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Sunday
Feb172013

NY Times White House Reporter: "According to accounts from Mr. Rosaforte, who emerged as the best source of information."

Jackie Calmes of the NY Times and sequestered White House press corps tries to piece together Barack Obama's all-golf weekend and admits to relying on Golf World's Tim Rosaforte for most information from The Floridian where the President played with Tiger Woods Sunday.

Mr. Obama arrived for Sunday’s game well-practiced and primed for 36 holes, according to accounts from Mr. Rosaforte, who emerged as the best source of information. While the small pool of White House reporters and photographers remained out of sight, restricted to a bus just inside the resort’s iron gates and reliant on Mr. Earnest for sparse details, Mr. Rosaforte apparently was allowed access to the grounds and the elite group.

“The president loves his golf,” he reported on the Golf Channel after Saturday’s long outing.

Mr. Obama played 18 holes on Saturday, broke for lunch and then went straight to a driving range for practice with the Harmons, Mr. Rosaforte said. Nine more holes followed, with the team of Mr. Obama and Butch Harmon winning and “taking a couple bucks off” the others, Mr. Rosaforte added, and then Mr. Obama headed to the Harmons’ Learning Center “and beat balls for almost an hour.”

The coaches said they had instructed Mr. Obama on “pretty simple stuff,” Mr. Rosaforte said, like advising the left-handed president on how to better align his right shoulder when he swings.

“The president,” he added, “walked over to say that Butch had given him a couple things to work on — big smile on his face.”

Since the White House has released no images from the day, we'll just go with the Golf Digest cover posted at GolfDigest.com for the most accurate representation of the day.

Rosie also did his best Christiane Amanpour impression, hunkered down in a dark room as bombs went off in the background, telling an MSNBC anchor about the day. Other than the guy calling him Jim at one point instead of Tim, I'd say it was a big day in golf press history!

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Wow, did Golf Digest really take a picture of Steve Williams and photoshopped Tigers face in it?
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRyan
378? Nice joint statement of principles, fellas. Did you write it after smoking one?
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAdam Clayman
I love the MSNBC "File footage"...we get the "blue velvet curtain with the puffy face" replay...historic!
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Stupid President.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
Roger,

Bush wasn't there.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStanley Thompson
and then Golf Digest photoshopped Obamas' head on to Woods' body...move over NY Post!
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterBobby D
Worst president ever.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob
Good on Tiger for playing with The Other Guy.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSnoozing Marshall
This virtually guarantees B.O. appearing on a future WGHOF ballot.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Really, Rob? You clearly have a very short memory. Bush? Oh. Yeah. Right. No politics. Sorry. Not.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenterthebigdad
All the prez needs to do now is line up a game with Lance Armstrong and Manti Te'o and he will have acheived the Forbes Magazine Most Disliked American Athlete Trifecta.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAbu Dhabi Golfer
Rob, I have not been a big fan of O, but let me ask you one question.... What kind of shape woould the country be in if The Distinguished Gentleman from Arizona had been elected, with his desire to escalate our involvement in the ME, posing war with Iran to boot, and questionable health with a money seeking woman to replace him, if his health failed.

What kind of shape would the US be in... not some smart a answer ...''better, fer shur, snort''. A real answer. McCain....really?
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
ADG...

BOOM, baby!
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
Oblamie=worst president ever with the most favorable media coverage ever.

not a coincidence.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commentermorphy
Who really cares about where Obama played and who he played with? Nobody in golf had anything better to do than gush abput two rich guys playing golf at a private club in Florida? But golf isn't an elitist sport.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commentersteve pike
@Stanley - i forgot, its still Bush's fault. or is it the gop house? probably little racism involved too right? low information voters know these excuses too well.

obama runs a never ending campaign because he knows that he can't be held accountable for actually governing. this explains why Americans overwhelmingly disapprove of the direction of the country, yet they support obama.

he takes on the role through campaigning as the guy trying to fix things, as if he is rooting out all the bad guys in washington and cleaning up bush's mistakes.

americans love his speeches about what is wrong and that he's planning to fix them, but until people start informing themselves and realize obama isn't fixing anything, but instead he is the problem and its obamas very own policies that are creating the slowest recovery in history, lack of jobs, decreased family income, a stock market that has increased only because fed has pumped money into the system and no one wants to put it into creating jobs. instead they have to stick it somewhere so the market is only option, things will get worse.

obama is the problem, but some of you can continue to believe that he's working on fixing things just because of the complicit media and his never ending campaign, and our only problem is the gop is getting in his way. until people start thinking for themselves instead of letting the media tell you what to think obama will be the savior to the country and times person of the year as our economy and jobs continue to shrink.

hope obama is getting that golf game figured out this weekend.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
This is some of the most intellectually riveting political commentary on the internet. Thanks, everyone.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
RES,

I'm going to assume that was sarcasm. :) If not, buddy, you need to get out more! :)
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
Pete,

Always go with your first guess.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
Roger, did you get that info right off of the FOX newswire? You really show YOUR ignorance when you spout out the FOX rhetoric. Obviously you are a subscriber to Charlie Beljan and the rest of the TOUR deep thinkers and tax dodgers, which is fine, just keep the political bs away from a golf blog.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ McAndrews
RES- :)

I miss the days before folks got all political here.

I would have thought by now that someone would have commented on their pace of play. Tiger didn't slow play on POTUS? ;)
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
Roger has or had an Obama sticker on his automobile?
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterAmen Coroner
Hey, Roger, a link just for you:
http://www.nytimes.com/interactive/2008/10/14/opinion/20081014_OPCHART.html
Damn Democrats. All they can do is pump up the stock market. Based on the S&P link on my iPhone that big blue circle would now be worth about $485,000. Awful. Just awful. Those socialists at Bloomberg must be all wrong with the data. As are the dweebs at the BLS, who tell me that unemployment peaked in October 2009 at 10% and is currently at 7.8%. Still way too high, but a 22% improvement. But we do agree on one thing. The KenyanMuslimSocialistUsuperDroneMaster has been a disappointing president.

Pete? He started it! ;-) Excuse didn't work, did it? Never worked with my mother either. LOL.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Amen Coroner,

My screen (and first) name has been hijacked by a dissatisfied member of our electorate. I am now back to moniker number 22B.

RES (formerly Roger, formerly Fo Shiz circa 2009)

Oh man. I just totally outed myself.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRES
its funny anything that it said negative about obama is automatically labeled as fox news talking points. i think this says more about how complicit and liberal every other news network is. And the fact that so many people are frustrated and talking politics unlike the old days shows how divided this country has become under a president that ran on uniting the parties.

Low information voters and supporters of Obama's policies increasing gov dependence are a direct results of diminishing values and intellect of Americans. i suppose that is fox news talking points.

I'm neither rich or hate the poor, i just understand that some people lack common sense and believe anything a liberla news network puts on air.

Go watch Ben Carson's speech and tell me he wouldn't make a better leader of the free world. Cant wait to see Obama playing tons of golf after 2016.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
Sounds like it's February, eh?
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
I am still anticipating Candy Crowley signing her rendition of Marilyn Monroe's "Happy Birthday Mr. President"

What a disgrace as a debate moderator.

To the American media: RIP, nice knowin' ya.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRob
From Ben Carson, February 7, 2013:
"Here’s my solution (to health care). When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record and a health savings account [HSA], to which money can be contributed, pre-tax from the time you are born, to the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members" Dr. Carson is a pediatric neurosurgeon, justly famous for the first hemispherectomy, among other operations. But to even imagine that any HSA for any person not of significant means could pay for any one of his moderately complex operations (including diagnosis, pre-op care, surgery, 5-15 days in neurosurgical intensive care, after care) at Johns Hopkins Hospital is patently ludicrous Don't believe me? Start with $2000 at year zero. Add $2000 a year. Assume the money is never tapped. At 5% a year (compounded once per year) here is what you have after 5 years: $14,156; 10 years: $29,671; 15 years: $49,473; 20 years: $74,745; 30 years: $148,165. Still not anywhere near the goal. 40 years: $268,000. Not yet. 45 years: $353,000. Getting close. 50 years: $462,565. That might do it. Neglecting inflation and offsetting increases in the yearly contribution. Of course, the HSA can never be used for anything else during that 50 years. So there is that, too.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
@KLG...yeah, you started it. However, you callously left out the "Messiah" moniker tossed at POTUS, too. Never really got that, but whatever...

Is it interesting that I play golf LEFT handed? Does that say something deep down inside? I'll ponder that on the ride home tonight....

:)
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPete the Luddite
@KLG the whole idea behind Carson's HSA at birth is the idea that people become more aware of what things cost. First, when someone is 90 maybe they'll opt to hand down the money they have to future generations instead of having those 4 operations that cost thousands of dollars. as it is now, people dont care how much something costs if they have insurance.

This combined with the fact that doctors may be 99% what the diagnosis is, but they have to run tests running ten of thousands of dollars just to prevent a malpractice suit in the future.

The idea that all you need is insurance and you can get whatever medical care you want is going to drive prices up. yes, the poor need health care, but insurance should be used for operations that ben carson is doing, insurance should not be used for a strained hamstring or sore throat.

A lifetime HSA would be a good way for people to decide if they really need the treatment and excessive visits to the doctor because they have a ear ache. and when you tell the doc your ear is sore, they shouldn't run a brain scan if they are sure the remedy is a good nights sleep.

ben carson doesn't solve all the problems in his idea, but he comes a million miles closer than obamacare ever will.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
I wonder if Tiger was able to seal the deal on the "Tiger Woods Benghazi" design project.

Now that the place has been cleared of all the terrorists and only subject to the occasional desert shamal and spontaneous protest.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLonny
President Obama returned to Washington today after a three-day Florida golfing trip with time running out to find ways to avoid his own brainchild plan of $1 trillion cuts, half of which will come from military budgets. Wish this guy would work as hard to lower our deficit instead of his handicap. no problem with president golfing at times, but this guy makes me sick to my stomach.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJeffC
Funny, anchoring ban, distance, Obama, and Bush.
Disagreements from both sides of arguments turn in to your an idiot, you don't agree with me.

The problem in this country, is not that President Obama and the democrats are idiots,
or that George Bush and the Republicans are.

The problem is that half the country thinks Obama is great, and agrees with their beliefs,
and the other half believes in a different vision.
And they are both right, in their beliefs at least. Unfortunately both sides of issues
devolve into mule headed arguing to prove they are right
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02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGonuclear
The problem is not, NPW, that 50% feels one way and 50% feels the other. It's the people llike Roger that have the audacity to say something so idiotic and so similar to the tweeters on Tour the day after Obama was elected saying basically that if you voted for Obama you were uninformed. So Roger, you assume that YOU are the only one that is informed and everyone else is basically a dumbass that doesn't read, can't make decisions, can't make choices, and cannot possibly be as smart as you and the Tour boys. If you would step back and read your comments you might see how oblivious you are and how single minded you are. I'm sure a guy like General Colin Powell appreciates people like you assuming how dumb he is. I have no problem with people who don't agree with me politically and I certainly don't call them uninformed. Wake up Rog, there is still hope for you.
02.18.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ McAndrews
If only there were a low-cost cure for cabin fever...
02.18.2013 | Unregistered Commenter3foot1
tell you what mcandrews....prove to me that obama doesn't win the moron vote. he doesn't bring out every sewer rat to vote for him. he gets more votes from people that get their news coverage from the pages of People magazine. if you are watching msnbc you are uninformed. they edit their tapes, ignore actual news, and slurp obama policies that are creating a larger gap in the wealth. obama enjoys being a celebrity more than president.

you sound just as uninformed as most obama sheep, and your last post did nothing to convince me that you have ever thought for yourself. how many voters supporting obama can explain why they like obama instead of shrugging their shoulders and saying he helps the poor, or romney is just for the rich, or some other nonsense. obama supporters are a majority of low information, low intellect voters. that is a fact.

higher debt, higher deficit, 18 million more people on food stamps, 4 million less people employed, lower family incomes, double prices of gas, billions wasted on green energy projects that failed, do you need more. yet the media portrays this fool as person of the year and tells people everything is getting better. when the stock market is the next thing to crash are obama supporters going to kneel before him waiting for his next promise to 'fix' the problem instead of maybe thinking obama is the problem.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
The big story this past week, besides the annual State of the Delusion speech by Barack “It won’t add a cent to the deficit” Obama, was the fate of the passengers on the Carnival Triumph as their skyscraper sized ship was left adrift at sea for days without power. The ordeal at sea of the Carnival Triumph and the leadership displayed by the Carnival management and executive officers is a microcosm of our declining empire.

Rather than deal with our reality, Obama chose the Carnival Cruise Line method of public relations - misinformation, denial and delusion. He has embraced the Big Lie concept as if he had created it. Our cruise of illusions and delusions is headed for troubled water.

The math challenged citizens on this ship have been enjoying the 24 hour pizza buffet without the labor required to pay for the bounty. This voyage is reaching an end and the bill is coming due. The engine is on fire but the captain is telling us all is well. Eventually, everyone will know the captain lied.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRoger
Roger. You don't realize it, but people like you are the very reason that Obama did get elected. I actually voted for Romney but yours and others hate is so strong towards anyone that thinks other than what you do that it drives rational thinking people to vote the opposite of the haters.. Keep spewing your hate towards other AMERICANS and Obama and others with his political views will continue to get elected. Contrary to what you and your fellow haters think, most people are more informed than you give them credit for. For every poor urban uneducated person voting democrat there is a poor ignorant redneck voting republican. You can't really be dumb enough not to realize that Rog, can you?
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJ McAndrews

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