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President Barack Obama played 306 rounds of golf during his eight years in office, says a story in the Daily Telegraph of London. Obama carded the most scores of his recent contemporaries, notably presidents Bill Clinton and George H.W. Bush. President Dwight Eisenhower is considered the most-ever active “golfer-in-chief,” though they didn’t keep records of such as they do now with presidential comings-and-goings.
Obama is a 13-handicap player. President John Kennedy was a reported 14. President Bill Clinton was a 10, though it was said time and again he fudged his scores and took more than one mulligan and plenty of “gimme” putts. The Boston Globe writes how President Donald Trump is a 3. (A golf handicap is a numerical measure of a golfer’s potential ability against par or other players.)
The best golfers in Congress are Sen. Bob Corker, R-Tenn., a two handicap, and Rep. John Yarmuth, D-Ky., a three handicap. In the Washington, D.C. realm, the best golfer of all is a lobbyist (of course), Tony Russo, of T-Mobile, a plus 3 handicap. (Tiger Woods is a plus 8.)
All this, say stories from GolfWeek and Business Insider magazines.
Nobody asked me, but…..
Judge Neil Gorsuch of Denver will be confirmed — as he should be — as the next Supreme Court justice. While conscious of what transpired with the Judge Merrick Garland nomination, Gorsuch’s approval would be a step toward reaffirming public confidence of courts and how law is the “great leveler” in this country, a line from Atticus Finch and “To Kill a Mockingbird.”
Coverage in The New York Times, the Wall Street Journal and other national newspapers illustrate how he’s no bomb thrower; rather, Gorsuch is a respected jurist with westerner values, who writes opinions clearly and would be at the top of the list for any Republican president. The Denver Post, too, encouraged his nomination, citing his independence and integrity to interpret the Constitution and “apply the law of the land without prejudice.”
Dept. of incidental info…….
• Fox will charge $5 million per 30-second spot during this Sunday’s Super Bowl. Ten years ago, the price was $2.5 million.
• Someone with time on their hands determined that the average check-writing maneuver at a grocery or retail checkout takes 67 seconds. That’s compared to 25 seconds for cash, 24 seconds for credit cards and 20 seconds for debit cards. In a story from the Wall Street Journal, the writer noted that Americans are writing fewer and fewer checks — 17.3 billion checks two years ago, the last available data from the Federal Reserve. In 2000, almost 42 billion checks were written.
Fearless prediction: Patriots win The Big Enchilada, 32-30.