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Politics + Golf: A Delicate Dance

Politicians long have been wary about how playing golf would affect their image, though some have been more comfortable with the repercussions than others. View a selection of comments and notes through the years.

June 2011
William Howard Taft

Letter from Teddy Roosevelt to William Howard Taft

"It would seem incredible that anyone would care one way or the other about your playing golf, but I have received hundreds of letters from the West protesting it. I myself play tennis, but that game is a little more familiar; besides, you never saw a photograph of me playing tennis, I am careful about that; photographs of me on horseback, yes; tennis, no. And golf is fatal."
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