President Obama played his 100th game of golf since starting his presidency. His predecessor, George W. Bush, played a total of 24 games of golf throughout his entire presidency, and was admonished repeatedly in the press. This is another glaring example of the press having different rules for different parties.
NPR reports that CBS News' Mark Knoller made the revelation, as he tracks information about presidents. President Bush was not only criticized for his golf games, but for his vacation time. Michael Moore condemned President Bush's vacations in his 2004 film Fahrenheit 9/11.
President Bush quit golf, likely due at least in part, to the immense pressure by the mainstream media. In 2003, he stated, "...I think playing golf during a war just sends the wrong signal," according to an article by the Washington Post. Other Republican presidents were also demonized in the press. A video of Democratic Strategist David Axelrod has surfaced condemning George H. W. Bush for being "out of touch" for playing golf during a slow economy. Axelrod explained in the 1994 interview that if "you cite these statistics that say the economy is improving, you almost do political damage to yourself," as reported by the Daily Caller.
Watch David Axelrod here:
Obama Family Holidays
Despite the numerous and costly trips the Obama family has taken, very little attention has been paid to the flagrant use (or misuse) of taxpayer money by the mainstream media. A government watchdog group has gone so far as to file a Freedom of Information Act lawsuit in order to obtain information regarding taxpayer money expenditures related to various vacations taken by the Obama family.
Judicial Watch President Tom Fitton wondered, "Why is the Obama administration repeatedly stonewalling basic questions about the costs of the Obama family's personal travel?" He continued, "In the least, the Obama administration owes the American people the truth about how much each of these trips cost, instead of stonewalling and obfuscation."
One local news reporter from Missouri will most likely never have the opportunity to speak to President Obama again, as he did something many journalists are way too afraid to do...he challenged the president on his excessive vacations. Larry Conners of KMOV-TV in St. Louis dared to ask Obama about his excessive travel, and indicated that his viewers are concerned. The president stated, "Well, I don't know how many viewers you're talking about that say that." Conners replied, "We do hear from some." Obama replied, "I hear from all kinds of viewers about everything." Conners said, "I'm sure you do."
Watch the exchange here:
Nobody should begrudge the Obama family, or any presidential family, the opportunity to take a holiday. The question is: how much is too much? The even bigger question is; why did the mainstream media harp on the Bush vacations (which were admittedly excessive, as well, but mostly confined to his Crawford Ranch and at Camp David, instead of the jet-setting locations preferred by the Obama Family) while mostly ignoring the Obama Holiday schedule?
Perhaps all presidents should limit their holidays to two weeks per year, which is the average vacation time for the American worker (who does not have the benefit of their holidays being supported by taxpayer dollars). Many Americans do not even take vacation time at all.