President Obama returned from Hawaii on January 2nd. Since which Ukraine has all but been lost, an American woman and a Jordanian pilot have been murdered by ISIS (only the more notable of their subhuman slaughter), Boko Haram has continued its raping and pillaging without respite, and all manner of “folks” have randomly shot to death other “folks” in a spree of random folks-on-folks crime. Randomly.
President Obama arrived at Sunnylands just before 10:30 a.m. to meet three of his friends for a round of golf at the popular Rancho Mirage tourist attraction. A spokesman for Sunnylands earlier this week told us that no public events at the venue were cancelled.
We learned that two of the President’s friends from Hawaii, Bobby Titcomb, and Greg Orme, along with a friend from Chicago, Marty Nesbitt joined the President for at least one round of golf.
Our photographer Chris Tarpening was staking out Sunnylands, when he saw the foursome approach the greens, and caught a rare glimpse of the President teeing off, on the estate’s private course. The President finished Saturday’s round a little after 6:00 p.m.
There is no shortage of pictures of Obama playing golf, but very few in recent years. While his rounds have only increased in number, media access has all but dried up. Hence that “rare glimpse” after a “stakeout”.
The Obama cabal know too well that memories are short. Control the imagery, and you control the story.
President Barack Obama traveled to California Friday to highlight the state’s drought emergency at two events near Fresno, calling for shared sacrifice to help manage the state’s worst water-shortage in decades. He then spent the rest of the weekend enjoying the hospitality of some of the state’s top water hogs: desert golf courses.
Vacationing with DVDs of his favorite television shows and multiple golf outings with his buddies, the duffer-in-chief played at two of the most exclusive courses in the Palm Springs area. On Saturday, Obama played at the Sunnylands estate, built by the late billionaire Walter Annenberg, which features a nine-hole course that is played like 18 holes. The following day he golfed at billionaire Oracle founder Larry Ellison’s 19-hole Porcupine Creek. On Presidents’ Day, Obama hit the links at Sunnylands once again.
The 124 golf courses in the Coachella Valley consume roughly 17 percent of all water there, and one quarter of the water pumped out of the region’s at-risk groundwater aquifer, according to the Coachella Valley Water District. Statewide, roughly one percent of water goes to keep golf courses green. Each of the 124 Coachella Valley courses, on average, uses nearly 1 million gallons a day due to the hot and dry climate, 3-4 times more water per day than the average American golf course.