The New York Times sports page, covering the U.S. Open at Congressional Country Club, in Bethesda, Md., writes about politicians who don’t want to be seen playing golf, noting, “with two wars, a tight economy and a high national unemployment rate, the prevailing belief is that constituents do not want to see their representatives having fun at the golf course.”
President Obama is mentioned, ten paragraphs into the story, declaring that the president “has not publicly expressed an interest in attending this year’s tournament, nor has he ever played Congressional. Obama and Boehner’s own golf competition has trumped the Open, with their first meeting on the links scheduled for Saturday at an undisclosed location. How that outing will play with voters is still unclear.”
Unmentioned is that the round with Boehner Saturday will be the president’s 73rd round since taking office, and the twelfth straight weekend.
Quite a few readers will write in and point out that presidents are entitled to some free time and relaxation, too. Of course, if there’s nothing wrong with golfing so frequently, one wonders why they object to the frequency being mentioned, and why the Times didn’t think Obama’s regular devotion to the game was worth mentioning.