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. Idiot_Pelosi

    I don't care if BO BO the CLOWN is on vacation.

    I just wish he'd take the other clowns (Pelosi, Frank, Kennedy, Schumer) with him.

    PS:
    Buish is gone. You whined for 8 years after he beat "Al the Bore" Gore, Mr. Fake Global Warmer. Now you whine because people critize SNO-Bama.

    Well, get over it. What's good for the goose is good for the gander.

    SNO-bama has done nothing but increase PORK spending (liar), increase unemployment (liar), triple in 7 months the BUSH 8 yr deficit, and has nothing but crooks and cronies in his cabinet.

    SNO-bama is a joke.

    August 21, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  2. TOM

    I thought we were suppose to cut back, nice to see King Obama is doing well. I wonder if he'll more Kobe steaks ($200 per lb.)

    August 21, 2009 06:10 pm at 6:10 pm |
  3. malclave

    I hope he enjoys his vacation, and gets some rest.

    Then maybe he'll wake up and realize how harmful he is being to the United States, chnage his ways, and start governing instead of trying to rule.

    August 21, 2009 06:12 pm at 6:12 pm |
  4. MaryAnn in VA

    Of course Mr Obama deserves and has earned a vacation. Pls lets stick to important issues here in this country and the world. Stop allowing ourselves to be portrayed as a bunch of whinners and complainers. Get over it and be thankful we live in America and can elect whom ever we please. No one is forcing us to do anything, no car bombs, roving armies raping and robbing, no dictators forcing us to do anything. We will all thrive together or all perish together. WAKE UP!!!!

    August 21, 2009 06:14 pm at 6:14 pm |
  5. Old White Virginia Female

    Have a wonderful vacation. I don't know anyone in this country who deserves one more. Enjoy your family and I'm glad your girls are getting a vacation before school starts. How nice to see what reminds us all of a normal family in the White House for a change.

    August 21, 2009 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  6. Common sense

    What conservative email forward lies wil come out of this trip? Will he be eating imprted Iranian caviar again? Or lobster by the truckload at taxpayer expense? Or – more likely he will be eating kittens and shooting golfballs at unsuspecting puppies.

    August 21, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  7. SF Serg

    The DOW is climbing. The housing market is rebounding. The unemployment rate will soon start to go down (it has already slowed down). Oh yeah, all while the President has been pushing healthcare reform while being obstructed by a Republican party that is desperately trying to preserve their self-interests with the insurance companies. I'd say the President should enjoy his well-earned vacation. He's done more in 8 months than Bush in 8 years. The GOP business model (it is a business model) only works for the large corporations and the select wealthy individuals while the rest of the country goes down the tubes.

    August 21, 2009 06:18 pm at 6:18 pm |
  8. Dan, WA

    This guy has put our country in economic disaster and now he wants have a holiday. I wish somebody can give him lessons for his actual job. This guy has no experience and no idea how to handle it. He can't just get it.

    August 21, 2009 06:19 pm at 6:19 pm |
  9. babs in cali

    I'm just glad he's not sitting around on his rear at a ranch in Texas drinking beer and making war plans.

    August 21, 2009 06:20 pm at 6:20 pm |
  10. Anthony

    Wow.. Obama could save a kitten from a tree or a baby from a burning building and somehow you Rightwingers would spin it into a negative...
    Hate, hate, and more hate. Any solutions coming from you conservative posters? or Talk radio? or all the other critics? I didnt think so. Go be sad with your miserable lives somewhere else.. the grown folks are trying to repair the country.

    August 21, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  11. Darth Vadik, CA

    I love it when republicans use long words incorrectly trying to sound smart. Like they know what the heck they are talking about.

    Learning a few keywords Rush uses DOES NOT MAKE YOU AN EXPERT IN POLITICS. It makes you a parrot, now go out there and find yourself a pirate.

    August 21, 2009 06:22 pm at 6:22 pm |
  12. benton nelson

    at least president obama is actually spending time in washington dc. unlike george w bush i think i read someplace he spent 60% of the time he was in office over 8 yrs down in texas. hope he has a good much needed vacation.

    August 21, 2009 06:23 pm at 6:23 pm |
  13. Peter E

    Bush Jr. took off more time for vacation than any other president in history. His stimulus packages didn't make a dent in the economy and he ended up with a net loss of jobs after four YEARS. And yet people criticize Obama a mere 6 months after his stimulus package was passed that he isn't doing things right/enough. Where was the republican outrage about Bush Jr.? Hypocrites!

    August 21, 2009 06:25 pm at 6:25 pm |
  14. David S.

    Reminds me of Nero fiddling while Rome burnt down. Go live life high on the hog at the taxpayer expense while you reduce this nation to ashes.

    August 21, 2009 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  15. dustin

    "We must stop the terror. I call upon all nations to do everything they can to stop these terrorist killers. Thank you. Now, watch this drive. " – bush

    Eisenhower played during the korean war, and woodrow wilson played during ww1, all the presidents going back for some time have played golf during presidency.

    August 21, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  16. lyn fromOsoyoos B.C.Canada near the American border

    For all you people who is complaining about our President having a vacation with his family he deserve it,he has been working hard to fix the BIG MESS that the Republicans created so give the man a break.

    August 21, 2009 06:28 pm at 6:28 pm |
  17. feel the heat

    How many other African Americans are vacationing at the Vineyard?

    August 21, 2009 06:29 pm at 6:29 pm |
  18. Dave

    Please don't compare Bush's 8-year vacation in office to the week that Obama is taking. Bush took more vacation than almost any other President, EVER.

    August 21, 2009 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  19. JOhn

    Exactly was has Obama done to deserve a vacation. In most any any job you have to work atleast a year to take a week off. Maybe you can get 2 weeks your second or third year on the job.

    He has done nothing he has promised and and as an individual I'm worse shape now with this economy then i was a year ago.

    August 21, 2009 06:32 pm at 6:32 pm |
  20. 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 |
  21. 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 |
  22. 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 |
  23. 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 |
  24. 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 |
  25. 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 |
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