The United States is a big country with a lot of issues that need dealing with. The free press is an important part of that, as the first months of the Trump administration have clearly shown. And yet here I am, spending words on Trump's golfing habits. Trump's tweets about Obama golfing have become quite ironic in Trump's first two months of office, and it's not about their respective skill levels or their choices of partners. Nope, it's about hypocrisy, and how the nation's current president seems to have absolutely no problem going back on his repeated promises when it suits him to do so.
Private citizen Donald Trump and presidential candidate Donald Trump seemed to have some pretty serious issues with President Barack Obama hitting the links. "Can you believe that,with (sic) all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse (sic) than Carter," Trump tweeted way back in October 2014, when the idea of him running for president was hardly even a joke in the back of Rachel Maddow's arsenal. This was apparently such an important issue that he couldn't even be bothered to use the space bar properly. He made a similar comment in May 2016, when he was already deeply embroiled in the presidential race.
Can you believe that,with all of the problems and difficulties facing the U.S., President Obama spent the day playing golf.Worse than Carter— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) October 14, 2014
While our wonderful president was out playing golf all day, the TSA is falling apart, just like our government! Airports a total disaster!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) May 21, 2016
If your first thought is just to blow off Trump's tweets as, well, just tweets, then I have some more incriminating evidence for you. He regularly commented publicly about Obama golfing too much, for example saying at a 2016 campaign event, "I'm going to be working for you; I'm not going to have time to go play golf." Now, in his first two months in office, Trump has failed to fill hundreds of positions in his administration, but on the bright side, he has played 10 rounds of golf.
He's played so much golf that his aides have literally been making up cover stories for him and then getting caught up in lies. At least with the Michael Flynn and Jeff Sessions lying issues, that was like high level political intrigue. This is golf, and they're still lying.
Just so it's clear, I wouldn't in normal circumstances take any issue with a president golfing, or doing any other manner of exercise or relaxation. It's healthy, and the presidency is a huge job. I will always take issue, however, with a hypocrite, particularly if that person is supposed to be running a major world power. This is as bad as any other broken campaign promise, any other time that a candidate has promised to break with what his predecessor did before just continuing on with those policies.
Of course, as I've said before, Trump doesn't seem to care about his hypocrisy, just like he doesn't seem to care about facts or maintaining solid diplomatic relationships with important allies. Although, given all the missteps he's been making on that front, maybe it's best if he spends as much time on the golf course as humanly possible.