February 18th, 2013
05:43 PM ET
8 years ago

Obama on the links: Did the lessons pay off?

Palm City, Florida (CNN) - President Obama, fresh off lessons from a top golf coach and a round with Tiger Woods, took to the course for a final time on his Florida private trip Monday.

There were no celebrities or golf experts in today's foursome. The president played for a third day in a row with Trade Representative Ron Kirk, as well as longtime Chicago friend Eric Whitaker, and White House travel director Marvin Nicholson.

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While the White House didn't allow media coverage of any of his rounds on the trip, a CNN team was able to capture Obama playing part of two holes. Wearing a dark windbreaker and a hat, Obama took several practice swings before most of his shots.

Did the lessons from Woods' former coach Butch Harmon, and a round Sunday with one of the world's top golfers pay any dividends? There was no word on how the president played overall. But like all golfers trying new things, he found not all improvement happens overnight. He hit one shot from a sandtrap near the green onto the rocks and into the water.

After three days at the exclusive resort, the Floridian, on a holiday weekend break, the president was returning to Washington Monday evening.

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soundoff (91 Responses)
  1. jared

    Are you serious? Who cares? He holds the most important position in this country's infrastructure, and we're wondering about his golf game? Economy is in shambles. unemployment up . . . in the mean time, i really hope Obama got his swing back. shesh!

    February 18, 2013 09:27 pm at 9:27 pm |
  2. Uncle Lindy

    Nice that the President can play with such a great role model...

    February 18, 2013 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  3. PJ

    Give me a break.
    So, the President took three days off to relax and play golf and you want pictures of Tiger Woods? Watch the
    golf matches. (This is a legal holiday, called President's Day).
    Congress takes another vacation, this time 9 days, and nothing is said and as ususal, nothing is accomplished.
    Wrap it up, and move on.

    February 18, 2013 09:40 pm at 9:40 pm |
  4. LIP

    Just like other Presidents, it helps to do something you enjoy, while burdened with the complexities of being number one in the world. It's all about chess and the next move and preempting your opponent.

    February 18, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  5. Mike

    I'm REALLY glad we're spending all this money for Obama to take yet another golf trip. We even get to spend money for him to get professional lessons. Maybe if he showed even a shred of personal accountability for his own spending, it would be an example for the rest of the country and start leading us in the right direction.

    February 18, 2013 09:41 pm at 9:41 pm |
  6. fernace

    Isn't this really a Marquee Blog item? It has nothing to do w/politics & we're talking about President Obama's vacay/down time hobbies! My experience w/golf is that it's a game played by people in intense job situations who are trying to relax! Same w/shooting hoops or tossing a football around! Glad the 1st Family has some down time, now back to work!!

    February 18, 2013 09:52 pm at 9:52 pm |
  7. Sam Mazarella

    So, gas prices go up every day for the last month, and not a word by CNN. Who gives a hoot about these two clowns playing golf!

    February 18, 2013 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  8. Johnny DC

    I'd rather the successful businessman and philanthropist Tiger Woods teach the President how to keep his fiscal house in order rather than create an atmosphere that punishes those less fortunate.

    But we know that's not on the President's agenda. Not now, not yesterday, and certainly not tomorrow.

    February 18, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  9. KCArrowhead

    "But like all golfers trying new things, he found not all improvement happens overnight. He hit one shot from a sandtrap near the green onto the rocks and into the water."

    Sounds similar to Obama's approach to the economy...

    February 18, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. Kathleen Lamb

    I am a regular CNN viewer. I thought the CCN commentators made themselves look like whining children because the President's golf outing with Tiger Woods was closed to the media. Who cares?! The 24 hour news cycle drives this craze for "news", regardless of how totally meaningless it may be.

    February 18, 2013 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  11. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Is this really important? Golf is a game that is for the wealthy.

    February 18, 2013 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  12. toby hill

    While CNN, The Cheesy Non-News Network, yaps about Obama playing golf, has anyone noticed gas prices? Has anyone noticed Obama trying to push amnesty for 11 million illegals vying for American jobs? Has anyone noticed Obama targeting American citizens with drones? Has anyone noticed that health insurance premiums are still rising an average of 8% per year despite Obama's promise that premiums would decrease $2,300 per year? Has anyone noticed the record number of people on food stamps? Has anyone noticed unemployment is still 7.9% and not going down? Does anyone in the media know anything other than Obama playing golf?

    February 18, 2013 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  13. Party of Know

    OMG! Who cares? Are you serious CNN that the American population cares if this man will be a better golfer? Our Nation is in crisis mode...Unemployment, Crazy high gas prices, Housing still struggling big time, people on medicaid, welfare and disability doubling under this man's leadership, I could go on and on, yet you think we care about his golf game? Your article is as wacky as this man being voted back in. Good gawd.

    February 18, 2013 11:23 pm at 11:23 pm |
  14. archiebunker

    this reminds me of a joke.

    a cheater and a liar were both playing golf.......

    February 19, 2013 12:39 am at 12:39 am |
  15. Robert James and friends

    Get rid of both of them...........................

    February 19, 2013 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  16. hawaiiduude

    so what.

    February 19, 2013 01:26 am at 1:26 am |
  17. Pablo

    Obama was hoping to get a few numbers from Tiger's black book.

    February 19, 2013 02:26 am at 2:26 am |
  18. josh rogen

    shared sacrifice?????

    February 19, 2013 02:52 am at 2:52 am |
  19. arch

    This guy should go down in the history books as the worst president this country has ever had! He's the type of guy that can be smiling at you or with you and at the same time be sticking a knife in your back! He talks about honesty, where is his! It is a pure shame that people were still under his spell and voted for him this last time! Don't be surprised to see him doing book tours or TV interviews so that he can stay in the spotlight when he is finished with this term. He is a money hungry dude and concerned only with himself.

    February 19, 2013 03:21 am at 3:21 am |
  20. broke and frustrated

    can he not do this after his job as our president? Isn't there more important things to do here? And not allowing the press in....and this after spewing that he should be more transparent. This guy is not doing us any good. But glad to see he got a golf lesson after spending 180,000 an hour flying down there in air force one and his wife out to what? Vegas on another 180,000 an hour flight. While the peasants struggle the king and queen shall play.

    February 19, 2013 05:26 am at 5:26 am |
  21. RomneyWho

    Those media folks are the funniest of all the clowns . . . 🙁

    February 19, 2013 05:43 am at 5:43 am |
  22. Marie MD

    At least the President is smart enough to know he needs help from everyone so unlike the rethugs that are now, as the President returns to DC, on vacation.

    February 19, 2013 06:20 am at 6:20 am |
  23. NorCalMojo

    I don't know about his golf game, but he's taken the term empty suit to a whole new level.

    February 19, 2013 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  24. Richard Long

    – Unemployment = 7.8%
    – Deficit = $16.5 Trillion
    – Millions spent on Life-Time Secret Service protection and Air Force One flights so obama can 'improve' his golf swing at the cost of our children's and countries future... = priceless

    Paid by the Hu Jintao Credit Card... "all your base are belong to us..."

    February 19, 2013 06:42 am at 6:42 am |

    Time to treat and pay all politicians like the middle class of this country and not treat them like the top 1%. Obama spends more money than the Queen mom by 10 times that is sick when we have so many unemployed.

    February 19, 2013 06:52 am at 6:52 am |
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