When you’re looking for insightful content, only the best “real journalist” will do.
Jason Horowitz, who fearlessly investigated teenage Mitt Romney’s high school antics, is out with another game-changing piece:
We give Obama a hard time for his infuriating golfing-while-the-world-burns habit, but maybe we just don’t understand his needs, you know?
From the Times:
“Every president needs a space where he can be quiet and let loose and feel normal,” Mr. Obama said in a telephone interview on Saturday. “And when I’m with [White House travel director Marvin Nicholson], we can talk the same way we would if we were just a couple of guys having a beer and whacking a ball around.”
The recreational approach that he and the president take to the golf course — “It is the only time I can get four or five hours outside, and I don’t have the option to take long walks through a city,” Mr. Obama said — infuriates advocates of the Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson school of golf, in which the green is a lush cell for politicking.
In a town where government officials, operatives, donors and lobbyists fantasize about presidential face time, Mr. Obama has bypassed them for a less political group of golf partners. They include Alonzo Mourning, the retired basketball star; Ahmad Rashad, the former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, who has dated Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser; pre-White House pals Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb; and the ESPN personalities Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Mr. Nicholson’s older brother, Walter, has joined more than a dozen times.
Ohhh … this explains so much. Thank you, Jason. Thank you, New York Times.
Maybe a nice belly rub?