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McConnell On Obama: "He's been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour"

Daniel Strauss on the latest criticism of President Barack Obama's affinity for golf, this time from Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell.

"For four years, Barack Obama has been running from the nation's problems. He hasn't been working to earn reelection. He's been working to earn a spot on the PGA tour," McConnell said.

The link also takes you to the video clip of the comment, and a hilarious cutaway shot to the GOP convention crowd milling, moving and not paying much attention to the man.

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The golf course is the greatest place to recharge one's batteries. Golf, for a short time, becomes your only problem.

As for taxes, with the US debt, how can one not raise taxes, or at least, roll back some of Dubya's uncalled for cuts.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
Damn straight! Sontcha know only Republicans welcome in American golf?
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
Stanley, I think you need to put down whatever you are ingesting. It's obviously affecting your common sense
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterTorr
Mitch McConnell is a human skidmark on the underwear of civilization... since they are not 'magic' underwear, he'll just have to put up with Obama for another 4 years... BTW, if McConnell wants to find someone cutting out of work early for the golf course (or the bar) he should drop by John Boehner's office after 5pm...
08.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenterarb:
What the heck? Can these two face liars on the right have any kind of constructive critism that is based in fact.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterA3
@Stanley - America doesn't have a taxing problem, they have a spending problem. At the current rate of spending Obama can raise taxes all he wants and they aren't going to make a dent in the current debt. Obama is a great campaigner and thinks his legacy will be based on his promises rather than his record. I don't see how liberals can really look at Obama and think he deserves another 4 years. If you believe that all we have to do is continue to tax the rich, America will become the next Greece.

Obama is an ego driven president who started his biography at the age of 30, well before he accomplished anything, not that he has really accomplished anything of significance. He has bigger plans for America, like bankrupting us and creating a socialist Europe. Unfortunately, liberals educate themselves on news and politics by watching E news, comedy central, and Letterman. Hard to find a non liberal news program any more. i can think of one.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterCharlie
@ Charlie, I don't like to get into politics, but every now and then a rodent pokes it's head out of a hole and posts something like you posted. If it wasn't for what you call "Liberals" there would be absolutely no educational, un-biased and informative television and radio on the air waves in the U.S. What you call "Liberals" are the only people who care that anything approaching the truth gets out to the population.

Moreover, when Clinton left the Whitehouse there was a budget surplus, when Obama arrived the countries finances were an absolute disaster. People who can't see past their ideological biases and listen to news that only agrees with those biases, will never see the truth.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
When Bush was in office, he rarely played golf while the troops were in harms way.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterJim
Press Agent:

If you actually believe what you wrote then you're more ignorant than your commentary. The overwhelming majority of the mainstream media is biased toward the left. Obama has done NOTHING to fix the financial disaster he inherited. In fact, his policies have made what he inherited look trivial.
Bush playing golf while the troops are in harm's way something I do not resent in any way. But just in case you missed it...

We put these Presidents through a lot as evidenced by the color of their hair when the leave office and we as golfers should be thrilled that when they do have leisure time, they play our sport! I get people like McConnell taking jabs at Obama because he's a politician trying to win an image game, but what I can't fathom are the everyday golfers who resent a president who plays golf on his day off and clearly loves it. We are so lucky to have had the last four presidents all be golf fanatics and in their own ways, ambassadors for the sport we love.

What would you have said about Ike's golf?
08.30.2012 | Registered CommenterGeoff
A president playing golf will always be attacked by someone in the opposing party. Always. It is easy to produce "sound bite video's" like the one above to make any and every politician playing golf look bad regardless of party affiliation.
Bush played plenty of golf. How quickly we forget. And he took vast tracts of time off, doing whatever else turned him on. Like Obama, he was probably only rarely away from the front for long, a few hours here and there where they would let him be whether playing golf or cutting trees or whatever relaxed them.

But if you would stop listening to the Fox Fantasy Hour (upon hour upon hour) you might have a slightly more realistic idea of the Bush economic legacy. Regardless whether you think the war in Iraq was justified (azziff) or not, you can't deny what it cost -- and I am strictly thinking in material terms here, not the appalling (and unnecessary) human cost. Presidents of whatever stripe will be paying that one off for a long time.

The stunning economic collapse in the US in 2008, which less biased viewers would have foreseen, came on the Bush watch and ricocheted around the world wherever banks were under-regulated and a whole lot of other financial miscreance was permitted. Bailing out was the only way to keep the US from the most horrendous Depression since the 30s. Again, whoever inherited that was in for a long haul.

I don't think Obama has been much of a President, despite having many qualities desirable in the holder of that office. I am not confident that he will survive the election, but I hope he does. Look at the blithering, hypocritical alternative.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
I don't give a damn about him playing golf, it's his piss poor performance of his duties and the damage he is doing to this country that angers me.
@ No longer used to be:

You are absolutely correct, however the republicans have built their whole campaign and policy around criticizing Obama for playing golf and hoping that wins them the election.

@ Dave. What you meant to say was "the overwhelming majority of the mainstream media are NOT Bible pounding, right-wing, extremist wingnuts who believe the rapture is just around the corner, and that constant war is a necessity, therefore they are biased towards the left. What you typed is just an old cliched superstition that has been bandied about as an excuse for creating propaganda outlets to battle against the left dominated media bogey man.

So tell, what is one of these policies that makes "have made what he inherited look trivial. "
I'm not sure how you make 2 wars and trillions of dollars wasted look trivial, but I'm very interested in hearing about it.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPress Agent
@Press Agent: Please, you're kidding, right? I've wathced the media pound Romney over releasing his tax records while never demanding Obama release his college records. If one is germain, so is the other. I also read a 2 part feature article in The Washington Post over a high school prank Romney particpated in 40 years ago while Fast and Furious gets swept under the rug by an Attorney General who should be in jail for obstruction of justice, all with the complicity of ABC, NBC, CBS, Washington Post, NYT, etc. How about the race hustlers in the media (does Colman McCarthy sound familiar)who have written ad nauseum about the Trayvon Martin case but ignore the exploding violent crime rate amongst inner city black youth (have you read about what is going on in Chicago lately?).

You simply can't say with a straight face that a liberal media bias doesn't exist.
From over here it's astonishing that anyone with half a brain could give more than a microsecond's thought to voting for Romney. His extraordinary trail of idiocy on his recent visit to Europe reveals someone rarely fit to run a small business, yet millions of Americans are thinking of electing him as President? Obama may not be great but he's not a genuinely frightening prospect or he rest of he world.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterPsycho
<< The overwhelming majority of the mainstream media is biased toward the left. >>

Oh, and since when is Fox News -- overwhelmingly the number one rated cable news network -- NOT a member of the mainstream media? And since Rush Limbaugh is far and away the most population radio host on the air, you don't count HIM as a member of the mainstream media? And since the Murdoch-owned Wall Street Journal is the country's most important mouthpiece for Big Business and conservative advocacy, can you tell me with a straight face that it's not a member of "The Mainstream Media?"

As for Taxes and Transcripts. Name a candidate for President that actually released his college grades. (Don't say Bush; he was outed by a classmate.) I guess being editor of the Harvard Law Review means nothing these days. But that's beside the point: transcripts don't matter -- especially once you're in office -- but taxes DO. After all, if a candidate is cleverly using accounts in the Bahamas, the Cayman and a secret Swiss stash, wouldn't that shed some light on both his accountability and his "faith in America?" Please note, I'm not saying Willard has done anything illegal.... just un-American.

Oh, and if his finances are all "above board," just WHAT THE HELL has he got to hide?

And finally: What most voters don't know is the way Mitt Romney actually made his fortune: by borrowing vast sums of money that other people were forced to pay back. Mitt Romney is one of the greatest and most irresponsible debt creators of all time. In the past few decades, in fact, Romney has piled more debt onto more unsuspecting companies, written more gigantic checks that other people have to cover, than perhaps all but a handful of people on planet Earth.

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08.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenterbenseattle
"Land of the Free"? Not if yer female if Messrs. Romney, Ryan and Akin get their way. Still, what better way to control a woman than to nationalise her body. All against abortion but would also outlaw the emergency contraceptive pill. This, truly beggars belief.
According to this Washington Post article George Bush quit playing golf on August 19th, 2003 and did not play again for the entirety of his presidency.

This article was published on May 14th, 2008 -- www (dot) washingtonpost (dot) com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/05/13/AR2008051302783.html

A few key passages:

President Bush said yesterday that he gave up golfing in 2003 "in solidarity" with the families of soldiers who were dying in Iraq, concluding that it was "just not worth it anymore" to play the sport in a time of war.

"I don't want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf," Bush said in a White House interview with the Politico. "I feel I owe it to the families to be as -- to be in solidarity as best as I can with them. And I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal."

Bush said he decided to stop playing golf on Aug. 19, 2003, when a truck bomb in Baghdad killed U.N. special representative Sergio Vieira de Mello and more than a dozen others.

He said he received word of the attack while playing golf during a stay at the family ranch near Crawford, Tex. Press reports at the time indicate he took the call from Condoleezza Rice, then his national security adviser.

"They pulled me off the golf course, and I said it's just not worth it anymore to do," Bush said in yesterday's interview.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterDTF
Dave, are you the guy I played golf with the other day?
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Romney said nothing embarrassing on his trip to Britain. Nothing, anyway, that lots of Brits themselves weren't saying about the Olympics. Border guards were threatening to strike, leaving open the possibility of chaos as thousands of people were supposed to be processed. Talk about a cynical act, striking and using the Olympics as leverage...but over there, that wasn't the big story. The big story was that an American politician had the gall to comment on Britain's internal affairs. Which isn't allowed, unless he's praising them. Americans must always keep their mouths shut regarding what Britain does, even when their incompetence leaves our athletes potentially vulnerable. Meanwhile, as this site proves, Brits love to visit American websites and run their mouths about U.S. politics till the cows come home, under the reasoning that all their problems are our fault. Isn't this a lovely dichotomy? I know it warms my heart.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterManos
Manos- +1
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterT Money
@ PA you write "the republicans have built their whole campaign and policy around criticizing Obama for playing golf " Really?? I am following the wrong news sources.
@ Manos. The Brits (and Australians) 'love to visit American websites and run their mouths about U.S. politics till the cows come home' because US politics is so completely screwed up. Your country is so hopelessly divided, especially in terms of wealth and politics, that the rantings of the far left and right make for good comedy

BTW - Good on any leader (liberal, conservative, right, left, whatever) for engaging in a sport like golf to stay healthy.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
@ BenSeattle - you're comments about this so-called 'mainstream media liberal bias' are quotable. From an outsiders perspective, I'm not seeing any bias to either side. You've got folks that are passionate one way or the other and they are fully entitled to express their opinions. It all evens out...
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
NPR had a severely depressing story today. They reported that if you like someone then you believe him even when he is reported as a liar, whereas you believe the people you don't like are liars when they are reported as liars. The truth is precious! Search for the truth even if it goes against your emotional tendencies. Search for objective news reporting. Understand that labeling objective news reporting as liberal or conservative is simply the fallacy of following one's emotions.
Here's an objective fact for you. Eisenhower played about 800 rounds of golf during his presidency according to Wikipedia.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGarland
The fact is the President alone has no significant power, except the ability to send our troops wherever they choose, and I don't mean to slight that. It's in inability of all members of the House and Senate to accomplish anything of substance that hurting us. Term limits and huge, meaningful campaign spending reform are seriously in order, both parties. We can't have members of Congress starting their reelection campaign the day they take office! We can't have wonderful, qualified people denied the ability to run for serious office because they can't scratch up tens, if not hundreds of millions of dollars. If you can raise that kind of dough, you owe someone big time.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterAverage Golfer
BTW, Ike didn't make the PGA Tour either. ;)
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGarland
IanB, I'm glad we amuse you and your fellow window-lickers. I'm sorry Australia's huge problems don't do it for you, that you have to point and laugh at another country's problems in order to get your kicks. Sounds like you have a hugely interesting life.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterManos
Thank You Average Golfer for stating what is seldom said but absolutely true.
Both sides want to blame the president as if he has ultimate power, when things are not the way they like.
No one man holds that much power in our government, our political system was built to prevent that type of scenario.
Many people claimed and still do that Obama will have us turned into a socialist state in his next term.
How little faith or lack of understanding in our political system must one have to believe that?
How would it be possible to do such a thing by one man in 4 years?
Politicians can't fix our more mundane issues in 4 years let alone figure out how to completely change our political system.
Wake up people!
08.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenterqrispy2
I have too much going on today to comment much. but 43 took almost 50% of his time in office off. I did things for his Governor race, refused to do anything when they called me for his Presidential selection,

We should hope Congress gets real and starts doing the right thing for middle class America NOW.

I smiled when someone said that O was trying to bankrupt the USA--- shit, that already happened before he was elected.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
First of all, Clinton had ABSOLUTELY NOTHING to do with the good economy, he rode the bubble and was the fortunate soul who happened to be office when something he did nothing for created great wealth for a lot of folks. Unfortunately, just as the bubble was growing for Slick Willie the Great Philandering Perjurer who was disbarded by the State of burst, as they all do, during W's term. Whatever economic failures you may arbitrarily and inaccurratey attribute to W you can accurately and fairly multiply times ten and attribute it to The Great Community Organizer Who Holds the Record for Voting "Present" in the Illinois House of Representatives. I see man smiling in Georgia....Jimmy Carter will no longer be considered the Worst President in History, Obama now own that title.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenternospin
@ Manos - @nospin has just made my laugh a little harder. The crap and hatred that comes out of passionate right and left wing 'Americans' is amazing.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
More emotion and no facts. Get a life guys.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGarland
nospin- you can't have it both ways. Get real.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
They can;t be dealt with. Listening is not one of their skills. Probably because they don't believe in it.
08.30.2012 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
This is really some great and hilariously ironic posting(s). One little inconvenient truth about this little economic hole we're in at the all got started in earnest when Bill "Slick Willie" Clinton paved the way toward abolishing Glass Steagle. Look it up if ya don't believe me.

Once that critical legislation was overturned the water gates opened and the wolves and vulture capitalists moved in, setting the stage for Dubya and Oba-Mao's group of advisers/puppet masters/formerGov't Sachs execs/sycophants to freely destroy the economy while padding their pockets.

And lets not forget the effect the S&L scandals of the 80's had on the economy...all under Reagan and Bush Snr's turn at the wheel.

"Ladies and Gentlemen...we're screwed!"
--David Letterman
08.31.2012 | Unregistered Commenterjohnnnycz
Well, the "Ladies" will be if the three stooges get into power.

Getting back to the golf thing ... when the IRA started to bomb mainland Britain (way back when), one of the surgeons drafted in to help clean up the mess was a keen golfer. After operating through the night, he didn't go straight home to bed but to his golf club where he played a round of golf. Surgeons may perform heroic tasks but, at the end of the day, they are not immune from the sights and effects of what they sometimes have to deal with. Playing golf was his way to begin his healing process. So you see I, for one, am very grateful that one of the most powerful individuals in the world has found a way to separate himself briefly from those pressures.
I don't care about Obama's golf, heck, if nothing else each hour on the course is one less in the White House to screw things up. I don't care about his golf, I care and am incredibly angry that he and the Pelosiites have indebted this county so deeply that my children and grandchildren will be economic slaves to the government for generations. How dare he and his ilk take food out of the mouths of my family.
08.31.2012 | Unregistered Commenternospin
"Looking for an honest politician is like looking for an ethical burglar." Mark Twain.
08.31.2012 | Unregistered Commenterrb

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