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President hits the links again; Romney tees off on golf outing

By Star-Advertiser staff

LAST UPDATED: 02:40 p.m. HST, Dec 30, 2011

President Barack Obama is playing golf this afternoon, his fourth golf outing of his Hawaii vacation, as he wraps up a full week of vacation.

Obama is playing the Kaneohe Klipper course on Marine Corps Base Hawaii for the third time in a week. He played at the Koolau Golf Club on Wedesday.

Obama left his rented vacation home at about 11:30 a.m. The White House has not yet released the names of his golf partners, but on previous outings, Obama golfed with Hawaii friends Mike Ramos, Greg Orme and Bobby Titcomb, and with White House staffers.

In Iowa, Republican presidential hopeful Mitt Romney again criticized the president for golfing while on vacation, seeking to portray Obama as out of touch with the economic pain felt by average Americans.

"He's in Hawaii right now. We're in the cold, in the rain, in the wind because we care about America," Romney said, speaking to several hundred supporters in the parking lot of a grocery store. "He just finished his 90th round of golf. We have 25 million Americans who are out of work, stopped looking for work or are underemployed. Home values have come down. The median income in America in the last four years has dropped by 10 percent."

Romney has a new website that asks supporters for an $18 donation, a dollar for each hole on the golf course.

Earlier today, the president worked out at the gym on the Marine base.

Obama is scheduled to return to Washington on Monday.

He'll hit the road again on Wednesday, traveling to Cleveland the day after the Iowa caucuses as he seeks to draw a contrast with the Republicans running for president.

Obama won Ohio in 2008. But the state has been hard-hit economically during the president's term, and is sure to be a political battleground in next year's presidential election.

Obama aides say the president's trip to Cleveland marks the start of an aggressive 2012 domestic travel schedule. Still, aides insist Obama will not fully engage in the presidential race until after Republicans pick a nominee.

The Los Angeles Times and the Associated Press contributed to this story.


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Maneki_Neko wrote:
Wait a minute! Did I just hear that one millionaire said that another millionaire was out of touch with the little people?
on December 30,2011 | 01:30PM
readergirl wrote:
I know - he's a millionaire and he's making comments like asking for $18 donations - LOL, and having to stay in the cold and rain...boo hoo .....like he doesn't go on vacation in a mansion or a 5 star hotel himself...geeze he must think people are stupid..or are people really listening to him...ackkkkk
on December 30,2011 | 05:02PM
Highinthesierras wrote:
The real shame is Barry's golf game is as bad as his b-ball game back at Punahou.
on December 30,2011 | 05:37PM
NITRO08 wrote:
Just like mine but I still enjoy myself! Why don't you?
on December 30,2011 | 06:07PM
olos73 wrote:
Eh Romney, when you on vacation what do you do? Stay in your house all day watching TV? Everyone deserves a vacation and if that means golfing, going to the beach, whatever, that's his choice. You can hole yourself all you like when you on vacation.
on December 30,2011 | 01:34PM
lee1957 wrote:
Doesn't bode well for adult leadership in american politics.
on December 30,2011 | 01:57PM
DowntownGreen wrote:
You're right, it doesn't. But there are voters who will buy into this flap and think it actually means something.
on December 30,2011 | 02:09PM
NITRO08 wrote:
BECAUSE THEY ARE IDIOTS!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on December 30,2011 | 06:13PM
Lindall wrote:
If Romney ever makes it to be president, he better not go on vacation. Petty, petty, petty, doesn't he have anything better than that to pick on.
on December 30,2011 | 02:12PM
entrkn wrote:
No he does not have anything better to pick on and that is his problem... and when he goes golfing he will not come to Hawaii... he will go to the Bahamas and play with his tax shelter bosses, I mean buddies.
on December 30,2011 | 03:15PM
readergirl wrote:
haha - off shore accounts - yeah I bet he has come of those..
on December 30,2011 | 05:03PM
NITRO08 wrote:
on December 30,2011 | 06:14PM
NITRO08 wrote:
All the other Presidents golfed and fished on there vacation whats the big deal. what do you do when you go on vacation?
on December 30,2011 | 06:13PM
MalamaKaAina wrote:
Did Barack bring Uncle Omar and Aunt Zeituni to talk about immigration entitlements.
on December 30,2011 | 02:22PM
NITRO08 wrote:
on December 30,2011 | 06:15PM
MariaBetty wrote:
"He's in Hawaii right now. We're in the cold, in the rain, in the wind because we care about America," Romney said. Last I checked, Hawaii is the 50th of America. Romney is one mormon who is out of touch and he should know his BYU.
on December 30,2011 | 02:36PM
KeithHaugen wrote:
He may think Hawai`i is an exotic foreign location...and how did he arrive at the 90 games of golf. Does he believe anyon can play 90 games in a few days? Maybe he meant "holes" and knows nothing about golf?????
on December 30,2011 | 04:17PM
Anonymous wrote:
Part of the problem is the MEDIA who keeps saying that the President is on his Hawaiian vacation. The President is spending Christmas at home with family and friends. Here, he socializes on the golf course...there they are visiting in front of the warm fire. There it is snowy, rainy, and cold. Here it is not. ALL Presidents go on vacation...Reagan to Cali, Bushes to Texas, Kennedy to Massachusetts. The senators from HI are at home in the sunshine while others are in rain, snow, and cold. So tired of Romney and the Birthers.
on December 30,2011 | 02:55PM
Anonymous wrote:
Funny, we're tired of Obama and his spending, among other things. You got it? Somehow, I'm reminded of a certain Roman emperor who played the fiddle while Rome went up in flames....Blame the rich, demonize those of us who call for restraint in spending, insist on higher taxes while increasing entitlements, trumpet Obamacare while granting waivers to your supporters, particularly the Unions who were so adamant about it's passage, arrange questionable loans to companies who share his vision of a "Green" economy, mandate states to bear the burdens that go hand in hand with rampant illegal immigration while suing the very states that finance a disproportionate share of the costs due to the Federal government's refusal to enforce immigration laws, apologize for America's missteps and kiss the feet of every two-bit dictator hell-bent on our destruction, ad infinitum. Keep on drinking the Kool-Aid. You seem to be doing a good job at it. Pity.
on December 30,2011 | 05:09PM
NITRO08 wrote:
on December 30,2011 | 06:18PM
W_Williams wrote:
Maybe Romney should vacation in Hawaii, too. Maybe not.
on December 30,2011 | 03:05PM
readergirl wrote:
Puleeezzeee do we want him here...wait maybe we do - so he can spend some of his millions here - but don't bring the dog - we don't want him strapping the dog anywhere.....
on December 30,2011 | 05:05PM
NITRO08 wrote:
on December 30,2011 | 06:19PM
Lindall wrote:
If I recall correctly, Romney was on vacation in Hawaii a few days ago. In Maui for two weeks.
on December 30,2011 | 05:10PM
entrkn wrote:
Maybe President Obama should enjoy himself at home in Hawaii for another week and watch Romney puts his foot so far down his throat that he chokes on it.
on December 30,2011 | 03:08PM
readergirl wrote:
on December 30,2011 | 05:05PM
NITRO08 wrote:
That's goodddddddddddddd!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
on December 30,2011 | 06:20PM
squidman22 wrote:
Romney needs to shut up and focus on the issues. Like every other President hasn't gone on vacations before. Get real Romney!
on December 30,2011 | 03:26PM
readergirl wrote:
Everyone should write to Romney on his website - is that possible? Can we send comments to him there?
on December 30,2011 | 05:05PM
dctaira wrote:
Leave the guy alone. Let him enjoy his last visit to Hawaii as President.
on December 30,2011 | 06:13PM
Venus1 wrote:
Romney is yuk.
on December 30,2011 | 08:47PM
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