Obama back on golf course after spending outcry from GOP
March 30th, 2013
02:01 PM ET
9 years ago

Obama back on golf course after spending outcry from GOP

(CNN) – Nearly a month after forced spending cuts prompted some Republicans to call on President Barack Obama to cease his weekend golf outings, the commander-in-chief returned to the links for a springtime round Saturday.

It’s the first time Obama has returned to the golf course since the spending cuts took effect March 1, though on previous weekend days he’s attended basketball games with his daughter. He also spent one Saturday in March returning from his trip to the Middle East.

In February he played a round of golf with Tiger Woods in Florida, but hasn't been golfing at Andrews since December.

The president golfed at Joint Base Andrews on Saturday with Marty Nesbit, a longtime friend; and Marvin Nicholson and Michael Brush, White House staffers.

Some Republicans cried foul over the expense of Obama's golf games in a time of government austerity, chafing particularly at the symbolism of the White House canceling tours, arguing the money spent on Secret Service protection for a presidential golf outing would be better spent on keeping the White House open to the public.

"The president will use up more Secret Service time guarding him while he golfs than it would take to keep the White House tours open all year," Newt Gingrich, the former House speaker, said earlier this month on CNN's "The Situation Room with Wolf Blitzer."

Rep. Louie Gohmert, R-Texas, submitted legislation which would make it illegal for Obama to use federal funds for commuting to and from golf outings until the White House resumes tours. Reopening the White House for tours would only cost "one or two golf trips less" for Obama, he argued.

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  1. jpmichigan

    This is the most selfish, egotistical President to have lived in the White House. Close the Peoples House to the American taxpayer, but spend more of the taxpayers money for self fulfillment.

    March 30, 2013 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  2. Thomas

    Enjoy your game , Happy Easter !

    March 30, 2013 02:37 pm at 2:37 pm |
  3. Lobo

    Waaa waaa waaaa, poor wittle weepublicans, dont you feel terrible for them.

    March 30, 2013 02:40 pm at 2:40 pm |
  4. Mckenzie

    How easy it is to forget the Bush vacation erra

    March 30, 2013 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Don McNevin

    Is the GOP response to anything no more than blaming everyone but themselves? You government that beacon of Democracy is a joke.

    March 30, 2013 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  6. steven

    Please....GOP, you're starting to appear silly.

    March 30, 2013 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. gerry luimes

    An aprox. 6 trillion debt from two unpaid wars under the Republicans,with tax cuts for the well-to-do.
    They now have the audaciity to critisize a hard working POTUS? Simply preposterous !

    March 30, 2013 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  8. carold

    Are you kidding me... he shouldn't play golf! Give the American public a break... cut expenses that mean something, like Congress' vacation time!

    March 30, 2013 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. Dee Wallace

    This outcry is ridiculous no one complained about the other Presidents this President works very hard and deserve some recreational time to wind down. Secret Service comes with the jobs and that is one of the perks he has as well as someother officials.

    He is your President for the next four years and deal with it race is always a factor, he is held to standards noone else has had to endure. He can't fill out brackets without complaints he is a young President in good physical condition and trying to keep his mind stimulated through physical exercises to sustain his sanity especially from negative reviews coming from the other side.

    I say Mr President enjoy your game and now you understand why he didn't announce he was playing with Tiger Woods you are damned if you don't and if you will.


    March 30, 2013 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  10. Dee Wallace

    Newt Ginghrich need to play some golf or run around a park.

    Sorry for the typo KEEP UP THE GOOD WORK, I am quite sure Boehner is playing too.

    March 30, 2013 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  11. jane

    President Obama is not a robot (which would be pretty much what we would have gotten if Romney had won). He is human. He works. He's allowed to relax. Also, it takes a lot of nerve for people who work one week and take off the other three to have ANY opinion about how hard someone is working. These are the same people who had no problem with Pres Bush, who was pretty much out to lunch for his entire term.....

    March 30, 2013 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  12. Tony

    Congressional Republicans should give up government-paid healthcare, because they hate the idea so much.

    March 30, 2013 03:49 pm at 3:49 pm |
  13. W.r.wilson

    Who is paying for the 1st lady and her girls trip to Atlantis in the Bahamas? Why should the tax payers have to fund this spring break trip. Most American could not afford the trip, not to mention all the security that tags along. The Obama don't live in the real world are NOT ENTIDLED to free trip at our expense

    March 30, 2013 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  14. 2012liberal

    You wanted it gop now u got it and all u do is whine. How about being more concerned 4 unemployed hving $200 less a month 2 live on or furloughs? And if u dont like the time off how about u cry 2 cantor. He made work schdl.

    March 30, 2013 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  15. 2012liberal

    And if u r soooo upset about white house tours...start charging. Then it would pay 4 its self!

    March 30, 2013 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |