The Loop

First Golfer Obama: A Story?

January 08, 2009

It comes as no surprise to this editor that the Obama story has already generated some stick-to-your knitting responses. From Illinois of all places comes this letter:


Dear Editor:  At a time when the mainstream media is fawning and gushing over Obama while many of the rest of us are trying to forget him, is it asking too much for Golf Digest to stick to golf and not get sucked into Obama worship? In your February issue I counted six or seven pages of Obamamania, not including the one-page-with-photo Editor's Letter. So the guy's a casual golfer who likes the game and shoots in the 90s. This deserves a swing analysis by three top teaching pros? Give us a break. It would be interesting to go back to review your issues shortly after George W. Bush was elected to see how many pages you devoted to his golf game. But I figure everybody's entitled to a quadruple bogey once in a while--and your February issue was at least that.

__Mike Thompson>

Naperville, IL  __  >

Thanks, Mike. But I thought George Bush gave up golf? Seriously, we have long been fascinated by presidential golf.  Dan Jenkins played with "41" and wrote about it. Tom Friedman played golf with and interviewed Bill Clinton and wrote about it.   Way, back, one of our first promotions was a button with Ike's picture on it. We have done a periodic ranking of Washington politicians on both sides of the aisle. We even did a My Shot interview with Rush Limbaugh, a red statesman that drew considerable reader fire. Golf touches all walks of life, and we will continue to explore how it touches our presidents and lawmakers. Even if they make quadruple bogeys. Though we get that you are leaning "No" on this initiative.

--Bob Carney