A pair of Army captains were forced to move their Sunday wedding at the last minute because President Obama decided he wanted to play golf on the course hosting the ceremony. Natalie Heimel and Edward Mallue Jr. were to get married at Kaneohe Klipper Golf Course, but were informed after their Saturday rehearsal that wouldn’t be possible.
Curiously, this was the second piece of bad news from Obama that day. Earlier on Saturday, the couple received a letter from Obama, who the couple invited to their wedding as a bit of a joke, extending his regrets he wouldn’t be able to attend.
The course in question is on the Marine Corps base in Hawaii and is a regular stop for the president when he’s in the area, typically for Christmas. Happy couples who want to use the course as a venue are warned about possible conflicts with a presidential visit and that the Commander-in-Chief has first priority. The couple had a backup location all ready at the home of base’s commanding officer, whose lawn overlooks the course’s 16th hole.
As Bloomberg Politics reports, it’s unclear if Obama or his staffers were aware of the wedding. However, after Bloomberg pointed out the issue, Obama called the newlyweds.
“He apologized and congratulated them,” said Jamie McCarthy, Mallue’s sister, who called it a “wonderful talk.”