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From the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34
There’s no secret why right-wingers go nuts when Obama goes golfing
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is ...
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Pat Cunningham offers an unabashedly liberal perspective on national politics. A note of caution: The language gets a little salty on some of the sites to which this blog links. So, don't say you weren't warned. By the way, this blog's name is inspired by the Will Rogers quote, \x34All politics is applesauce.\x34 In 41 years as a print and broadcast journalist, most of those years with the Rockford (Ill.) Register Star, Pat has covered national politics under eight American presidents. He's attended 10 national political conventions, Republican and Democratic alike, and has interviewed countless prominent political players, including Jimmy Carter, Ronald Reagan, Gerald Ford and George H.W. Bush.
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Barack Obama is not the first U.S. president who likes to golf to relieve the pressures of his job. Nor does he take to the links more frequently than most of his predecessors in the White House.

But Obama probably is the most criticized of presidents for golfing. If you put the words “Obama” and “golf” in a Google search field, you get a staggering 210 million results — many, if not most, of which are negative comments.

A concomitant of this phenomenon is the widespread association of Obama with the word “vacation.” In truth, he’s taken fewer vacations than many of his predecessors — far fewer than George W. Bush. But the right-wing noise machine is forever spewing the false impression that Obama is always on vacation.

The not-so-subtle message in all of this is that the black guy in the White House is inherently lazy, like most of those people are.

But nobody accused Dwight Eisenhower of laziness when he set a record for presidential golfing that likely never will be matched, as we see HERE:

Dwight David Eisenhower got in his share of golf, and then some. A study of the 34th president’s daily itinerary during his eight years in office from 1953-’61 turns up a staggering 1,000-plus days of golf, including almost 800 rounds everywhere from Augusta National to Cypress Point to Turnberry and beyond.

Not that playing 100 rounds a year was a bad thing. But no president before or since played so avidly.

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