It was his 100th round of golf since taking office … Obama’s staff is a little concerned. They’re concerned all this golf is cutting into his fund-raising.
Jay Leno

At the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio said the following: “Our problem with President Obama isn’t that he’s a bad person. By all accounts, he too is a good husband and a good father and — thanks to lots of practice — a good golfer. Our problem is not that he’s a bad person. Our problem is that he’s a bad president.”

A few days ago, “We Are Golf,” which is a pro-golf lobby group, wrote a letter urging Senator Marco Rubio (and others) to stop cracking wise about President Obama’s “passion for golf”:

“As we enter the final stretch of campaign season,” the group writes, “we write to make a request we hope you will receive in the same spirit in which it is offered. Please reconsider your political strategy of criticizing President Obama’s passion for golf.” (Emphasis theirs.)

Have you ever heard anybody say “I’m not going to the course today because Marco Rubio made a joke about Obama’s golfing”? Me neither. Besides, if “We Are Golf” wanted to help the industry, they should have sent a letter to President Obama last year after he advised people forced to cut back during this “recovery” to skip going out to dinner and put off taking vacations — which would presumably in many cases include a few rounds of golf. If anything’s a detriment to the golfing industry, it’s the Obama economy. Before too long the only way golf courses will be able to make money will be if they start accepting food stamps.

But this might help explain the real motivation behind the laughable effort to put the kibosh on more “Obama golfing while the world burns” mockery:

The Daily Caller has learned that Tony Podesta, a well-known Democratic lobbyist with strong ties to the Obama White House, is behind the We Are Golf coalition of golfing organizations that has sent letters to Republicans such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio asking them to cut out the criticism of Obama’s golfing habits.

Melissa Low, a spokeswoman for the Club Managers Association of America, confirmed to TheDC on Thursday that Podesta was hired to help with the coalition. Other groups supporting the coalition include the PGA of America, the Golf Course Superintendents Association of America and the National Golf Course Association of America.

“The Podesta Group was retained to assist with advocacy and public relations for the coalition in early 2010,” Low said in response to an email from TheDC.

Tony Podesta formed the Podesta Group in 1988 with his brother, John Podesta, who led Obama’s transition effort.

I’m thinking about starting an organization that would more effectively help the industry: “The Coalition of People Seeking to Defeat Obama and Improve the Economy so More People Can Afford to Play Golf.” On November 6th, join the CPSDOIESMPCAPG in making a real change that will be beneficial to all industries, including golf. That’s no joke.

Podesta can rest easy, because there will be no “Obama is golfing again” jokes to be made today. Instead, cue the “Obama’s got more fundraisers today” jokes.


28 Responses to “Golf Lovers Democratic Lobbyists Ask Republicans to Stop Making Jokes About Obama’s Golfing”

  1. SignPainterGuy on September 22nd, 2012 1:46 pm

    While fundraising and campaigning, on the ground and in the air, does the Golfer, er, uh, Campaigner / Fundraiser-in-Chief try harder not to look lovingly, longingly at Municipal or Private golf courses ?

  2. archer on September 22nd, 2012 2:25 pm

    “…We Are Golf coalition of golfing organizations that has sent letters to Republicans such as Florida Sen. Marco Rubio asking them to cut out the criticism of Obama’s golfing habits…”

    Ooo, an exposed nerve.

    Is that a “GOLF” coalition, or a coalition of “DEMOCRAT” golfers? And, did this demand go to all golfers or only to “REPUBLICAN” golfers. Or, not even to golfers at all but only to any and all Republicans.

    Liberals never stop putting demands on others. Liberals can’t even trip to the dumpster without it having some political recourse.

    Of course, it’s for the good of the conservatives and their only concern is our comfort.

    One might suggest that it’s more of, “Obama “FIDDLES AROUND” on the golf course to duck his responsibilities, the camera, and the microphones while the world burns” rather than, “Obama golfing while the world burns”

  3. SignPainterGuy on September 22nd, 2012 3:00 pm

    He`s an "escapist". The pressures of his life are just too much for him. Why doesn`t he just escape to another country that already has the political environment he envisions the the US and he won`t have to be so stressed ?

  4. backwoodsconsr on September 22nd, 2012 3:50 pm

    Obama is pissed because he misunderstood what he heard was going on in this country. He thought there was a growing "tee party" and that they would all be behind him. The truth, as usual, was devastating to him.

  5. SignPainterGuy on September 22nd, 2012 4:01 pm

    Not too dissimilar from, "He thought they were laughing WITH him, but was devastated to learn, 'No, they`re laughing AT you' " !! And the country !

  6. jeffythequick on September 23rd, 2012 2:35 pm

    Look! a squirrel!

    This golf course is littered with them…

    Ever get the feeling (and this is off topic) that Biden is the Squirrel-in-chief?

  7. backwoodsconsr on September 23rd, 2012 4:03 pm

    He is nuts.

  8. Marshall_Will on September 23rd, 2012 5:12 pm


    And what's the Michelle keeps telling us about "not getting any flak" and being over TARGETS and what not?

    +1 additionally on trips to the dumpster. I think my Prog neighbor grades our refuse for teachable moments. Please don't bother….

  9. Marshall_Will on September 23rd, 2012 5:12 pm

    I'll schlep His bags!

  10. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2012 6:04 pm

    He`s certainly squirelly !

  11. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2012 6:06 pm

    Check for "collectibles" inside while you`re at it !

  12. jeffythequick on September 23rd, 2012 7:27 pm

    I know, but he is constantly saying something stupid that we all jump on.

    I think it's intended, as it's hard for me to fathom someone being that stupid, and an administration not locking him in some non-descript building in a non-descript town.

  13. backwoodsconsr on September 23rd, 2012 7:35 pm

    People who are smart enough to be conservatives would. Fortunately for Joe, he isn't employed by conservatives.

  14. Granny55 on September 23rd, 2012 8:35 pm

    You have got to be effin kidding me?!?! We are golf???? Stop poking fun at the pResident for golfing???? Talk about thin skin – this is just stooooopid!!!

    I guess I didn't miss much while I was up north!

  15. Marshall_Will on September 23rd, 2012 10:46 pm

    Oh I was gonna' say.., so how WERE the fall colors! Somehow, some way, "Somewhere In Time" came up and our eldest daughter who was spending the night, had never seen it. After all it's soooo oooold.

    N. MI is one of those places where NEVER are your memories more embellished than its reality. We visited there regularly as children and it never fails to impress. ( As does Ms. Seymor )

  16. backwoodsconsr on September 23rd, 2012 10:52 pm

    I'm looking forward to getting some photos of the fall colors in the southern Appalachians. The French Broad River area was beautiful last fall, but I was always up there on business and couldn't take the time for photos. I plan to correct that this year.

  17. Marshall_Will on September 23rd, 2012 10:53 pm

    And… if this pResident did MORE for the economy than place a jackboot of Regulations/tors on its throat, he might actually BE a great spokesman to revive the game?

    Don't know if you guys are friends w/ any course owners but every one 'I' know has been absolutely s@cking these last 4 years. Extremely tough environment to begin with.

    The game peaked when Tiger was winning the majors and now many Boomers are finding out the line from Born To Be Wild "And we're.., never gonna' DIE..!?" was just a line in a song. So there's all KINDS of demographic challenges in the first place.

    Factor in The Great Recession and I predict many won't make it. Um… anyone remember when BOWLING was king and everyone belonged to a league? Tennis is struggling too. Man caves/online smut took over…

  18. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2012 11:26 pm

    We`ve had two bowling alleys close in the last few years. The City of Asheville,NC just in the last few weeks sold the municipal golf course to a private company. Well, the city still owns it ,but another co. will run it "they say" at a profit not seen in a half dozen years. The city has been losing tens of thousands of $$ a yr. I wonder how a private entity will bring in more golfers than the city did !?

  19. SignPainterGuy on September 23rd, 2012 11:29 pm

    Speaking of which, we have our first frost warning tonight, so the colors should be coming soon.

    I noticed a few trees have gone bright yellow and red on the Blue Ridge Parkway two weeks ago !

  20. backwoodsconsr on September 24th, 2012 12:28 am

    I can be available any Tuesday after the second one in October.

  21. SignPainterGuy on September 24th, 2012 12:42 am

    That should be good timing. With all the rain we`ve had, unless we get a real early cold snap the colors should be turning well about then.

    We actually are running a ground-water surplus now.

  22. Granny55 on September 24th, 2012 11:18 am

    Fall colors were not quite at peak but it was still beautiful. One of the gals that rode up with us had never been to N. Michigan so we gave her the light house tour. Just good to get away!

  23. Marshall_Will on September 24th, 2012 12:32 pm

    "but I was always up there on business and couldn't take the time for photos."

    Some things merit greater detail than sticking a cellphone 'camera' out of a speeding vehicle. This would be one of them.

  24. backwoodsconsr on September 24th, 2012 12:43 pm

    Yes, and being in a company vehicle equipped with a GPS device means Big Brother is watching. The tale of where a vehicle has been and for how long has gotten more than one driver in trouble.

  25. Marshall_Will on September 24th, 2012 1:08 pm

    Truly depressing. Kind of torn on this one. We all see City/county workers flaking off all day everyday. And Portland FIRED a few that showed these city workers were making routine stops at their own HOME.

    Ray LaHood, Obie Transpo Czar wanted tracking for all! Like the Gov. doesn't have enough info on us already? Of course for every (1) gov. worker that's disciplined for extended parking or taking the scenic route, 30 pvt. sector employees are let go. Fairness….

  26. SignPainterGuy on September 24th, 2012 3:31 pm

    After last night, the colors will be changing daily here. I haven`t heard of it actually frosting, but it did get cool.

    I have a gps unit I`ve never used; still a map guy. I buy the Rand McNally truckers atlas and the state back-roads and gazetteer atlas every 2 or 3 yrs. I get a kick out of seeing people look at me using that "old" stuff ! Sometimes I use Google Earth to spots some landmarks that don`t show on maps. It works for me and no one is tracking my movements.

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