George Graham

What? No Golf for Obama?

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What is it with the “pundits”? Are they living in the past, when there were no smart phones? Or are they just determined to find fault with President Obama no matter what?

Obviously, I don’t agree with everything the President does. But I wouldn’t want his job.

And if I had his job, you bet I would take a break from time to time to play golf. It’s exactly the kind of stress reliever an American president needs.

For pundits like the New York Times’ Maureen Dowd to complain that the President was golfing (top photo) while the world burned is absurd. He might have been on the golf course but his smart phone was in his pocket, and Air Force One was waiting to whisk him back to Washington.

Back in the days before smart phones, President Eisenhower spent a lot of time on the golf course (bottom photo). And Americans loved him for it. Wasn’t the world burning then? You bet it was. Soviet missiles were primed and pointed at the United States, and US missiles were baring their nuclear warheads at Moscow.

It seems the world is forever burning someplace or other. If the American head of state waited for a tranquil interlude before taking a break, there would never be a break.

I guess President Obama isn’t supposed to take a break. And I thought slavery was abolished. Silly me.

There was a time when I thought Dowd was worth reading, but no more. She has become a pompous bore whose attempt at biting satire only exposes her lack of talent. Here’s a sample of her “wit,” as cited by writer Simon Maloy in today:

FORE! Score? And seven trillion rounds ago, our forecaddies brought forth on this continent a new playground, conceived by Robert Trent Jones, and dedicated to the proposition that all men are created equal when it comes to spending as much time on the links as possible – even when it seems totally inappropriate, like moments after making a solemn statement condemning the grisly murder of a 40-year-old American journalist beheaded by ISIL.

So it’s shameful for a black president to play golf in times of trouble, but it was endearing for a white president to do the same thing?

Would it have been more seemly for President Obama to hit the basketball court, perhaps?

News flash, Maureen, golf is no longer just a white man’s game. Haven’t you heard of a golfer named Tiger Woods?

Click for Maloy’s article.

Click for more on the president’s golfing.

About the author


I am a Jamaican-born writer who has lived and worked in Canada and the United States. I live in Lakeland, Florida with my wife, Sandra, our three cats and two dogs. I like to play golf and enjoy our garden, even though it's a lot of work. Since retiring from newspaper reporting I've written a few books. I also write a monthly column for