Obama Took Day Off From Campaigning For Hillary to Play Golf Last Saturday
President Barack Obama is said by the media to have campaigned hard for Democratic Party presidential nominee Hillary Clinton in the closing days of the election.
Yet the last Saturday of the closely fought election found Obama taking the day off to play golf.
CBS News reporter Mark Knoller posted on Saturday about Obama’s day off.
On this mild sunny Autumn day, Pres Obama at @JBA_NAFW for a Saturday round of golf with aides. Back on campaign trail tomorrow.
— Mark Knoller (@markknoller) November 5, 2016
“On this mild sunny Autumn day, Pres Obama at @JBA_NAFW for a Saturday round of golf with aides. Back on campaign trail tomorrow.”
With so much at stake, Obama did not go the extra mile to ensure Clinton succeeded him even though Obama said in a speech a few days before last weekend that the “fate of the world is teetering.”
An article by CNN’s Kevin Liptak reported on Obama’s campaigning for Clinton in the last week of the campaign but failed to report Obama took a day off to play golf.
…With his sleeves rolled up, his jacket removed, and his square Oliver Peoples sunglasses in place, Obama has jogged on and off Air Force One 17 times since Tuesday, usually destined for a college campus where crowds can easily be mustered.
His itinerary (Ohio, North Carolina, Florida — then North Carolina and Florida again) has effectively become a map of states Democrats think they can win, but aren’t convinced they will. He’s been dispatched last-minute to areas where Clinton’s edge seems to be slipping. His stop in Ann Arbor, Michigan, on Monday was announced only 36 hours ahead of time. A tightening race in New Hampshire prompted the Clinton campaign to schedule an election-eve appearance there in an attempt to shore up support among white, college-educated voters. He’ll close the day with Michelle Obama and the Clintons in Philadelphia.
…in seemingly every spare moment, he’s dialed African-American radio hosts across the swing states, chatting loosely backstage at his rallies and aboard Air Force One about his favorite hip-hop artists (Kendrick Lamar, Chance the Rapper) and his paternal dating anxieties (not high, his kids have Secret Service protection) as a prelude for urgent entreaties to vote.
“Do it for me,” he told listeners to Artie Goins’ drive-time show in Charlotte. “If you meet somebody who says I’m thinking about not voting, you can go ahead and say, the President asked me personally.”
For Obama, the stakes in this election are uniquely personal. His own speeches have cast the vote as a referendum on his record, and a Clinton victory could cement his progressive mantra of change. A loss, however, has become a nightmare scenario. Obama’s vision of the US is so at odds with Donald Trump’s he told a crowd of 16,000 college students in Chapel Hill the “fate of the world is teetering.”
…His only detour from the campaign trail: a stop Wednesday night at a house across the street from Gloria Estefan’s sprawling waterfront mansion in Miami to plot his post-White House plans. Looking out over Biscayne Bay, discussing his presidential library and foundation amid South Florida’s upper echelons, the Iowa State Fair never seemed so distant…
“A loss, however, has become a nightmare scenario. Obama’s vision of the US is so at odds with Donald Trump’s he told a crowd of 16,000 college students in Chapel Hill the “fate of the world is teetering.”
For Obama, golf took priority over the ‘fate of the world’ last weekend.