Although most of the putter-in-chief’s regular greens crew (like bodyman Marvin Nicholson and Cyrus Walker, a cousin of his senior adviser Valerie Jarrett) hardly qualify as boldface names, it also includes ESPN’s “Pardon the Interruption” hosts Michael Wilbon and Tony Kornheiser. The pair golfed alongside the prez just last month, as well as on an epic 27-hole game in May and for Obama’s inaugural visit to Congressional golf course in Bethesda last year.
In February of 2013, the president hit the links in Florida with none other than golf legend Tiger Woods, and he’s more than once played with former NBA star Alonzo Mourning and former NFLer-turned-sportscaster Ahmad Rashad. And that’s not to mention the many pols who’ve golfed with Obama, a roster of uber-VIPs that includes Vice President Biden, House Speaker John A. Boehner, and former president Bill Clinton.
We’re not looking for the trend to die anytime soon — in fact, since Obama recently admitted that his prowess at his first sports love, basketball, is declining — it seems that golf might be coming to the fore.