Obama Goes Straight from Bernanke Announcement to the Golf Course

By Gorman Gorman

Aug 25, 2009 2:11pm

ABC News' Karen Travers reports: This morning President Obama took a brief break from vacationing to announce the nomination of Ben Bernanke to a second term as chairman of the Federal Reserve. That event lasted all of six minutes. Then it was straight to the golf course for another round. Mr. Obama golfed nine holes at the Mink Meadows public course in Vineyard Haven with perennial golf buddy and aide Marvin Nicholson, Michael Ruemmler, a member of the White House advance team and Sam Kass, a White House chef. The president stopped on his way out to the course to shake hands with golfers who gathered on the clubhouse porch. "I hope I didn't mess anyone's day up," Mr. Obama said, according to Ronnie Lytle, a local retiree had 8:20am tee time schedule. "You did," she says she told him, "but I don't care." Lytle had a knee replacement and cannot walk the course, relying on a golf cart. She was not able to get in her round today because there were not enough golf carts after the president's group took theirs. According to reporters who were with the president today, Mr. Obama found the cup on the second hole in five shots on a par four hole. On his tee shot, the president yelled "Fore!" before his ball hit a tree. Mr. Obama golfed a full 18 holes yesterday, spending almost the entire afternoon on the links with Nicholson, his friend Dr. Eric Whitaker and Robert Wolf, president of UBS Investment Bank. >-Karen Travers

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