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"He's hit the course five times since late April"

Teeing off not long after returning Sunday from Paris, Barack Obama's avid golfing is analyzed by the Washington Post's Richard Leiby.

The attraction would seem simple. It's a great escape; the game demands such attention that nothing else matters. It's time spent with friends, an unhurried afternoon in loose clothing (shorts seem to be Obama's preference). Yet nothing is without deeper meaning where the presidency is concerned. The golfer in chief's approach to the game is subject to analysis in psychological and political contexts.

To some, Obama's frequent outings reflect a cool self-confidence. "Given all the things that are going on in the world and with the economy," says sports psychologist Bob Rotella, "you'd think he wouldn't be caught anywhere near the golf course . . . To some degree it says: 'I'm not going to worry about what people say about me. I'm going to do my job, and I'm going to play, too.' "

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Reader Comments (2)

I am a bit unimpressed by the Rotella comment: the world is full of guys (gals!) who hold roles of huge responsibility and still recreate - playing golf or doing something else. You'd think Bob doesn't know how that works, it's too bad that he's supposed to be a psychologist!
Maybe they are misquoting him...
06.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterGB
I just hope he's not betting with our money. A billion here, a billion there....
06.9.2009 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer

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