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Obama: 56 (or 57) rounds, but who's counting?

December 29, 2010

Emily Miller is. An editor at Human Events, Miller has been tracking President Obama's golf and, via Twitter, reporting on it in the wake of his Hawaii rounds this week and setting in motion a string of commentary that somehow came to include death panels.

"President Obama played golf today in Hawaii, his 56th round since taking office," she wrote on Tuesday.

A short time later, she posted this: "whoa. third time playing golf in hawaii? if so then I have to adjust my count to 57 for presidency. SERIOUS BUSINESS."

Then this: "I need to keep my golf tracking up to date. Do you count 56 or 57? I had 52 on Oct 10. Played 2x in DC, 3x"

Whatever the number, John Kim, a coordinating producer at, chimed in with this: "That's more than me! But then my job is Wait, that doesn't seem right."

Kim's post was re-tweeted by Miller, who added this: "Obama golfs more than a PGA producer?!"

Kim's turn again: "the old adage is: those who work in golf never get to play. Guess I need to run for President to hit the links!"

That prompted this response from Doug Powers, writing at, beneath the headline, "PGA Producer Wishes He Could Golf as Much as Obama": "Kim later noted how he should get elected president so he'd have more time to play golf. Careful dude, those deat... er, I mean -- 'end of life counseling committees' -- aren't just going to be for old people, you know.'"

-- John Strege