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. fj

    For those that are saying our country is worse now than it was– how is that possible? The stock market seems to be rebounding, the cash for clunkers program was a success and gave some relief to the auto industry, internationally the world is looking at us with respect again, according to a report today on, which I assume everyone here saw, the housing market is doing better? Anyone who thinks a country can get out of a recession in a matter of months must be mental! President Obama, has been in office for about 8 months and people expect the country to be back on its feet? Let's give him time and instead of criticizing everything that is being done, show that we are a united country not a country separated by political ideologies which seems to be what we are becoming...

    August 21, 2009 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  2. champly

    Angie in PA – my son was one of the thousands of young patriots who went to Iraq to fight the jihadists. George Bush didn't kill any of them. They were killed by jihadists who hoped to have a Muslim friendly White House who would work to surrender this country to our enemies. So why don't you go fire up another pipe and fantasize about a threesome with Barry and Chelle.

    August 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  3. Meh

    johnathan> Your white hood is showing.

    August 21, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  4. Josh

    You can tell by the Anti-Obama comments that the people writing them are barely literate scum. They have nothing worthy to add to the discussion so they hurl their 3rd grade insults and lies. Not one Anti-Obama post I've seen today is 100% accurate. Not one! You right-wing extremists should really work on getting your facts straight and then maybe more people will pay attention to your childish outbursts. Until then, the adults in the conversation don't need your domestic terrorism interruping us. Thanks.

    August 21, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  5. D. Tree

    George W. Bush spent 879 days on vacation during his two terms, people.

    That's more than two and a half YEARS of vacation time.

    Barack Obama is one of the hardest-working presidents I have ever seen, don't you think its a bit early to be criticizing his family vacation?

    August 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  6. Earth calling champly........

    I am referring to YOU and your attempts to pass off your incoherent ramblings as high-brow commentary....get a life.

    August 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  7. janie

    does anyone REALLY believe the President of the United States is ever really on vacation???!!! He's on call 24/7 for 4 years (hopefully 8)

    August 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  8. cspurgeon

    Leave him alone. Let him have a week of peace with his family.

    August 21, 2009 04:50 pm at 4:50 pm |
  9. champly

    Dear arun – unlike most Obamists, I get up and go to work everyday, bath daily, and obey the law. No Marxist / Leninist has ever escaped the judgement of history, and Barry will not be the first exception.

    August 21, 2009 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  10. Dead Republicans

    Bush broke Reagan's Record of Vacation days in only his first 3 years, so no Repulic puke has any right to complain

    Obama can take a vacation for the next 8 years and it still wont amount to the death and destruction that the Bush and Reagan administrations gave America

    Relax Obama, you deserve it, the way I see it you have a free ride for the next 8 years

    August 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |

    wow you have some real class there champy!

    August 21, 2009 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  12. shmeckel

    As a republican (just the theories not the politicians) I don’t agree with much of anything the president stands for. However, it is a 24 hour a day job and if the man is entitled to vacation then the man needs to take a vacation.

    I'll be the first republican to compliment him on something. "Good job condoning Libya today".

    August 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  13. champly

    Dear Meh – your racist train has left the station. No longer can someone like you call someone a racist simply because they disagree with Barack Hussien Obama. Its over dear.

    August 21, 2009 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  14. victim of republican greed

    The stock market closed over 9500 today! Thanks Obama, you deserve a vacation for having the intelligence to turn the economy around.

    August 21, 2009 04:54 pm at 4:54 pm |
  15. Christopher, Louisville

    But I thought presidential vacations were supposed to last a month?! Or is that just for Dubya?

    August 21, 2009 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  16. Matthew 25:36

    Enjoy your well-earned vacation, President Obama.

    Then come back and pass health care with a public option for the American people.

    God Bless America!

    August 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  17. Irma in North Carolina

    He surely needs a vacation after Sarah Palin came out with her death panel remarks and she got the whole nation in a uproar now that they are having people bring guns to a presidential events She got a gun case for a gift now she canpack her gun and take it along to all her speeches that she gives.

    August 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  18. Stephan


    23% of your pay check goes to socialist programs? Let's see, assuming you make about over $35K a year your describing 1.5% for Medicare (your retirement health insurance), 6% is your Social Security contribution and you should expect to about $3,500 per month after age 73, and 15% is your federal income tax, most of which pays for Defense and domestic priorities such as roads, bridges, running ports and Home Land Security. Yup, that adds up to 23% alright.

    And I'm pretty sure that the President works more than 50 hours a week. But yes, you should go take some vacation. Doesn't your employer give you paid time off along with health insurance benefits?

    August 21, 2009 04:56 pm at 4:56 pm |
  19. kdgibson

    he is taking a one week vacation. do you all remember W.? he took the whole summer off to hang out in crawford, texas. did you have a problem with that? doubt it. try to be less hypocritical!!

    August 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Enjoy yourself Mr. President. You have certainly worked very hard and really deserve it.

    August 21, 2009 04:57 pm at 4:57 pm |
  21. Meh

    Right on, VGal. Time to drown out all this drivel. I'm tired of the same lying talking points over and over again.
    I don't believe for a second that NONE of you can manage to afford a vacation. Baloney. I don't make a lot of money but I just came back from NYS and am going to LA next month. Ticket prices are wicked cheap right now, so I call baloney on those claims. And if you can't afford vacation b/c you're out of work, you shouldn't be blaming President (that's right. He's the president, not "Hussein") Obama. This financial meltdown has been in the works for years & is going to take a while to fix. If you'll RECALL, that is why they had the "stimulus" for the banks last know, BEFORE Pres. Obama was elected?
    I also think it's pretty disgusting (and UnChristlike if you roll that way)that anyone would be so self-involved and selfish as to deny others the healthcare they deserve. You *really* think that only those w. money deserve to be well? Seems a little strange since you're the same people complaining about not being able to afford a vacation!
    I call baloney!!

    August 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  22. Ken from VA

    George Bush took more vacations than any President in history. I'm sure the Repukes can't remember that. So far, we've had cash for clunkers, economy has turned, stocks are up, and health care on the way and that only in the first 8 months.

    You Obama haters should open your minds. Sly Fox news, and colesterol clogged brain Rush have brained washed you all. I think must of you repukes light being in debt, paying high insurance (most of you idiots probably don't have any), and lies. You all make me sick and that's why we need health care reform.

    August 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  23. Steve (the real one)

    @ANGIE IN PA August 21st, 2009 4:43 pm ET
    Bush deserved to be Hated he killed 4000s Something of our men and woman based on lies!
    1. So, are you telling me no soldier, Airman, Marine, or sailor has died since 1-11-09? You holding this President accountable for those deaths?
    2. If they were killed due to lies, why is this President continuing to fight for the lies?
    3. Why is this president expanding the war (at least in Afghanistan)?
    Does he deserve to be hated as well. According to your logic, YES! More people will die, it is called the nature of war! It is not the man I dislike. It is all about policy and YES Bush instituted policy I disliked as well!

    August 21, 2009 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  24. FPT

    Vgal...that would be true IF a couple things hadn't started happening...first, only 2%...2% of the money owed to the dealers has been paid...the dealers are in the hole for all of this money, some owed a couple hundred thousand dollars and not one dime has been paid to thousands of them yet...the other thing the dealers are screaming about, is that, after the fact, the government is rejecting, they say, 20% now of clunkers that the dealers already took in and gave the client 3500 to 4500 dollars for and the dealers followed all guidelines...this could be a high estimate, with dealers complaining, you know how things get blown out of proportion with the media sometimes, but all in all...seems like the clunker thing got peoplein for sure to buy cars and that was a good thing definitely...BUT please...the stimulus! A BUST! 30 million to save a mouse on 30 acres for Pelosi in San fran...a billion to ACORN...funding small airports for Congressmen and politicians to fly out of pretty exclusively...the 800 billion is gone and ALL WASTED on politicians friends and pet projects that barely provided any jobs...all economists say so now and it is pathetic. No money AT ALL to small businesses for loans etc...NONE and they provide 85% of the jobs in this country...what a sham the stimulus was. THAT was the beginning of the end of the liberal Dems in power...2010 they will be thrown out and in 2012, if Obama doesn't stop catering to the left (9%) in this country and be more of a centrist and bipartisan leader, then he will be a one term Pres. And it will be all his fault.

    August 21, 2009 04:59 pm at 4:59 pm |
  25. USA

    Champly -this country was founded on diversity and freedom of persecution by individuals like you. If you want to force people to be just like you – then go live with the jihadist – that's exactly what they do. This is a clear lack of openness, education, and neighborly love in your posts.

    August 21, 2009 05:00 pm at 5:00 pm |
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