On Sunday, President Barack Obama reached a golfing milestone: He played his 300th round since taking office in 2009.
I don’t begrudge President Obama playing golf. I can’t even begin to imagine how stressful being President is. If I was President, it would be bowling for me. There is something about knocking pins down at the other end of a lane that has always helped me to unwind. So if Obama likes to unwind by playing golf, I’m not going to say he can’t. Though he might want to be a little more careful about when he plays golf.
CBS News’ Mark Knoller wrote an article about Obama’s 300th round of golf. In it was this little tidbit about the number of women Obama has golfed with.
It has not escaped notice that Mr. Obama has rarely invited women to play golf. On only three occasions to date have women joined him on the links: then-White House Domestic Policy Advisor Melody Barnes once on Oct. 25, 2009, and then-HHS Secretary Kathleen Sebelius on Oct. 10, 2010 and again on May 18, 2013.
So he’s only invited women to join him for a round of golf three times. Three. While the article doesn’t say how many men he’s invited, it does give the impression that he rarely, if ever, plays a round by himself. And it gives a few examples of him playing a round with multiple golfing partners. No matter how you end up slicing it, the percentage of women hitting the course with Obama is dismally low.
The percentage is so low, in fact, that if Obama had an (R) next to his name instead of a (D), the press would be vilifying him as sexist. Especially since Obama’s percentage of golf with women is far, far below the estimated 22% of golfers that are women.
Feel free to try to defend Obama’s record of golfing with women if you want. You can’t, of course, since the evidence clearly shows that President Barack Obama is sexist.