When the Going Gets Tough, the Greats Go Golfing

Just this once, I think we’re being too hard on President Obama.

There, I said it. Please don’t hate me. I have this thing about speaking my mind, even when I know it won’t be popular. It’s almost like a compulsion. And in this case, I think we’re making way too big of a deal out of the fact our commander-in-chief has played more rounds of golf the past four years than Tiger Woods.

It’s not like Obama is the only great leader in world history to take a break from tumultuous times to squeeze in a round golf. In fact, I consulted the all-knowing Mr. Google on the Internet, where everything posted is true, and with a little research came up with the top 10 important leaders who also golfed when the going got tough.

10. “General Lee has graciously agreed to put off Pickett’s charge long enough for us to finish our round of golf.”

General Ulysses S. Grant

9. “Dude, golf. I mean, dude, it’s golf. How chill, bro.”

Philosopher Jeff Spicoli

8. “Retaking the Pacific will have to wait. I’ve got a 2 p.m. tee time!”

General Douglas MacArthur

7. “Sinners need to hear the Gospel to escape God’s judgment. I promise to preach that important message of salvation. Right after I get done golfing with my favorite pro athletes.”

Rev. Billy Graham

6. “I never feel more in touch with the commoners than while playing golf with my aristocratic friends.”

Marie Antoinette

5. “Here I sit, upon my throne weeping, because there are no more golf courses to conquer.”

Alexander the Great

4. “We all need a golf getaway (or 200 of them) every now and then.”

Motivational Speaker Matt Foley

3. “Men, I know times are tough here at Valley Forge this winter, and all of you are suffering mightily. Which is exactly why I’m taking the first horse to Georgia where it’s warm enough for a golf getaway. Stay warm.”

General George Washington

2. “I know finishing my work on the polio vaccine is vitally important, and I’ll get to it right after I finish up on the back nine.”

Dr. Jonas Saulk 

1. “Let my people go — so that they can tee it high and watch it fly.”


Come now, why would we expect a president who often voted “present” as a legislator to suddenly start showing leadership? Besides, given what his meager attempts at leadership hath already wrought, we all might be better off if he remains on the golf course until January 2017.

(Steve Deace is a nationally-syndicated talk show host and the author of “Rules for Patriots: How Conservatives Can Win Again.” You can like him on Facebook or follow him on Twitter @SteveDeaceShow. 

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