May 13, 2010
Because there's absolutely nothing in the real world going on, and because our politicians and the people who comment on them apparently have way too much time on their hands, we present this story of The President, the Talk-Show Host and The Golf Game That Wasn't. Gather round, kids!
Here's the deal. Both President Obama and conservative commentator Rush Limbaugh are well-known for their love of golf. And what better place to bridge political differences than on a golf course? The New York Post -- yep, them again -- reported a story from Zev Chafet's new biography of Limbaugh. In that tale, Rush did the equivalent of a middle-school "If I asked you out, would you say yes?" when seeking a golf date:
"You guys are both golfers," Chafets told Limbaugh. "Would you play a round with the president and show the country that there are no hard feelings?"
"He's the president of the United States," Limbaugh told Chafets. "If any president asked me to meet him, or play golf with him, I'd do it. But I promise you that will never happen. His base on the left would have a [censored, rhymes with "spit"] fit."
"How about letting me ask?" Chafets said.
"Go ahead," Limbaugh said. "Nothing will come of it."
Chafets writes that he reached out to Obama adviser David Axelrod, "whom I know slightly," but Axelrod didn't return calls. Then Chafets spoke to "a very senior Democratic activist with whom I'm friendly" who said he would convey the message. A day or two later the adviser responded, "Limbaugh can play with himself." Chafets wouldn't name the aide or say whether the quote was directly from Obama.
Credit Limbaugh for admitting what almost all of us would do -- if your president calls to play some golf, you tee it up. (He later confirmed this account himself.) But then again, considering how Limbaugh has spent the last two years eviscerating Obama, you can't blame the president (or his aides) for not exactly rushing to make a tee time.
Visor tip: Press Tent.