@jpodhoretz I can see why the NYT had to rush to hire the guy who wrote the Romney HS article–for scintillating stuff like this.
— Chewy (@NYGJared) September 7, 2014
When you’re looking for insightful content, only the best “real journalist” will do.
Jason Horowitz, who fearlessly investigated teenage Mitt Romney’s high school antics, is out with another game-changing piece:
The Chief of Stuff becomes the Secretary of Swing. I talk to Obama about his aide & golfing buddy Marvin Nicholson. http://t.co/A6byePVqdz
— Jason Horowitz (@jasondhorowitz) September 6, 2014
We give Obama a hard time for his infuriating golfing-while-the-world-burns habit, but maybe we just don’t understand his needs, you know?
So the NYT did a phone interview w Obama so he could defend his golfing http://t.co/x6QdWbTCwS
— Greg Pollowitz (@GPollowitz) September 7, 2014
From the Times:
“Every president needs a space where he can be quiet and let loose and feel normal,” Mr. Obama said in a telephone interview on Saturday. “And when I’m with [White House travel director Marvin Nicholson], we can talk the same way we would if we were just a couple of guys having a beer and whacking a ball around.”
The recreational approach that he and the president take to the golf course — “It is the only time I can get four or five hours outside, and I don’t have the option to take long walks through a city,” Mr. Obama said — infuriates advocates of the Bill Clinton and Lyndon B. Johnson school of golf, in which the green is a lush cell for politicking.
In a town where government officials, operatives, donors and lobbyists fantasize about presidential face time, Mr. Obama has bypassed them for a less political group of golf partners. They include Alonzo Mourning, the retired basketball star; Ahmad Rashad, the former Minnesota Vikings wide receiver, who has dated Valerie Jarrett, the White House adviser; pre-White House pals Marty Nesbitt, Eric Whitaker, Mike Ramos and Bobby Titcomb; and the ESPN personalities Tony Kornheiser and Michael Wilbon. Mr. Nicholson’s older brother, Walter, has joined more than a dozen times.
Ohhh … this explains so much. Thank you, Jason. Thank you, New York Times.
— Life by the Creek (@lifebythecreek) September 7, 2014
Maybe a nice belly rub?