This Ridiculous Outrage Over President Obama Golfing Has Got to Stop

obama-golfingEveryone, you’re going to have to excuse me for a moment, because I really need to vent.  This ongoing “outrage” over the fact that President Obama likes to go golfing has gotten absolutely absurd.

First, let’s get a few facts out of the way.  To this date President Obama has taken around 125 vacation days since he took office in January 2009.  Considering we’re just about at the three-quarter point of 2014, that comes out to just slightly more than 22 days per year. If he keeps this current pace, by the time his second term is over, he will have taken a total of around 182 vacation days in eight years.

By contrast, George W. Bush took 381 vacation days during his eight years in the White House.  That averages out to 48 days per year. Though I know some will say Bush spent well over 1,000 days on vacation. But that’s when you get into the subjective area where you have to decide if his time spent on his ranch in Crawford, Texas (where he often claimed he was still working) actually counts as “working.”

But for the sake of “lowballing it,” let’s just say Bush took 381 days. That means President Obama is on pace to take less than half the number of vacation days as Bush.

When it comes down to it, no matter which party controls the White House, the opposing party will always try to make a story out of the president daring to go on a vacation.

Though let’s be honest, the President of the United States is never on vacation.  It’s a 24/7, 365.242 day a year job.

But lately another wrinkle has been added. People see President Obama golfing as the “world spirals into chaos.”  It’s been a common talking point on Fox News that Obama is the “Golfer in Chief.”

Oh, please.

Here’s a fun fact: Presidents of the United States are honest to God human beings. I don’t care what position they might hold, they’re people.  

And people need to relax their mind from time to time. Especially the president. Unless you’ve actually held the office, I don’t think anyone can grasp what it’s like to literally never have a free moment. Because even when a president might be playing golf, or even sleeping, at any moment they might be called away to address something.

Now I can already hear conservatives saying, “Bush gave up golf in 2003 because he said it didn’t feel right golfing while our military men and women were at war.”

Good for him. Though the two wars he started sure didn’t seem to stop him from taking nearly 50 vacation days per year.

And let’s not fool ourselves, he would have never given up golfing if the media hadn’t made such a giant deal out of it.  Though at that time it was the liberal media doing it.  Now it’s the conservative media.

It just needs to stop.

While I get why it’s so “offensive” to so many that a president might dare take a vacation (especially if they’re taking a lot of vacation days), or even go golfing, what do these people honestly expect a president to do? Never relax? Never take any time for themselves?

That’s ridiculous.

The last thing any American should want is a president who’s so stressed out that they’re on the verge of a psychotic breakdown.  And the media, both the left and the right, really needs to stop this nonsense of shaming presidents every time they might dare take some kind of a vacation or – gasp – even play a round golf.


Allen Clifton

Allen Clifton is a native Texan who now lives in the Austin area. He has a degree in Political Science from Sam Houston State University. Allen is a co-founder of Forward Progressives and creator of the popular Right Off A Cliff column and Facebook page. Be sure to follow Allen on Twitter and Facebook, and subscribe to his channel on YouTube as well.

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  • I’ll start to worry when the President *doesn’t* go out for a Round.

  • Oh, and Congress is out for FIVE weeks. The President is taking 2. AND the President went back to the White House for a few days DURING his vacation. How many work days this year for Congress? 113 or so? Work one day get two days off? Where do I sign up?

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  • Michael Siever

    These people need to realize that being President is not a job; it’s a lifestyle. You don’t stop being President just because the clock says it’s 5:00 pm. You are President 4 to 8 years after you take office, unless a bullet says otherwise.

    • ijustcommented

      “These people” aren’t worth it. They’re so far lost, until they face personal situations that force them to turn their ignorant attitudes around.

  • Paul Roth

    Its not only a talking point on Fox. The NY Times, Daily News and the Post, to name a few of the dozens of media outlets and millions of people throughout the country know the difference between a leader who is engaged, and one who can not lead. There are lots of groups around the world looking to take advantage of us while we have an amateur in the white house.

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  • Jim Bean

    Its the timing and the optics and what’s revealed in them. After going on national TV to express his inconsolable grief over the Foley affair he goes off to play golf. People genuinely experiencing such grief aren’t in the mood for golf. And, they would have enough sympathy for Foley’s family to not appear so callous. Its appropriate to point that out.

    • TripleMoon

      You obviously cope with grief and stress differently than others do- myself included. I went hiking the day my father passed away. My mother and sisters went to a hockey game. If I’m stressed out, the first thing I do is go for a run or a hike. I do my best thinking then. Maybe president Obama also needs physical activity to plan and make major decisions. Physical activity is very important for mental health. Have you tried it?

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    • FD Brian

      I deal with grief and grief stricken people all week long and I golf and nobody has got a hard on for me.

    • Chomper Lomper Tawee

      When my grandmother (The woman who raised me)died I went and played tennis all day and then to a nightclub that night, Go figure!.. — God I loved her —

      • Jim Bean

        Took it that hard, did you?

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        There is no ‘right’ way to grieve – everyone is different, and will have different feelings and reactions to There is no right way to grieve, everyone is different, and will have different feelings and reactions when we lose someone.—She loved golf more than life itself!—

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        She loved golf more than life itself!

      • Jim Bean

        And would have spent the day golfing if you had died? I doubt that.

      • Chomper Lomper Tawee

        Exactly my point —— “Everyone grieves differently”—–

    • FMJ

      What a better way for him to make Isis believe that he isn’t going to take action against them. We all know he is in constant contact with his people and knows what is going on. Idiots that just see him playing golf don’t think he is dealing with the situation, but we all know he is.His defense people are or have come up with a plan to deal with all of this. And you KNOW Obama will handle it, not let them run off like Bush did. Obama has handled everything thrown at him in office, and won’t stop now.

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      • Jim Bean

        Lets not over react. Lets just talk about what he should do after a national tragedy cause that’s an easy one and the one front and center. You wait a few days before playing golf to at least give the illusion that the event left you in poor spirits.

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    • ijustcommented

      It’s called stress management. And guess what? The level of personal stress a President is faced with, is magnitudes greater than you and me.

  • 10acres

    Screw the critics. We’ve seen George Bush.

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      and it’s past time to boot out the idiot in the whitehouse and try to find the ones who needs the meds that voted him in the second time.. You have to be loony if you really back obama..

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  • Dorothy Dill

    Congress is on vacation for more than a MONTH. Anyone who wants to complain that our President took ONE DAY for golf is absolutely insane. Perhaps we should start focusing on the true problem of Congress’s excessive pay and extremely limited work schedule …And. worse yet…their inability to pass legislation even when they supposedly are in session 🙁

  • strayaway

    I wish the President would spend more of his time playing golf. Golf kept Bush out of trouble too.

  • MLR

    Who ever has a problem with this president, or any president, playing golf can go screw themselves. Being POTUS is a highly stressful job which happens to follow the POTUS wherever he/she goes. In other words, they’re always on the job. So go f**k yourselves if you don’t like it.

  • David Benton

    Comparing how many days someone goes on vacation or plays golf is not the issue. Excellent straw man post, though.

  • Myglplyx

    Obama accomplishes more durinf=g a round of golf than the House accomplishes in a term…

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  • Hoodie Mike

    Black people are not supposed to take vacations.

  • Facts don’t work on Right Wingers, sorry

  • Bush SUCKS

    John F. Kennedy Despite chronic back pain, averaged 80.

    Dwight D. Eisenhower Had a green outside the Oval Office.

    Gerald R. Ford Clumsy, but was a legitimate 80s-shooter.

    Franklin D. Roosevelt At 39, polio robbed him of a powerful golf swing.

    George H.W. Bush Once got his handicap down to 11.

    George W. Bush Outgoing prez is a capable 15-handicapper.

    Bill Clinton Can break 90, especially using his “Billigans.”

    Barack Obama The lefty plays more hoops than golf.

    Ronald Reagan Didn’t play often or well (best was low 90s).

    Warren G. Harding Struggled to break 95.

    William Howard Taft As hapless a golfer as he was a chief executive.

    Woodrow Wilson Played more than Ike but almost never broke 100.

    Richard M. Nixon He shot 79 once and quit the game.

    Lyndon B. Johnson Played with senators to secure votes for the Civil Rights Act of 1964.

    Calvin Coolidge When he vacated the White House, he left his clubs behind.

  • firedancer13

    They lose their minds when he vacations, when his wife and daughters take a trip, when he gets a designer dog then two, when he wears a tan suit, when he smacks down a fly during an interview…. I mean…when aren’t the right of the aisle outraged or better put…enraged by anything and everything this President does.

  • 008va

    I am outraged that you are outraged.

  • Zelda

    I can’t believe you people are dumb enough to defend him playing golf on your dime. He’s playing you like a ladies tee.