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The media is obsessed with the fact that President Obama, like many of his presidential predecessors, is able to take vacations and (horrors) play golf whenever he feels like it. Because, you know, Obama can't possibly golf and THINK at the same time. Or maybe the press can't watch golf and think at the same time. Today they criticized him for taking a hike, because walking and thinking don't go hand in hand either. I think Henry David Thoreau and Gandhi might disagree with them. Surely Martin Luther King and every person who marched for Civil Rights would disagree that physical activity rules out thinking or pondering.
Anyway, it's all about "Optics" because there are BIG things going on in the world, and Obama should be solving them all NOW. How dare the President try to relax so he can deal with them when the time comes. How dare he recharge his batteries like every other President before him. Funny that no one cared when the Elder Bush was watching "Curly Sue" in the theater at the White House, or relaxing at the family compound in Kennebunkport, Maine. Funny they never said this when President W. Bush was down in Texas at the BBQ ranch or choking on Fritos and then falling asleep on the couch in front of football at the White House. How many hours of sleep did W. need a night? Something like 14?
But the Optics of Golf meme is way to fire up the right-wing, or white-wing, readers, so some media outlets keep tweeting and reporting on what the black President is doing up in (usually white) Martha's Vineyard. And after the reporters tweet about golf, the trolls jump on the bandwagon.
Golf is the new teleprompter. It's a tell. Feel free to ignore anyone who brings either up.— Allan Brauer (@allanbrauer) August 22, 2014
A very useful cudgel, this golfing is.— We Be Du Bois (@eclecticbrotha) August 22, 2014
The president is now being criticized for *walking* http://t.co/uUM1oYAaXx— Simon Maloy (@SimonMaloy) August 22, 2014
"Dwight Eisenhower leads the pack as a duffer, logging in more than 800 rounds of golf in eight years." http://t.co/pqpcTGiqcI— Josh Greenman (@joshgreenman) August 21, 2014
CNN, MSNBC have live on-site coverage of more clashes in Ferguson. FOX has a repeat of Huckabee complaining that Obama plays too much golf.— Les East (@EastAdvocate) August 18, 2014
POOL REPORT: "Obama stepped to a podium and delivered his remarks… Afterward, the motorcade drove to the Vineyard Golf Club."— Dylan Byers (@DylanByers) August 20, 2014
And, a classic WH line: “Just because the president is in a different location doesn’t mean he isn’t doing his job" http://t.co/QJNs9Zmp9i— Jennifer Epstein (@jeneps) August 22, 2014
Priorities: Obama is back to golfing at the Vineyard Golf Club after delivering statement on Foley's murder - @mpoppel— PzFeed Top News (@PzFeed) August 20, 2014
Quelle surprise - President Obama is back on the golf course this afternoon. 11th round on Martha’s Vineyard this summer— Sebastian Payne (@SebastianEPayne) August 21, 2014
President on Vineyard golf course today (tweet copied/pasted from yesterday)— West Wing Reports (@WestWingReport) August 21, 2014
Thank God Our Tie-less Commander- In Chief is back on the golf course in Martha's Vineyard a few minutes after the Beheading of Jim Foley.— Andro Paul Lucich (@AndroPLucich) August 22, 2014
Oh thank god, CNN is reporting that Obama's statement only delayed his time on the Martha's Vineyard golf course by a few minutes!— bmaz (@bmaz) August 14, 2014
This business with ISIS and James Foley is really upsetting me. Maybe a round of golf on Martha's Vineyard would help calm me down.— Paul D. Gallagher (@paulgallagher) August 22, 2014