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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  1. Sea.gem

    Bush was called an elitists and disrespectful for playing golf while we are at war...no such comments from the Press now...just "Who will he be with..."...I feel a shiver up my leg, again!

    August 21, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  2. Turkey

    Two very prominent black men playing a round of golf in Martha's Vineyard–the world has indeed changed.

    August 21, 2009 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  3. derrick

    fun the left wing nazis are out in full force on this board if you don't agree with Obama your a hater and should be put in prison

    August 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  4. kgh

    Can sarah palin see martha's vineyard from her house?

    August 21, 2009 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  5. crispy

    Note how all the Negative Nellies out there talk in broad sweeping generalizations, and those who can support their opinions with facts have a much more positive view. We are not falling for the smoke and mirrors any more. Put your money where your mouth is and find the truth.

    August 21, 2009 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  6. VGal

    So, FPT – you have a BETTER suggestion for how Obama stopped a recession and began turning the economy around in 6 months????

    Wow – I would love to hear it instead of just more negativity.

    (BTW – I am GLAD the gov. isn't just paying the dealers without CHECKING for fraudulent activity on the cash for clunkers -that's called responsibility. I would ASSUME it would take some time to get paid – how long has the program been in effect – 1 MONTH???? and you want thousands of dealers to JUST BE PAID without checking claims? That's REALLY smart.)

    August 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  7. TomOhio

    I hope the President does relax, he needs it, but does a lot of soul searching in the process...AWAY from Axelrod, Emanuel, Pelosi, Reid and some of the people that he appointed that are dragging him down. Mr. President, it is time to listen to both sides...stop trying to rush the biggest decision and policy you could make in this country...slow down, one piece at a time, FIRST and FOREMOST is TORT REFORM! The lawyers and their lawsuits are draining the money out of the government already! You know that this should not be rushed through...do a good job for ALL of us, not just the poor, not just the uninsured...for ALL of Americans as we make up the 90% of the rest of the population too. We count! The lefties are trying to ruin your Presidency! Don't give in, be strong, do your job, take your time, listen to both sides and PLEASE be bipartisan...it will save you alot of angst!

    August 21, 2009 05:08 pm at 5:08 pm |
  8. TomOhio

    Josh..you really need to take a pill to calm down and be constructive in your comments and Angie in Pa...learn to spell, go back to school, get an education because your lack of it makes you appear ignorant.

    August 21, 2009 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  9. Meh

    FPT> Surely you know how long the gov't takes to do anything. You've sat around waiting for your tax refund to show up, right? Just because the dealerships haven't been paid yet, doesn't mean they won't be. The money is there, it just needs to be dispersed.
    People need to calm down and relax.

    August 21, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  10. Steve (the real one)

    Just to make it clear, I am conservative and what I am reading here (CHAMPLY) is in very poor taste! Dems/Libs don't get too excited as your drivel and constant cheerleading is pitiful too. It is a good thing CNN does not require facts. Most of all this (mine included) is all about emotion! No more and no less!

    August 21, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  11. sally

    I guess those of you complaining about not being able to afford vacations, are kind of like all those "lazy" people who can't afford health care or health insurance. Maybe get off your butts and work a little harder!

    August 21, 2009 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  12. Island girl

    Enjoy! You deserve two vacations from the hell you have been going through, and I see that you are spending your money in the USA. I bet some people who are against your vacation are themselves booking theirs with sights set on Europe, Asia, and all the other corners of the globe. Every working person gets vacation time. Isn't that the norm?

    August 21, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  13. Justin -NC

    Remember America,

    Obama has been on far less vacation time than George W. Bush. At least he's trying to get his job done. Bush, was busy screwing up the country in his short time on the job. We'll have health care reform soon, we've got credit card protection, stimulus funds, and so much already. Keep it up Obama, the Repuglicans lies can stop you now.

    August 21, 2009 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  14. Shibumi

    @ Stephan comments....."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"............................Now reality. Medicare = Bankrupt. Social Security = Soon to be Bankrupt (< 2 years), meaning I will recieve squat when I am 73 years old. 15% of the Fed tax? $30 mill just went to save a mouse in Pelosi's district. If the Fed's would stick to roads and bridges instead of their "cradle to grave" wealth distribution schemes, the nation would certainly have wealth.
    Bo Bo the Azz Clown = One and done.

    August 21, 2009 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  15. concerned citizen

    What sane person in their right mind would begrudge this president, eith all that he has on his plate, a week of rest and spending some down time with his family? He has the most horrendous job on this planet, and everybody is entitled to get away from the pressures of a job; especially this job. Even the bozo's who's making a big deal out of this. Health Care Reform is not going anywhere soon. I am sure that Martha's Vineyard have phones, faxes and computers! Quit being so selfish!!

    August 21, 2009 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  16. Rob P.

    He managed 8 months without a vacation, and after a lengthy goodwill tour to try and repair the damage of the last 8 years – ya know, letting other countries see for themselves that the pretend cowboy isn't in charge any more – he probably needs a vacation.

    Of course, he could just be trying to set a good example to everyone else in the country by trying to spend some time with his family.

    Anyone who thinks a 24/7 job (who knows how many 4am calls he has already received) is easy must have been watching the do-nothing-except-start-wars-President of the last 8 years. He made it look easy because he did nothing. Even the Dark Lord made it look easy and hid in his bunker inside the Deathstar.

    President Obama has a LOT to do. But obstructionists, people who think lobbyist money is just fine, want him to fail. I guess good ol' boy Rush really is the leader of the Repugnicans.

    August 21, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  17. Alex-Los Angeles

    have a nice vacation Mr. President.
    Keep focused on the job. Well done.
    have a great time. you're doing great!

    August 21, 2009 05:16 pm at 5:16 pm |
  18. VGal

    FPT – I agree with the rest of your comment, though. I didn't agree with either Bush's or Obama's stimulus – neither one. But keep in mind, there were 2 stimulus packages. That being said, the economy is turning around. And it is beginning to turn around much more quickly than I would have expected.

    As much as it pains me to see all of that money spent on stimulus, it does seem to be working. I just hope the government can turn down the spending and make some pretty deep cuts now.

    August 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  19. shirley1

    Have a wonderful time President Obama. May God continue to bless you and all the wonderful work you do on our behalf!

    August 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  20. champly

    No Obamist here has yet defended their Lord and Savior on any point. This is suppose to be a place to exchange ideas, not carry out marching orders from the The Ones handlers. I thought some Obamists had at least a few brain cells left, but apparently not.

    August 21, 2009 05:17 pm at 5:17 pm |
  21. Nevada dude

    I dont begrudge the President for some time off. I would do the same if i could afford it.

    HOWEVER, I do request that when the President gets back to work, HE REALLY PUMMELS HIS AGENDA THROUGH CONGRESS.

    It is all to clear Republicans are just being obstructionists. if you offer one thing, they want another. This time it just happened to be a public option on healthcare. If it had been Co-op or some other solution, they would have opposed that too.

    Please, Mr. President, you're the man, but

    FIX HEALTHCARE
    FIX THE CREDIT MARKETS
    FIX THE DIMINISHING POOL OF HIGH-PAYING JOBS IN THE U.S.
    FIX THE BANKS THAT WONT NEGOTIATE WITH DISTRESSED HOMEOWNERS.

    Thank you.

    August 21, 2009 05:18 pm at 5:18 pm |
  22. William

    It's hilarious watching Republicans fault Obama for taking a vacation after they defended Bush spending over 10% of his time in office on vacation. Don't Republicans EVER get embarrassed by their own hipocrisy?

    As for golf... eh, I'd rather he stuck with basketball than a silly game like golf, but, it's his vacation...

    August 21, 2009 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  23. champly

    Steve (the real one) – ah yes, a conservative. We always thought that, but were not really sure. Glad you told us ! So run out to the mail box now, your food stamps have arrived.

    August 21, 2009 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  24. Proud Americans

    Republicans are such hateful Morons.

    August 21, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
  25. Nevada dude

    P.S.

    I didnt see all these anti-Obama people getting their drawers in a bunch when the republican footdraggers in congress left for vacation.

    Hypocrites.

    August 21, 2009 05:22 pm at 5:22 pm |
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