In 1994 Axelrod told America that their leader cannot talk about recovery while his middle class struggles. He related it to Bush’s tasteless playing of golf saying: “Bush tastelessly did it, often from the ninth hole.” He insisted that the president simply does not run around and play golf when his nation is suffering in a bad economy.
White House Dossier: “President Obama rolled out of his Kenwood, Chicago home Sunday morning and headed to out to play his 100th round of golf since becoming president. …
Obama has already played golf eight times this year. He actually is a little off his normal pace – perhaps campaigning is intruding on golf. The president golfed 28 times in 2009, 30 times in 2010, and an incredible 34 times in 2011.
Obama’s golfing takes about five hours, including the motorcades back and forth from the fairways. If one thinks of this as taking up much of the day – include getting ready to go and cooling off afterward – its fair to say that Obama has spent more than three months of his presidency golfing.”
Bush walked away from the golf course in 2003 explaining five years later: “I don’t want some mom whose son may have recently died to see the commander in chief playing golf.”