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Bush Doesn't Fault Obama For Playing Golf

NPR | Sept. 24, 2013 9:06 a.m.

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Doreen McCallister

President Barack Obama, right, with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, on the first hole of the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base on May 6, 2013.

President Barack Obama, right, with Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., left, on the first hole of the golf course at Andrews Air Force Base on May 6, 2013.

Pablo Martinez Monsivais, AP

President Barack Obama seems to enjoy playing golf, but he’s been criticized for spending too much time on the golf course.

Obama has played more than 140 rounds of golf since he first took office, according to CBS News. He’s even played with Tiger Woods.

But Obama’s not alone — 15 of the last 18 presidents played golf while they resided in the White House.

Former President George W. Bush hit the links, but after 2 ½ years in office he stopped playing.

He said the commander in chief shouldn’t be seen on the golf course while Americans were dying in Iraq and Afghanistan.

But Bush doesn’t criticize Obama for playing.

In an excerpt from In Play With Jimmy Roberts, airing Tuesday night on the Golf Channel, Bush says golf is a good outlet for the pressures of the White House.

Two former presidents are in the World Golf Hall of Fame: Dwight D. Eisenhower and George H.W. Bush.

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