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Obama kicks off birthday weekend golfing with pals



By JOSH LEDERMAN

WASHINGTON (AP) - President Barack Obama opened his birthday weekend on Saturday with a round of golf with friends before escaping to the Maryland mountains.

Obama turns 53 on Monday. In what's become an annual birthday tradition, he joined friends on the green for an early morning round at Andrews Air Force Base in suburban Maryland, where the clouds threatening rain held off long enough for the president to get in 18 holes.

Rounding out his foursome were presidential pals Mike Ramos, Bobby Titcomb and Greg Orme, the White House said. All three are longtime friends dating back to Obama's childhood in Hawaii.

Although they teed off against eight other golfers, Obama and his team finished with the winning score, the White House said. In another birthday ritual, that victory earned Obama's three teammates a ride with the president aboard Marine One for the short flight to Camp David, the presidential retreat in the Catoctin Mountains.

Also aboard the president's helicopter: Obama personal trainer Cornell McClellan. The other golfers, who weren't identified by the White House, were expected to travel to Camp David by car.

The White House didn't say what Obama had in store for the rest of his birthday weekend or whether first lady Michelle Obama would be joining him. Obama planned to return to the White House on Sunday afternoon.

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Michael August 02 2014 at 9:49 PM

How is this news? He golfs and parties every weekend.

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thescot August 02 2014 at 8:47 PM

And Nero fiddled while Rome burned, only reason Nero didn't play golf was because it hadn't been invented yet.

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Sarah thescot August 02 2014 at 10:07 PM

IF ever there was a man who needed to work on his game - it is THIS ONE!

For all the many hours he has devoted to his Golf game, he's even worst than he was when he first started, it appears.

So where is Michelle - has she moved out of the WH or into another Wing? She doesn't seem to be part of his "Perks" any mroe, thescot!

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Freddie Sarah August 03 2014 at 7:27 AM

My first thoughts as well.

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Charles August 02 2014 at 10:26 PM

Obama golfed while the entire world was falling apart!! He lambasted theRepublican Congress regarding the border mess and failed to even try to get the Senate to consider the House bill. Oh, I forgot,Harry Reid and the Senate went on vacation too!! America --a country without "leadership"". Sad!!

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mociambz August 02 2014 at 10:08 PM

so we pay for his buddies to fly from Hawaii and to play golf with him typical democrat LIARS AND THIEVES

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rjen164497 August 02 2014 at 9:34 PM

All he took time off from w2as speech making and whining. Being President isn't something he does. He goes off and comes back to get his orders from his Socialist sponsers.

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isham4bass August 02 2014 at 9:50 PM

WHAT A DOUCHEBAG....
LIKE WE DON'T HAVE ISSUES IN RUSSIA...ISRAEL...IRAQ...SYRIA ...AND HE WANTS TO GO PLAY GOLF....REALLY ???
WHEN WILL AMERICA FIGURE THIS GUY OUT ?

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PERFORATOR August 02 2014 at 9:52 PM

Great, Ebola enters the country while the choom gang goes golfing. Typical!

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lockworks07 PERFORATOR August 02 2014 at 10:05 PM

Where's "Brownie" when you need him?

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kabube lockworks07 August 03 2014 at 9:30 AM

Old news--try a new mantra.

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mcdsum PERFORATOR August 03 2014 at 12:10 PM

what's a choom?

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wayne8734 August 02 2014 at 11:07 PM

With a immigration crisis at our borders,a war raging in Gaza,wars raging in Syria and Ukraine and Obama plays more golf.What else is new?

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Fraginals5@aol.c wayne8734 August 03 2014 at 8:56 AM

Do not worry, the shadow government, all his zsars? are at work destroying further our country. Those never leave.

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kabube Fraginals5@aol.c August 03 2014 at 9:33 AM

When he leaves office, he'll say can't blame me, I was golfing as all the stress of this office forced me to take a well needed break.

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user406324 August 02 2014 at 11:11 PM

Is aol truly stupid enough to think that most Americans feel he is such a loved president that people will feel this is a deserved rest....Number 1 I agree with others in questioning if this is news....why don't you put up a story every time he takes a dump? Give it up mainstream liberal media....you can only do so much to polish a turd and this one (Obama) is already flushed down the toliet and at the sewage treatment plant more commonly known as Capital Hill.....

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lockworks07 user406324 August 02 2014 at 11:19 PM

Most people voted for him and most people get eight days off per month. The White House isn't a sweat shop.

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dtate38 August 02 2014 at 10:53 PM

Wonder who he blames for his bad shots on the golf course? Maybe you could bring some of the illegal immigrant juveniles along with you on the golf course to caddy.

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wbearl dtate38 August 03 2014 at 12:29 AM

His bad game is either Bush's fault or Congresses fault.

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shirleejo dtate38 August 03 2014 at 2:37 PM

Forcing adoption on these libs (including the obama's) for the stampeed coming across our border should be a law.....They would be better off putting their money where their mouth is because the rest of us are broke.

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