LA

    Can Obama play golf any better than he can throw a baseball?

    August 21, 2009 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  19. Pedro A.

    Thank God! Please just go away already!

    August 21, 2009 07:39 pm at 7:39 pm |
  20. ib

    This clown is such a joke for president. Already taking a week just to play golf after a long 7 months and you left wingers still talk about Bush. What a joke.

    August 21, 2009 07:42 pm at 7:42 pm |
  21. edwin

    Your not going to enjoy Government Health care. There is not enough space here to begin to tell you how painful it is to watch how my elderly parents are treated. How it takes 5 months for an MRI, or how you don't pick your Doctor(if you can even get one). The Liberals on here will be disappointed, but will only be able to hang their heads in shame.Your people have no idea how good you have it.The common answer from most Doctors in Canada is "your not sick enough yet" and 2nd one is "the Americans can do that immediately,call the Mayo". I'm Canadian and other than Healthcare, I'm proud of that.

    August 21, 2009 07:43 pm at 7:43 pm |
  22. teflon warrior

    Obama golfs while the nation burns, yeah about what I expected!

    August 21, 2009 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  23. Phil

    If Obama's playing golf, who will spend trillions of dollars we don't have for us?

    August 21, 2009 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  24. rufus

    Golf ?? I thought Americas very being was at stake without serious immediate help from the "organizers"!

    August 21, 2009 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
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