Magazine January 25, 2010, Issue

Hail to the Golfer-in-Chief

Former President Barack Obama and his friend react as his golf ball drops into the hole on the ninth green while playing golf at Mid-Pacific Country Club in Kailua, Hawaii December 31, 2009. (Hugh Gentry/Reuters)
Barack Obama tees it up, no matter the winds

On Christmas break in his native Hawaii, President Obama played a lot of golf. He tends to do that: play golf. Through terror concerns and other matters of state, he played. The press noted that Obama has played more golf in his first year in office than George W. Bush did in his eight years. (More about that later.) This has rubbed some people the wrong way: Obama’s love of, and indulgence in, golf. He loves and plays basketball, too. But he doesn’t take any grief for that — only golf.

Michelle Cottle of The New Republic wrote a piece called

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