Obama Hits The Links, Tackles College Hoops Amid International Turmoil

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Obama hits the links, tackles college hoops amid international turmoilPresident Barack Obama has a full plate of crises this week, including fallout from an earthquake and tsunami in Japan, a violent conflict in Libya and a budget standoff on Capitol Hill.

Yet, within the last few days, the President has tackled topics such as women's equality, gun control and education. Furthermore, Politico.com reported that the nation's commander-in-chief taped a segment with ESPN on March 15 in which he explained his NCAA tournament predictions.

According to FOX News, some critics of Obama believe that he is responding to crucial international events with too much restraint and, in some cases, negligence. For example, the President's Saturday radio address on March 12 was devoted to Women's History Month. In addition, he managed to fit in a round of golf at Andrews Air Force base over the weekend, the news provider reported.

"I don't know if they don't realize the disconnect and maybe they don't care, but it does matter," Dana Perino, former White House press secretary under George W. Bush, told the media outlet.

Nile Gardiner, the director of the conservative group The Heritage Foundation, told the news provider that Obama "seems paralyzed" by his recent slew of responsibilities.

The latest CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll reveals that the President's approval rating is 51 percent, which is down from 55 percent in January. 

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