Now They Tell Us.

The media is just now getting around to mentioning the fact that Obama likes to hang out with the 1% – his peeps.

President Obama on Sunday displayed the freedom that comes with not having another election ahead of him, golfing with Tiger Woods in an enclave of privilege here along Florida’s blustery Atlantic coast.
Since his reelection in November, Obama has been talking about the perils facing America’s middle class, highlighted in his State of the Union address last week. On Friday he visited a public high school in his hometown of Chicago, where he spoke in personal terms about the need to reduce gun violence and create jobs in the country’s troubled urban areas. [Just words? It appears so. - Aggie]
The contrast to where he arrived only hours later – and where he will remain through Monday’s federal holiday – could not be more stark. He disappeared late Friday evening behind the gates of the Floridian, a lush golf and residential compound off limits to the public. Neither the public outside those gates, nor the media, has seen him since.

And by adding Woods, the greatest player of his generation, whose fame might only be matched by the notoriety attached to his precipitous adultery-fueled fall from grace three years ago, Obama made clear that he’ll live with criticism over the gap between the harsh realities he is seeking to address in public life and the glamour of his private follies.

On Sunday, though, Obama got the real thing with Woods, a winner of 14 major golf championships who lives not far from here on a $54 million estate in Jupiter Island, Fla.
Woods is not playing in the PGA event in Los Angeles this weekend. He is currently ranked No. 2 in the world, although he has already won a tournament just weeks into the new season and is so far seventh on the winnings list.
The traveling White House press corps has been given no access to Obama on this outing, a guys’ weekend of golf and a cool winter sun. First lady Michelle Obama and the couple’s daughters, Sasha and Malia, took their annual ski vacation in Aspen, Colo., during the long Presidents’ Day weekend.
For much of this outing, the small contingent of the White House press corps accompanying Obama has lobbied with little success for more information about where precisely on the Floridian grounds the president is staying, who he is staying with, and how much contact he has with other people on the grounds.
A photo of Obama on the course with someone as famous as Woods is commonly a moment the “traveling pool” of about a dozen journalists is allowed to witness. White House officials declined to allow that Sunday.
For the long weekend, the pool has been permitted just inside the Floridian gates, where reporters have used as their “filing center” a mirror-ceilinged party bus, the kind used for shouldn’t-be-driving evenings of bacchanalia like bachelor parties.

Maybe, along with a few rounds of golf, they’re playing whooppee and don’t want the public – or Michelle – to catch on?

- Aggie

4 Comments »

  1. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    February 17, 2013 @ 7:28 pm

    What’s appalling, disgusting, dispiriting, enraging is that the press knows better than anyone what a hypocrite he is. They know he’s golfing with the stars, and they know they can’t get a glimpse (any shots of him actually golfing are years old—years). They know he and his family are guarded by more guns and bullets than equip most Western European armies, while he seeks to deny other people the means to defend theirs. They know he will never know the fear of not having access to medical care because some death panel denies him. They know he decries corporate fat cats jetting off to Vegas, while he jets off to Vegas for a fundraiser the day after four Americans die at the hands of terrorists in Benghazi.

    The narrative is there, if the press would only tell it.

  2. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    February 17, 2013 @ 8:23 pm

    They never will, BTL. It is upsetting, but then I look around at my friends and family, all of whom are ok, and I think: “Well, whatever.” Not a deep thought, but that’s what comes to me. People don’t read newspapers anymore because they are filled with drek. The inner-city people will suffer because of his policies, but they voted for him. Half of all young college grads will suffer because of his policies, but they voted for him. The health care system will suck, but the public voted for this. We’ve all paid the price too, of course, but it is a smaller price than they will pay. Whatever.

    - Aggie

  3. Kimmi said,

    February 17, 2013 @ 9:18 pm

    Aggie: Even those who did not vote for him are paying the price.

  4. Bloodthirsty Liberal said,

    February 18, 2013 @ 2:03 pm

    Kimmi,

    We’re all paying the price, but two groups really voted for him very heavily: 1. Very rich, white, professionals (Hollywood, hedge funds, extremely successful lawyers, etc., most of whom live in safe, gated enclaves) and 2. the young, the poor – you know, people who really need help. Group one is minimally hurt by Obama’s policies and group two is devastated. The farther you reside from a paycheck to paycheck existence, the less Obama’s policies hurt. He has hurt the people that trusted him the most.

    - Aggie

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