Bill Clinton: Give Barack Obama a Break, Golf Is Great for Presidents
President Barack Obama has taken his fair share of criticism for a love of golf during his six years in the Oval Office.
While the idea of a president spending a weekend on the course might not go over well with some people during important political moments, count former President Bill Clinton as one who believes the game is vital to a president's well-being.
"I think golf is about the best therapy a president can have,” Clinton said during an interview Sunday with Golf Channel. “The fact that it takes a while to play, it requires concentration and is healthy, is — I think — a very good thing.”
Obama’s devotion to the game was critiqued during the unrest in the Middle East and in Ferguson, Mo. But Clinton thinks that the perception of the Commander in Chief being out of touch while playing golf is incorrect.
“From my point of view, we shouldn’t criticize them, we should want them to do it,” he said. “It’s not like they can’t get in touch with anybody in the world. I’ve had any number of international conversations on the phone on the golf course.”