Obama hits the links for the 78th time

From the AP:

President Barack Obama played golf and enjoyed some beach time with his family Sunday on Martha’s Vineyard, though not before getting briefed on developments in Libya.

Under sunny skies, Obama, wife Michelle, and daughters Malia and Sasha spent the morning on a private beach in Edgartown. The outing came on the third full day of Obama’s 10-day summer vacation and was his first excursion with his full family in tow. The president then parted ways with his family to play a round of golf at the Vineyard Golf Club.

He had golfed within 24 hours of arriving at Martha’s Vineyard just a couple of days ago:

Less than 24 hours after landing on the shores of Martha’s Vineyard, President Obama is on one of its golf courses. Obama is out with his friend Eric Whitaker, White House trip director Miarvin Nicholson – one of his regular partners – and Michael Brush, who is in charge of advance work on trips.

It’s Obama’s 19th time on the links this year and the 77th outing of his presidency.

At 78 rounds of golf playing an average of 4 hours per round, the President has been on the golf course a total of 312 hours during his term.  That’s 13 twenty-four hour days.  That’s nearly two full weeks of time on the links.

How much is all this costing the American taxpayer?  Has Obama paid for all these rounds?  How much?  How much does the Security provided during each round cost?  What about support costs in terms of keeping him in touch with what’s going on in the world, or the logistics undertaken by his staff?  What about the costs incurred by the golf courses who presumably are having to shut down (or nearly shut down) in many respects to accommodate the President?  Are they being compensated for the lost rounds they have to give up to have the President play?

It’s all pretty interesting.

And then, what of the President’s game?  If practice makes perfect, what is his handicap now?  What was it before he became President?  How often did he play prior to becoming the leader of the free world?

Wouldn’t it be nice to have an enterprising journalist get to the bottom of all this?

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