Michael Jordan Calls Out President Obama's Golf Game

The NBA legend didn't mince words when describing the president's golf game.

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Maybe President Barack Obama should have stuck with basketball. During an interview with Ahmad Rashad, NBA legend Michael Jordan gave Obama a verbal posterization. Asked to name his dream foursome for a round of golf, Jordan picked Arnold Palmer, then paused to consider whether he'd invite the president. 

“I’ve never played with Obama, but I would,” Jordan said. “But no, that’s OK, I’d take him out. He’s a hack.”

“Do you really want to say that?” Rashad asked. “He’s the president of the United States; he’s a hack?”

“I never said he wasn’t a great politician,” Jordan said. “I’m just saying he’s a sh--y golfer.” 

Usually, when Obama's name appears in a sentence with the word "golf," the president is being teed up for spending too much time playing the game.  Not everyone has given him grief for spending time out on the course, however.

"I see our president criticized for playing golf. I don't. I think he ought to play golf," President George W. Bush told the Golf Channel last year. "Because I know what it's like to be in the bubble. I know the pressures of the job, and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet."

The political implications of Obama's golf game aside, the president this month played his 200th round of golf since being elected. While that's not nearly as many visits to the links as some past presidents—Woodrow Wilson played approximately 1,200 rounds of golf while in office, and Dwight Eisenhower managed to squeeze in close to 800, according to Don Van Natta Jr.'s book "First Off the Tee"—it is enough to make you wonder whether he could do better than his 17 handicap, and his regular scores in the mid-90s

With those kinds of numbers, it's no wonder Jordan thought better of having Obama join his foursome. 

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