Last weekend, President Obama played his 100th round of golf since coming to the White House. That’s quite a milestone in just 3 1/2 years. As it takes him about six hours to drive to the greens and complete 18 holes, Mr. Obama has spent the equivalent of four months’ worth of work time golfing. Meanwhile, the U.S. economy has been stuck in a sand trap.
He kicked off the golf streak on April 26, 2009, and he played a total of 27 rounds in his first year. The second year Mr. Obama managed to get in 31 games of golf and last year, the number of these outings rose to 33.
The President is being savaged in some circles for the amount of time playing golf. I think some of the criticism is unwarranted. After all, some of these rounds of golf undoubtedly took place while he was on one of his vacations!
For what it’s worth, Barack Obama isn’t even close to claiming the title of Golfer in Chief. That title falls to Woodrow Wilson, who reportedly played about 1,200 rounds during his presidency. Dwight Eisenhower is the runner-up at 800, according to his memorial commission.