On the day after Christmas, President Barack Obama had an early morning conference call with national security advisers about the Northwest plane incident, went to the gym with his wife Michelle, went back to his Kailua holiday home and then… it was tee time!
Obama and four friends, yes that’s right a group of FIVE, went for 18 holes on the Kaneohe Klipper course at a nearby Marine Corps base.
Now for non-golf aficionados (like me) a foursome is the customary maximum for a golf game. So five would raise some eyebrows in golfing circles.
But of course, there is also a long-standing tradition that the President of the United States gets to play the game any way he wants.
For example, there are stories that Bill Clinton, when he was president, apparently had a rule that he was allowed as many mulligans — or do-overs — as he wanted (some called it the billigan).