George W. Bush defends Obama’s frequent golf outings

September 23, 2013

Former president George W. Bush, who quit golf during his first term because the country was at war, said he doesn't begrudge President Obama for continuing to hit the links regularly.

"I see our president criticized for playing golf. I don't. I think he ought to play golf," Bush told the Golf Channel. "Because I know what it's like to be in the bubble. I know the pressures of the job, and to be able to get outside and play golf with some of your pals is important for the president. It does give you an outlet."The interview, on "In Play with Jimmy Roberts," will air Tuesday night at 10:30 p.m. Eastern time.

Bush's opponents have long used footage of him on the tee box in 2002 making a statement about catching terrorists and then saying, "Now watch this drive." Bush said he later decided he didn't want the families of those serving overseas to see him playing golf.

Obama has played more than 100 rounds of golf during his presidency, according to CBS News's Mark Knoller.

Aaron Blake covers national politics and writes regularly for The Fix.
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