In a recent interview with former NFL star Ahmad Rashad, former NBA star Michael Jordan was asked: if he had to pick a dream team foursome to play golf with, who would be on his team? The 51-year-old who is no stranger to golf, boasting a 3 handicap and beating U.S. Olympic coach Chuck Daly in one round, listed Arnold Palmer as his number one pick.
Thinking about his #2 member, Jordan told Rashad, “I’ve never played with Obama, but I would. But no, that’s ok. I’d take him out. He’s a hack. I’d be all day playing with him.”
Rashad, shocked, asked Jordan if he really wanted to say that about the President of the United States. Jordan replied, “I never said he wasn’t a great politician, I’m just saying he’s a shitty golfer.” Not an unfounded allegation seeing as Obama is reportedly an 18 handicap. (Handicaps are used to level the playing field for golfers of different skill levels. The lower the number, the better the golfer).
Even though the President has played golf more than he has done his actual day job, he’s not making progress in either position. The saddest part is that Obama has played over 200 games of golf since his inauguration, which is more than most professional golfers. In fact, it recently came to light that Obama had attended more golf games than presidential briefings in his six years as President.
Obama even chose to go golfing rather than attend the funeral of Major General Greene, the highest ranking officer killed in combat since Vietnam, which didn’t go unnoticed. Twitter users had plenty to say on the subject:
@mdrache 15 Aug 2014 8:33 a.m.
“Highest ranking official killed in combat since Vietnam. At the funeral, no POTUS, no VPOTUS, no SecDef. Respect: You’re doing it wrong.”
@LisaMyers 16 Aug 2014 4:32 p.m.
“Wow. Talk about bad optics. @ByronYork: To those who asked: Yes. Obama was…on course at Vineyard Golf Club during Gen. Greene’s funeral.”
Though golf isn’t the only game the President likes to while away his working hours with. According to statements by Obama’s former body man Reggie Love, during the Bin Laden raid the President spent more time playing spades in a private dining room than keeping an eye on events in the Situation Room. Love told a UCLA forum that the game kept being “interrupted by a steady stream of dispatches.” In a photo of the situation room during the raid, Obama is seen sitting off to the side while brigadier general Brad Webb sits at the head of the table. One popular TV host commented on the incident, “You’re worried about the men, but you’re so worried that you won’t sit there and be with them? It’s not like you’re a casual observer. You ordered them to go do it. That means – and here are the key words – you have the responsibility to be there with them. You have the responsibility. If the call needs to be made, that they don’t have to send somebody up to go get you.” Also noting that Obama is “in the corner, not even at the table sitting at a little folding chair, a little teeny chair off to the side like an aide to the general. It’s absolutely amazing. So this President is an observer of things…”
Funny how the White House’s Bill Burton criticized BP’s CEO for taking his yacht out on the water after the oil spill. “Tony Hayward, I guess, took himself at his word that he was going to get his life back here. It’s clear that he has. But what’s important to us is that the people in the Gulf get their lives back. It’s not so easy for them to just take a weekend away and forget about everything that’s happening down there.”
Yet when it comes to the traitor in office golfing more than he works, Burton stated, “I don’t think there’s a person in this country that doesn’t think their President ought to have a little time to clear his mind.”
Though I do not personally agree with a lot of the things done by President Bush in office, I do have this to say for the man: Obama could take some lessons from him in respect and work ethics. Bush gave up golf while he was in office, saying “he didn’t think it was appropriate that he keep playing golf while troops were fighting in Iraq.”