Guest post by Mara Zebest
The I-Team investigators at NBC New York just released a scathing report on how Obama was rejected from all top NY golf courses over Labor Day weekend. Highlights in the MUST SEE report includes the hypocrisy on display as WH spokesman Josh Earnest claimed that Obama just wanted to cut his vacation short to return back to work as soon as possible, along with a political analyst money quote that Obama has lost that “Star Quality”.
NBC New York reports the following:
President Obama was turned down at several top golf courses in Westchester while he was visiting the area over Labor Day weekend, sources tell NBC 4 New York.
The Trump National Golf Club, the Winged Foot and Willow Ridge were among some of the elite courses that rebuffed the president’s request to tee off there, according to several sources who were told about the president’s advance team’s calls to the club managers.
Club managers apparently did not want to inconvenience their high-powered and high-paying members over Labor Day weekend by shutting down their courses to accommodate the president. […]
On Aug. 28, White House officials announced the president was changing his plans and that he would return to Washington Friday night instead of staying over in New York.
White House Press Secretary Josh Earnest explained the change that Friday as a last-minute decision by Obama to “make the late evening flight back here home to the White House.”
“He can sleep in his own bed, do a little work tomorrow, spend some time with his family and then travel back to New York tomorrow evening to attend a private event,” he said.
Changes to the schedule resulted in the cancellation of some hotel rooms and a re-routing of police security details. The President returned to Westchester Saturday afternoon with a round-trip flight on Air Force One from Washington to New York, the second in as many days.
Political analyst Dan Gerstein said there was a time Obama would never have been turned down.
“I think he has lost that star quality he had in his first two years in office and in that 2008 campaign,” he said.
Some club officials said Obama is not the first head of state who has been rejected: sources said representatives of the King of Morocco also tried and failed to secure a tee time at some of the same courses that Labor Day weekend.
Read more here.
The President was rejected with the King of Morocco? Heh!
Also note that Obama used the rejection as another excuse to punish taxpayers with another round-trip flight expense on Air Force One between the White House and New York.