Posts Tagged ‘Yacht’

When life imitates Golf Digest

by Doug Powers on Sunday, February 17th, 2013

This is article 822 of 1011 in the topic Obama

Fore-ward!

Now that every American who wants a job has one, it’s time for some rest. The White House confirmed that today President Obama played a round of golf with Tiger Woods — presumably after a spirited session of skeet shooting:

Mr Obama, an avid golfer, and Woods, the 14-time major winner, who won his 75th title last month, teed off at the Floridian Yacht and Golf Club.

The president is on a three-day golf getaway in Florida, while his wife, Michelle, and their daughters, Malia and Sasha, are skiing in Colorado. He got some instructional tips on Saturday from Woods’ former swing coach, Butch Harmon.

Josh Earnest, a White House spokesman, said Mr Obama and Woods were joined on the course by US Trade Representative Ron Kirk and Jim Crane, the resort owner who also owns the Houston Astros baseball team.

As Obama and Woods conversed privately, one of them was overheard saying how fortunate he is to be able to golf for a living. Tiger concurred.

Ed Driscoll remembered this prescient but awkwardly timed January 2010 cover of Golf Digest that has now been brought to life:

nullAs for today’s round, I’m not quite getting the “historic day in golf” claim. We saw similar conditions when the nation’s first first black president played a round with a famous golfer all while a cloud of marital infidelity floated over the course back when Greg Norman teed it up with Bill Clinton. “Historic”? I don’t think so.

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Half a million in Stimulus spent upgrading a yacht

by John Lott on Friday, February 10th, 2012

This is article 340 of 526 in the topic Government Spending

This is pretty bizarre. From the Washington Examiner:

The Port of Los Angeles spent $489,000 of a $1.5 million grant from the Department of Energy to retrofit a city-owned yacht with “hydro-electric propulsion system,” according to Issa’s letter, rather than the diesel engines it already had in operation. The yacht is used to conduct tours of the port.

“This is the American people’s money that was borrowed in stimulus,” said House Oversight and Government Reform Chair Darrell Issa in a local CBS broadcast. “It was supposed to create net new jobs. Could that half a million dollars have been used better? Was this really just show without substance?” . . .

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Rubio Sends Letter to Obama About America Becoming ‘Deadbeat Nation’

by Doug Powers on Friday, January 6th, 2012

This is article 332 of 526 in the topic Government Spending

Three words I’d like to see attached to this guy later this year: Vice presidential nominee:

In a scathing letter sent to Barack Obama this morning, Senator Marco Rubio said that under the President’s first term in office, “more and more people have come to believe that America is becoming a deadbeat nation.”

Rubio went on to pledge that he would challenge any further increase in the debt ceiling, arguing that “we [Congress] need to make it routine to actually spend no more than we take in.” In the letter obtained by HUMAN EVENTS, the Florida Senator said that President Obama’s upcoming request to increase the debt ceiling by a whopping $1.2 trillion will cause the nation’s public debt to surpass the $16 trillion mark.

“I will oppose your request to continue borrowing and spending recklessly.”
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The letter concludes: “America deserves leaders who will stand front and center, level with the American people about our challenges and offer real solutions to solve them. Instead of simply asking for another debt ceiling increase, I urge you to come forward with a real plan to tackle our debt in 2012.”

Obama has come through with a plan to tackle our debt, and that’s “spend lots more money.” But Rubio was obviously speaking rhetorically in that last part. A “deadbeat nation” might sound like an undesirable outcome to you and me, but it’s an outcome that nonetheless has obviously been designed into Obama’s plan for America.

Here’s one of my favorite Rubio floor speeches from back in July, and one in which Thurston Kerry III took him on and I think ended up wishing he’d stayed back on the yacht with Lovey that day.

“Compromise that isn’t a solution is a waste of time” — not to mention money:

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