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. victim of republican greed

    Bush took a 31 day vacation his first year as president. I cannot help but wonder how lucky we would have been if he never came back from Crawford.

    August 21, 2009 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  2. susie

    He goes to Camp David every weekend and now a week of fun. Instead of playing golf why don't he spend time with his children. I wish we could afford a vacation.

    August 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  3. Bedtime for Obonzo

    I don't support the Beloved Leader, far from it, but I'll forgive him a round or three of golf. It's also good to know that, so far, there are no indications that he cheats at golf, unlike our previous Democratic President.

    August 21, 2009 03:58 pm at 3:58 pm |
  4. beevee

    I hope the news media and the press wil be decent enough not to make a big thing out of every bathroom visit the president makes. Let him relax a bit before he comes back to WH to tackle the health care reform bill.

    August 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  5. Nighthawk

    OH BOY! He's so overworked. Been in office only seven months and is on his third vacation. What a man. I sure he's another 'TIGER'.

    August 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  6. call me crazy

    So while conservatives hold their tea parties, Obama will be teeing off.

    Ha ha! The irony is painful sometimes.

    August 21, 2009 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  7. Melinda

    The comments – 'tax dollars at work' and 'get back to work', etc. – how hypocrtical. Bush was in Crawford, TX all the time with no comments made by the GOP supporters then.....give me a break....you LOST..get over it!

    August 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  8. miguel perez

    Please Mr President take a really relaxin and long, long, long vacation. If you want stay there and do not go back to washington in the following 3 yeras everyone will be better off, you, your family and US.

    August 21, 2009 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  9. victim of republican greed

    While the right wing nuts get all excited about the dropping poll numbers for Obama, they should be cautious. Some of his supporters are not happy because he has not repealed "Don't ask, don't tell." Still others wish he insisted on a public option.

    The bottom line is that these unhappy voters will never embrace a right wing nut ball in the next presidential election.

    August 21, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  10. matt

    how is obama working hard he couldn't fix his own corrupt state of illinois what makes you think hes fixing this country

    August 21, 2009 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  11. party of five

    RealityKing and Lenny:

    August 21, 2009 04:02 pm at 4:02 pm |
  12. Socorro

    I am not into politics per say, but I did vote for Mr. Obama, and I know I did the right thing in doing so. I really love the guy.
    Socorro

    August 21, 2009 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  13. party of five

    Reality King & Lenny:

    Jealous!!!!! Enough said!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 21, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. cynthia

    If anyone deserved a week of sun and fun it sure is our President – and dont forget newspapers make sure that everyone is aware that WE are not paying for it – the Obamas are paying for it –( just as they personally paid for anything they wanted done in their White House – $100.000 – and kept that expensive yellow carpet Dubbya put in the Oval office..)..;.which I never did see this reported in the newspapers tho...- just on cnn website....Have fun Mr. Pres.come back refreshed and get that health care settled.....

    August 21, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. jm

    Who cares

    August 21, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  16. stop hatin'

    Obma has worked hard to fix Bush's stupidity. The problems in our country were created by GEORGE BUSH!! Funny how people are so quick to critize the the problem fixer and totally forget about the problem creator. Think about it!

    August 21, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. MO

    Didn't they just vacation in the National Parks last week? Must be nice to have unlimited private jet usage. How many friends and relatives are included in this little getaway?

    August 21, 2009 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  18. Janet

    What about those 4 million jobs he promised by the end of summer?

    August 21, 2009 04:05 pm at 4:05 pm |
  19. John

    If this was Bush taking a vacation with the country in dire straights, forget about it, CNN and the rest of the left wing media would be all over him. How about a Sheehan protest in front of his vinyard compound or better yet a TEA party!

    Enough with this empty suit

    August 21, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  20. outraged 1

    I find it odd that the folks who are complaining about the President taking a vacation never said a word when President "W" took the whole month of August off in Crawford Texas for the eight years of his regime. Have a well deserved break Mr. President.

    August 21, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  21. shmeckel

    Thank you CNN for keeping us informed on the important stories around the world.

    August 21, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  22. Bob (Illinois)

    I am truly amazed at the collective ignorance of a number of apparent conservative posters in this thread. Do you folks live under a rock?

    August 21, 2009 04:07 pm at 4:07 pm |
  23. Ilene

    Again, the hypocrisy of the right is showing. Your president took 100s of days of vacations while the economy tanked, bankruptcies took place, people were at war, and on and on and on ...and all you right-wing people never balked at your Bushie being away from the job. I CAN'T STAND IT ANY MORE. Right wingers - just go away already and stop complaining.

    August 21, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  24. NH Independent

    Obama makes me puke

    August 21, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  25. victim of republican greed

    Other than being pawns of the health care industry, the right wing nuts have nothing. If the GOP had some intelligence, they would look at their approval rating of 21%, and try to work for the American people.

    Wait, did I say work? If republican congressmen had a real job, they would have been fired by now.

    August 21, 2009 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
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