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O'Reilly & Krauthammer Bicker Over Obama Golfing With Tiger

Bill O'Reilly asked pundit Charles Krauthammer to talk about the sheer horror of the President taking a golf weekend and teeing it up with Tiger Woods without cameras around. And Krauthammer, to his credit, didn't take the bait despite repeated attempts.

“If the guy wants to play golf, the guy deserves a couple of days off. He wants privacy? Big deal,” he asserted, adding that it’s the “biggest non-story the media have created since the Kardashian weddings.”

He simply doesn’t understand the outrage, he said.

“The press being banned from covering his leisure activities — you don’t care?” O’Reilly followed up.

“Absolutely not,” Krauthammer replied. O’Reilly pointed to Woods’ “dubious” resume and the president lending his “prestige” to the scandalized athlete. Obama isn’t likely out there getting marital advice, Krauthammer countered.

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Mr. O'Reilly conveniently forgets that his name is attached to a Sealed Settlement. In my humble opinion that also equates to a `dubious' resume. The real joke Monday night, however, was on The Toilet's other show, `Hannuty.' Summoning all the outrage possible, I think he estimated that the President's golf outing cost taxpayers in the vicinity of $300 trillion. Give or take a few bucks.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiberty Apples
Love the fact on a golf blog Geoff never let's us forget about his politics. Geoff it's not unusual- 98% of media is left wing. We get it.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTony
@Tony -

Respectfully, you conveniently forget two things - 1) it is Geoff's blog, you are a visitor to whatever he wants to post (if you don't like it, don't show); and 2) 98% of the media OWNERS are decidedly NOT left wing. You know, the ones who actually control media things.

For me, the most amazing thing I learned during Obama's trip to Florida was that there was actually a pro sports team owner who is a Democrat.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterRickABQ
Let's say Tiger never hits that hydrant. This thing happens way earlier, with tons of media right? I mean, at the very least I can see why they're getting airtime out of this.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdsl
I agree there was a lack of outrage when Ike golfed with Hogan and Nelson at Augusta, instead of improving the race relations of this nation.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStreaky Putter
I'm happy to relieve of such stressful, liberal thoughts in the future! Who knew it was a liberal bias to support Presidential vacation taking, especially one involving golf. And finding that view on a golf blog. Nutty!
02.19.2013 | Registered CommenterGeoff
I hope Barry swings a golf club better than he throws a baseball. Yikes!
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTorr Eckman
All of this outrage from the party who brought Ted Nugent the child molesting rocker to the Capitol as a guest to watch the "State of the Union" address... but hey, he loves guns...

Do these people ever leave their own echo chamber?
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterH401
"For me, the most amazing thing I learned during Obama's trip to Florida was that there was actually a pro sports team owner who is a Democrat."

I disagree. The Rooneys and Maras are also Democrats. To me the most amazing thing was that there was a rich person in Houston who is a Democrat.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterThe O
As a dyed in the wool Republican, I could not care any less about Obama taking a private golf vacation with the world's best golfer and some other dudes who have serious juice. Obama will actually have to work for the first time in his life once he "retires" and he might as well line up some good contacts now. Good for him. It's a stressful job and no one who hasn't done it can say otherwise.

It's a fact that GWB spent more time "on vacation" than any other president in recent history. I can live with the big-O taking a few days to shoot 106 and drink some Stellas.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterChris from DE
The President playing golf with the greatest golfer of his generation would be the last positive fluff story that would end the local or national news 20 years ago. Today we get the manufactured outrage of propaganda organizations/pseudo-news organizations.

RickABQ - great pointing out the leanings of media owners. If the average American would get a clue they would realize there is no true progressive/liberal media organization in America. We have corporate media that protects/tolerates the status quo and right wing media that tries to squeeze out a few more dollars for the already untouchable/unsympathetic/all powerful with a comical smokescreen of programming. When was the last time any very popular item supported by over 60% of the population (I can think of many) ever got a fair shack in the media? Why do we have the Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare)? Because the Healthcare Industrial Complex made a deal to protect their wealth/power by ensuring that Medicare for all could never be implemented. Why did the last Republican President support an unfunded expansion of drug coverage that can't negotiate rates ensuring more profits and throwing the public interest under the bus? Because we have a mostly corporate media/corporate country that gets what it wants. Liberal media and policies would be nice if they actually existed.

If Jesus walked the earth today O'Reilly would have constant updates about the socialist crackpot teacher who keeps meeting with undesirables. His core teaching (Beatitudes) would be dismissed as unworkable ranting against meritocracy and the free market.

And the average supposedly Christian American doesn't even understand the irony

The problem with Americans, not the idea of America which is great, has always been the gap between the wonderful principles and the reality.

The President plays golf an average of 28 times a year. He plays mostly on Saturday mornings at nearby military bases around DC or groups of clustered rounds while on vacation. He plays 2 or 3 times a month and desires to improve. Sounds like a real golfer to me.....

Geoff keep up the political items related to golf. The great insights of your many followers start with golf and veer off to many wonderful tangents. THANKS.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
It has been a long time since I agreed with Charles Krauthammer. What is the temperature in Hell?

To extend Liberty Apples' remarks: Andrea Mackris/loofah/falafel!!!
Language NSFW.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
It sure gets noisy in Geoff's kitchen when the pots and kettles start goin' after each other.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterD. maculata
Tony - you're a first class wanker
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterIanB
Hannity could tell you what day or time it is without his daily script from the RNC. O'Rielly is Bozzo The Cown.....And I'm a Repulican.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLB
StephenP. Well said.

KLG. Does it get any better?
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLiberty Apples
I'm also a lousy typist. Should read Hannity couldn't.... and O'Rilley - Bozzo the Clown...
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterTLB
Oh Really is a tool, and as was pointed out, has a sexual misconduct incident in locks: funny that Nute G. was cheating on his dying wife while trying to take down Clinton, and that old fart Hyde called his affair in his mid 40's ''a youthful indiscretion''...almost 100 million dollars and a porn worthy post of info by the GOP on the web for every 10 year old to read, all to smoke screen the big oil and big bank mergers that were actually the real sins of that era, and both parties were involved while pundits and party saps argued about is is and such trivia.

Speaking of far right nuts, interesting that Rush' false claim of 20 million listeners is exactly the same number of people as the Viagra claims of usership......

If you pay any attention to GOP politicians the pattern is 50% like women so much they cheat, and 50% are gay, and 50% are bi as well, not that there is anything wrong with that

On my own dime, I will say this, and I am of the generation whose language usage was tat of Clinton's--- I would have said that I did not have sex either, because hands and fingers do not constitute 'sex'', as we called it then - sex was SEX-- ''all the way'', a home run, not third base- so while it mattered not, as the big oil and big banks got their mergers, the real effing, to this day young uns think that ''sex'' is diddling , and all us older guys know that sex is doodling... ""Doodle me'' ( from the REAL Casino Royale, with David Niven, still one of the BEST movies ever made

Uh, what was the question?
02.19.2013 | Unregistered Commenterdigsouth
The Eisenhower Tree.

Enough said.

Let the man play golf.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJRP
Liberty Apples. Thanks.

KLG is THE MAN (YOU THE MAN, this is a golf site) among the commeters at this website and I look forward to his postings.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterStephenP
StephenP, I have walked a round with KLG and sent him off on a second 18 I could not manage. He's as much a pleasure, and pleasurably insightful, for 18 holes as he is for a single post. At one point when his ball ended up in a heap of mess, I told him to just kick it out. Nae. His response, I hit it there. Says it all.

Fairways and greens.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
What is good about Obama:

He is black (the nation needed this).
He likes golf and he works at it.

Can't think of anything else but I am sure about those two.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterJJ
He seems a good husband and father.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterGhillie
O'Reilly is a hypocrite who needs to get off his high horse. He has been accused of sexual harassment. Despite all of Tiger's womanizing, none of his many mistresses have accused him of harassment. At least he had their consent.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterDRM
Wait wait. I think I've got another. He's not Bush. Wait. Here's another. He's not Mc Cain . Hell he's not even Romney. After that, it's all good.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterPasaplayer
Comparing a Chicago community organizer with a bit of a lazy streak with a war time hero?

When one starts equating Benghazi Barack with Ike, we can see the damage that the modern popular media has done.

Thanks Oprah, CNN, and MSNBC.
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterLonny
@DRM - Consent = Acceptance of Payment
02.19.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSaipan
Fox did give us our first black [fake] pres in 2001 on their show 24. Methinks that was Roger Ailes, pres of Fox himself making an appearance in Shackland himself to let us know that using our resources to provide health care is unamerican and that it is a waste of money to treat citizens for their ailments, you know, unless its really necessary.

The notion that liberal is a bad word is ridiculous. And the media is not liberal. Must we go back to the 1971 Louis Powell memo that made the position of the attack on American business and laid the groundwork for the neocon movement that led to the stagnation of wages and repeal of Glass Steagall? The return of monopolies, banksters hoarding our wealth, the military industrial complex (er, the companies that make light bulbs, including the one responsible for those terrible broadcasts from otherwise beautiful west coast swing venues) owns the media.

I can understand being a right winger if you are a wealthy blue blood-er desperately trying to hang on to your wealth, but they need regular people to cast ballots for them (and less people to vote against them - see their attempts at voter suppression across the southern states). The sad thing is that these faithful joe schmo GOP voters are hurt by their policies they vote for, but believe the bullshit when they are told that it's those criminal liberals that are keeping them from their rightful destiny of riches (entitled, much). See, the Right knows that in order to win, everyone else has to lose. And further, there is really only one party, as the corporations and special interest own everybody's ass (with the exception of very few in power) it hasn't mattered who wins the election in quite some time.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterUbb
i don't hate that the president plays golf but i do hate the president.

@ubb funny you talk about the policies and hurting those that meant to help.
To libs appraently obama has compassion for the poor and the gop is just for the rich. Meanwhile, under obama, energy prices are going up, family wages are going down, 4 million fewer people employed, increased debt for future generations, black unemployment is up, a increased min wage that is only going to cost jobs for those in poverty......yes seems obama loves the poor so much that he is creating more of it.

Love how libs attack the one news network that is more conservative while the rest of the media can get away with anything (editing tapes to fit their agenda) and push obamas propaganda. Attacking the president over golf is but much, but liberal media were asking softballs while ignoring benghazi issue. don't tell me that the media isn't pushing obamas agenda. msnbc is hiring obamas campaign staff and press secretary and chris matthews wants obama on mt rushmore.

amreicans are too uninformed to realize obama is campaigning against the very things he's causing.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterConnor
"but liberal media were asking softballs while ignoring benghazi issue..."

There were 12 attacks on embassies during GWB's presidency. Many Americans killed. I can remember the frothing outrage from the right back then, demanding inquiries, impeachments and- oh wait...

Don't you love it when people like Connor give themselves away as the Rush Limbaugh crowd as soon as the talking points start falling from their lips?
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterH401
From 15 minutes of lunch time surfing...

Income (it didn't start with Obama):

Energy (oil as a proxy, adjusted for inflation):
And prices of fossil fuel are only going to rise, absent a complete economic breakdown, for reasons laid out by M. King Hubbert a long time ago. Note that he was deadly accurate for American peak oil:

Unemployment (still way too high, but decreasing, slowly):

Debt (a big problem, not helped by our austerity jones: note where the red lines lie):
Also (note the inflection point in 2009; what happened in January of that year?):

Black unemployment rate (a stubborn problem, seemingly always 2X the White rate):
We have a lot of work to do. Period.

Minimum wage (no evidence that raising it increases unemployment):

Benghazi!!!! A screw-up, to be sure, but:
Attacks on US Diplomatic facilities:
A poor record, particularly before Obama's first term; it's an increasingly dangerous world but I can't remember much partisan sniping until now.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Income (it didn't start with Obama):

Energy (oil, adjusted for inflation):

Unemployment (still way too high, but decreasing, slowly):

Debt (a big problem, not helped by our austerity jones: note where the red lines lie):
Also (note the inflection point in 2009; what happened in January of that year?):

Black unemployment rate (a stubborn problem, seemingly always 2X the White rate):
We have a lot of work to do.

Minimum wage (no evidence that raising it increases unemployment):

Benghazi!!!! A screw-up, to be sure, but:
Attacks on US Diplomatic facilities:
A poor record, particularly before Obama's first term, but I can't remember much partisan sniping until now...
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterKLG
Will O'Brien and Hannuty ask Speaker Boehner to give up his membership at Burning Tree? How many times per year does he average on the golf course?
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.
Ooops...make that O'Reilly.
02.20.2013 | Unregistered CommenterSteven T.

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