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Obama Gets Back on the Links, This Time for a Quick 9

By Michael D. Shear
OAK BLUFFS, Mass. -- The presidential golf continued Tuesday, this time at a small, nine-hole course here immediately after he nominated Ben Bernanke for a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve.

Obama headed to Mink Meadows, a public course in Vineyard Haven, Mass. Play started at around 9:30 a.m. with aide Marvin Nicholson, Michael Ruemmler of Obama's advance team and Sam Kass, the White House chef, rounding out the foursome.

The course is secluded, surrounded by woods on all sides. The gray-shingled clubhouse is a two-story country house with a shaded porch that looks out onto the course.

Obama wore khakis and a white polo, and he stopped on his way out to shake hands with other golfers

"I hope I didn't mess anyone's day up," he said, according to Ronnie Lytle, a local retiree who had come for an 8:20 a.m. tee time but didn't get to play because so many carts were being reserved for the president's party.

"You did," she says she told him, "but I don't care."

At one point, Obama yelled "Fore!" shortly before his ball hit a tree, a resident who saw the president play part of the time told the Associated Press.

Still, he landed not far from the green, said Sally Fitzgerald, who lives right next to the hole. She said the president "chipped up" and then took three putts to get the ball in the hole.

"But that's a tough green," she says, according to the AP. "It's a par four."

Play on the green of the ninth hole was visible to the press corps. The president putted once, coming close to the hole befiore he picked up his ball, one eyewitness said.

Rumors continued to abound on the island about Obama's plans for the rest of the week. One diner was overheard to be telling her daughter, "Hurry up so we can go see Obama." It's not clear where she expected to see him.

A local tattoo artist who is also a waitress said the president was expected to be dining Tuesday night at a local and very expensive club. The White House has not put anything specific on his schedule for Tuesday night.

Posted at 1:51 PM ET on Aug 25, 2009
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Obama getting in a quick nine holes on a weeklong vacation is somehow newsworthy to the media in a way that indicates he is "out of touch," but George Bush spending a month "clearing brush" was perfectly OK and showed he was a "strong" president? I don;t follow...

Posted by: parkerfl1 | August 25, 2009 3:31 PM

I realize the man is on vacation but this guy plays more golf than Tiger Woods.

Posted by: emcb1230 | August 25, 2009 3:16 PM

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