President Barack Obama comes through in the clutch — at least when it comes to sports.
Approximately two dozen spectators had gathered to watch the shoot, and his reaction to the round-ending chip-in can definitely be added to the listing of reasons why he’s the coolest president in history.
The scene was perfectly set for the picturesque mic drop-off. As Obama strolled down the 18 th fairway, the sun set behind Oahu’s Ko’olau Mountains.
“The president, wearing a gray golf shirt, dark shorts, a cap and a white glove on his right hand, took his position on the fringe about 40 feet from the hole, squatted down for a better position, then took a few practise swingings before chipping the ball in, ” Julie Hirschfeld Davis, a White House correspondent for the New York Times, wrote in a press pond report.
As the video presents, Obama victoriously falls his wedge before spinning around to point at nearby press and spectators.
“A cheer ran up when he made the shoot, and POTUS raised both limbs in victory, then turned and pointed in your pool’s direction, in a ‘You guys find that, right? ‘ kind of a gesture, although he didn’t tell a word, ” Davis wrote.
Ironically, as Obama was stunning spectators with his short game Monday, Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump was assaulting the president during a rally in Grand Rapids, Michigan for how much time he expends on the links.
“It was reported today he played 250 rounds of golf and he’s going to be in Hawaii, I suppose did they say for three weeks? ” Trump said of Obama. “Two hundred and fifty rounds, that’s more than a guy who plays in the PGA Tour plays. He played more golf last year than Tiger Woods.”
While Obama is definitely an avid golfer, Trump’s statement is misinforming for two important reasons.
First, CNN reported that Obama has played 247 rounds of golf since taking office in 2008 — which averages to about 35 games a year. And even though there is around 47 events in the PGA Tour, it should be noted that, at his peak, Tiger Woods’ daily golf practice sessions last seven to eight hours in duration.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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