Loyal Twitchy readers likely escaped a rebuke from Politico reporter Jennifer Epstein tonight, who made it clear that President Obama did not golf this weekend despite having an empty schedule. A tweet promoting her Politico article, “Government shutdown, cancelled trip leaves Obama schedule empty,” had plenty thinking the president took the opportunity to hit the links.

As Twitchy reported yesterday, the president did not go golfing despite summer-like conditions in and around Washington, nor did he leave the White House. Most reporters speculated that decision was based on the poor optics of golfing during a government shutdown that closed open-air monuments and national parks. As Epstein mentioned in her own piece:

Also notable is what Obama is not doing. Aware of the optics of even the most casual outing, the Obamas stayed in to celebrate their 21st wedding anniversary on Thursday, and the president stayed off the golf course over the weekend.

Epstein herself said it was notable that Obama wasn’t golfing, so what makes these people trolls, besides not having read to the end of her article? Somehow the American public has gotten the impression that Obama likes to golf, a lot.

Just so we’re clear, President Obama did not go golfing this weekend … and that’s news.

CBS News’ Mark Knoller is the unofficial White House golf statistician; let’s see if he can shed some light on why people assume the president was golfing this weekend.

  • Falcon D. Stormvoice

    This story is really, really weird. Obama has never been afraid to flaunt his decadence in even the toughest of times, even when he was lecturing the rest of us about not using fossil fuels. This is the president that said we greedy American pigs couldn’t keep our houses at 72 degrees all the time, then CRANKED the White House thermostat up to 80-something and took off his jacket.

    Could… could our president actually be growing a conscience?

    This theory will have to be seriously considered if he either takes the troops out of Afghanistan or starts trying to win over there. Right now he’s putting our fighting men in a meat grinder with no mission. Just stay there, getting shot. We’ll give you a cool medal if you don’t shoot back.

    • SineWaveII

      No he’s worried about the optics and his poll numbers. His conscience and whatever else goes with it was lost long ago in a deal he made with the devil.

      • Gregor Eisenstein

        Let’s not give him any undue credit for his sense of optics…the golf courses at Andrews AFB and Ft. Meade are closed.

        • SineWaveII

          Check again, no they aren’t.

          • Gregor Eisenstein

            Hmm…they must have a different definition of ‘essential personnel’ now than when I went through a government shutdown while in the Air Force.

          • The_Livewire

            I don’t have the link, but I read the excuse was that it’s private funds on federal lands. Doesn’t keep them from closing restaurants and throwing homeowners out…

          • Michael Rice

            From what I read they remained open due to being privately funded. Funny how that only works for certain places…

        • David

          Nope

        • Billie Slash

          Um, NO they are not,

        • constitutionminded

          Nope, just the commissaries

      • IMPEACH_BOBO

        Maybe if this RAClST MUSLlM FLEEBAGGER of a President spent less time in his first 4 years at the golf course we might not be where we are now !!!! Somehow I doubt it since this was the RAClST BOBO’s plan all along, to drive this once great country right into the ground since RAClST BOBO took office !!!!

        • sk1951

          Maybe if the DOJ supported true constitutional law in the first place this would not be happening.

    • journogal

      I believe internal polling is showing some scary numbers. 2014 – liberals up for re-election in red and purple states are going to have to defend this and the rising cost of Obamacare.

      • John Vermore

        That is the surprise about their poor strategy. All they had to do was to highlight what did not work due to necessary stoppages in service due to this. Instead, by applying effort to mess with access in locations where this was not necessary, the WH is helping Republicans. He appears intent on replicating Clinton’s greatest success of getting Republicans elected.

    • objectivefactsmatter

      “Could… could our president actually be growing a conscience?”

      He’s always known there are limits in flaunting his power and arrogance. He’s a calculating if stupid politician.

      • mohammad.felafal

        no he was pissed though…since he cant golf, you cant look at mt rushmore or sail on the ocean.

        Thats how this thin skinned pricksedent works.

        • objectivefactsmatter

          “no he was pissed though…since he cant golf, you cant look at mt rushmore or sail on the ocean.”

          I agree with you 100%.

          My point is that as bad as he is, he’d be a lot worse if he thought he could get away with more. He’s aware that there are limits and often fouls up “red lines” all the time. Because they’re more like glass ceilings that you (he) can’t see till you (he) feel(s) the bump on your (his) head. He’s got lots of lumps there.

    • VerminMcCann

      Maybe he was just drunk, hungover, or both the whole time.

      • Guest
    • David

      Incredible when one sees the hypocrisy of the Pretender in Chief . . .

    • rennyangel2

      No, he was afraid of some bad pr when he thinks he is holding on to his leftist moral high ground, but it is only with his fingernails. If he didn’t stop NYC for 24/7 to party on his anniversary, keep the trip to Asia, and avoid golf, he must REALLY BE AFRAID.

    • sk1951

      Dude…get a grip!!! The only thing BO will do is get even more crazy and dictator desperate.

  • MNWoman

    Well, a few days ago, CNBC thought the fact that Obama going for a walk was breaking news. I guess Obama not golfing can also qualify as news.

    I have never played a single round of golf (unless you include mini golf). I have never seen the appeal of the sport.

    • Clayton Grant

      FORE!ward

      • John Vermore

        That should be on many bumperstickers, LOL

    • SineWaveII

      BREAKING NEWS:

      Stand by for a special report….Barack Obama got out of bed this morning.

      • ObamaFail

        All on his own. Usually he has a government worker pick him up and carry him to his closet and dresses him. But since he got furloughed, Obama is doing it himself, and Politico will report the story of “Barack Obama Evolves: Into a Big Boy.”

        • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

          You can understand our shock. I mean, the man’s only got 15 servants right now, and they’re spread between his entire family.

          • David

            How does he endure the hardships he is going through?

          • sk1951

            Must be paying them out of pocket….BAAHHAHHHHHHAAAA

        • cfc1905

          Yeah? So who dressed him?

      • IBXNJ

        MORE BREAKING NEWS: Barack Obama took a dump !

        • BigTBoom

          He was probably thinking…”Thank god we’re not Venezuela… yet”.

      • sk1951

        And…and… don’t keep the left in suspense!!!

        • SineWaveII

          …..and …he put on his shoes. The left one first of course!

    • David

      As Mark Twain so aptly put: “Golf is a good walk spoiled.”

  • SineWaveII

    Mission Accomplished. Now he can hit the links and claim that he earned it by going two whole days without hitting the links. Good thing it wasn’t four days or he’d have to take another two-week vacation.

  • seemorejustice

    She didn’t finish her sentence… ‘he spent both days at home… in the Clubhouse!’

    • Drewdxbarry

      Yup, cleaning his g-balls and stroking his clubs

  • JD

    I think Ms.Epstein needs to change her bio from “Whitehouse Reporter at POLITICO” to Presidential Publicist

    • Stephen L. Hall #NonquamTrump

      There’s a difference?

    • mohammad.felafal

      Presidential Pubelicist?

  • TocksNedlog

    So . . . her response to tweeters that ‘accused Obama of golfing’ is to say “Ha ha, you’re wrong — he did nothing!”
    Spectacular.

    • chewydog

      I just wish he’d do nothing more often.

  • LinTaylor ✓vitrified

    “Pres Bush played 24 rounds of golf, his last on 10/13/03 at Andrews. Last Sat., Pres. Obama played his 146th round of golf, also at Andrews.”

    Pretty much says it all right there.

    • trixiewoobeans

      What says it ALL is that his NOT playing golf was NEWS!

  • Jack Deth

    Big whoop.

    Obama hasn’t played any golf. And Carter spent more than a year cowering under his bed while Americans were held hostage in Iran.

    Am I supposed to be impressed, or relieved?

  • RememberSekhmet

    I am sure Jennifer Epstein can account for 0bama’s whereabouts—-from under his desk, right?

  • MarcusFenix

    So, Epstein reported he did nothing…but hasn’t that been same kind of problem we’ve had all along?

    • Jack Deth

      Millions of government employees “nothing” well.

      Obama is one of those who does “nothing” very annoyingly.

  • Jeremy
  • https://twitter.com/Guy_Montag_OG Guy_Montag_OG

    Carrying water for Obama must get tiresome at some point. Eventually, my back would hurt, and my mind would say, “I’m not even drinking this water.”

    I would then take a nap.

  • FilleGitane

    Man’s Country shutdown? Yeah, I went there.

  • Zefal

    Mark Knoller’s atheist colleagues (redundant I know) are going to start believing in demonic possession if he keeps this up!

  • mike_in_kosovo

    Jennifer Epstein ✔
    @jeneps

    hey people/trolls of Twitter: Obama did not leave the White House to play golf this weekend. he spent both days at home.
    2:56 AM – 8 Oct 2013

    UNPRECEDENTED!

  • Sakemoto

    I guess his ball-washer, Reggie Love, got the day off?

  • Sakemoto

    Time Magazine will report: We are ALL in Hong Kong now.

  • al hunt

    I think he stopped cause someone finally told him his swing was worse then charles barkley’s

  • puggish

    Hah! Funny that a Politico hack would be worried about trolls… obviously hasn’t spent much time looking at the comments on the website articles.

  • tjack

    Go and read her tweets, it’s nothing more than a WH comment reel. She repeats everything they say without comment. Of course she inputs a bit of her opinion, sarcasm naturally, when repeating any Republicans comment. It comes off as an attempt at a job interview for any leftwing media outlet.

  • rivers

    Only in Obama’s world can the leader of the free world have time on his hands. o

  • kenai

    Gee, maybe a few rounds of skeet would have been appropriate.

    • David

      Moochelle has made it very clear. Skeet are hard to clean and the only way to make them palatable is to deep fat fry them to which she is opposed.

  • Michael Rice

    Didn’t he attend a rally somewhere in Maryland, stumping for Repubs to end the slim down?
    Maybe, he could have spent that time as the negotiating table. Wait, he’s negotiated in good faith, by saying he won’t negotiate.

  • EDUCATEDPATRIOT

    He was not found anywhere near his two favorite places: a golf course and the campaign trail. I bet he was fun to be around all weekend.

    Such a magnificent leader.

  • David

    In other news, Obama took a walk . . .

  • Gallatin

    Jennifer Epstein ✔
    @jeneps
    hey people/trolls of Twitter: Obama did not leave the White House to play golf this weekend. he spent both days at home.

    Prove It.

  • Gallatin

    Jennifer Epstein ✔
    @jeneps
    hey people/trolls of Twitter: Obama did not leave the White House to play golf this weekend. he spent both days at home.

    If he didn’t play golf did he watch football? Or did he sacrifice like our troops?

  • Gallatin

    Jennifer Epstein ✔
    @jeneps
    hey people/trolls of Twitter: Obama did not leave the White House to play golf this weekend. he spent both days at home.

    You’re as big an ass clown as obowmao.

  • The Penguin

    It’s pretty bad when his NOT playing golf is news…smfh.

  • MLCross

    So, your saying he just hung out inside with his Choom Gang buddies all weekend? I bet the White House chefs were all over the Epic Mealtime site looking for recipes to satisfy a President’s Posse’ sized munchies attack.

  • GulfPundit

    So he had to play hoops and watch ESPN all weekend? Poor guy. At least he didn’t get thrown out of his house by government thugs.

  • Joe W.

    Since he didn’t work or bother to talk to congressional leaders or even attempt to mitigate the impasse that plagues us, he may as well have golfed. Since when has Barky cared about “optics”, anyway?

  • $29520529

    Too busy closing all those open air national parks.

  • stuckinIL4now

    The sullen teenager-in-chief is sittin’ in his room pouting all day cuz he can’t get his way on the budget or debt, everybody’s laughing and making fun of his precious Obamacare, and people are trampling his Barrycades and tossing his Barrycones. And maybe not even golfing can cheer him up over all that, but with da’ gubmint shutdown, he’s got no money to go golfing.

  • Lamontyoubigdummy

    I’m surprised Ms. Epstein was able to write a story or tweet at all.

    Because shutdown Obama’s balls in her mouth.

  • TDS

    So, she’s defending him spending the weekend living on federal property while his goons kick other people out of their homes…
    Got it…

  • Tre

    So instead of playing golf he spent the weekend on the news blaming Republicans for not passing a budget he wants. That doesn’t impress me much.

  • Barry A. Brewer

    Epstein misses the point (repeatedly) that even HAVING to make that statement – makes a statement.

  • mohammad.felafal

    Just look at her face. You know she dreams of being the Obama Lewinski.

    If she cant smoke his cigarette (pretty sure that since he is such a metrosexual mama’s boy, he doesnt have a clinton cigar), she is going to damn well carry his water.

    She is just another unqualified intellectually incurious liberal sycophant worshipping at5 the alter of her beloved Obumbles.

    These useless polidiots are nothing more than the political version of rock band groupies.

    The are so desperate to be close to their idols, they bend over and take it willingly and then tell everyone how amazing it was.

  • © Sponge

    Jennifer, wipe your mouth. You have some mayonnaise or something there.

  • AndreaNY

    This is really a clear case of what is wrong with our journalist here in America. Take your lips off his behind, and start to at least pretend to be a “real” journalist.

  • interestedobserver2

    146 days of golf on the taxpayer’s back. Gee, how can I get his job — golf and jet-setting around the world on super expensive vacations all on the public dime! Sign me up!

  • ThomasCollins1

    Politico is a RAG. An electronic rag, but a rag nonetheless.

  • DWAAP

    Oh, poor baby, he is a grown man, and supposed to be a president of this country, he needs to start acting like it or better yet leave!

  • kssturgis62

    This is Obama’s Golf Counter Website. It has not been Reset. It started when he took office and all the Hoopla of how many games he played. This Site is Great. It lists every round played in every year, and Where he Played. http://obamagolfcounter.com/

  • captaingrumpy

    While the White House tours are stopped , he’s had a 9 hole course put in on the second floor.

  • Texan357

    Nice to see “real journalism” in action 😐

  • sk1951

    Get ready for more EO’s and they are not going to be good. But then neither were the other ones!!

  • tops116 ✓Quipper

    Like I said before, it’s sad when it’s considered news that Obama didn’t go golfing.