Presidents Play Golf!

There seems to be lots of hoo-hah about President Obama’s quick trip to Florida to play golf on this Presidents’ Day weekend. The press didn’t like its photo access being cut-off, others harrumphed  that the First Lady and the girls are out West skiing and some just think this President shouldn’t be golfing at all. Some need reminding that all our Presidents since Eisenhower – except for Jimmy Carter – have played golf as a means of exercising, relaxing, socializing and with some for honing their competative skills. In fact, back long before this crop of presidents, we could find Presidents Taft, Harding and Wilson on the links. Some even refer to golf as “the sport of Presidents.” Makes you wonder about this current criticism.

Here are some photos:

 JFK from Time Magazine        Bush 43  from CNN Opinion

 Golf great Arnold Palmer with President Eisenhower

 President G. H. W. Bush, President Gerry Ford and President Bill Clinton

 President Obama/February 2013

Here’s the CNN Opinon story: