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Who Cares About Obama’s Golf Game?

February 20, 2013 by  

Who Cares About Obama’s Golf Game?
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The White House press corps is up in arms over a lack of transparency from the Administration of Barack Obama more than four years after the President took office.

But the journalists who surround the President aren’t angry because they haven’t been able to gain access to more information about the Administration’s justification for extrajudicial killing of American citizens, possible indefinite detention of Americans or what really went down in Benghazi, Libya, in September. The White House’s newshounds are howling about being shut out from a golf outing the President had with pro golfer and infamous adulterer Tiger Woods.

On Sunday, Ed Henry, FOX News correspondent and the president of the White House Correspondents Association, released a statement:

Speaking on behalf of the White House Correspondents Association, I can say a broad cross section of our members from print, radio, online and TV have today expressed extreme frustration to me about having absolutely no access to the President of the United States this entire weekend… There is a very simple but important principle we will continue to fight for today and in the days ahead: transparency.

When the President returned to the White House Monday night, the extremely frustrated press pool reporters that had been shut out of the President’s outing were finally able to ask the question that had been eating holes in their minds for hours. As he exited Marine One, The DC reports that the President was met with a unified wail from reporters granted access to the White House: “Did you beat Tiger?”

The President reportedly answered only with a smirk. But his smirk is more telling than any answer he could have delivered to the question on the White House lawn; with his smirk the President removed any doubt that his Administration has mastered the art of passing government-censored media as legitimate news.

Personal Liberty Digest has at times expressed disgust in the seeming willingness of mainstream media to side with the Administration on any number of issues. But according to a report from POLITICO, the White House deserves more credit for its manipulative press strategy than it has been given.

In modern Presidential history, staged photo ops, friendly softball interviews on conversational television shows and kiss-the-baby events are nothing new. These moments, at one time, were considered sideline events for the press to observe the more human side of the President between grilling him about policy failures and plans. But the Obama Administration has, by sleight of hand, effectively restrained the White House press corps to the point that the journalists walking the same halls of the President are crying over missing him on the links while policy questions — some of them literally matters of life and death — go unanswered.

By keeping pool reporters at arm’s length while simultaneously satiating the populace’s appetite for Presidential access via friendly Google Hangout events or Ask Me Anything sessions on Reddit, the President has effectively created a system by which his daily activities go unmonitored.

“The way the president’s availability to the press has shrunk in the last two years is a disgrace,” ABC News White House reporter Ann Compton, who has covered every President back to Gerald R. Ford, told POLITICO. “The president’s day-to-day policy development — on immigration, on guns — is almost totally opaque to the reporters trying to do a responsible job of covering it. There are no readouts from big meetings he has with people from the outside, and many of them aren’t even on his schedule. This is different from every president I covered. This White House goes to extreme lengths to keep the press away.”

Anyone who has ever worked as a journalist knows that the game of cat and mouse that often develops between a public official and a reporter is won or lost in the very beginning of the relationship between the two. A person in the public eye who starts out with a negative attitude toward those tasked with covering his every move can count on ambitious reporters — often just for ego’s sake — going to the ends of the Earth to dig up dirt. On the other hand, a reporter who fawns over a public official for his power, wealth or skills of oration has already failed in positioning himself to provide pertinent information to the public.

The latter example would seem to be more representative of the relationship that has developed between the press and Obama from campaign 2008 to the beginning of his second term. The “hopey-changey” first black President of the United States certainly was cause for celebration among large segments of the population during the initial years of the Administration. The press was busy turning out story after story about a fledging Democratic President (Nobel Peace Prize winning, no less) intent on drawing down the wars of a Republican predecessor while tackling the domestic policy juggernaut that Obama claimed kept the poorest Americans poor.

Meanwhile, the President’s internal media relations people were working feverishly to ensure that when the veneer wore off, the press pool found itself in no position to cover serious issues. This was achieved by creating America’s first social media President. His team made Obama America’s “friendly guy in the White House” by bypassing the press pool middlemen and delivering messages straight to the public via a re-redesigned White House website, a bustling Twitter feed, Instagram and Facebook. The press reaction to this “effort by the President to be more transparent to the public” was largely to fawn, before adopting the White House efforts as good-enough sources supplemented by press releases and a daily talk with the President’s press secretary Jay Carney (a former Time reporter).

The veneer, as liberals and conservatives alike will note, has worn off — as it often will when politicians have nothing to lose. Obama, the drone-loving, war-continuing, indefinite-detaining, economically unaccountable President, has replaced the “hopey-changey” first black President for most people. And the press is nowhere in sight. It’s not because the newsmen in the White House don’t want more answers to serious questions, but because they spent too much time with their eyes glazed over in the beginning to reverse course now.

Perhaps the golf game was all they had left.

Sam Rolley

Staff writer Sam Rolley began a career in journalism working for a small town newspaper while seeking a B.A. in English. After learning about many of the biases present in most modern newsrooms, Rolley became determined to find a position in journalism that would allow him to combat the unsavory image that the news industry has gained. He is dedicated to seeking the truth and exposing the lies disseminated by the mainstream media at the behest of their corporate masters, special interest groups and information gatekeepers.

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  • http://personalliberty Alondra

    People, please go to the link I provide and sign the petition to Congress to investigate of the Criminal-in-chief’s use of forged IDs. 35,648 Americans already signed it. Clock is ticking. Act now! Please pass it on to all your e-mail contacts. Thanks.

    http://www.petition2congress.com/9026/start-immediate-investigation-barack-obamas-use-forged-ids-ct-ssn/?src=widget

    P.S. The Supreme Court of the United States does not state whether the Orly Taitz case was granted or denied, no answer yet, NO TREASON YET by the justices of the Supreme Court. So let’s pray for their WISDOM.

    Go to the Orly’s website and look for her Reports. http://www.orlytaitzesq.com/

    “Fiat justitia ruat caelum” – “Let justice be done though the heavens fall”

    • Old Henry

      Alondra:

      I sent the letters, but it is a lost cause. Boehner, Issa, Cantor will lock their doors, turn off the lights and hide under their desks. They are all bought and paid for.

  • dan

    ….I’m a little more concerned about the million dollars it cost us to find a playmate for Barry for the weekend….maybe we should just hang a porkchop around his neck and see if Michelle
    will hang with him.

    • eddie47d

      Dan Dan the proverbial garbageman of insults. Another non serious issue being delivered as non serious (“who cares”) yet many attempts are made to make it sound serious!

  • Warrior

    And these are the “results” of “gubmint investments” in edumacation! The Tea Partier’s are “radical”. Seriously? I don’t think even the chinese can make a lollipop big enough for this nation of whiners.

    • rendarsmith

      You don’t want to know about Obama’s golf game? Really? A good golf swing is far more important than this lame ol’ economy and these wars in the middle east!

      • s c

        Exactly. Why worry about the economy, REAL healthcare, overseas friends who are starting to hate us, North Korea, the kookoid in Iran, perpetual union corruption, ‘friends’ in Chicago who belong behind bars, the true effects of freedom-hating gun laws [especially in Chicago] or Queen Pelosi and her personal use of an Air Force jet when you can do something CONSTRUCTIVE and play golf at a PRIVATE golf club? One must have PRIORITIES in life.
        Call me a doubter, but I’ll bet Obummer makes another record-busting low score every time he plays at a golf course (government accounting methods, of course). He probably lets Woods cheat, as ‘the smartest guy in the room’ is also the best golfer in history – BARF!

  • Peggy

    He has proven over and over again he only cares about himself. He has no concern for the cost of anything he does. He has one goal and that is it’s all about me, me, me, me. When will the press understand OBAMA FIDDLES AT WHATEVER WHILE AMERICA FAILS. He is accomplishing exactly what he set out to do and does it with approval of the lame main stream media.

  • ibcamn

    This should show the idiots that watch CNN,MSNBC,NBC etc..that they are clueless about the world around them!!
    I love to play golf,but i wouldn’t want to ever,ever play golf with a woman beating,wife cheating on piece of sheet!!i wouldn’t even want to be seen with him!
    It’s like MJ,molested kids and was a junkie,but yet people want to be around him or be him!!??WTF!??!..i don’t understand people sometimes!!
    Obama needs to do his job!oh wait,that’s rite he thinks he’s a king!!don’t get me started on why Obama is doing what he’s doing.it almost seems like he wants this to be a black muslum america!?he protects them,he wont call them terrorist anymore(that’s us),do any of you remember his speech on protecting the muslums?the koran?that the muslums are the reason why America has what it has?the muslums have such an impact on the way of life in America,that we owe them our way of life,do you remember that?!

    the media just wants the prez playing golf with a black athlete!they want to know if he beat that black athlete!!nothing about the dept or economy,a$$holes!it’s about sucking the sheet out of Obama’s a44,and sifting through it to find out what the man had for breakfast!!brown nosing basterds!!

  • ToughGuy1

    Yeah he’s the peoples Prez. playing a rich man’s sport. On our dime!

    • Karolyn

      “rich man’s sport?” I think not.

  • “Homer”

    Playing Golf, when this nation is falling on it preverbial backside! Much work to be done but, I guess signing all those UNCONSTITUITIONAL Executive orders takes a lot of energy and time soooooo he must relax from all the work!

    • Karolyn

      So, I guess you expect every President to work 24 hours a day with no time off? Actually, they are on call 24/7. What are YOU doing?

  • Vigilant

    “Obama, the drone-loving, war-continuing, indefinite-detaining, economically unaccountable President, has replaced the “hopey-changey” first black President for most people.”

    With all due respect Mr. Rolley, that assertion is highly speculative and probably wrong. If “most people” subscribed to that view, he probably wouldn’t have been re-elected.

  • “Homer”

    FOR allllll it’s worth: here are my thoughts on the matter of BHO and his INSTALLMENT and SELECTION (THE man was “NOT” elected) into the presidency; In 1963 and 1964 and 1970 there were 3 cases brought to the Supreme (idiots) Court, and they were all made the laws of the land! these 3 cases brought by MINORITES, were the cases that took Bible study, Prayer and the 10 Commandments OFF the walls of schools and of our judgement halls and out of schools and all other forms of this nations system of govt etc. When “The LIGHT” is rejected you always get darkness and destruction!! The Words of God were rejected and God was told to leave…He did just that..NOW we have a LIE, in the W/H and all courts and law chambers! Where there is NO light there is ONLY DARKNESS and NO one can SEE! Jeremiah 6:16 KJV!! Exodus 20 was/is the chapter were the law is Given and all our laws today come from these laws given in that chapter. See Blackstones Commentaries on the Law 1765 a.d. Ask ANY lawyer: Laws on Divorce, child support, death and remarriage and all sorts of things that happen today are addressed in those commentaries (Four Volumes) So, when you wonder why an African from Kenya who is Illegal and ONLY a community organizer from a crime infested city, who is a marxist and who is a Muslim and who cares not about anyone person in this nation, White, Black or purple, then maybe you might consider, when sooooooo many told God…we don’t need you anymore we are good and we have money and riches and all we need…get lost, thewmn realize HE did just that and left a Liar and a deceiver and the worst is YET to come….For without Jesus Christ, YE can do NOTHING John 15:5 KJV There is ONLY one way to turn this nation back again…TURN BACK AGAIN to the OLD Paths of Jeremiah 6:16 KJV Then NO one nation on this earth could defeat what GOD has/had Blessed and sanctified!! The ONLY way!! “CONSIDER” This!! P.S. I am NOT slandering anyone…BUT what I have spoken is/are “FACTS” they are proven FACTS!!

  • Vigilant

    The headline reads, “Who Cares About Obama’s Golf Game?”

    Perhaps it should have read, “Who Cares About Anything Obama Does?”

    The well-developed narcissism of the populace, not the president, is responsible for the bulk of our ills. Every question about life is distilled down to “what’s best for me, and what makes me look good?” And that applies even more so to our politicians. Greed and avarice are kings. The lofty considerations of what is best for America are no longer a part of our life.

    Lamenting and caterwauling over this state of indifference is a waste of time. We have become so accustomed to excess and sensationalism in the news (Hell, even weather forecasts are now sensationalized) that we have become desensitized to the criminal and unconstitutional acts of our leaders in finance, commerce and politics.

    Well-documented books by the score have been written about the shady aspects of this administration, and they barely form a blip on the radar screen of American consciousness. Woodward and Bernstein, lions in expository literature, would today be told to go pound sand upon releasing a book detailing high crimes and misdemeanors that far exceed the sordid facts of Watergate.

    The “discourse” on matters political has been coarsened by both sides of the argument to the extent that debates are won by decibel level, rather than reason and logic. An average day’s gleaning of comments on this very website is eloquent testimony to that fact.

    No, don’t blame the President. Blame the society on all levels, especially the programmers in schools of public so-called “education.” The scales tipped before the last general election after four years and hundreds of thousands of additional automatons were released by the high schools to glut the voting rolls. It would now take an absolute economic failure to ever bring in another Republican as president.

  • Dad

    Obama is the best example against the quota system. He is still goofing off… probably does not know any better. As a miserable failure running this nation into the ground, he is expecting to get unearned “passing” grades with no effort.

  • Charles

    “…the reporters trying to do a responsible job of covering it.”

    I didn’t realize that Ann Compton is a comedienne. It has been years since the last time a reporter tried to do a responsible job of covering anything in Washington, D.C.

  • jopa

    I remember when I was a kid we had a little black and white TV about a ten inch screen and when Ike played golf they televised the whole game.What a boring era that was when there were no tigers on the golf course.

  • R.F.

    Lighten up a little. Bush played plenty of golf and you had nothing to say about it. The Prez playing with Tiger is kind of neat. I hope they had fun.

    • http://www.facebook.com/darwan.winkler.3 Deerinwater

      You make up so much stuff I wouldn’t trust you with the time of day. ~ RR

    • Old Henry

      No, after the war started Bush quit playing golf.

      • R. Fine

        Are you saying Bush never took any time off during all those years?!?! Get real.

      • Old Henry

        That is not what I said. He did not play golf – the subject at hand.

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