Presidential Players

Image: Courtesy of Globe Photos

As we move into the month of what is possibly the most highly anticipated American Presidential Elections of all time, it seems fitting to look back over history and the numerous U.S. Presidents who had a passion for the great sport of golf.

Dwight D. Eisenhower was so passionate about golf that he had a practice putting green installed on the White House grounds and even occasionally wore his spikes in the Oval Office. 

Lyndon Johnson, whose swing was often compared to the action of a man killing a snake, frequently used the golf course to discuss legislation with both friends and foes.

Many a picture tells the story of Richard Nixon and golf, including the one above with Jackie Gleason, a frequent playing partner at pro-ams. 

In the early 30s, Gerald Ford played on the Michigan football team, but as a golfer, he became best known as a danger to the spectators in the galleries.

George Bush I played what might feasibly described as speed golf, his cart stopping just long enough for him to jump off, make a swing, then onto the next tee.

George II played like his father, but after he declared war on Iraq, he at least had the sense not to be seen playing while soldiers were dying overseas (unlike the insensitive moron currently in office). 

Bill Clinton was prone to taking a mulligan after most of his shots and then cheekily used the best of them when calculating his final score. 

Barack Obama is the first left-handed Presidential golfer and was criticised for playing more than 250 rounds during his term of office, a number nowhere close to that of Woodrow Wilson, who played more than 1,000 rounds and even had balls painted black so he could play in the snow.

I’m going to forego making any comment about the current U.S. President, but I will tell you that yes, Joe Biden is a golfer and a pretty decent one at that. My only hope at this point in time that he sinks his opponent into a very large tin cup, never to return…


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