Infographic: Obama Accepts Rare Outsider Into Golf Game

Game with New Zealand Prime Minister is only 10th with an elected official

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New Zealand has long maintained a warm relationship with the United States, but few measures of bilateralism are as meaningful as the one that occurred on Thursday. In the final days of his vacation in Hawaii, President Obama hit the links with New Zealand Prime Minister John Key and his teenage son Max, an unlikely inclusion in the President’s normally insular golf game.

It was the 160th round of golf of Obama’s presidency, but only the 10th that included a fellow office holder. By way of comparison, it was the 117th time that White House trip director and First Bro Marvin Nicholson, who filled out yesterday’s foursome, has participated.

See TIME’s Sept. 15 feature on the President’s golf game for the complete methodology.

7 comments
AZWI
AZWI

Enjoy yourself Mr President, you deserve it putting up with the likes of old bitter fools like John McCain

ShiveringSara
ShiveringSara

Before embarking on their Hawaiian vacation, the Obama's held a VIP luncheon at the White House honoring 11-month-old transgender Hillary Carter. I think that falls into the category of accepting a rare outsider. http://bit.ly/1hZF2M6

DonQuixotic
DonQuixotic

"Golf" - like catnip for the right. 

ReneDemonteverde
ReneDemonteverde

Obama will probably go down in history as an below average golfer with a unique body gesture than a good President. Looks like you are paying the man to have a good time America. It would be so funny if it is not so tragic. Wonder how much this country have wasted money paying him with nothing to show in return.

mrbomb13
mrbomb13

This joke of an article is an embarrassment for TIME Magazine, as it shows a continued lap-dog approach to covering the Obama Presidency/Administration.

For one thing, on the Time.com page, the article was headlined as "Golf Diplomacy."  Are you kidding me?  Do you think that We the Readers were born yesterday?  Obama has terrible diplomatic game, and is the laughing stock of the civilized and uncivilized world.

Second, your infographic clearly states that Obama has only played 140 rounds of golf, whereas the article says he played 160.  The writer - Chris Wilson - failed to note that the infographic was only as current as August 2013.  So the subject of the article - that graphic - is outdated.  Check your source material next time.

Lastly, this article fails to note how even in the midst of crises large and small, this president has still found time for 160 rounds of golf.  If that isn't troubling in the least, than TIME as a news source has more issues than it knows.  It will continue to suffer the drop-off in revenues, readers, and relevancy as the 21st century progresses.

BruceStrong
BruceStrong

Wow, that's news... I'm about to go to the driving range!

jmac
jmac

@DonQuixotic It's okay for the right at certain times.  Eisenhower golfed over 400 times during his eight years.   The Godfather of Golf.   There's no way Obama will touch that record.