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February 17, 2013

Obama golfs with Tiger Woods/shuts out White House press corps

The White House press corps that follows President Obama's every move has been barred from seeing or snapping a photograph of the president golfing with Tiger Woods in South Florida.

Tim Rosaforte, senior writer at Golf World/Golf Digest, began tweeting and talking on the Golf Channel about the game from inside the Floridian National Golf Club on Sunday morning. At one point, he tweeted: "The President is arriving at The Floridian range. Awaiting is Tiger Woods and club owner Jim Crane. Historic day in golf. Their first round." Golf Digest's story is here.

But it took until 1:45 p.m for the White House to confirm to the White House press pool that traveled with Obama to Florida that yes, indeed, the president had been hitting the links with Woods. That word from principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest: "The President played golf today with USTR Ron Kirk, Jim Crane and Tiger Woods."

The White House pool reporter says it asked for access to the president's game for a photo-op, "like this administration and previous ones have granted in the past," but the pooler says "we were told that we were free to travel to the Floridian but wouldn't get access to POTUS."

By the late afternoon, the White House pool was holding outside the compound. The standoff ended several hours later with the pool retreating to its hotel, but not without sharing a rebuke from Ed Henry, the president of the White House Correspondents Association, who said a "broad cross section" of WHCA members from print, radio, online and TV "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," Henry said.

The White House released its own statement, from Earnest who called the press access "entirely consistent with the press access offered for previous presidential golf outings."

And Earnest said the access (or lack there of) was "consistent with the press access promised to the White House Press Corps prior to arrival in Florida on Friday evening."

Obama, who is spending the three-day Presidents Day weekend golfing, played on Saturday with the departing U.S. Trade Representative Ron Kirk; Dr. Eric Whitaker, a longtime Chicago friend of Obama's; Tony Chase, a Houston lawyer and fellow Harvard Law alum who raised money for POTUS during the campaign; Jim Crane, a Houston businessman who owns both the Houston Astros and since 2010,the Floridian; and Milton Carroll, a Houston businessman and chairman of CenterPoint Energy, which is described as a public utility holding company. Carroll has given money to Obama's campaigns.

Earnest told reporters that Butch Harmon, Tiger Wood's former swing coach, accompanied the group for several holes and provided tips along the way - "not that any of the group necessarily needed any," the White House pool reported.

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booplover

I NEED A YOUNGER OR MORE EDUCATED PERSON'S OPINION REGARDING MY POST >>>>Why does America worship the Black athlete, entertainer and president? I just don't understand because I just don't see what makes their product so appealing, special or productive. Maybe if I were younger I could understand, but I just don't see what the "big deal" is about a Beyonce, for example, during her half-time show, rubbing herself on a stripper pole. How does that command so many people's attn/interest? It just seems trashy, ghetto, and lack of creativity. Why is viewership so high for these Black entertainers? Why is there so much support for them? The majority of voters liked the failed presidency of last 4 yrs so much that they elected him for another term. Obama seems to epitomize the best that the Black race can come up with, and majority of voters reward this failure by promoting his next term. Is Black becoming the superior race here? I'm not being sarcastic, I just really can't wrap my mind around the logic used here. Will someone please explain this to me?

Sal Monella

Do you think Tiger cares about Obama buddying up with Bill Ayers a guy who was involved in plots to kill American servicemen like Tiger's father during the Vietnam war? Apparently not.

konaken

Why would Tiger soil his reputation with this dirtbag?

matthew

This will be more of the same. The Rock Star Teflon President. Tiger Woods is dirtbag lowlife. They're perfect for each other.

barterman1955

That sounds like some racist chit to me.

mike

This a dream, but what if...
No one from the media, tv,newspapers,etc. showed up
to catch the big deal every move the king makes.
He would be on the phone buying attention just like he buys votes.He's hard to ignore
because he is always playing the rock star game along with the queen. sickning puck,barf.

Sal Monella

Americans are still being killed in Afghanistan and Obama is playing golf with
Tiger Woods. I'm no Bush fan but at least he stopped playing golf after 9-11.
It seems the press has no problem with this. Hypocrisy.

SofaKingCool

So they wouldn't let them take a pic of not one, but TWO black fellows who have absolutely nothing in common with black America...classic.

Rudi

I will now be getting rid of any and all of my TW memorabilia.

Barry Soetoro

I am sure Obama will shoot 18 holes in one just like his fellow North Korean Dear Leader. Count on the lapdog US media to be on scene when it happens.

Dave

So no press shots of president Mulligan?

joe

Tiger has affair with multiple prostitute/porn stars.

Obama's vacationing separate this weekend.

Wonder if the golf stroke is the only thing Barry's getting tips on?

"Show them your O face Bare!"
"Thanks Tig"

Montford Greenwood

Dictators always trample peoples rights and impose double standards.

Oh blah blah. That's you.

biggoofer

I am not sure who is the greater fool here?

Lapdog media who missed a photo-op to praise their Lord Obama with yet another glowing portrait in the papers/magazine nobody reads anymore,

or

The White House Staff, for missing a chance at FREE publicity!

roger

What do you get when you cross these two bozos with a goat? Weedeaters that don't work...

AliVonGoldberg

Tiger didn't want to be photographed with Obama to avoid becoming a propaganda tool of Obama..

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