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Ike: "Golf was essential to his daily routine."

Barack Obama played his first round of golf since August but after reading Evan Thomas' excerpt from Ike's Bluff, the President has a long way to go when it comes to matching the Oval Office's greatest golf nut.

We all know about President Eisenhower's 800 rounds, but there was all this...

Golf was essential to his daily routine. When he awakened in the morning, he limbered up by taking a few swings in his bedroom with his favorite eight-iron.

He sometimes swung the club when dictating to Mrs. Whitman. At 5:00 p.m. he would rise from Teddy Roosevelt’s old Navy Department desk in the Oval Office, put on his golf shoes, and head out the door, leaving tiny spike holes in the floorboards. On the Ellipse, the greensward stretching south from the White House toward the Washington Monument, he would practice fairway approach shots. His faithful valet (or as he was known in military parlance, his striker), Sergeant John Moaney, would shag the balls while tourists peered through the iron fence.

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Reader Comments (6)

Way to go, Ike!
11.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
Ike is so 1953. Why is there no thread on Disney leader, that great political thinker Charlie Beljan? He shot 63 while suffering a panic attack on friday, and that is enough to make me interested in him. Imagine his head exploding with a one-stroke lead on 18, or paramedics running on to the 18th green instead of his wife! I'll be watching the finish...
11.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterHawkeye
1953 was a heck of a year - just ask Hennie Bogan.
11.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIvan Morris
Great General. Mediocre president.
11.11.2012 | Unregistered Commenterredneck
@Redneck - I think the point of the book is to make everyone rethink that evaluation.
11.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterBrianS
And some would say mediocre general, great president. But it's hard to argue with the results, although it would have been nice if Ike had slapped down Tail Gunner Joe before the latter went after Ike's former superior officer. Revisionism happens, and is generally a good thing. I'm just glad I'll be dead before a number of recent occupants of the Oval Office and the E-Ring get the treatment, by either ersatz historians like Evan Thomas or the real thing. One thing I would like to ask my learned opposition here: Why was it good (and it was) for Ike to play golf 100 times a year when he was President, but awful when Obama or Clinton or even Bush (père et fils) play twice a month?
11.11.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG

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