Not the Change We Hoped For...

Craig Brown

USA Today is reporting:

President Obama has already caught up with predecessor George W. Bush in one area: Rounds of golf.

Mark Knoller of CBS News reports that Obama on Sunday played his 24th round of golf since his inauguration Jan. 20 -- matching Bush's presidential total,
which he racked up in two years and ten months. Obama's latest round
also got attention because it included a woman, domestic policy adviser
Melody Barnes.

President Bush played his last round
in 2003, telling reporters he didn't think it was appropriate to play
the game with the the U.S. at war in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Bush's mixing of golf and foreign policy had gotten him into trouble.
On Aug. 4, 2002, standing near the first tee, Bush made a solemn
statement on a suicide bombing in Israel, then announced to assembled
reporters: "Thank you, now watch this drive." Michael Moore put the scene in his anti-Bush film, Fahrenheit 911.

As for the current president, Don Van Natta, Jr. -- who did a book on presidents and golf -- has a piece on Obama's game in the latest in Golf Digest. Van
Natta writes that, "Obama approaches the game in the same way that he
conducts his politics -- maniacally methodical, aggressively
competitive and devoutly risk-averse."

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