How many times did President Barack Obama play golf while in office?
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How many times did President Barack Obama play golf while in office?


Former President Barack Obama was frequently maligned by Republican and conservative critics for how often how chose to play golf while in office. Obama, who chose golf as his outlet from the glass cage that is the presidency, had plenty of weekends and vacations to play golf in the eight years he was Commander-in-Chief.

In total, according to CBS News reporter and presidential historian Mark Knoller, President Barack Obama played a total of 333 rounds of golf while President. That means Obama played golf for 1,665 hours of his presidency, which was, officially, 55,008 hours. In other words, Obama played golf for 3 percent of the time Obama was President.

Of course, that means he was doing other things 97 percent of the time, including doing the job of president; spending time with his family, including his two children; and being as normal of a human being as possible while in the most difficult job on the planet.

Obama averaged about 41 rounds a year. However, he wasn't anywhere near how many rounds Woodrow Wilson played while in office, a figure estimated to be around 1,200, which is bonkers. President Dwight Eisenhower played an estimated 800 rounds while president.


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